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.
*Please note that in order to attain the SQA Certificate, candidates must take formal assessment. The EWA has engaged with Prometric to provide and oversee the assessment venues and administration. A separate assessment fee of €115 will be charged once candidates have confirmed that they wish to take this formal assessment at the end of the course.
The assessment is in a multi-choice format and candidates have 1 hour to complete it.
- Course Length: approximately 10 hours
- Preparatory Reading: There is no preparatory reading for this course
- Who is it aimed at? Professionals involved in Whisky industry – retailers, distillery tour guides, distributors, hospitality staff; enthusiasts who cannot visit Scotland
- Venue: Online
- Price: £280 (excluding exam booking fee*)
- The History of Whisky
- Whisky Now
- Grain Distillation & Blended Whisky
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 complete the course and then register for the formal assessment. They will need to pay €115 for using the Prometric assessment centres. Details will be sent upon payment about booking your learning centre.
What material is assessed?
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 Certificate of Completion from the Academy and signed by founding members, Kirsty and Ian McKerrow.