WSET Level 1 Spirits

This course is great as an introduction to spirits: whether for your career or you’re just interested. You’ll learn about the main types and styles of spirits, how to serve them and you’ll become familiar with the factors that influence both taste and smell. The spirits studied on the course include Vodka, Cognac, Whisky, Bourbon, Rum and Tequila.

To find out how the course works and what you will be studying, click here

You can take this course in the following ways:

You don’t need any prior knowledge of spirits (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 classroom course ends in a paper based exam in Manchester or Liverpool (if studying online or self-study options, the exam takes place 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!

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 Spirits 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 spirits samples 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 Spirits 1 study guides so you can learn and practice before the day.

WSET Level 1 Spirits | Manchester

Northern Wine School HQ

Time: 10:00 am

Next Course: June 3, 2024

From: £235.00


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 spirits to source for the tastings.

You can download your study pack and we provide support via email and Zoom (should you wish). The course materials are available for a year after the course has ended.

You also have free access to our WSET Spirits 1 study guides so you can supplement your learning and practice questions before the exam. The exam will take place online and we will register you for a date that suits you.

WSET Level 1 Spirits | 4 Week Online Course

Next Course: June 24, 2024

From: £310.00

WSET Level 1 Spirits | 4 Week Online Course (tasting samples included)

Next Course: June 24, 2024

From: £385.00

WSET Level 1 & 2 exams can be taken online for online taught courses & resits. Please read the Candidate Information document for technical requirements, or get in touch with any questions you have.