WINC2 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Certificate in Wine Service (RQF)

Qualification summary

The VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Certificate in Wine Service (RQF) is designed for learners employed in hospitality roles such as bar staff/managers, conference and banqueting assistants/managers or waiters/waitresses, who already have some knowledge and basic skills in the catering industry – from a role where they work under supervision – and wanting a formal qualification to help them in their hospitality career.

This is a knowledge-based qualification, which will allow learners to develop the specific knowledge, skills and understanding essential for providing a wine service in a hospitality environment, such as an understanding of the principles of wine sources and production, serving wine and customer care in the wine industry. Learners are required to take three mandatory units which cover all the generic knowledge and understanding needed to provide a wine service.

There is a minimum age requirement as, under UK law, learners can only serve alcohol in a restaurant if they are 16 or 17 as long as the alcohol is drunk with a meal. They can also serve alcohol in a bar, but the licence holder or bar manager needs to approve the sale.

Learners achieving this qualification could progress to the:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service (RQF)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service Practice (RQF)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service (RQF) or into supervisory roles within the hospitality industry.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Certificate in Wine Service (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

Learners must complete all 19 credits from Group M to achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Wine Service. 

The Total Qualification Time (TQT)  is 191.

Guided learning hours (GLH) are 172

Qualification numberQualification reference

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleCredit value
A/507/9767WIN1Principles of wine sources and production6
F/508/1049WIN2Principles of wine service6
A/615/4431WIN4Principles of providing service to customers in the wine industry7

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