WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits Online

This online course is a great starting point for the beginner spirits enthusiast, or those working with spirits.

About the course

Learn about spirits through a 4 week online study programme that is flexible to work around your existing commitments. The Level 1 Award in Spirits Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a supported Online Classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. Please note that the exam is completed in person and not online.

This online course will guide you 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 will learn how to taste spirits using a systematic approach.

As you work through the course you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, by sharing your tasting notes. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 6 spirits (not provided, but you will be given guidance on the categories to taste).

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

  • Online

Whats covered

  • The basic principles of spirit production

  • The main types and styles of spirits

  • Factors affecting the flavour of spirits

  • Online tasting of six spirits with educator feedback (students to provide their own samples)

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

What study options are available?

The course is delivered online over four weeks with a minimum of three hours study per week recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular access and participation is essential.

The course includes an attended examination at one of our centres. Details of the dates and locations for these are outlined in the course dates.


London - daytime exam

Four weeks of online guided study

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How much does it cost?


The cost includes access to our Online Classroom, online tuition and examination.



Note that the exam is not online and takes place at WSET School London, the date and time of the exam is detailed in the course dates. 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 at

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