WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits - Online Self-Study

The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is perfect for anyone wanting to discover the basics about spirits, especially if you are in the hospitality industry. You study online at your own pace, at a time you choose. That means the course can fit in to your own busy lifestyle. Study online over five weeks at your own pace and spend at least 30 hours on the course, including text book reading. Take the exam online or in a classroom (Liverpool only). Please read the terms and conditions before booking.



WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits – online self-study


How will it work?

You’ll follow six online modules over five weeks. You work at a pace and a time to suit you.

The six modules: 

  •  Introducing spirits
  •  Fruit and sugar cane spirits
  • Whisk(e)y, Tequila and Mezcal
  • Vodka; flavoured spirits;liqueurs and aromatised wines
  • Bar essentials and cocktails
  • Revision and resources

You can book this course through One Foot in the Grapes (OFITG) to study from anywhere in the UK.

(If booking, please allow at least 10 days before course start date) 

You will self-study for the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits in your own time via the online WSET portal.

But what does self-study mean?

You’ll access the WSET global classroom where you will follow the six modules in your own time, over five weeks.

You’ll have the support of an online educator, plus additional guidance from OFITG.

The course covers topics from spirits ingredients and production methods, to how to taste spirits, to different types of spirits.

There are interactive quizzes and learning resources to make your learning more enjoyable.

The dates:

There are regular dates for the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits self-study 5-week courses via the WSET global portal.

Remaining in 2022: – (all courses start on a Monday)
May 16 – June 19
July 11 – August 14

One Foot in the Grapes would be your main contact, arranging exams and your bookings, plus additional support.

Contact us here for more details

How long does it take?

This qualification carries a recommendation of six hours study per week to cover the online activities and to read the relevant chapters in the textbook. In all,  30 hours over five weeks.

How much does it cost?

The online version of the WSET Level 2 Award  in Spirits course, with an online exam, is £320.

If a paper exam is chosen (Liverpool only) the fee is £298.

You source your own spirits (see below).

OFITG is your point of contact for booking exams and any admin and extra support on the course.

Tasting spirits

You’ll learn to taste spirits using WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting®

Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

There are tasting exercises throughout the course to guide you.

For these, you will need to purchase samples of the following spirits:

  • Cognac or Armagnac
  • Bourbon or Tennessee Whiskey
  • Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • White or golden rum
  • Aged high-quality dark rum
  • Tequila (preferably 100% agave) blanco or reposado
  • Neutral, big-brand vodka
  • Characterful vodka
  • London Dry Gin
  • Aniseed-flavoured spirit and/or bitter

As an option this samples provider has the approval of the WSET.


How do you pass?

You would sit a 60-minute  closed-book exam of 45 multiple-choice questions.

The exam date for each self-study online course is confirmed individually with a student and One Foot in the Grapes.

Ofqual regulates this qualification.

There are certain technical requirements for online exams (check here).

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

Terms and conditions

Please read the terms and conditions before booking the course.


Please contact Jane Clare of One Foot in the Grapes if you have any questions.

Date choices

Mon May 16 – Sun June 19 2022 online exam, Mon May 16 – Sun June 19 2022 Liverpool paper exam, Mon July 11 – Sun August 14 2022 online exam, Mon July 11 – Sun August 14 2022 Liverpool paper exam