Level 1 Award in Sake

The WSET Award in Sake level 1 Online is provided only in English.


The course will be based around a 4-week, 7 modules online learning programme with educator support available for this time. The course modules should be followed in sequential order during this 4-week window. The course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete, plus revision time. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.

The course prepares the student for our qualifications and they are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each module includes a series of independent activities to help students understand sake production and different styles of sake.

Students should be advised to taste a range of sakes during their studies. All the required sakes for the course can be found the Specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

Course Dates

Course code               Start date                   Finish date

O1SA2106APP              28 Jun 2021                 25 Jul 2021

Course structure

Module 1: What is Sake and How is it Made?

  • Describe the characteristics typical of sake.
  • List and state the purpose of the main ingredients that are used in sake production.
  • List and state the purpose of the main production steps that turn the ingredients into sake.

Module 2: Categories and Grades of Sake

  • Name the principal categories and grades of sake.
  • State the key characteristics of the principal categories and grades of sake.

Module 3: An Introduction to Tasting Sake

  • Taste sake and describe its notable characteristics using language from WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting.
  • Distinguish differences and similarities between different styles of sake.

Module 4: Sake Production

  • List and state the purpose of the main production steps used to make sake.

Module 5: Japanese Labelling Terms and Speciality Styles of Sake

  • Name the principal categories and grades of sakes and state their key characteristics.
  • Name some of the speciality styles of sake and state their key characteristics.
  • State the production steps that are legally controlled for the principal and some speciality styles of sake.
  • Recognise Japanese labelling terms for some of the principal categories of sake.

Module 6: Storage and Service of SAKE

  • State the correct procedures for the storage and service of sake.
  • State the common faults found in sake.
  • State the key considerations when making a food and sake pairing recommendation.

Module 7: Revision and Resources

  • Mock multiple-choice feedback examination which can be attempted as many times as the student likes.

All the relevant study materials for this course will be available in the online platform.


  • Revise and recap the course content. Students should be advised to schedule a minimum of 6 hours of private study in total before sitting the Level 1 examination.
  • 45 minutes exam must take place after advertised finish date of the course.
  • Examination date must be agreed with More than Wines Academy within one year after completion of the course in a day and location already scheduled in our website.
  • Remote Invigilation exam is available for this course. 

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