WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Discover a fascinating Japanese beverage that has taken the world by storm.

Course information

This hands-on one-day course offers the ideal introduction to sake for interested enthusiasts and those working with sake.

In a short space of time, you’ll find yourself fascinated by this diverse Japanese beverage and eager to explore more.

The course will cover:

  • The basic principles of sake production
  • The main types and styles of sake
  • Factors affecting the flavour of sake
  • Tutored tastings of 8 sakes
  • How to serve sake
  • How to describe sake using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT)

By the end of the course you’ll know the principal categories of sake available, what defines them and what characteristics to expect from them. You’ll have learned how to taste and describe sake using a globally recognised approach and will know how to serve and store sake optimally. You'll also be familiar with some important Japanese sake labelling terms. 

View the full course specification

The Level 1 Award in Sake exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass you must correctly answer 70% of the questions. Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

No prior sake knowledge is required, just enthusiasm! All our classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

You must be at least 18 years old to enrol on any of our courses. 

There is no need to prepare anything before starting your Level 1 Award in Sake course.

However anyone embarking on a WSET qualification should familiarise themselves with the qualification specification. This document will help you understand what to expect and what you will get out of the course. 

Study options

We have three study options available for this course at WSET School London.

  • Where: WSET School London
  • Duration: 9:00am-5.00pm on one day (includes exam)
  • Private study: Not required. There are recapping and revision exercises throughout the day
  • Samples: In-class sake samples included
  • Includes: Your workbook, 10 sake samples, six hours of tuition, your examination, and exclusive offers via our Student Deals Card
  • Who: Those who want to complete the course as quickly as possible


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Course dates

Start date Study option Location Price Booking deadline Availability
Monday 15 Jul 2024 Online Online (exam via Remote Invigilation) £210 Monday 08 Jul 2024 10+ Book Now
Friday 19 Jul 2024 Day Release WSET School London £250 Wednesday 26 Jun 2024 10+ Book Now
Friday 09 Aug 2024 Day Release WSET School London £250 Tuesday 23 Jul 2024 10+ Book Now
Thursday 05 Sep 2024 Day Release WSET School London £250 Friday 16 Aug 2024 10+ Book Now
Tuesday 01 Oct 2024 Day Release WSET School London £250 Friday 13 Sep 2024 10+ Book Now
Saturday 05 Oct 2024 Saturdays WSET School London £250 Thursday 26 Sep 2024 8 Book Now