WSET Course Level Descriptions

The WSET exists to promote, provide and develop high quality education and qualifications in Wines and Spirits for those in the wine and spirit trade (or intending to join it) as well as for the interested consumer.

The WSET designs courses, produces learning materials, set examinations, and operates through a network of Approved Program Providers around the world.

Neptune School of Wine is an Approved Program Provider of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).  Students can earn official WSET credentials: Level 1 Award, Level 2 Award, Level 3 Award, and Diploma in Wines and Spirits. 


Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits*   

The WSET Level 2 Award is the ideal starting level for those with little knowledge of wine, or those who have depth of knowledge regarding particular types of wine but lack a true breadth of knowledge of all the world's wines. This program enables students to interpret wine and spirits labels, explain the fundamentals of wine-tasting, become familiar with the world's major wine regions and their principal wines, and share basic advice on wine selection and service.

The WSET Level 2 Award is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the drinks industry who have little previous knowledge of wines and spirits.

The course is also appropriate for those not employed in the drinks industry but who have a serious interest in wine, and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.

The Level 2 course covers the wines and spirits of the world and is followed by an optional one-hour multiple choice examination.

Wine tasting is a part of every class.

Course Program:

  • Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting and Food and Wine matching
  • Grape Growing and Wine Making
  • Key wine- and spirit-producing regions
  • Key grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Grenache
  • Sparkling and sweet wines
  • Fortified wines plus spirits and liqueurs.


Level 3 Award in Wines*
The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is intended to provide in-depth knowledge of a wide range of wines and is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Certificate or can demonstrate knowledge at Intermediate level through completion of equivalent courses or sufficient experience in the wine and spirit industry.

This qualification is also suitable for the wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at Level 2.

All sessions on the course include tastings.

The Level 3 Award is a unitised course, covering key Wines and Wine Styles of the World

in considerable depth, and students are required to prove competency in theory and tasting. The examination for the Level 3 Award is in two parts: a theory examination of 50 multiple-choice questions and a series of short-answer questions, plus a tasting examination consisting of a blind tasting of two wines: one white and one red. 

Course Program (12 classes):

  • Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Viticulture and Vinification
  • White Wines of Germany, Alsace, Austria and the Tokaji region of Hungary
  • White Wines of Burgundy, Loire Valley and Bordeaux
  • Red and Rose wines of Bordeaux, SW France and Loire Valley
  • Red Wines of Burgundy and the Red and White Wines of the Northern Rhone
  • Red, White and Rose Wines of the Southern Rhone, South of France, Red Wines of Spain part one and White Wines of Spain and Portugal
  • Red Wines of Northern Spain and Red and White Wines of Northern Italy
  • Red and White Wines of Central and Southern Italy, Red Wines of Portugal, Greece
  • Premium Red and White Wine regions of the New World
  • Premium Specialties of the New World
  • Sparkling Wines, Fortified Wines 

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    * WSET qualifications are part of the UK qualifications framework, and the education courses leading to WSET qualifications are an invaluable source of information for students to enhance their knowledge of wines and spirits. WSET qualifications are not a guarantee of employment or career progression, nor do they form part of any regulated qualifications framework outside UK.