Level 1 Award in Spirits

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

Overview

The course will be based around a 4-week, 5 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 the differences between spirit types and styles.

Students should be advised to taste a range of spirits during their studies. All the required spirits for the course can be found i n the “Recommended Tasting Samples for this Course” section online. Any additional spirits can be found in 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

O1SP2102APP          11 Jan 2021               07 Feb 2021

O1SP2103APP          07 Jun 2021              04 Jul 2021

Course structure

Module 1: Spirits Production

  • List and state the purpose of the four key steps used in spirits production.

Module 2: Brandy & Vodka

  • State the raw materials used to produce brandy and vodka.
  • State the key flavour characteristics of these two spirits.
  • Identify the key production processes that can have a defining influence on the characteristics of brandy and vodka.
  • State the meaning of the key labelling terms for brandy. Identify the two types of still, state how they are used and the style of spirit they can produce.
  • An introduction to tasting spirits using language from the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT).

Module 3: Rum, Tequila and Whisk(e)y

  • State the raw materials used to produce Rum, Tequila, and Whisk(e)y.
  • State the key flavour characteristics of these three spirits.
  • Identify the key production processes that can have a defining influence on the characteristics of Rum, Tequila, and Whisk(e)y.
  • State the different styles of Rum and the labelling terms for Tequila and Whisk(e)y.

Module 4: Flavoured Spirits, Storage & Service of Spirits

  • Describe the different techniques to add flavour to spirits.
  • State the principal types of flavoured spirits.
  • Describe the correct procedures for the storage of spirits. Name the important ingredients used to make cocktails.
  • Identify the common equipment and glassware used in the service of spirits.
  • State the four factors to consider when making a balanced cocktail.

Module 5: Revision & 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.

Examination

  • 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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