This qualification is a great introduction to sake: whether it’s for your career or you’d just like to know more. You’ll learn how sake is made, how to serve it, the main types, styles and flavour, and you’ll also learn how to describe the taste using the WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT). You’ll taste seven Sakes.
You can take this course in the following ways:
You don’t need any prior knowledge of sake (you do need to be over 18 as there’s tasting involved) and we provide you with extra support in the form of our exclusive study guides. These are free to Northern Wine School students and have been developed to really help you with your studies.
The course ends in an exam which is usually taken in person. If you’re studying at home or online, this is in Manchester. However, due to COVID-19, WSET has made it possible to take this exam online. It is a 30 question multiple-choice exam and you must score 70% or above to pass. Those who pass will get a certificate and lapel pin. Oh, by the way: we have a 100% pass rate! For more details about the online exam, please click here.
There are very few people offering the online course which is brilliant if you want to study on your own time. I chose the Northern Wine School as they were flexible on the exam dates. This allowed me to finish the course and then dedicate the necessary time to studying for the exam. The date of the exam was my choice and at a time of day which fitted well with my travelling. The course work is self explanatory but John answered any questions I had about any aspect as they came up. If you want to do an online course, I would highly recommend the Northern Wine School for its helpful advice, online resources and flexibility. Oh – and I passed!
We are a Wine Scholar Guild approved instructor
This is a really fun day-long course in central Manchester or Liverpool and is run by a WSET Certified Sake Educator (with a 100% pass rate). You will be given the WSET Level 1 Study Book containing everything you need to know and we supply the sake that you will be tasting.
You’ll take the exam at the end of the day. And don’t forget: you have free access to our WSET Sake 1 study guides so you can learn and practice before the day.
We are taking bookings for these classroom courses in anticipation of social distancing being relaxed enough to run them responsibly. If this is not possible, you will be able to re-book or be refunded.
This is a four-week course with multiple start dates and is taught via the WSET Digital Classroom. It’s the same syllabus as the classroom course and you are given weekly activities, but you can study at your own pace. We will provide you with a list of sakes to source for the tastings.
You can download your study pack and we provide support via email and Skype (should you wish). The course materials are available for a year after the course has ended.
You also have free access to our WSET Sake1 study guides so you can supplement your learning and practice questions before the exam. You can take the exam online or in central Manchester and we will register you for a date that suits you.
Study the course at your own pace, whenever suits you. It’s the same syllabus as the classroom course and we will send you the workbook in the post. We will provide you with a list of sake to source for the tastings as well as support via email and Skype (should you wish).
You also have free access to our WSET Sake 1 study guides so you can supplement your learning and practice questions before the exam. The exam will take place in central Manchester and we will register you for a date that suits you.
Please note that WSET updates the course and syllabus from time to time. This means that taking two years to complete your self-study, for example, might mean your study materials become outdated. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.
Due to the current global health pandemic WSET has introduced computer-based testing via remote invigilation (also known as remote proctoring or online exam) to enable you to sit your exam.
In order to protect the integrity of these exams, WSET has set up procedures to enable the exam to be taken online – please read our Candidate Information document or get in touch with any questions you have.