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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits (ONLINE)


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Studying online offers students the flexibility to fit their studies around their personal commitments and lifestyle. The course is based around a 5 week structured online programme with a suggested 6 hours supplementary study time per week. There are no fixed online study times, so students may plan their study times to suit themselves.

Each week consists of a series of online activities, often based around group discussion, with an online tutor allocated to guide the students’ studies. 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 familiarise students with the Systematic Approach to Tasting at Level 2.

Students register through us, thereafter will receive your WSET course materials and an email from WSET in London with instructions on how to login to the online global classroom.

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 spirits.
  • Lessons are online but students are required to sit their examination with us in person.
  • If either your course books or certificate are required outside of South Africa, please contact us for total course fees.

The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits underpins the skills needed in all areas of the spirit trade – customer service, hospitality, retail and wholesale. The course covers the history, production and style of spirits of the world: Cognac, Armagnac and other brandies; Scotch, Bourbon and whiskeys; white spirits, including vodka, rum, Tequila, gin; and liqueurs and other flavored spirits.

Who is it aimed at

  • People employed in the spirits industry needing basic information on the characteristics of the principal spirits and liqueurs of the world, to provide guidance on brand selection and assist with tasting and evaluating of spirits and liqueurs using the Systematic Approach to Tasting.
  • People who are not employed in the drinks industry but who have a serious interest in spirits and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.

The Exam:

There is a one hour exam at the end of the course that consists of 50 multiple choice questions. The pass mark is 55%.

  • All tuition
  • All course materials including:
    • WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits Card
    • 117 page Level 2 Course Book
    • 79 page Level 2 Study Guide
    • Course Specifications Guide
  • Exam Fees
  • International Courier Costs (exams are marked in London)
  • Domestic courier costs for your course books
  • Certificate with Lapel Pin when you pass.
  • Domestic courier costs for your Certificate and Lapel Pin
Module 1: Introducing Spirits
  • Learn to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting®
  • Discover how spirits are made and the influence of production methods on the style of spirit produced.
Module 2: Fruit and Sugar Cane Spirits
  • Learn about the raw materials and production processes used to produce the principal types of fruit and sugar cane spirits.
  • Learn about the key characteristics and labelling terms used for these styles of spirits.
Module 3: Whisk(e)y, Tequila and Mezcal
  • Learn about the raw materials and production processes used to produce the principal types of whiskies, tequila and mezcal.
  • Learn about the key characteristics and labelling terms used for these styles of spirits.
Module 4: Vodka; Flavoured Spirits; Liqueurs and Aromatised Wines
  • Learn about the raw materials and production processes used to produce the principal types of vodka, flavoured spirits, liqueurs and aromatised wines.
  • Learn about the key labelling terms used for these styles of spirits.
Module 5: Bar Essentials and Cocktails
  • Learn about the common equipment and glassware used in the service of spirits and cocktails.
  • Learn about the key ingredients and the factors to be considered when making a balanced cocktail.
  • Learn about the key cocktail families and know notable examples from each.
Module 6: Revision and Resources
  • Mock multiple-choice feedback examination which can be attempted as many times as the student likes.
  Lesson DatesExam DateEnrolment Deadline
06 Jul - 09 Aug 2020 TBA CLOSED
03 Aug - 06 Sep 2020 TBA CLOSED
28 Sep - 01 Nov 2020 TBA 17 Sep
16 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 TBA 05 Nov

You have one hour to complete the exam which comprises 50 multi-choice questions and a pass mark of 55%.

Below are the results you can attend and the marks required.

Pass with Distinction   85% and above
Pass with Merit Between 70% and 84%
Pass Between 55% and 69%
Fail Between 45% and 54%
Fail unclassified 44% and below


As with every WSET exam around the world, the exam papers are sent to WSET in London, UK to be marked to ensure global continuity with the results.

Results are know up to 3 weeks later when we will inform you by email. The certificate and metal lapel pin for successful candidates will follow from London approximately a week later.

If you are unsuccessful, you are able to retake the exam without having to retake the course if you do not wish to. The cost to resit the exam is currently R1,600. Please contact us for potential dates.

Duration: 5 weeks
Exam: 1 hour multiple choice questions
Award: Certificate and Metal Lapel Pin
Cost: R8,500