WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits Online


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



Course Details:

Registration deadline: 10 business days prior to course start date.

Tasting Samples: Please note that no tasting samples are included in the cost of this course.

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) at any time that you like!

1) In Class:  You can sit the exam with any level 1, 2 or 3 class in any of our locations. Please book 25 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: Sit your exam at home any time and date you like! 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+ 25 days in advance and can be at any time you like (except between 10:30pm and midnight UK time). See the following for how RI exams work.

  1. Read through the document Candidate Information – Remote Invigilation, including the Appendices,  to make sure you are prepared for the exam conditions.
  2. Watch this video explaining how to setup your examination area, or click for a screenshot guide.
  3. Make sure that the name you used to register for your WSET exam matches the name on your official photographic ID. Please contact me if the names don’t match.


Cancellations must be made 10 working days before the exam. Cancellations within 10 days of the exam are non-refundable. If you miss your RI exam and need to re-book the current costs are $158 for Level 1 & $199 for Level 2.

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 (bottom left once you have proceeded to checkout). Remember! Exam orders must be at least 25 days in advance!

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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.
  • Modules – students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during this 4-week window.
  • Educator – support for 5 weeks.
  • Materials – students will be sent an eBook of the course materials (eBook license expires 2 years after purchase).
  • Student access – 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.

An intermediate-level qualification exploring spirits and aromatised wines for those working in the industry or spirits enthusiasts. This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of spirits or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits.

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 achievement 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.

What you’ll learn

  • How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits ® (SAT)
  • The techniques used during the four stages of spirits production: processing the raw material, alcoholic fermentation; distillation; and post-distillation operations
  • How techniques used during the four stages of production determine the style of a spirit
  • How aromatised wines are made
  • How a balanced cocktail is made and examples in four notable cocktail families (the spirit-forward, the short sour, the highball and the long sour)
  • How local production traditions, coupled with local laws, are used to create different styles of spirits in the following categories:
    • fruit spirits
    • whisky/whiskey
    • sugar cane spirits
    • Tequila and Mezcal
    • vodka
    • flavoured spirits (spiced rum, flavoured vodka, gin, aniseed spirits, bitter spirits/amaro, cocktail bitters, liqueurs)

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.

Find out if this course is right for you. Take the Level 2 Award in Spirits quiz here.

Please Contact Us with any questions.


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.


Additional information


May 15 to June 18, 2023 (O2SP2306APP), July 10 to Aug 13, 2023 (O2SP2307APP)

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