ONLINE WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

You’ll have 4 weeks online guided study and regular access to online activities

Are you an enthusiast who would love to learn more about spirits yet you just don’t have the time to commit yourself to attending classroom courses?  If the answer’s ‘Yes’ then perhaps the online option is for you.

The ONLINE WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits course provides 4 weeks of online guided study.  Student activities include weekly tasks, group tasting area, multiple choice feedback tests and videos.  There are 6 modules to complete and you’ll be supplied guidelines on progression, however, you can login and get studying at home at your own time and pace.

You can post your tasting notes on the Online Classroom for review by the educator

Click here to learn more about the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

We’ll have subject specialist educators on hand to provide you with the necessary feedback on your assigned exercises and they’ll respond about any course related queries you may have.  Additionally you can interact in the forums with other students on the same course. Pretty simple and straightforward.

Once you’re ready, you’ll have a full 12 months to come along and sit your exam!


All study materials are included in the online course, which is Ofqual Regulated.

You’ll need access to a computer and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible
  • web browser with Javascript and cookies enabled
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)


Click to view the E-Learning Modules

Each week there are a series of independent and/or group activities to help you understand the differences between spirit types and styles.

The e-learning modules are ideally followed in order. Click here to view.


£160 per student including VAT (£133.33 excluding VAT), online course and examination.


Set Scheduled Course Dates

Start Date End Date Exam Date

Course Closed

Monday 23rd August 2021 Sunday 19th September 2021 Saturday 25th September 2021

Course Closed

Monday 18th October 2021 Sunday 14th November 2021 Monday 13th December 2021

Course Closed

Monday 10th January 2022 Sunday 6th February 2022 Saturday 19th February 2022

Course Closed

Monday 7th March 2022 Sunday 3rd April 2022 Wednesday 27th April 2022

Course Closed

Monday 2nd May 2022 Sunday 29th May 2022 Monday 13th June 2022

Course Closed

Monday 27th June 2022 Sunday 24th July 2022 Monday 22nd August 2022

* Please note that online courses close 6 working days prior to commencement


Examinations are on set dates after the scheduled course takes place.  Whilst the course is online, the examination is not as students need to sit their exam under the same conditions as our classroom course students.

If you need more time, we can arrange another mutually convenient date.  Please note that we require a minimum of 12 working days notice.

The exam paper has 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes.  A mark of 70% is required to pass.


Make sure you have a look at the terms and conditions for the Online Classroom as they are slightly different to the day/evening courses. Click here.


Q.  How does the Online Classroom work?

A.  Once enrolled to a scheduled online course, we’ll send you a welcome email that will detail how to access the learning zone.  You’ll be provided with guidelines on progression and then it’s then up to you to decide how often and whether or not you wish to learn in small bite sized chunks or perhaps in more in depth sessions.

Q. Is there a deadline for booking on to an online classroom course?

A. Yes.  You need to book at least 6 working days before the start of the course.

Q. How will I know what spirits to taste?

A. Suggested and recommended spirits are detailed in the Equipment List and Specification.

Q.  What if I’m unsure about any of the content of the course programme?

A. No problem.  Throughout the online course, you have access to a subject specialist educator online who will respond to your course related query.

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

A.  Obviously people learn at different speeds and how much prior knowledge of spirits you have before you start the course, will have a bearing on this. The online course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete   For a successful outcome, we do highly recommend that all students spend at least another 1 hour revision prior to sitting the exam.

Q.  How long can I take to complete my studies?

A.  From enrolment, you have a full 12 months in which to complete the Online Classroom course and sit your exam. After the set scheduled course dates, you will not be able to take part in any of the online activities and no longer have the online educator support facility. 

Q.  Where do I sit my exam?

A.  On enrolment, we will let you know the forthcoming exam dates and it’s up to you which one you would like to attend.  All we ask is that you notify us a minimum of 12 working days prior to the exam day so that we can register you with WSET Awards.

Q.  Can you sit the examination online?

A. No. Students need to sit their exam under the same conditions as our classroom courses.

Q.  Is it possible to attend the delivery of Day Release lectures?

A.  Yes. We would recommend that you purchase the classroom version of the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits instead.