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 spirits.

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.

Ideal too if you’re looking for something a bit more imaginative and different for Team Building sessions or perhaps more informative entertainment for clients.  Our tutors can create a programme around your needs.

COST  £175 including VAT (i.e. £145.83 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

Code L1S1020/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 10th October 2020
  • Exam Saturday 10th October 2020
Code L1S1021/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 1st May 2021
  • Exam Saturday 1st May 2021
Code L1S1022/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Saturday 9th October 2021
  • Exam Saturday 9th October 2021

*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


Study Materials Students will receive the Foundation Certificate Study Guide

Duration of the Course Daytime – 1 day inclusive of examination. Evening 6.45pm – 9.30pm over 2 consecutive evenings

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 wine.

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.

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