Level 2 Beer

Want to deep dive into the world of beer?

Want to know how common beer styles are made? How key ingredients and production choices influence the taste, style and quality of beer?

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WSET are proud to have launched their first-ever beer courses. The exciting new Level 2 Award in Beer is an intermediate and interactive course for any beer or hospitality professional or beer enthusiast. The course will teach you how to taste, describe and evaluate the quality of beer.

If you’re a beer or hospitality professional, you’ll be able to offer valuable guidance on selection and service to your colleagues and customers. If you’re a beer enthusiast, you’ll know exactly what to look for when choosing beers for any occasion.

Upon completion you’ll gain a recognised qualification and the skills to select, describe and recommend beers with authority.

What’s covered?

  • Know the main ingredients used in beer production, how they are processed and their influence on the style of beer produced

    • Malt (malted grains) and adjuncts, water, hops and other flavourings, yeast and bacteria

  • Know how beer production influences the style and quality of beer

    • Alcoholic fermentation process, brewing process, brewing equipment, beer production options, spontaneous and mixed culture fermentation options

  • Know the key principles and processes involved in the storage and service of beer

    • Ideal conditions for storage, packaging and shelf life, service temperatures, glassware, beer on tap, bottled beer, common faults, beer and food

  • Know how over 60 beer styles are produced and labelled and their typical characteristics

    • Malt-driven lagers, malt-driven ales, hop-driven lagers, hop-driven ales, yeast-driven ales, Mixed fermentation styles, other speciality beers

Course delivery & assessment

This qualification can be completed with 17 hours of guided learning. An extra 11 hours of private study is recommended. 

  • Your learning will be assessed by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions, to be completed in 60 minutes. 
  • Courses and exams are available both online and in-person.

This qualification is graded:

Pass: 55% – 69%     Pass with Merit: 70% – 84%     Pass with Distinction: 85% or more

  • WSET is committed to making our exams fair and accessible, and ensuring that no candidate is placed at a disadvantage. If you have any special requirements or need to request reasonable adjustments, please let us know.
  • Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.


No prior beer knowledge is required, just enthusiasm!

  • This qualification suits beginners as well as those with some foundational beer knowledge. If you are completely new to the subject we recommend starting with the Level 1 Award in Beer, though this is not a requirement.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to enrol on any of our courses.

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WSET’s approach focuses on learning through tasting. This allows you to experience the influence of ingredients, processes and other key factors in the glass. 

While you won’t be assessed on your tasting skills, tasting forms an important part of every WSET course. Through the course, you will learn how to taste beer using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Beer®.

Ready to boost your beer knowledge?

In-person course launches on Tuesday 26th March 2024.

This course is held over 6 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30pm at Bowden Cellars, Plant 3 Bowden, Red Shed Lane, Bowden SA 5007 SA.

Head to WSET-Approved Program Provider Juice Beverage Education Consultants for all registrations and payments.

eg. brewery, bar, pub, consumer etc.
Course Options
WSET Level 1 Award Beer
WSET Level 2 Award Beer