WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

This course is the ideal starting point for the novice spirits enthusiast, or those working with spirits.

About the course

This hands-on course will guide you, using sight, smell and taste, through the world’s key spirit categories and production methods. 

The course is designed to introduce spirits in an interactive, structured and concise manner. You'll learn how to taste spirits using a systematic approach.

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.


  • Day release

  • Saturdays

What's covered

  • The basic principles of spirit production
  • The main types and styles of spirits
  • Factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • Tutored tastings of 10 spirits
  • How to serve spirits
  • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)

Do I need any prior knowledge?

No prior knowledge is required. All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

What study options are available?

At WSET School London we have two classroom delivery options for this course.

If you would prefer our online delivery of this course please click here.

Day release

9.15am – 5.00pm

One day

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10:30am - 2:00pm

Two consecutive Saturdays

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How much does it cost?


The cost includes all study materials, spirits samples, tuition, examination and provision of service equipment during the course. Study materials are issued at the start of the course.


The exam takes place in the last session of the course. The exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass you must correctly answer 70% of the questions.

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

How can I book?

Bookings can be made online by selecting the preferred delivery option and course date(s) from our calendar. 

Please read the terms and conditions before making a booking.

For any enquiries please email our Student Services team

It was such a brilliant experience! From my point of view it was great to taste so many products in an unbiased and marketing-free environment.

Kristiane Sherry, Editor – The Spirits Business