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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Short Course


The wine course for beginners-to-intermediate level wine enthusiasts

This course is designed for individuals who are new to the world of wines and want to explore a diverse range of varieties. It is also suitable for those who wish to expand on the foundational knowledge acquired through the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.

You will acquire insights into the primary and regionally significant grape varieties worldwide, the areas where they thrive and the resulting wine styles. By engaging in both practical tasting sessions and theoretical learning, you will delve into the factors influencing wine style and quality, developing the skills to articulate descriptions of these wines with confidence.

The course was developed by the UK-based Wine Spirit Education Trust and is recognised internationally.

Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

Melbourne Polytechnic is an Approved Programme Provider for WSET.


Who is the WSET Level 2 in Wine suitable for?

WSET's Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. Level 1 is not a prerequisite and no prior knowledge will be assumed.

Find out if this course is right for you by taking WSET's Level 2 Award in Wines quiz "Where to start in wine?" (

What you'll learn in this intermediate wine course:

  • How wine is made and how other environmental and growing factors influence the style of wines made from the eight principle varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz/Syrah and Pinot Noir
  • The style and quality of wines made from 22 regionally important grape varieties, produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
  • Sparkling wines
  • Sweet and fortified wines
  • Label terminology indicating style, origin and quality
  • Food and wine matching
  • Storage and service of wine
  • How to taste wine, using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®.

WSET 2 course sessions

Online (does not include wines):

The online course is delivered in WSET's online classroom. You have five weeks to complete it at your own pace, with support from your tutor at Melbourne Polytechnic. A minimum of six hours study per week is recommended.

A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the Specification (2023, Issue 2, valid from August 2023).

Course start: 24th June 2024 to 28th July 2024 (Self paced online - 5 weeks)

Cost includes: Access to the WSET online classroom, online tuition, eBook Study pack and face-to-face examination.
Exam: Friday 2nd August 2024 6.30pm - 7.30pm, face-to-face at Epping Campus Building L Room 127.
Exam re-sit fee: $200.

Download the Specification (2023, Issue 2, valid from August 2023).


Assessment is a closed-book face-to-face exam comprising of 50 multiple-choice questions.

An online exam option is available for an additional fee for the online course only, provided you meet the requirements for remote invigilation.

Transfers and Refunds

A refund or transfer is only possible if you apply at least 5 business days prior to the course commencing. A standard handling charge of 10% of the advertised course fee will be deducted from each refund. Requests for refunds or transfers made within five business days of the course start date will not be eligible.

Please note: When enrolling into this course you must use a personal email address as your primary email address. You will not be able to receive your qualification with a work email address. My eQuals (the qualification platform) will not accept a work email.


You must be 18 years or older.

You must read the WSET Specification document and the WSET Specific Policies prior to enrolling.

There are no other entry requirements for this qualification. No previous wine knowledge or wine tasting experience is required.

Available sessions


Monday, June 24, 2024 - Friday, August 2, 2024 Places available

2 Sessions Show sessions

Monday 24th Jun -

  • (09:00 - 14:00)

Sunday 28th Jul -

  • (11:59 - 14:59)
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