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WSET® Level 2 in Wines Online

If you successfully completed WSET® Level 1 and you want to expand your knowledge further, then the more in-depth WSET® Level 2 online course is right for you. This course is intended for those who have little prior knowledge. It is suitable for those who need to acquire wine knowledge for their job roles or for wine enthusiasts who wish to make more conscious decisions when ordering and buying wine. Extend your knowledge on how to taste and describe various wines with the help of WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting® (SAT). Understand the influence of the environment, viticulture and winemaking on the style and quality of wine. Learn the most important white and red grape varieties and the most famous wine-growing areas in the world. Understand the label terminology to be able to indicate origin, style and quality. This course will also explain the production of sparkling, sweet and fortified wines. Learn how to store and serve wine and what to consider when making food and wine pairings.


This course is based on a 5-week, 6-module online programme with a recommendation of 6 hours of 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 are essential for this mode of study.



The course follows a weekly structure, which 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 Wines examination and is guided by a WSET® educator. The student can contact the educator at any time during the scheduled course should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities to help students understand wine label terminology and recognise the styles produced by the main grape varieties in key wine regions.



Students are advised to taste a range of wines 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:

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

  • The online classes and the study material are standard in English. However, students can order extra study material in German for an additional fee.

  • This course is designed for those who wish to develop their professional skills and competencies in the wine business or wine enthusiasts who want to deepen their knowledge of wine.


What you will learn

  • How environmental factors, viticulture, winemaking and maturation affect the style and quality of wine

  • The most important white and red grape varieties in the world and their characteristics

  • The most famous wine-growing areas in the world

  • Label terminology - The most important terms to indicate origin, style and quality

  • The production of sparkling, sweet and fortified wines

  • The basics of combining food and wine

  • The main principles and procedures regarding the storage and service of wine

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


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 wine 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. 



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

625,00 € - 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)


Course Dates

Online Tuition: 20th March to 23rd April 2023

Exam Dates: 3rd May at 17:00 Online or  29th April at 17:00 in Heidelberg

Registration Deadline: 10th March


Examination dates are provided when you book the course. We can arrange another exam date free of charge if you let us know at least four weeks in advance.

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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 communicate with the online instructor and fellow students when it best suits you and not in real time. 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 wines to taste?

You will be informed which wines to taste by your online educator.


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?

For a successful outcome, we recommend at least 10 hours of study per week to cover the online course activities and read the relevant chapters in the book. 


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 10 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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