WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 

whisky decantergift-vouchersA 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.

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  £150 including VAT

Fee includes LUNCH (see opposite), study materials, spirit tastings, tuition, examination and provision of tasting glasses during the course

EVERY lecture day, we provide a really lovely lunch for you to enjoy as well as experience and learn about food and wine matching first hand!! ALL included in the course fee!!

EVERY lecture day, we provide a really lovely lunch for you to enjoy!! ALL included in the course fee!!

all inclusive

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


booknowCode L1S3015/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Sunday 6th May 2018
  • Exam Sunday 6th May 2018


booknowCode L1S3016/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Sunday 11th November 2018
  • Exam Sunday 11th November 2018


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


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CONTENT  Subjects studied Content

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

Spirit Production General main categories of spirits available and their production processes pre-distillation, distillation and post distillation.

Raw Materials Fruit, vegetable, grain

Spirits by Style Main factors that affect the style and characteristics of spirits

Service and Marketing of Spirits Identifying the different ways that spirits can be marketed and the different service of spirits

Main Spirit Categories Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Whisk(e)y, Gin, Cognac, Liqueurs

Study Materials Students will receive the Foundation Certificate Study Guide

Duration of the Course Daytime – 1 day inclusive of examinationEvening – 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 Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits.

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