WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

The quintessential course in sake for professionals and enthusiasts seeking to develop high-level knowledge of this unique beverage. This course combines online learning with classroom tuition and tasting.

About the course

This course takes an in-depth look at the fascinating world of sake. Through the course you will gain a detailed understanding of the various production methods and their impact on style, quality and price. You will taste a wide range of sakes, many of which are rarely available outside of Japan, to complement your theoretical learning and build your analytical tasting skills.

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

What’s covered

  • The main techniques that are used in the production of sake and how they influence style and quality
  • The principal and speciality categories of sake
  • The sake industry and the commercial importance of sake in the Japanese and export markets
  • The principles behind the storage, selection and service of sake
  • Tutored tastings of approximately 37 sakes
  • How to taste sake, and evaluate quality, identity and price, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT)

Do I need any prior knowledge?

No prior learning in the subject is required to enrol on this course, however, students will be required to complete a monitored online study programme which will commence two weeks before attending the classroom-based element of the course. All study materials for this course will be made available online upon your enrolment.

All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

What study options are available?

At WSET School London we offer this classroom-based course over four consecutive days. When planning your study you should allow for two weeks of online study time before the course starts, in addition to study time during the course. Please note the consecutive day delivery is intensive.

This course is not currently available for online-only study.

9.00am – 5.00pm

Four consecutive days

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How much does it cost?






(RoW and Saturdays)

The cost includes all study materials, wine and spirit samples, tuition, six ISO tasting glasses, examination and postage.

The course fee is inclusive of postage and is calculated on the postage address supplied for the receipt of materials.


The examination takes place during the last session of the course. It comprises two parts and lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes overall. Students must pass both parts of the examination paper in order to achieve the Level 3 Award in Sake:

  • A theory paper of 50 multiple-choice questions and three short answer questions
  • A tasting paper consisting of a blind tasting of two sakes

Both parts of the examination require a minimum mark of 55% to pass.

How can I book?

Bookings can be made online by selecting the preferred delivery option and course date(s) from our calendar. 

Please read the terms and conditions before making a booking.

For any enquiries please email our Student Services team at

This is a very well organised and detailed sake education course. You will gain valuable insights into the world of sake from many different angles. 

Honami Matsumoto – Director, House of Sake