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Level 3 Award in Sake
  • Classroom Cost: $1,695.00
  • Online Cost: $1,100.00

Course Details

Duration: Classroom: 24 hours. Online ZOOM: 24 hours.
Includes: Classroom: 40 Sake Samples, Text Books, Exam, Certificate & Postage.
Online: Self Study Online Platform or Online Zoom Platform, Text Books, Exam, Certificate & Postage.

Tasting Kits are available to add on to any course.

This course takes an in-depth look at the fascinating world of sake. Through the course you will gain a detailed understanding of the various production methods and their impact on style, quality and price. You will taste a wide range of sakes, many of which are rarely available outside of Japan, to complement your theoretical learning and build your analytical tasting skills.

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

What's Covered

  • The main techniques that are used in the production of sake and how they influence style and quality
  • The principal and speciality categories of sake
  • The sake industry and the commercial importance of sake in the Japanese and export markets
  • The principles behind the storage, selection and service of sake
  • Tutored tastings of approximately 37 sakes
  • How to taste sake, and evaluate quality, identity and price, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT)


The examination takes place during the last session of the course. It comprises two parts and lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes overall. Students must pass both parts of the examination paper in order to achieve the Level 3 Award in Sake:

  • A theory paper of 50 multiple-choice questions and three short answer questions
  • A tasting paper consisting of a blind tasting of two sakes

Both parts of the examination require a minimum mark of 55% to pass.

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