Level 2 WSET® Award in Beer

This course is currently only available for study in the English language, as other language versions become available, we will inform you on the appropriate course descriptor pages.

Who should attend?

The WSET Level 2 Award in Beer focuses on how key ingredients and production processes influence the style and quality of beer. It will also 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.

How will you benefit?

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to describe and compare beer styles brewed with internationally and regionally important malts, as well as explain the use and importance of hops and adjuncts to each beer style. 

What’s covered?

  • The main ingredients used in beer production, how they are processed and their influence on the style of beer produced
    • Malt and adjuncts, water, hops and other flavourings, yeast and bacteria
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Examination requirements for the Level 2 WSET® Award in Beer :

Successfully complete

  • an examination which consists of 50 multiple choice questions

N.B. Instruction, course material and examination are in the English language.

The course price includes: Instruction, beer samples, course material and the Level 2 WSET® Award in Beer examination.

Required prior knowledge: It is an advantage if you have completed and passed Level 1 – Introduction to Beer and Beer Service or another qualification deemed equivalent.

N.B. If you are unsure, please contact us so we can help you choose a course level to suit your needs and objectives.

Guided learning hours: – It is recommended that the candidate devotes at least 28 hours of study time to complete the programme. Study time usually consists of a combination of lecture and study time. It is also recommended that the class time for the programme is not less than 16 hours.

Learning outcomes – at the end of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  • Understand the style and quality of beers made from base malts.
  • Understand how the brewing process can affect the style of a beer.
  • Understand how the choice of yeast influences the style of beer.
  • Understand how the choice of hops influences the style of beer.
  • Understand the key principles and processes involved in storing and serving beer.

Progression Routes – upon successful completion of the Level 2 course, the candidate may progress to the following qualifications: 

Introduction to brewing in practice: the course provides an introduction for beginners to the technical brewing and packaging of beer. The course provides a practical introduction to the technical aspects of brewing and creating malt recipes, as well as the principles of controlling the brewing and bottling process. An introduction to kegging is also part of the course. 

To register for the Level 2 – in Beer, the World of Beer course, follow this link…

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