Wine & Spirit Education Trust: Award in Spirits Level I, ONLINE STUDY

Wine & Spirit Education Trust: Award in Spirits Level I, ONLINE STUDY
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Wine & Spirit Education Trust 
Level I: Award in Spirits
Presented by WSET Certified Educators



Learning about spirits and liqueurs has never been more flexible. Enjoy the ability to work around your existing schedule through enrollment in our 5 week WSET Level 1 Online study program. 

Through a supported and interactive Online Classroom, the Level 1 Award in Spirits online course covers the same syllabus as the classroom course while allowing you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. 

This course follows a 5-week study program including live webinars and instructor support with set start and finish dates along with a 45 minute multiple choice examination which must be completed in person at Atlanta Wine School.

The course prepares the student for our qualification 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 week includes a series of independent and/or group activities to help students understand wine label terminology and recognise the styles produced by the main grape varieties in key wine regions. Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator. Additional tastings may be included by the APP at their discretion.

System Requirements: Students will require access to a computer with the following minimum requirements: Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 9, Chrome 10 or equivalent with Javascript enabled. Adobe Reader XI or equivalent. Adobe Flash Player 11. Internet access (broadband recommended)

Course Syllabus

Module 1 – Spirits Production
Module 2 – Brandy & Vodka
Module 3 – Rum, Tequila and Whisk(e)y
Module 4 – Flavoured Spirits, Storage & Service of Spirits
Module 5 – Tasting Area
Module 6 – Revision & Resources

Earn A Credential In Spirits: 

Candidates who successfully complete the certification course and pass the examination will have gained:

  • WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits certificate
  • WSET lapel pin
  • The basic principles of spirit production
  • The main types and styles of spirits
  • How to serve spirits
  • Factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
  • Ability to move onto the Level II: Award in Spirits Qualification

Is This Program Right for YOU:

For Industry Personnel and Consumer Wine Lovers, our online classroom includes a structured and informative program that provides vocational training in the broad range of spirits and liqueurs to underpin job skills and competencies in the customer service and sales functions of the hospitality, retail, restaurant and wholesale industries.

This certification is both valuable for the consumer wishing to gain a broader understanding of spirits, as well as learn how to taste and assess wines professionally; and for those working in the industry desiring to obtain an intermediate level professional certification from a trusted internationally recognized organization. 

The online classroom includes a guided tasting of wines utilizing the WSET systematic approach to tasting that enables students to access wines in a structured manner. In addition, students will receive study pointers for the Level 1 WSET exam.  Throughout this interactive course, you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, looking at what wine labels tell you about the contents of the bottle and exchange tasting notes. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 8 spirits which are not provided although guidance will be provided on the styles to taste.

There is no pre-requisite or prior knowledge required to take this program.


The cost for this program includes:
-Level I Study Pack (Book, Study Guide, etc.)*
-Online program

-Suggested tasting samples
-Certificate and pin upon completion*

*Shipping fees not included

Course Dates:
NOTE: We are unable to make exceptions for course registration deadlines.

Mon June 1st 2020 - Sun June 28th 2020 O1SP2003APP DEADLINE May 15


Sunday, January 26th

Sunday, February 9th

Sunday, February 23rd

Sunday, March 29th

Sunday, May 24th

Sunday, June 28th

Sunday, August 9th

Sunday, September 27th

Sunday, November 15th

Please notify us when you are ready to take your exam. The exam must be taken within one year of your class completion date.  Once scheduled, please notify us 2 weeks prior to the exam if you would like to postpone your exam at no extra charge.  Notifications fewer than 2 weeks will incur a pentaly fee.  Exams will be held at the Atlanta Wine School/Vino Venue location in Atlanta, GA at: 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody, Road, 30338.

AWS is unable to offer a Trade discount on this course.
Exam Location:
Vino Venue
4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338