WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits

The WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits qualification is intended for those who have little or no previous knowledge of wines and spirits. It is suitable wherever a sound but simple level of wine knowledge is required to underpin job skills and competences, for example, in the customer service and sales functions of the hospitality, retailing and wholesaling industries.  It is also useful for those who have a general interest in the subject.

Overview: An 8 week wine course leading to internationally recognised Wine & Spirit Education Trust WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, on successful completion of a multiple choice exam on the 9th week.

Learning outcomes: Holders of the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits will be able to interpret the labels of the major wines and spirits of the world and give basic guidance on appropriate selection and service, as well as understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation.

This course suits:

  • Wine enthusiasts who wish to acquire knowledge of wines & spirits and want to obtain an internationally-recognised qualification.
  • People employed in the drinks and hospitality sectors with little previous knowledge of alcoholic beverages.

Entry requirements: No prior knowledge is necessary.  Candidates should be over 18 years of age to taste wine.  (However, this is not a barrier to successful completion of this course).

Course content
Core Unit Unit 1: Wines and Spirits of the World
1.1 Factors influencing style
1.2 Grape varieties
1.3 Key wine-producing regions of the world
1.4 Sparkling wines
1.5 Sweet wines and fortified wines
1.6 Spirits and liqueurs
1.7 Information and advice for customers and staff
1.8 Describing the characteristics of the principal wines of the world

Qualification: Qualification is based on passing a paper of 50 multiple-choice questions.
This qualification is accredited at Level 4 in the National Framework Qualification of Ireland, and is recognised as such by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland.

Dates & Timing: The course normally runs one evening per week (7-9pm) for 8 weeks.

Next scheduled courses:

-Wed 21st Jan 2015, in The Morgan Hotel, Dublin 2 @7-9pm, for 8 weeks. Exam on Wed 18th March 2015.

- Mon 23rd Feb 2015, in The Morgan Hotel, Dublin 2.  **Note this is a 6-week course, 6.30-9pm; days vary due to bank holidays. Dates: Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 23, 30,Apr 8, Exam on Mon 13th April**

- Wed 23rd Sept 2015, in The Morgan Hotel, Dublin 2, 7-9pm, for 8 weeks.

Cost: €440. Cost includes tuition, wines, study materials, exam fee, set of DOC tasting glasses.

Distance learning: Premier Wine Training offers a distance learning wine course for those who find it difficult to attend a series of classes.

Next level up: WSET Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits. (It is recommended, although not mandatory, that candidates should already be at the level of knowledge of WSET Level 2).

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