An Introduction to WSET Qualifications

Through its WSET Awards division, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust develops and manages vocational qualifications for the Wine & Spirit and related industries.

The WSET is the only wine & spirit education organization approved by the UK government as a national awarding body of vocational qualifications. The WSET qualifications provide underpinning knowledge which can be applied in a number of different job functions.

We have been focusing over the years on the continuous improvement and high standing of our core awards:

John Roberts - W.S.E.T. Approved Tutor

John is the Wine Consultant at Mumbles Fine Wines. He is also an approved W.S.E.T. tutor and has over 37 years experience in the wine industry.

W.S.E.T. Courses are held at Mumbles Fine Wines The surroundings are comfortable and students feel at ease.

WSET Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Wines, Spirits

Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Wines and Spirits

This wine and spirits qualification offers broad coverage of all product categories in the field of wines and spirits, together with basic wine tasting technique. It underpins job skills and competencies in the customer service and sales functions of the hospitality, retail and wholesale industries.

The WSET Schools 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. Intermediate Certificate covers the wines and spirits of the world in eight two-hour sessions, followed by a one-hour multiple choice examination on the ninth session. Wine tasting is a part of every class.

This qualification has full accreditation from the UK Government's Qualifications & Curriculum Authority as a Level 2 Vocational Qualification.

WSET School recommends that students complete at least 14 hours of personal study outside the classroom hours during their course of study. For those attending a consecutive day course it is essential that this study takes place prior to commencing the course. It is strongly recommended that anyone wishing to attend the consecutive day programme book in sufficient time to receive the study material a minimum of two weeks prior to commencement of the course.

Course Programme

  • Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting and food and wine matching
  • Grape growing and wine making
  • Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah, Grenache and Riesling
  • Italy, Spain and Portugal
  • Sparkling and sweet wines
  • Fortified wines and spirits and liqueurs

This qualification provides the knowledge required for those wishing to progress on to Level 3.

Fees include study material, tuition and examination.

Courses Held on Tuesday evenings at Mumbles Fine Wines by our Qualified W.S.E.T. Tutor John

Roberts Duration of Course: 8 x 2hour evening session plus End of course multiple choice assessment.

Number of Students needed for course: 5-10. Price for the 8 week course: From £265 (Vat Exempt) per student (depending on the number of Students)

Booking Conditions

Bookings on courses cannot be reserved without payment of fees and places will only be confirmed once payment is received. Cancellations of confirmed places are accepted up to 10 working days prior to the start of the course. An administration fee of £25.00 will be charged, plus the cost of study materials supplied, and the remainder of the course fee returned to the payee. If a confirmed course booking is cancelled, for whatever reason, during the ten working days prior to the start of the course, or at any time after the start of the course, the fee remains payable in full. Once a booking is confirmed, any transfer to another course or to another applicant will only be accepted on payment of an administration fee of £25.00. Transfer requests must be made before the start of the course. Fees will only be refunded in full if the School cancels or changes a date of a course.

If you have any queries with regard to your course or the above information please contact John Roberts on 01792 367663 or email John at

For businesses with more than 6 members of staff who would like their staff to be trained up to W.S.E.T. Standard please contact us for our special offers.

Howard & Palmer Ltd, owner of Mumbles Fine Wines, is an Approved Programme Provider (APP) for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.