NEW! WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits Online Learning IWEG Online Learning
The course will be based around a 4-week, 6 module online learning programme with educator support available for this time.
The course modules should be followed in order, but students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during this 4-week window. The course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete, plus revision time.
The course prepares the student for the WSET qualification and students are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities to help students understand the differences between spirit types and styles.
All study materials are included in the online course. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study. Students are advised to taste a range of spirits during their studies.
All the required spirits for the course can be found in the online Equipment List. Any additional spirits can be found in the Specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.
Module 1: Spirits Production
List and state the purpose of the four key steps used in spirits production.
Module 2: Brandy & Vodka
State the raw materials used to produce brandy and vodka. State the key flavour characteristics of these two spirits. Identify the key production processes that can have a defining influence on the characteristics of brandy and vodka. State the meaning of the key labelling terms for brandy. Identify the two types of still, state how they are used and the style of spirit they can produce.
Module 3: Rum, Tequila and Whisk(e)y
State the raw materials used to produce Rum, Tequila, and Whisk(e)y. State the key flavour characteristics of these three spirits. Identify the key production processes that can have a defining influence on the characteristics of Rum, Tequila, and Whisk(e)y. State the different styles of Rum and the labelling terms for Tequila and Whisk(e)y.
Module 4: Flavoured Spirits, Storage & Service of Spirits
Describe the different techniques to add flavour to spirits. State the principal types of flavoured spirits. Describe the correct procedures for the storage of spirits. Name the important ingredients used to make cocktails. Identify the common equipment and glassware used in the service of spirits. State the four factors to consider when making a balanced cocktail.
Module 5: Tasting Area
Describe spirits using language from the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT). Practice your tasting skills and familiarise yourself with some of the key styles of spirits on the syllabus.
Module 6: Revision & Resources
Revision and Examination Preparation
Policy on changing your exam date to an alternative date.
Please note IWEG's policy on changing your exam date:
When you register for a WSET or WSG course, you are booked to take your exam on a specific date, which is indicated in your Course Schedule. You can view this before registering, and when you register, you will be reminded.
If you decide not to write your exam on the date you are registered for, this is what you must know:
· For WSET Levels 1 to 3 and WSG courses, you have to ask to change the date at least 15 days before the exam date, by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
· For WSET Level 4 Diploma you have to ask to change the date at least 75 days before the exam date, by writing to email@example.com.
· You must pick a new exam date within 12 months from the start of your current course.
· You may change your exam date a maximum of two times during the 12 months. You can choose from any exam dates/re-sit dates listed on the course page of the IWEG website. It is possible that your first choice may not work, if the exam is full.
· Each time you change your exam date, there is a $150 fee.
· After the 12-month period, from the start of your current course, if you still need to sit the exam, you will be charged an exam “re-sit” fee, which varies depending on the course, as well as the $150 fee.
· The only exception to this policy is in case of a valid and verified personal or family emergency, subject to approval from WSET and WSG.