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Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Spirits)
證書(單元 : 烈酒中級鑑賞)

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Start Date
02 Mar 2020 (Mon)
30 hours
English supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
HK$9,500 per programme inclusive of:
1.) Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits in English
2.) Student study pack for WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits in English
3.) at least 35 Spirits for tasting
4.) Site visit to a cocktail bar
5.) Test Fee for WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits qualification
6.) Test Fee for WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits qualification
7.) WSET certificates & pins
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Deadline on 24 Feb 2020 (Mon)
Apply now if you are interested ! Let's set Wine & Spirits as your new learning target in 2020!

This programme is designed to provide a more comprehensive level of focused spirits knowledge required to underpin job skills and competencies, and it would be particularly suitable for those who work in bar service and cocktails, retail and wholesaling spirits businesses. On the other hand, this programme is also suitable for those people who have general interests and are enthusiastic in spirits, or who directly and indirectly work with spirits professionally.

This programme is designed to provide a syllabus with a range and depth that offers a clear and concise overview of the world of spirits including bars and cocktails; principal spirits categories and their defining characteristics; main spirits production process and their labelling; and the equipment used in the storage and service of spirits. The syllabus is structured in a way that allows progressive and systematic learning by students, with the first few sessions covering the qualification award of ‘WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits’; and the remaining sessions are used to introduce a higher level spirits qualification ‘WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits’ in order to service the demand for more in-depth knowledge and understanding of spirits.

The spirits industry is inextricably linked to bar and cocktail culture, and one of the unique features of this programme is to give students an insight into the families of cocktail and the service. The content of this session will be ‘brought alive’ through a site-visit to a cocktail bar. Students will have the opportunity to recognise the most important bar equipment, glassware and non-alcoholic cocktail ingredients, as well as learn how they are used. Demonstration and procedures of making different types of cocktails will be explained in this site visit. Students will learn why the classic cocktail recipes work, and be able to explain cocktail balance. More importantly, students may be able to talk to a bartender for experience-sharing, and craft a glass of their own cocktail inside the bar and enjoy!

Graduates of this programme will take away with an understanding of the underlying principles of spirits production and their defining characteristics, this will allow students to be capable of adding value either in hospitality or retail as they will be able to confidently offer insight and advice on the use and service of spirits, and make informed recommendations to customers when selecting spirits and liqueurs to meet their taste and price requirements.



  1. Students can taste at least 35 samples of spirits during the course of their studies, and they are systematically arranged by classroom session.
  2. A unique site visit to a cocktail bar, allowing students to have direct and first-hand experience inside a cocktail bar, and have the opportunity to craft their own cocktail!
  3. Our spirits courses are taught by qualified spirits professionals who are also experienced in spirits education. They are WSET approved educators.
  4. Our spirits courses will be delivered by a single teacher throughout the entire course to ensure consistency in content and teaching style.
  5. All spirits are carefully and impartially selected from different recognized suppliers to suit the genuine needs of the programme.
  6. All spirits are tasted according to WSET requirements as benchmarks samples from around the world.
  7. Small class-size in this spirits programme brings about better teaching and learning, and enhances teacher-student interaction.

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • List and state the purpose of the main production processes, and main production factors that determine types of spirits; 
  • Name the principal categories and types of spirit, and describe their defining characteristics; 
  • llustrate how the principal types of flavoured spirits, liqueurs and aromatized wines are produced and labelled, and describe their key characteristics; 
  • State and recognise the common equipment used and the principles involved in the storage and service of spirits; and
  • Identify the important ingredients used to make cocktails, and explain how the key types of cocktails are made.

The programme consists of 30 face-to-face teaching hours, 3 hours in each session with spirits tasting, and they are structured into 10 sessions with the following key topics. An additional session (1 hour) for Test 2 will usually be scheduled within two weeks after the last session.




Spirits production processes and main production factors of spirits


Types, characteristics and styles of spirits


Principal types of flavoured spirits, liqueurs and aromatized wines

4 Common equipment used and the storage of spirits

Principles involved in the service of spirits


Site visit to a cocktail bar


you will learn different types of spirits:






Fruit Spirits

4 Whisky



Flavoured Spirits


Mr. Ron Taylor

Mr. Ron Taylor

Ron, born in Scotland and a resident of Hong Kong, has been studying wine & spirits for over 30 years and lecturing for at least 12 of those years.

A Certified Educator of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), Associate of the Institute of Wine & Spirits (AIWS), a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Wine Specialist and member of the Society of Wine Educators, Member of the Association of Wine Educators, Guild of Sommeliers and the Hong Kong Wine Society.

He has taught consumers, the F&B industry and staff of leading Hong Kong wine companies in both WSET courses and bespoke material.


Mr. Chris So

Mr. Chris So

Chris has great passion in wine and has been teaching about wine for the past 10 years. To endeavor professional and highest wine knowledge, he is studying the Master of Wine (MW) Programme after gaining the WSET Level 4 Diploma. Chris passed the MW practical tasting papers on his first attempt in 2012 and is now on the final stage working on his MW Research Paper. Chris is also a WSET Certified Educator, a member of Greater China Wine Critics Association, an associate member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits (AIWS) and a judge member of The Hong Kong Wine Judges Association.

Chris is a judge for the “Decanter Asia Wine Awards", "Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition” and “Everyday Bordeaux”. To strengthen his wine knowledge, Chris has travelled extensively to all major wine regions around the world including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Japan and China. Chris was awarded the "Outstanding Teacher Award of HKUSPACE College of Business & Finance 2018/19" for his teaching excellence.


Assessment and Awards

There are two pieces of assessments in this programme, Test 1 and Test 2, in Multiple Choice question formats. Setting and marking of the two Test papers are conducted by WSET. 

Students have to obtain ‘Pass’ on BOTH Test 1 (50%) and Test 2 (50%) for completion of this Certificate for Module programme. Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will be awarded by HKU SPACE via the HKU system the Certificate for Module (Intermediate Study in Spirits)  (證書(單元 : 烈酒中級鑑賞)). 

Assessment Type and Weighting

Assessment Format and Duration

Pass Mark

Test 1 (50%) 30 Multiple Choice Questions (45 minutes)

70% and above

Test 2 (50%) 50 Multiple Choice Questions (60 minutes) 55% and above

Note: Students may apply to resit the Test if they are unsuccessful, subject to a fee.

In addition, graduates of this programme with a mark of 70% attained in Test 1 will be awarded by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) a WSET certificate ‘WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits’ and lapel pin.

Graduates of this programme with a mark of 55% attained in Test 2 will be awarded by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) a WSET certificate ‘WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits’ and lapel pin. Graduates will also be able to use the associated WSET certified logo on their name cards.


HKU SPACE Wine Alumni Association (WAA)

alumni logoStudents are eligible to be a member of HKU SPACE Wine Alumni Association (WAA) after completion of the course. On a regular basis, the executive committee will post the latest updates and promotional materials on the availability of the seminars and events, discounts and offers on the WAA Website at http://www.hkuspacewaa.com and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hkuspacewaa; Email will also be sent for information.

Membership fee is free to current students and alumni of all HKU SPACE wine & spirits programmes. Majority of WAA events are hosted by leading figures in the wine industry. All events are exclusive to members, and sometimes with their guests.

Future Events
  • Wine tastings
  • Wine dinners
  • Master classes
  • Wine seminars
  • Idea sharing programmes


Textbooks (included in the course fee) & Specification

Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits


Student study pack for WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Level 1 Award in Spirits Programme Specification Spec
Level 2 Award in Spirits Programme Specification Spec2


class details

Application Code

Date and Time


(Medium of Instruction)


Application Deadline


2, 9, 23, 30 March 2020;
6, 20, 27 April 2020 &

4, 11, 18 May 2020




Ron Taylor


WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

23 March 2020

(within class)


WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

8 Jun 2020


24 February 2020
  • The programme team reserves the right to change the above timetable if necessary.
  • All classes are subject to sufficient enrolment.

online application

Application Code 1770-HT005A Apply Online Now
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Days / Time
  • Monday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 10 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting


Applicants shall be aged at least 18 years or above, and do not have any health problems that made them unfit for wines or spirits tasting.

Course Fee
  • HK$9,500 per programme inclusive of:
    1.) Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits in English
    2.) Student study pack for WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits in English
    3.) at least 35 Spirits for tasting
    4.) Site visit to a cocktail bar
    5.) Test Fee for WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits qualification
    6.) Test Fee for WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits qualification
    7.) WSET certificates & pins

HKU SPACE is one of the Approved PrograWSET LOGOmme Providers (APPs) of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), and this programme prepares students to attempt and complete TWO   WSET spirits qualifications, namely ‘WSET Level 1 Award in SpiritsandWSET Level 2 Award in Spirits’.  This programme fully adopts all the learning outcomes, curriculum, specification, educational materials including textbooks, workbook and PowerPoints designed and provided by WSET, so that students exactly know the examination requirements and assessment criteria.

Tasting  is a vital part of the WSET qualifications. Students must make themselves familiar with the WSET level 1 and level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT). Our experienced teacher will base on the WSET recommended tasting samples and choose spirits samples that are both very good and very typical of the required styles for students to taste. Students will have an opportunity to taste at least 35 different categories and styles of spirits during the entire programme, such as Cognacs, Whisky, Rum, Tequila and Mezcal, Vodka, and Gin.


WHAT is Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)?

WSET was founded in 1969 to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits. Since then, WSET has grown into the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite of sought-after qualifications.  WSET qualifications are recognised internationally and are now represented in over 70 countries through the world. WSET Awards is recognised as an awarding body by the English regulator for qualifications, examinations and assessments, Ofqual. It also operates a quality management system that complies with ISO 9001:2015, and is a member of the UK’s Federation of Awarding Bodies. For details regarding WSET, please visit http://www.wsetglobal.com/.

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Enrolment Method

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  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit http://www.ppshk.com.

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

Applicants must provide all the required information on the application form and any additional information as required after the intial application assessment. Otherwise the School may not be able to process the admission/enrolment further.

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
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