WSET Level 1 Award in Sake (Online Course)

[Special Note: During the COVID-19 outbreak, all our ONLINE courses are running as usual]


Learn anytime, anywhere. You can even choose your exam date flexibly!!


This e-Learning course is the ideal way to discover this fascinating Japanese beverage from home or on the go.


Learn about sake through a 4-week e-Learning programme that works flexibly around your existing commitments. The Level 1 Award in Sake Online course covers the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a supported Online Classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator assigned by the WSET headquarters.


Once the booking is confirmed, you will have access to the Online Classroom for 1 year which includes the scheduled 4 weeks of guided study.


NOTE: The course is conducted online. You may take the exam online (at home for an extra £30) or in person (at our venue in London for free) on a date of your choice. The exam will take place on your own under exam conditions. Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.


What's Covered?

  • The basic principles of sake production
  • The main types and styles of sake
  • Factors affecting the flavour of sake
  • How to store and serve sake
  • How to make food and sake pairings
  • Online tasting of six sakes with educator feedback (students to provide their own samples - or get a tasting kit from us - more info here)
  • How to describe sake using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT)


Why Learn With VSF?

  • No prior knowledge is required. The course is delivered online and in English
  • Get 1 x FREE ticket (worth up to £45) for VSF's wine/spirits/saké tasting events
  • You'll also enjoy an exclusive discount on the sakes/wines/books/accessories sold on our website
  • Course fee: £129 only


Course Duration: 4 weeks with a minimum of 3 hours study per week recommended to successfully complete the course (You are free to complete the modules at your own pace during this 4-week window. You can communicate with your instructor and interact with other course participants only during your course dates, and the course materials will become read-only after your course end date. Note: The online materials are accessible for 1 year from the course start date, not course end date.)


Suggested Study Time: 12 hours in total + revision time


Course Codes / Course Dates (please register at least 6 working days (i.e. 9 calendar days) in advance of your chosen course start date): 

  • O1SA2106APP: 28 June - 25 July 2021
  • O1SA2201APP: 6 September - 3 October 2021
  • O1SA2202APP: 8 November - 5 December 2021
  • O1SA2203APP: 10 January - 6 February 2022
  • O1SA2204APP: 14 March - 10 April 2022
  • O1SA2205APP: 16 May - 12 June 2022
  • O1SA2206APP: 18 July - 14 August 2022


Please make sure that you book before the closing date stated above. Otherwise, you will be signed up for the next possible option even if your chosen course is still listed on this website.


Exam Date: Flexible. Just book your one-on-one exam by email when you're ready. Your exam must be taken online (for an extra £30) or in person (for free) at our venue in London within 1 year, on a mutually agreeable date after the scheduled course end date. The exam will take place on your own under exam conditions. Please contact us at least 3 weeks in advance to make arragements. You can now book your online exam here.


Course Materials: All study materials (weekly tasks, group tasting area, multiple choice feedback tests and videos) are provided online.


International Shipping: The course fee includes FREE shipping of your certificate and lapel pin (if you pass) to a UK address. If you are living outside of the UK, there is an additional overseas postage (£10). The Study Pack will be viewable online and will not be sent by post.


Sake Samples: not provided, but you will be given guidance on the styles to taste; we can send you a set of 6 selected bottles of sake for an additional 150 GBP to accompany the course (We can only send this to a UK address. Free UK Mainland delivery is included. Please check with us for delivery to the Scottish Highlands & Islands). Click here for more info.


Sign up now, pay later? Please discuss with us if you would like to pay in installments.


Refund Policy: Unfortunately, for our online courses, no refund is possible once the booking is confirmed.


We also offer this course in the classroom format. Please check out "VSF School" > "Sake Courses" for details.

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake (Online Course)

Tasting Set (UK delivery only)
    • The course fee includes FREE shipping of your certificate and lapel pin (if you pass) to a UK address. If you are living abroad, we'll send you a separate payment link via PayPal for overseas postage (£10). The Study Pack will be viewable online and will not be sent by post.


    VSF Wine Education is proud to run the following courses:

    • WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
    • WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
    • WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
    • SkillsFirst Level 2 Certificate in Wine Service
    • WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
    • WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
    • WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
    • WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
    • SSA Introductory Sake Professional (ISP)


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