Wine & Spirit Education Trust: Award in Spirits Level II, ONLINE STUDY

Wine & Spirit Education Trust: Award in Spirits Level II, ONLINE STUDY
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Wine & Spirit Education Trust 
Level II: Award in Spirits
Presented by WSET Certified Educators



Level 2 Award in Spirits Online Overview:

Learning about spirits and liqueurs has never been more flexible. Enjoy the ability to work around your existing schedule through enrollment in our 5 week WSET Level 2 Online study program. 

Through a supported and interactive Online Classroom, the Level 2 Award in Spirits online course covers the same syllabus as the classroom course while allowing you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. 

This course follows a 5-week study program including live webinars and instructor support with set start and finish dates along with a 50 multiple choice examination which must be completed in person at Atlanta Wine School.

Each week consists of a series of instructor-guided online activities and group discussions. A timed feedback test is provided at the end of each week for students to practice for the exam and assess their understanding of that week’s topics. Group tasting activities are also provided to familiarize students with the Systematic Approach to Tasting at Intermediate level. 

System Requirements: Students will require access to a computer with the following minimum requirements: Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 9, Chrome 10 or equivalent with Javascript enabled. Adobe Reader XI or equivalent. Adobe Flash Player 11. Internet access (broadband recommended)

Earn A Credential In Spirits: 

Candidates who successfully complete the certification course and pass the examination will have gained:

  • WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits certificate
  • WSET lapel pin
  • Training in the broad range of spirits and liqueur, knowledge which will help you in sales, hospitality and wholesale areas of the industry.
  • WSET® ONLINE Tutored tasting of spirits
  • Knowledge of the systematic approach to tasting that will allow you to assess a spirit’s quality and price
  • Ability to move onto the Level III: Award in Spirits Qualification

Course Syllabus: 

Week 1: Production & Markets; Service & Cocktails; Responsible Drinking
Week 2: Fruit Based Spirits; Sugar Cane Based Spirits
Week 3: Whisk(e)y & Tequila
Week 4: Vodka; Flavoured Spirits; Liqueurs
Week 5: Spirits and Liqueurs / Exam review

Is This Program Right for YOU:

For Industry Personnel and Consumer Spirits Lovers, our online classroom includes a structured and informative program that provides vocational training in the broad range of wine and spirits to underpin job skills and competencies in the customer service and sales functions of the hospitality, retail, restaurant and wholesale industries.

This certification is both valuable for the consumer wishing to gain a broader understanding of spirits and liqueurs, as well as learn how to taste and assess wines professionally; and for those working in the industry desiring to obtain an intermediate level professional certification from a trusted internationally recognized organization. 

The online classroom includes a guided tasting of spirits utilizing the WSET systematic approach to tasting wine that enables students to access wines in a structured manner. In addition, students will receive study pointers for the Level 2 WSET exam.  Throughout this interactive course, you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, looking at what labels tell you about the contents of the bottle and exchange tasting notes. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 8 spirits which are not provided although guidance will be provided on the styles to taste.

There is no pre-requisite to take this program however successful completion of the Level 1 Award in Spirits is recommended. Advanced preparation is required prior to the start of the course.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the main production factors that determine types of spirits. 

Understand how the principal types of spirits are produced and labelled, and describe their key characteristics. 

Understand how the principal types of flavoured spirits and aromatised wines are produced and labelled, and describe their key characteristics. 

Know the common equipment used and the principles involved in the service of spirits.

The Exam:

To give students an idea of the sort of questions which might be asked, here are two examples. The examination consists of 50 questions similar to these, to be completed in a maximum of 60 minutes.

1. The product of the first distillation in a pot still is typically

a. 10–15% abv
b. 25–30% abv
c. 35–40% abv
d. 45–50% abv

2. Which one of the following statements is true?

a. The plate at the bottom of a column still has the highest concentration of ethanol.
b. Liquid flows up a column still.
c. It is possible to have three simultaneous collection points from a column still.
d. Fermented alcoholic liquid enters the still at room temperature.

3. Colourless with pronounced floral and grape aromas best describes

a. Pisco
b. VS Cognac
c. Calvados
d. VSOP Armagnac

4. ‘Aged for a minimum of two years in charred new oak barrels’ is the definition of which labelling term?

a. Reposado
b. Straight
d. Single

5. Which one of the following is an example of a sour?

a. Mojito
b. Daiquiri
c. Manhattan
d. Rob Roy


The cost for this program includes:
-Level II Study Pack (Book, Study Guide, etc.)*
-Online program

-Suggested tasting samples

-Certificate and pin upon completion*

*Shipping fees not included

Course Dates:
NOTE: We are unable to make exceptions for course registration deadlines.

04 Oct 2021 - 07 Nov 2021 O2SP2202APP Deadline September 22nd

29 Nov 2021 - 02 Jan 2021 O2SP2203APP Deadline November 17th

24 Jan 2022 - 27 Feb 2022 O2SP2204APP Deadline January 12th

21 Mar 2022 - 24 Apr 2022 O2SP2205APP Deadline March 9th

16 May 2022 - 19 Jun 2022 O2SP2206APP Deadline May 4th

11 Jul 2022 - 14 Aug 2022 O2SP2207APP Deadline June 29th


Exams are now available ONLINE!

Exam updates will be communicated via email. Please note there is a $100 cancellation fee after exams have been ordered. Exams will be held at the Atlanta Wine School/Vino Venue location in Atlanta, GA at: 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody, Road, 30338.

AWS is unable to offer a Trade discount on this course.
Exam Location:
Vino Venue
4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338