WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits Online – (March 15 to April 18, 2021) Exam Date & Location TBC


Online: Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award in Spirits

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Course Details:

Class Dates: March 15 to April 18, 2021

Couse #: O2SP2105APP

Registration deadline: March 5, 2021

Exam Options: See below for info on booking your examination


Course Description:

    • Duration – 5 weeks online guided study split into 6 modules including revision.
    • Course activities – tasting area, multiple choice feedback tests, discussions and videos supported by the textbook.
    • Modules – include weekly tasks but students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during the schedulled 5 weeks.
    • Educator – guides students through the weekly tasks for 5 weeks.
    • Materials – APP provides the relevant and current WSET study materials for this course.
    • Student access – once the booking is confirmed, students have access for 1 year which includes the scheduled 5 weeks of guided study. Please note that students have read-only access after the course finish date.

WSET’s Level 2 Award in Spirits is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring spirits and liqueurs for those working in the industry or spirits enthusiasts.

For individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs, you’ll learn about the fundamental production methods and principal raw materials discovering how they are used to make the key spirit styles. You’ll also explore the key practices and principles of serving spirits and the use of spirits in cocktails. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

The course is based around a 5-week, 6-module online programme with a recommendation of 6 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. The course modules should be followed in sequential order during this 5-week window. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.

The course prepares the student for our qualification and they are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each module includes a series of independent activities to help students understand the key styles of spirits and how they are made.

Students should taste a range of spirits during their studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

Please Contact Us with any questions.

Exam Options

You will have the option to either sit the exam with a scheduled class (exams are run on the final class of any scheduled dates) or via Remote Invigilation ($45 fee).

1) In Class:  You can sit the exam with any level 1, 2 or 3 class in any of our locations. Please book 21 days in advance. See for upcoming class dates. Exams are on the final day of all scheduled courses. Email with the class date that you would like to sit the exam.

2) Remote Invigilation: Alternatively, you can sit the exam through Remote Invigilation. Remote exams cost an extra $45 due to the individual invigilation costs. Remote exams must be booked with Wine Plus+ 24 days in advance and can be at any time you like (except between 10:30pm and midnight UK time). Please read the document here for more info on Remote Invigilation exams.

To order a Remote Invigilation:

– Click here to purchase the RI exam.

– When you checkout, please enter the specific information below in the “Order Notes” section of the checkout page. (Remember! Exam orders must be at least 24 days in advance!)

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Students will require access to a computer (recommended) and/or smartphone or tablet with the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating Systems –Windows 7 and newer, Mac OSX 10.6 and newer, Linux chrome OS
  • Mobile Operating System Native App Support –Android apps require version 5.0or later and iOS apps require version 11 or later. All Android and iOS bothsupport the two most recent versions of their respective operating systems.
  • Computer Speed and Processor –use a computer 5 years old or newer whenpossible, 1GB of RAM, 2GHz processorCa
  • Internet Speed –along with compatibility and web standards, system carefullycrafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments, minimum of 512kbps
  • Supported Browsers –please visit the following website
  • Other required software –Adobe Reader XI or equivalent.


Course structure

Module 1: Introducing Spirits

  • Learn to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting®
  • Discover how spirits are made and the influence of production methods on the style of spirit produced.

Module 2: Fruit and Sugar Cane Spirits

  • Learn about the raw materials and production processes used to produce the principal types of fruit and sugar cane spirits.
  • Learn about the key characteristics and labelling terms used for these styles of spirits.

Module 3: Whisk(e)y, Tequila and Mezcal

  • Learn about the raw materials and production processes used to produce the principal types of whiskies, tequila and mezcal.
  • Learn about the key characteristics and labelling terms used for these styles of spirits.

Module 4: Vodka; Flavoured Spirits; Liqueurs and Aromatised Wines

  • Learn about the raw materials and production processes used to produce the principal types of vodka, flavoured spirits, liqueurs and aromatised wines.
  • Learn about the key labelling terms used for these styles of spirits.

Module 5: Bar Essentials and Cocktails

  • Learn about the common equipment and glassware used in the service of spirits and cocktails.
  • Learn about the key ingredients and the factors to be considered when making a balanced cocktail. Learn about the key cocktail families and know notable examples from each.

Module 6: Revision and Resources

  • Mock multiple-choice feedback examination which can be attempted as many times as the student likes.

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