WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines qualification is a beginner’s/intermediate level wine qualification. It is suitable wherever a sound but simple level of wine knowledge is required to underpin job skills, for example, in customer service and sales functions of hospitality, wine retail and wine wholesale sectors. It is also suitable for wine enthusiasts.
Through a combination of tasting and theory, you will learn about the principal grape varietals and regionally important wines of the world.
Qualification aims: Holders of the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines will be able to interpret labels of the major wines of the world and give basic guidance on appropriate selection and service, as well as understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation.
Learning outcomes :
- How to taste and describe wine, using WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting.
- Understand environmental influences, grape-growing options, winemaking and maturation, and how these impact on the style and quality of 8 key varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz.
- Know the style and quality of wines produced from 22 regionally important varietals, from 70 wine regions.
- Understand how varietals and production processes influence the style of sparkling and fortified wines.
- Key labelling terms.
- Principles and processes involved in storage and service of wine
- Principles of food and wine pairing.
Course information: For full course details, download the Specification.
Assessment: Qualification is based on passing an exam containing 50 multiple-choice questions. As well as the traditional paper-based exam, there is an option to take the exam at home, by remote invigilation/RI (a surcharge applies for RI– see Cost).
Course delivery: Guided learning hours: 16 hours. Private study required: 11 hours
A) Blended classroom & online: To minimise risks associated with the spread of Covid and keep you safe, Premier Wine Training has created a course which blends traditional classes (focussing on tasting), and online tuition: weekly webinars, recorded classes and assessments. Canvas is the world-class learning platform, used in over 4,000 educational institutions around the world. For each of 5 weeks, you will have a ‘live’ class. This blended approach also cuts down on your travel time, and allows you greater flexibility, as well as more time to re-watch the recorded classes.
Cost: €400. Students are expected to taste specified wines separately, and submit 1 tasting note per week).
- Week 1 Traditional class + Canvas recorded class
- Week 2: Recorded Class + Zoom live webinar (see Dates for time)
- Week 3: Recorded Class + Zoom live webinar (see Dates for time)
- Week 4: Recorded Class + Zoom live webinar (see Dates for time)
- Week 5: Recorded Class
- Week 6: Traditional class + Exam (See Dates for time)
B) 6 week traditional classroom (6.30-9.15pm, once per week for 6 weeks). Cost: €475.
C) Intensive 2-day (2 Mondays, 9am-6pm, with 1-2 weeks gap in between). Cost: €475. Suits people who are time-pressed, or those who have to travel long distances. Obviously these are more intensive, but with the same study commitment, so try to choose the course which optimises your schedule & ability.
- For blended courses, access to online materials, for the duration of the course
- Wines (relevant to the course delivery method).
- Full study pack (book & workbook & tasting card)
- Traditional paper-based exam. (Remote invigilation surcharge: €35. This option can be decided & paid for at the first class. To sit your examination online you will also need one additional smart device such as a smartphone or tablet).
- Set of 6 DOC tasting glasses.
- Access to a full set of Quizlet-based revision questions.
Venue for traditional classes & exam: The Camden Court Hotel, Camden St., Dublin 2. This venue allows for spacious (2m) distance between candidates, with separate desks and safety protocols to safeguard everyone. Importantly, there are procedures in place should candidates be prohibited from travelling/attending the course.
- Mon 14 Sept : Blended Course (A) €400. First class on 14 Sept, 6.30-9.15pm, followed by webinars on Monday evenings at 7pm (Sept 21, 28, Oct 5). Exam is on Monday 19th Oct at 6.30pm.
- Tues 20 Oct: Traditional course (B) €475. First class on 20 Oct, 6.30-9.15), for 6 consecutive Tuesdays. Exam is on Wednesday 2 Dec at 5pm.
- 2-day intensive course (C) €475 – dates tbc
To book: places on all courses are limited, and therefore offered on a first-paid basis. Payment is required in order to secure a place. You can book online, using Paypal button, below. If you’d like to pay by a different method, please get in touch, using the contact form, below.
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).
To use Canvas, you should have basic computer literacy. A computer is recommended over a smartphone or tablet, and your system should have these requirements.
Distance Learning/online wine course: this course can also be completed by 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. (It is recommended, although not mandatory, that candidates should already be at WSET Level 2 standard of knowledge before starting Level 3).