About the ONLINE COURSE
This course is delivered through a 5-week online study programme, covering the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a tutored and interactive online platform. You will be able to study with your peers under the guidance of a WSET dedicated educator, who can be contacted by the student any time for the duration of the scheduled course.
Choosing the online option allows you more flexibility in terms of self-study time, organizing your studies in accordance to your existing commitments. The course follows a weekly structure, but you can decide to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. During the course, you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the group, to participate in weekly online activities and to post tasting notes in order to receive a personalized feedback from your online educator. The tasting is, in fact, an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 8 wines. These will not be provided, although you will be given guidance on the styles to taste each week.
After attending the course, you will sit the exam at one of The Good Wine Habit´s venues in Gothenburg. Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
Module 1: Introduction to Wine Tasting, Pairing, Storage and Service
Learn to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting® (SAT). Discover the key considerations when pairing food and wine successfully. Learn the processes and principles of wine storage and service.
Module 2: Factors affecting Wine Style and Quality
Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the style and quality of wine. Learn the meaning of labelling terms related to vine age and grape-growing options.
Module 3: Still Red Wine
Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the principal and regionally important black grape varieties, how they influence the style and quality of the wines produced. Meaning of labelling terms indicating style and quality.
Module 4: Still White Wine
Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the principal and regionally important white grape varieties, how they influence the style and quality of the wines produced. Meaning of labelling terms indicating style and quality.
Module 5: Other Styles of Wine
Learn about the key grape varieties used to produce the principal styles of sparkling and fortified wines, key winemaking processes used to make sparkling and fortified wine. Meaning of the labelling terms associated with sparkling/fortified wines.
Module 6: Revision and Feedback Questionnaire
Mock multiple-choice examination to complete.
Each week you will be asked to taste a range of wines. A list of recommended tasting samples will be given online each week. Please, note that the wines are not provided in the course, the student must provide them in order to complete the tasting exercises.
Requirements before attending the online course
No prior knowledge is required, although you must be 18 years old at the time of enrolment.
The course is delivered online over five weeks and a minimum of 6 hours study per week are recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular access and participation are essential.
About the exam
In order to obtain the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits certificate, students must sit a final exam consisting of 50 multiple choice questions to be completed in one hour. To pass, students must answer 55% of the questions correctly. Please, note that the exam will be sit at one of The Good Wine Habit´s venues. Details of the dates and locations will be indicated in the course dates section.
The Specification contains all the necessary information about the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, the course programme and some suggestions about how to plan your study and get prepared for the final exam and the terms and conditions for the exam. Please, download and read the document carefully.
Cost of the course
The cost includes the study pack, the on line tuition, the examination fee and postage charges for the delivery of the study pack (Sweden only). Please, note that the recommended wines for tasting are not included in the fee. The student will be responsible to purchase the wines for the tasting activities.