This course is for those working in the industry or for people who just love spirits – it’s an intermediate level course where you will develop your knowledge. The course covers raw ingredients and production methods in the key spirits as well as how to use spirits in cocktails. You’ll also learn how to describe the taste of spirits.
You can take this course in the following ways:
You will get to know a range of spirit types including fruit spirits (Cognacs, for example), whiskey/whisky, rum, tequila, mezcal, vodka, gin, vermouth and liqueurs.
You need to be over 18 (you’ll be tasting around 30 samples) and we provide you with extra support in the form of our exclusive study guides. These are free to Northern Wine School students and have been developed to really help you with your studies.
The course ends in an exam which is usually taken in person. If you’re studying at home or online, this is in Manchester. However, due to COVID-19, WSET has made it possible to take this exam online. It is a 50 question multiple-choice exam which lasts for one hour. You must score 55% or above to pass. Those who pass will get a certificate and lapel pin and the right to use the associated WSET Certified logo. Oh, by the way: we have a 100% pass rate! For more details about the online exam, please click here.
“I have completed the Level 2 Wines and Spirits course with The Northen Wine School. There are very few people offering the online course which is brilliant if you want to study on your own time. I chose the Northern Wine School as they were flexible on the exam dates. This allowed me to finish the course and then dedicate the necessary time to studying for the exam. The date of the exam was my choice and at a time of day which fitted well with my travelling. The course work is self explanatory but John answered any questions I had about any aspect as they came up. If you want to do an online course, I would highly recommend the Northern Wine School for its helpful advice, online resources and flexibility. Oh – and I passed!”
I sat my WSET Level 2 in Spirits with John and I achieved 48/50 (a Distinction!). I definitely don’t think I could have achieved this grade without his support.He is knowledgeable, passionate and down to earth. John was always on hand whenever i needed any questions answering.
Whether you’re new to Wines & Spirits, or have been in the business a while, I would highly recommend sitting your qualification with him.
We are a Wine Scholar Guild approved instructor
Our WSET Spirits Level 2 classroom courses take place over three consecutive weeks – one full day each week. They are run by a WSET Certified Wine Educator (with a 100% pass rate). You will be given the WSET Spirits 2 Study Guide and SAT tasting card. We supply the spirits that you will be tasting (there are around 30). Lunch is also included.
You’ll take the exam at the end of the final session. And don’t forget: you have free access to our WSET Spirits 2 study guides so you can consolidate your learning and practice before the day.
This course requires you to attend three full days of classroom lessons.
This is a five-week course with a choice of start dates and is taught via the WSET Digital Classroom. It’s the same syllabus as the classroom course and you are given weekly activities, but you can study at your own pace. We will provide you with a list of spirits to source for the tastings.
You will be sent the WSET Spirits 2 Study Guide and SAT tasting card. We provide support via email and Skype (should you wish). The course materials are available for a year after the course has ended.
You also have free access to our WSET Spirits 2 study guides so you can consolidate your learning and practice before the day. The exam will take place in central Manchester or online and we will register you for a date that suits you.
Study the course at your own pace, whenever suits you. It’s the same syllabus as the classroom and online course and you will be sent the WSET Spirits 2 Study Guide and SAT tasting card. We will provide you with a list of wines to source for the tastings as well as support via email and Skype (should you wish).
You also have free access to our WSET Spirits 2 study guides so you can consolidate your learning and practice questions before the exam. The exam will take place in central Manchester or online and we will register you for a date that suits you.
Please note that WSET updates the course and syllabus from time to time. This means that taking two years to complete your self-study, for example, might mean your study materials become outdated. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.
Due to the current global health pandemic WSET has introduced computer-based testing via remote invigilation (also known as remote proctoring or online exam) to enable you to sit your exam.
In order to protect the integrity of these exams, WSET has set up procedures to enable the exam to be taken online – please read our Candidate Information document or get in touch with any questions you have.