WSET® Level 1 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 students 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.
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.
What you will learn
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 spirits 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
What you need
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
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.
Next course dates
Online Tuition: 22.02.2021 - 21.03.2021 / Exam: 21.03.2021 at 18:00 in Heidelberg or 25.03.2021 at 19:00 Online / Registration Deadline: 12.02.2021
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Online Classroom work?
After registration, you will receive an email from WSET® with instructions for signing into the Online Classroom.
Once signed in, you will receive a course calendar with the weekly subjects, background information to read, activities relevant for each subject, tasting assignments (students have to supply their own samples) and quizzes. The results of your activities and tasting assignments need to be posted online. You can exchange reactions with the instructor and fellow students online. This interaction is crucial for success in this course. One or more mock exams form part of the study.
Is there a deadline for booking on to an online classroom course?
Yes. You need to book at least 5 working days before the start of the course.
How will I know what spirits to taste?
Suggested and recommended spirits are detailed in the course specification.
What if I’m uncertain about any of the content of the course programme?
No problem. Throughout the online course, you have access to a subject specialist educator online who will respond to your course-related query.
What is the recommended self-study time for this programme?
The online course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete. For a successful result, we do highly recommend that all students spend at least another 1-hour revision prior to sitting the exam.
How long can I take to complete my studies?
From enrolment, you have a full 12 months to complete the Online Classroom course and sit your exam. However, after the course end date, you will not be able to take part in any of the online activities and will no longer have the online educator support facility.
Can I change my exam date?
If you need more time, we can arrange another mutually convenient date. Please note that we require a minimum of 10 working days’ notice prior to the exam day so that we can register you with WSET® Awards.
Can I sit the examination online?
Yes!! Students can decide to sit their exam at our premises or online through remote invigilation. For the remote invigilation, students will need a reliable internet connection and both a computer and a smartphone.