WSET® Level 2 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 spirits.

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 students 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.


What you will learn

  • 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

  • The common equipments 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


What you need

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) 


Entry requirements

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.


Course fee

445,00 € - 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

Course specification

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

Specification (ENG)


Next dates

Online Tuition:  28.09.2020 - 01.11.2020 / Exam: 07.11.2020 at 10:00 in Heidelberg or Online / Registration Deadline: 18.09.2020

Online Tuition: 16.11.2020 - 20.12.2020 / Exam: TBD in Heidelberg or Online / Registration Deadline: 06.11.2020

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Frequently Asked Questions


How does the Online Classroom work?

After registration, you will receive an email from WSET® with instructions for signing into the Online Classroom. 

Once signed in, you will receive a course calendar with the weekly subjects, background information to read, activities relevant for each subject, tasting assignments (students have to supply their own samples) and quizzes. The results of your activities and tasting assignments need to be posted online. You can exchange reactions with the instructor and fellow students online. This interaction is crucial for success in this course. One or more mock exams form part of the study.


Is there a deadline for booking on to an online classroom course?

Yes.  You need to book at least 5 working days before the start of the course.


How will I know what spirits to taste?

Suggested and recommended spirits are detailed in the course specification.


What if I’m uncertain about any of the content of the course programme?

No problem.  Throughout the online course, you have access to a subject specialist educator online who will respond to your course-related query.

What is the recommended self-study time for this programme?

The online course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete. For a successful result, we do highly recommend that all students spend at least another 1-hour revision prior to sitting the exam.

How long can I take to complete my studies?

From enrolment, you have a full 12 months to complete the Online Classroom course and sit your exam. However, after the course end date, you will not be able to take part in any of the online activities and will no longer have the online educator support facility.  


Can I change my exam date?

If you need more time, we can arrange another mutually convenient date. Please note that we require a minimum of 15 working days’ notice prior to the exam day so that we can register you with WSET® Awards.


Can I sit the examination online?

Yes!! Students can decide to sit their exam at our premises or online through remote invigilation. For the remote invigilation, students will need a reliable internet connection and both a computer and a smartphone. 

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