WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 

A great fun course for new or inexperienced hospitality or retail employees wishing to learn the basic product knowledge and skills in the service and marketing of distilled beverages found around the world.

Typically run in 1 day, it’s also perfect groundwork for the enthusiast who wishes to delve further into the world of spirits as it gives an easy introduction to spirit styles, categories and brands in a structured way. This course is Ofqual Regulated.

WSET Awards at Level 1 is a natural starting point for students learning in the specialist field of spirits and helps build an innovation mindset for an ‘in common’ approach to work and the customer experience.

For more details including the specification, see Course Content below.

Our Educators

WSE tutors, all WSET Certified Educators and graduates of the coveted WSET Level 4 Diploma, are professional and experienced corporate trainers who apply their knowledge and skill in modern training techniques.  Using multiple learning methods and styles in our courses, they successfully help our students/guests to easily understand, absorb, embed and retain information.

COST  £180.00 including VAT (i.e. £150.00 excluding VAT)

Fee includes study materials, spirit tastings, tuition, examination and provision of tasting glasses during the course.

EXAMINATION  30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes.  A mark of 70% required to pass.


Set Scheduled Classroom Course Dates

Course Closed Code L1S1022/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 16th October 2021
  • Exam Saturday 16th October 2021
Code L1S1023/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 30th April 2022
  • Exam Saturday 30th April 2022
Code L1S1024/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 15th October 2022
  • Exam Saturday 15th October 2022

*Please note that WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits classroom courses close 10 working days prior to commencement

Not seeing the dates you fancy?  Let us know, as maybe something is in the pipeline or a private course running that you may be able to join!


All bookings are on the basis that you have read and agreed to the Booking Terms and Conditions. Click here.


Click here to view the Specification

Subjects covered content:

Spirit Tasting Taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting spirits

Four key steps:  Process the raw material, fermentation, distillation and after distillation 

Types of still: pot still and column still

Production processes that affect flavour, sweetness and colour

Storage and Service of Spirits and Cocktails

Principle Spirits Brandy, Cognac, Vodka, Whisky/Whiskey, Caribbean Rum, Tequila

Flavoured Spirits  spiced rum, flavoured vodka, gin and liqueurs


Duration of the Course Daytime – 1 day inclusive of examination. 

Certification All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin


Q.  How much prior knowledge of spirits should I have before attending this course?

A.  None at all.  This course has been devised for individuals with an aptitude to learn rather than a prior knowledge of spirits.

Q.  What is the recommended self study time for this programme?

A.  The exam takes place at the end of the day session, therefore, no self study time is required unless of course it whet’s your appetite and you decide to continue your studies and join the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits.

Q. What are the entry requirements?

A. There are no entry requirements for this qualifications although students must be of legal drinking age  to participate in any alcohol tasting.

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