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WSET Level 3 Online - Monday evenings

WSET Level 3 Online - Monday evenings

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Take your wine knowledge to the next level with this internationally recognised advanced level wine qualifiaction. Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses provide globally recognised qualifications suitable for wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

For those seeking to delve deeper into the world of wine, this qualification provides a detailed knowledge of all the major wine regions of the world as well as advanced understanding of winemaking technqiues and viticulture practices. You will learn to assess wines accurately and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality and whether a wine should be kept and aged.

Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET Level 3 in Wines certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

What you'll learn

Unit 1

  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
  • How these key factors influence style and flavour of the principal still wines of the world, sparkling wines of the world and fortified wines of the world
  • How to apply your understanding to explain a wine's style and quality

Unit 2

  • How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • If you are an employer wishing to train your staff this course will equip them with knowledge and understanding of a wide range of products


The 2.5-hour exam will be taken in person in a class in Cambridge on either a Saturday or Sunday at a time and date most convenient for the majority of the class. It will be preceded by another live tasting calibration session lasting 1.5hrs. 

Unit 1 is assessed by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions and a paper of 4 questions requiring short written answer.

Unit 2 is assessed by a blind tasting of two wines.

To obtain the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Qualification, you will need to score 55% in both units of the exam (you can resit each unit separately). This qualification is regulated by Ofqual.

Entry requirement

It is recommended you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge.

This course is suitable for keen wine enthusiasts or people working in the drinks and hospitality industry such as sommeliers and hotel, restaurant and pub staff, wine retail staff and managers, wine buyers and distributors and wine wholesalers.

The course is delivered LIVE online using Zoom and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required.


A course study pack will be posted to you upon booking for this course (your preferred postal address will be confirmed before materials are posted out). It is highly recommended you read and study the relevant sections of the course book ahead of each session. You should also read the Level 3 in Wines course specification document and ensure that you understand the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for this course.

Please note a reliable broadband connection is essential for the completion of this online course as are basic computer skills.

Course Schedule & Important Dates

Please register by Mon 12th Apr 2021 to allow time to order the case of wines and post your study pack. You can register after this time, but we cannot guarantee you will get your study pack in time for the first session.

The LIVE course sessions will be delivered 8-10pm on Monday evenings. 

  • Mon April 19
  • Mon April 26
  • Mon May 3
  • Mon May 10
  • Mon May 17
  • Mon May 24
  • Mon May 31
  • Mon June 7
  • Mon June 14
  • Mon June 21
  • Mon June 28
  • Mon July 5
  • Mon July 12
  • Mon July 19
  • Mon July 26

NOTE: All live virtual sessions will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend one of the sessions above as planned, you can revisit the lesson in your own time.

Possible exam date either Sat 31st July or Sun 1st Aug (tbc). Please email us if you are interested in the course but cannot manage the exam date.

Course Format

Sessions will be LIVE (not  pre-recorded). You get the chance to interact fully with you tutor and ask and answer questions as you go.

You will also receive practice short written answer questions and multiple-choice questions. You will get feedback on your answers and also on your tasting notes so you can improve your tasting technique each week. You will also have access to a series of useful videos.

The course fee includes

  • Course study pack (posted to students)
  • Access to LIVE virtual interactive lessons 
  • Exclusive access to practice short written answer and multiple choice questions
  • Tutor feedback on your tasting notes and practice revision work
  • Practice tasting clinics with mock tasting papers
  • Exam and all related examination fees
  • Internationally recognised WSET qualification certificate and lapel pin for those who pass the exam

Course Wines

We are working with local retailer James Thorne Wines to select a 23-bottle accompanying case of wines for this course to illustrate the syllabus. All quality levels are included to give adequate tasting practice for the exam and it is important we taste the same wines together during practice so you can calibrate your palate.

James is offering free delivery and 15% discount. We are still finalising the selection based on stock and availability but we expect the overall price to be around £375. We have reduced the fee for the online version of this course to reflect you are purchasing your own wines (Level 3 normally costs £825 in classroom at the London WSET school, for example). 

Wine preservation advice is given so that after each tasting exercise you can reseal the wines and return to enjoy them over subsequent days and weeks.

Special Educational Needs

Please make the school aware if you have a condition which may mean that you will qualify for additional help during the exam such as dyslexia.

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