WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits ONLINE

This course will open up a whole new world of your favourite spirits. It will give you an understanding of the work and knowledge behind the production of different types of spirits. This course will guide you on how to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT). Grasp the various techniques of adding flavour to spirits. Learn how to store and serve spirits and what to consider when making a balanced cocktail. This course will include Brandy, Vodka, Tequila, Whisk(e)y and Flavoured Spirits.


This course is based around a 4-week, 5-module online learning programme with educator support available for this time. The course modules should be followed in order, but students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during this 4-week window. The course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete, plus revision time. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.


The course prepares the student for the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits and is guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each module includes a series of independent activities to help students understand the differences between spirit types and styles.


Students are advised to taste a range of spirits during their studies. All the required spirits for the course can be found in the course specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.


Please note:

  • Spirits are not included in the cost of this course and although it will greatly improve your learning experience, it is not compulsory to taste any spirit.




  • The key steps for the production of spirits

  • The raw materials used in the production of various spirits

  • The key flavour characteristics of various spirits

  • The meaning of key labelling terms

  • How to describe spirit using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT)

  • The techniques of adding flavour to spirits

  • How to store and serve spirits

  • What to consider when making a balanced cocktail

  • This course will focus on Brandy, Vodka, Tequila, Whisk(e)y and Flavoured Spirits




Students will need access to a computer and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible

  • Web browser with Javascript and cookies** enabled

  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent

  • Internet access (broadband recommended)




No formal qualifications are required. Candidates should be over 18 years of age.

The course is delivered online and in English, therefore, basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required.




The examination date and location are provided when you book the course. If you want to arrange a new date, please contact us at least 10 working days before the set examination date.

The exam paper has 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes. A mark of 70% is required to pass.



195,00 € - The course fee includes the WSET Level 1 study guide (shipped in the week before the course), online tuition, exam, postage, certificate and lapel pin.  Note: VAT-exempt according to § 4 No. 21 a) bb) UStG



For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.

Specification (ENG)




  • Online Tuition: 26.04.2021 to 23.05.2021 / Exam: 27.05.2021 at 19:00 Online or 13.06.2021 at 18:00 in Heidelberg / Registration Deadline: 16.04.2021
  • Online Tuition: 28.06.2021 to 25.07.2021 / Exam: 29.07.2021 at 19:00 Online or 15.08.2021 at 18:00 in Heidelberg / Registration Deadline: 18.06.2021


WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits ONLINE


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