Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Intermediate Course in Lancashire

Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Intermediate Course in Lancashire from The Lancashire Wine School

By: The Lancashire Wine School  09/08/2010
Keywords: education, wine, Wine Tasting

The WSET Level 2 Intermediate Certificate Course is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the drinks industry who have little previous knowledge of the broad range of alcoholic beverages available. The qualification is
suitable wherever a good level of product knowledge is required to underpin job skills and competencies.

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. This qualification has full accreditation from the UK Government’s Qualifications & Curriculum Authority as a Level 2 Vocational Qualification. This qualification provides the knowledge required for those wishing to progress on to Level 3.


  • Wine Tasting :Taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Food and Wine Matching : A guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
  • Wine Service and Storage : Learn the correct way to store and serve wine and recognise common faults found in wines
  • Social Responsibility : A guide to sensible drinking
  • Labelling :Learn how to decode and understand labels
  • Factors influencing the Style of Wine : Study the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine in the vineyard and winery
  • Grape Varieties : Learn about the styles of wines produced by the key international and regionally important grape varieties
  • Key White grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
    Other white varieties: Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Muscadet, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Semillon, Torrontés, Trebbiano and Verdicchio
  • Key Black grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz
    Other red varieties: Barbera, Carmenère, Gamay, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Zinfandel
  • Key Wine-Producing regions of the World: Learn about the main styles of wines from the key wine-producing regions. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
  • Number of Wines Tasted: 30 wines and 4 spirits will be tasted as part of the course
  • Study Materials : Students will receive an Intermediate course study pack, consisting of  the course book (a comprehensive guide to the wines of the world - illustrated with detailed maps & label explanations), a study guide (complete with maps, example questions, and forms for your own tasting notes) and laminated tasting card.
  • Duration of course : 16 hours (8 two-hour evening sessions or 3 full days ) plus 1 hour examination
  • Recommended Private Study : 12 hours additional private study is recommended for this course. It is strongly recommended that the majority of the private study is done in preparation for the course.
  • Modes of Study : Day Release (one day a week for three weeks) /  Evening (one evening a week for eight weeks) 
  • Examination : 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 1 hour. A mark of 55% required to pass
  • Certification : All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin.

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