This unique online SQA awarded Certificate explores the fundamentals of whisky. The Certificate offers our first tier of whisky education and is aimed at those new to whisky or those wishing to improve their knowledge to a Certificate level. The online format makes it globally accessible, flexible and a cost-effective way to access independent and comprehensive material and expertise.
Modules covered include the History of Whisky, Pre-production (a look at the raw materials and the malting process), Batch Distillation, Maturation, Grain Distillation and Blending.
* In order to gain the SQA Certificate candidates are required to take a formal assessment. There is an additional cost of £180 attached to this for the SQA registration fee and the cost of the assessment centre. The EWA has engaged with Prometric to provide and oversee the assessment venues and administration. If you would like further instructions on the assessment, please click here.
The assessment is in a multi-choice format and candidates have 1 hour to complete it.
- Course Length: 8 modules
- Preparatory Reading: none
- Who is it aimed at? Beginners
- Venue: online
- Price: £120
- Historical Development
- Business of Whisky
- Raw Materials
- Production Process
- Batch Distillation
- Grain Distillation and Blending
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there any prior knowledge required?
No, this course takes you from your first step of whisky knowledge, there are no prior requirements for this course.
Are there tests to help me gauge my learning?
Yes, there are pop quizzes at the end of each module to check your learning as you progress through the course.
How do I get the SQA awarded certificate?
In order to gain the SQA Certificate candidates are required to take a formal assessment. There is an additional cost of £180 attached to this for the SQA registration fee and the cost of the assessment centre. The EWA has engaged with Prometric to provide and oversee the assessment venues and administration. If you would like further instructions on the assessment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What material is assessed for the SQA assessment?
The learning outcomes that are present on your learning portal are the areas that are assessed. These are: Pre-production, Production Process, Warehousing and Bottling. Candidates must achieve 60% in each of the 4 modules in order to achieve the Certificate.
What happens if I don’t achieve 60% in one module, do I have to retake the whole assessment?
Yes, candidates must resit the whole paper. Please note that for any resits candidates will be required to pay €115 for use of the Prometric assessment centre.
What Certificate do I get if I don’t take the formal assessment?
Candidates will receive a personalised downloadable Certificate of Completion from the Academy which is signed by Kirsty and Ian.