WSET L2 Online

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is ideal for anyone wanting to develop a good understanding of wine. If you’re a wine enthusiast, or in the hospitality industry, this course gives you a good level of knowledge. You’ll study online over five weeks spending at least six hours a week studying. We’ll meet for the paper exam in Liverpool city centre – however there is an option to take the exam online. Please read the terms and conditions before booking.



WSET Level 2 Award in Wines – Online

This option allows you to study for the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines through an online classroom under the guidance of One Foot in the Grapes. If you’re a wine enthusiast, or in the hospitality industry, this course gives you a good level of knowledge for your wine journey. At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe and compare the styles of wines produced from internationally and regionally important grape varieties
  • Interpret wine labels from the main wine producing regions of the world
  • Give basic guidance on appropriate selection and service
  • Understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation
  • Download the full qualification specification.

When will the course start?

The WSET has regular course dates across the year. However One Foot in the Grapes also organises bespoke courses which will take place on a rolling basis as soon as the minimum numbers of students are attained. Get in touch and we’ll explain. We’re also able to offer bespoke group courses for trade and hospitality businesses with paper exams in Liverpool city centre.

The next courses:

There is a range of online wine course dates now available up to the end of June 2021.
Read the full list here
Online exam can be arranged – contact us here for more details

How long does it take?

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours’ study time across five weeks. Our classes are delivered in English. The study time is based around 17 hours’ guided study online and 11 hours of your own private study and revision.

How much does it cost?

The online version of the WSET Level 2 Award  in Wines course is £280. The paper exam is included in the £280 if you take it in person with One Foot in the Grapes in Liverpool city centre. The fee does not cover wine tasting samples.
If you can’t get to Liverpool, we could organise an online exam (see below).

Do you need any qualifications?

There are no entry requirements. You must be 18 or over to take part in the wine tasting; but if you are underage that does not stop you taking part in the theory sessions and sitting the examination. Our classes are delivered in English. You don’t need to have the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines to study this course, but you may prefer to have that as additional background learning. The choice is yours.

How do you pass?

You would sit an hour’s closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions. To pass, you need to achieve 55% or more. The paper exam will take place in Liverpool.
Exam dates in Liverpool will be published here, subject to Covid restrictions. Until then, each student’s requirements will be discussed as a bespoke arrangement.

The exam date for each online course is confirmed at the beginning of each course and students notified.

The WSET team marks the exam papers and One Foot in the Grapes will let you know if you have been successful.  If you pass, you’ll receive a WSET certificate and also a lapel pin.
Ofqual regulate this qualification.

Online exam

There is an option to take the exam online. This is useful if you’re unable to travel into Liverpool or live outside the region. There’s an additional charge of £25 for an online exam. The price for studying online for the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, with an online exam, is £305.  We will agree the date of the online exam at the time of registration, at a time to suit you. There are certain technical requirements (check here) and before choosing an online exam we recommend you contact us and we’ll explain the options. 

Here’s a short video explaining how online exams work.

Tasting wine

You’ll learn to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT). To fully enjoy and understand the modules, One Foot in the Grapes advises that you should try at least 20 wines in the online course. You will buy these for the online course and we can offer recommendations to source from retailers. As an option, you can also buy wine sample boxes for Level 2 study, each box containing 40 20ml bottles of wine. This samples provider has the approval of the WSET.

How will it work?

You’ll follow six online modules. You’ll be provided with access to your own section of the WSET Global classroom. One Foot in the Grapes will provide guided support during this time. There will be an order to the modules, but you can complete them at your own pace. The study should take about six hours a week for five weeks to complete, plus any revision time.  You work at a pace and a time to suit you. One Foot in the Grapes will invite you to occasional informal, informative, video calls but they are not compulsory.

You’ll receive a study pack in advance of the course. You will need to source wine samples.

The six modules: 

  • Introduction to wine tasting, pairing, storage and service
  • Factors affecting wine style  and quality
  • Still red wine
  • Still white wine
  • Other styles of wine
  • Revision


You’ll receive the study pack in advance of the course and we recommend you familiarise yourself with the material. You can read the qualification specification which will help you understand what to expect.

Terms and conditions

Please read the terms and conditions before booking the course.


By all means contact Jane Clare of One Foot in the Grapes if you have any questions.

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