AWSEC - Courses - WSET – Our most popular course for wine lovers & people in the trade Details
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During this period our classes and classrooms will operate as normal and some temporary arrangements have been made to minimise disruption, as per the following :
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Following services will be suspended:
- Certificate pick-up service
- Aroma kit purchase
- Textbook collection before courses start (Your textbook will be distributed on the first session)
- Library service
- Zoom service

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WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

  • AWSEC is the first APP in the world to deliver this qualification
  • Advanced level course for you to learn about the various production methods and their impact on style, quality and price of Sake
  • Taste around 50 Sakes of all styles, including Sake produced outside of Japan
  • 8 sessions classroom learning (18 hours in total) + online study
  • No prior knowledge in Sake needed. There will be an online study programme prior to the class for you to learn / reinforce your basic Sake knowledge
  • 2 hours closed-book exam consists of both theory and practical units

This fascinating and diverse beverage category is as interesting and complex to study as any wine or spirit and will enhance knowledge of the world of alcoholic beverages available to consumers. Students attending this course will learn about the various production methods and their impact on style, quality and price of Sake. Students will also taste a wide range of styles, many of which are rarely available outside of Japan to reinforce their learning, build their tasting skills and ability to assess Sake.  

This course combines classroom and online study. Throughout the entire 8-lesson course, individuals would be able to taste over 45 Sakes to gain the experience. There is no prior learning in the subject required to enter the programme, however, students will be required to complete a monitored online study programme which will commence two weeks before attending the classroom based element of the course.

Sessions      Areas Covered Sessions     Areas Covered
1 Review of Sake Brewing and An Introduction to Tasting 5 Jozo Alcohol and Filtration
2 Rice Growing, Making Steamed White Rice and Fundamental Concepts 6 Finishing, Storage and Service of Sake
3 Making Koji, Water and Yeast 7 Speciality Styles of Sake, Label Reading and Kanji
4 Fermentation Starter, Main Fermentation, Regionality and Styles of Sake 8 Sake Trade Organisations, Sales and Exports


 Candidates will be required to pass a closed-book examination, comprising two units.

 Unit One: A written examination of two parts comprises:

  • 50 multiple-choice questions
  • Three 25 mark short written answer questions

 Unit Two: A tasting examination in the form of a blind tasting of two sakes.

Exam Duration:

 Unit One: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 Unit Two: 30 Minutes

Passing Grade: In order to be awarded the WSET® Level 3 Award in Sake, candidates must achieve a pass (55%) in all papers and both units of the examination.


Address: Room 1501 & 1503-08, 15/F, Kai Tak Commercial Building, 317-319 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (Entrance on Morrison Street)

$6,980 $13,560
2 Persons Discount
Early Bird
2 Persons Early Bird
(Paid 1 month before course starts)
Code Date Time Language Fee Examination Date Registration
(Weekend Intensive)
Aug 1, 8, 15
1:00pm - 5:45pm (1st Day) 10:00am - 6:00pm (2nd-3rd Day) English HKD 6980 Sep 05 09:00am-11:30am Course Expired
(Weekend Intensive)
Oct 17, 24, 31
1:00pm - 5:45pm (1st Week) 10:00am - 6:00pm (2nd-3rd Week) English HKD 6,780 TBC Enrol