Certificate in Scotch Whisky

The Certificate in Scotch Whisky consists of eight engaging modules which will give the candidate an independent, in- depth overview of Scotch Whisky as a category.

The course was written and developed by Scotch whisky experts with decades of experience in the industry. The candidate will explore the fascinating history and business of Scotch as well as its legal requirements, before delving into the intricacies of the entire production process - learning all there is to know from raw materials to bottling the final spirit. The course material mixes interactive explanations with illustrated activities and videos – including a virtual tour of a distillery. There are pop quizzes at the end of each module, too, so they can measure the knowledge they’re distilling along the way.

The course is delivered online and is completely self-paced. Upon purchase and confirmation from More than Wines, the candidate will receive an email invitation from EWA and have permanent access to the material.


Who is it for?

The Certificate in Scotch Whisky is particularly suitable to:

  • Professionals in the drinks industry: hospitality staff, brand owner employees, distributors, importers & exporters, visitor centre staff, whisky investment professionals, etc.

  • Individuals seeking a career in the whisky/food & beverage industries.

  • Whisky enthusiasts eager to improve their knowledge.


  • Module 1: Historical development & distillation of whisky

In this module, you’ll learn all about the fascinating early roots of distillation before focusing specifically on the development of Scotch. Journeying through some key historical dates, you’ll discover how the whisky market has developed over time, understand how the story of Scotch has been shaped by political events and evaluate how some of the more recent developments have revolutionised the category.

  • Module 2: The Business of Whisky

Here, you’ll learn more about the various laws relating to the production, bottling and labelling of Scotch. You’ll explore the legally recognised Scotch whisky regions and understand the role of industry bodies that have been created to protect the industry on a global scale. You’ll calculate the key issues and concerns facing the industry and consider some of the newer developments and future prospects for Scotch. 

  • Module 3: Raw materials

In this module, you’ll delve into the different categories of Scotch permitted by the Scotch Whisky Regulations. You’ll understand the relevant rules that govern each category, including the raw materials and production processes used. You’ll also learn more about malting barley, water, yeast and peat.

  • Module 4: Production process

Here, you’ll decipher the various stages of the Scotch whisky production process. You’ll learn more about barley; studying its treatment prior to malting and journeying through the different stages of the malting process. You’ll also discover more about the milling and mashing phases before exploring the role of yeast and the different factors that can influence flavour development during fermentation.

  • Module 5: Batch distillation

In this module, you’ll learn about the batch distillation process. You’ll discover more about how reflux, the size and shape of the still, slope of the lyne arm and rate of distillation can all contribute to the flavour profile found within the final product. You’ll also be able to identify different still shapes and evaluate how they might affect flavour.

  • Module 6: Maturation

Here, you’ll learn all about oak. From the different types to the influential flavour compounds that are extracted. You’ll discover more about the key flavour influences created during maturation including cask size, secondary maturation, charring, toasting and cask regeneration. You’ll appreciate how climate can alter the maturation process and understand the different warehousing systems currently in use in Scotland.

  • Module 7: Bottling

In this module, you’ll examine the final stage in the whisky-making process and understand how the end product is prepared for sale. You’ll explore the journey from cask to bottle, including vatting, ABV reduction, chill filtration and the bottling line.

  • Module 8: Grain distillation & blending

Here, you’ll learn about grain distillation, looking at continuous distillation and the Coffey Still specifically. You’ll discover a bit more about the skilful art of blending and understand the different qualities that blenders are looking for in individual whiskies to contribute to their particular blends.


The final assessment allows you to measure all the knowledge you’ve distilled along the way. Upon completion, you’ll receive a downloadable certificate and digital badge (with a printed certificate and red lapel pin an optional extra).

So, whether you’re just starting out on your journey in Scotch or have been an enthusiast for some time, we hope you’ll see how the EWA Courses are perfect for improving your knowledge. 

Optional SQA assessment available on request.


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  •   Academic Year 2023/24