Course Curriculum

To adhere to WSET guidelines, the WSET course will be offered through the official WSET learning platform.

  • 1

    Instructions for this course

    • WSET & TYSA

  • 2

    Course Modules

    • Tasting Technique

    • Food & Wine Pairing

    • Factors Influencing the Production of Red Wine

    • Factors Influencing the Production of White, Sweet & Rosé Wine

    • Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

    • Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah/Shiraz

    • Gamay, Grenache/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Carmenère, Malbec & Pinotage

    • Italian Grapes

    • Sparkling & Fortified Wines

    • Final Exam

    • Wine in Yachting

    • Wine in Yachting Exam

Introducing Claire,

WSET educator who has trained more than 400 students.

Claire has been a Certified Educator for the WSET since 2005 and is a member of the Association of Wine Educators. In 2021 she achieved her goal of becoming a Master of Wine (MW). Claire is now an examiner for the WSET, judge in wine competitions writes about wine and work's with a number of clients to organise events, provide marketing support, develop wine lists and offer wine-buying advice.

Learning Outcomes

The WSET L2 Award in Wines has two elements: theory and practical (or tasting). Please note at Level 2, tasting wine is optional, as it does not form part of the examination. However, it is highly recommended as tasting the wines will help your understanding of the varieties, regions, and winemaking options. It's also a LOT of fun! Once inside the course, a list of recommended samples is pinned to the course noticeboard and core samples. The syllabus covers 42 wines; you can choose how many you sample. Further information on purchasing the samples is also available in the course dashboard.

  • Understand the environmental influences and grape-growing options in the vineyard and how these will impact the style and quality of the wine.

  • Understand how winemaking and bottle ageing influence the style and quality of the wine.

  • Understand how environmental influences, grape-growing options, winemaking and bottle ageing influence the style and quality of wines made from the principal grape varieties.

  • Know the style and quality of wines produced from regionally important black and white grape varieties.

  • Understand how the production process can influence the styles of sparkling and fortified wines.

  • Understand the key principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine and the pairing of food and wine.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I expect from the exam?

    The examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs); you will be given 1 hour to complete the paper. To achieve a pass, you will need a grade of 55-69%, a merit of 70-84% and a distinction >85%. The WSET instructor will be in touch with you to arrange a time to take your examination.

  • Is a textbook or workbook provided?

    Yes! You will an e-book copy of the WSET Level 2 textbook (a hard copy is available at an additional cost). A workbook is also available to all students; this is a resource that provides activities, sample questions and maps that can be annotated and space for your tasting notes.

  • Upon completion, what certificate will I receive?

    Completion of this course will result in two certificates. The first certificate is the WSET accredited Level 2 in Wines, and the second is the TYSA Wine in Yachting certification.