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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake Online

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All WSET textbooks and study guides are in an eBook format.


IWEG offers online WSET courses through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. This course is based around a 4-week structured online program. The course follows a weekly structure, but you can work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. The course material should take about six hours in total to complete, plus revision time. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study. You may contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course. Each week includes a series of independent activities to help you understand sake production and different styles of sake. You are advised to taste a range of sake during your studies though it is not mandatory for this course. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the specification. Please note that it is your responsibility to source these sake samples and the cost of these is not included in the tuition fee.

Course details

This beginner level course is for enthusiasts exploring sake for personal interest or professionals working with sake. You will build your confidence when tasting sake, buying a bottle or pairing sake with food.

Prerequisite: None

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake provides a hands-on introduction to the world of this diverse Japanese beverage. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas.

This 6-hour course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of sake and sake and food pairing.

You'll learn:

  • The main types and styles of sake
  • The basic principles of sake production
  • The main types and styles of sake
  • Factors affecting the flavour of sake
  • How to serve sake
  • How to describe sake using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT)

Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

All WSET textbooks and study guides are in an eBook format.

View the WSET Level 1 Award in Sake specification for more information about the course.

Upcoming courses

Monday, May 13th - Sunday, June 9th. Online examination through a remote invigilation service: exam date to be agreed with program administrator after enrollment. Course code: O1SA2405APP. Course fee payment due Friday, May 3rd at noon.