WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits ONLINE

After successfully completing the Level 1 course in Spirits, delve even deeper into the world of spirits. Extend your knowledge on how to taste and describe various spirits with the help of WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting.


Expand your understanding on how to serve spirits and cocktails concerning equipment and glassware. Learn the key characteristics of various types of spirits and grasp how to decipher the labelling terms of different spirits. Learn what to consider when making a balanced cocktail.


This course will broaden the focus on Fruit and Sugar Cane Spirits (e.g. Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Grappa, Rum, etc.), Whisk(e)y, Agave Spirits, Vodka, Flavoured Spirits, Liqueurs and Aromatised Wines. This course is designed for those who wish to develop their professional skills and competencies in the spirit business or the spirit enthusiasts who wish to deepen their knowledge of spirit.


This 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. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.



This structure allows the student to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars.


The course prepares the student for the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits examination and is 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 are advised to taste a range of spirits during their studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the course specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator. 


Please note:

  • Spirits are not included in the cost of this course and although it will greatly enhance your learning experience, it is not compulsory to taste any spirit.




  • How to taste and describe spirits with the help of WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting®

  • Raw materials and production processes to produce spirits 

  • Key characteristics of various types of spirits 

  • Labelling terms of various types of spirits

  • About the common equipment and glassware used to serve spirits and cocktails 

  • What to consider when making a balanced cocktail

  • This course will focus on Fruit and Sugar Cane Spirits, Whisk(e)y, Tequila, Mezcal, Vodka, Flavoured Spirits, Liqueurs and Aromatised Wines




Students will need access to a computer and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements:


  • Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible

  • Web browser with Javascript and cookies** enabled

  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent

  • Internet access (broadband recommended) 




Minimum age 18 required at time of booking. 

No formal qualifications are required. Though, candidates without previous knowledge in the spirits sector might prefer to complete the Level 1 course first.

It will be assumed that students have basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English. 




Examination dates are provided when you book the course. If you want to arrange a new date, please contact us at least 10 working days before the set examination date.

The 1-hour exam at the end of the course consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. A mark of 55% is required to pass.




475,00 € - The course fee includes the WSET Level 2 study pack, online tuition, exam, postage, certificate and lapel pin.  Note: VAT-exempt according to § 4 No. 21 a) bb) UStG



For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.

Specification (ENG)



  • Online Tuition: 10.05.2021 to 13.06.2021 / Exam: 17.06.2021 at 19:00 Online or 20.06.2021 at 19:00 in Heidelberg / Registration Deadline: 30.04.2021
  • Online Tuition: 21.06.2021 to 25.07.2021 / Exam: 03.08.2021 at 18:00 Online or 15.08.2021 at 18:00 in Heidelberg / Registration Deadline: 11.06.2021


WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits ONLINE


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