Take your wine knowledge to the next level with this internationally recognised advanced level wine qualification. Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses provide globally recognised qualifications suitable for wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.
For those wanting to delve deeper into the world of wine, this qualification provides detailed knowledge of all major wine regions of the world as well as an advanced understanding of winemaking techniques and viticulture practices.
The course is held over mainly alternate Sundays for 6 sessions and then the exam. (See exact dates below).
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 Theory of Wines of the World
- Learning Outcome 1: Identify the principal natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery that are involved in the production of still wines of the world and explain how they can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.
- Learning Outcome 2: Identify and describe the characteristics of the still wines produced in the principal wine-producing regions of the world and explain how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery, law and commerce can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.
- Learning Outcome 3: Identify and describe the characteristics of the principal sparkling wines of the world and explain how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery, law and commerce can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.
- Learning Outcome 4: Identify and describe the characteristics of the principal fortified wines of the world and explain how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery and law can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.
- Learning Outcome 5: Demonstrate the ability to provide information and advice to customers and staff about wines.
Unit 2: The Analytical Tasting of Wine
- Learning Outcome: Accurately describe the key characteristics of the principal still wines of the world and use the description to make an assessment of quality and an assessment of readiness for drinking.
- You will learn using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
- Wine Tasting: Taste, describe and analyse wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
- Food and Wine Matching: A guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
- Labelling: Learn how to decode and understand labels
- Wine Production: Learn about the production factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine from vineyard to bottling
- Light Wines: Learn about the styles of wines produced in the key wine regions and districts of the world: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, England and Wales
- Sparkling Wines: Learn about the methods of production and the main styles of sparkling wines from the key wine producing countries: France, Spain, Italy, Germany, New World - Australia, California, New Zealand, South Africa
- Fortified Wines: Learn about the methods of production/main styles of fortified wines from the key wine countries: Spain, Portugal, France, Australia
You can also read the Level 3 in Wines course specification document (including example questions).
Course fee includes
- 30 hours tuition in the classroom
- Over 70 wines to sample fully tutored
- Study Materials: You will receive a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines course study pack, consisting of the course text book, study guide and tasting card. The course study packs can either be delivered electronically or posted out to students in advance of the course (non-UK postal addresses will incur an international postage fee).
- Examination: The WSET Level 3 examination is comprised of two units: Unit 1 is a combined theory paper consisting of a 50 question multiple-choice section and a four question short answer written section. Unit 2 is a blind tasting of two wines. A mark of 55% is required in all sections to pass.
- Practice exam questions made available to you during the course
- Access to a useful series of learning videos
- Certification: All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin.
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 exam takes 2.5 hours.
- Unit 1 is assessed by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions and a paper of 4 questions requiring short written answers.
- 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.
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.
A course study pack will be posted to you upon booking. It is highly recommended you read and study the relevant sections of the book ahead of each session.
Course Schedule & Important Dates
Please book and register in advance to allow time to send out the study pack.
- The sessions run for 7 to 8 hours, starting at 10am and finishing at approximately 5pm, which enables you plenty of time to arrive punctually and enough time to enjoy your valued Sunday evening.
- There are 6 sessions (held every 2 weeks) including the exam session. They run alternate Sundays enabling you to more easily learn and absorb the challenging syllabus. If you need to skip a session let us know - we can do our best to catch you up on missed classes.
Dates (10am-5pm except last day):
- Sun Sep 19th
(only one week gap)
- Sun Sep 26th
- Sun Oct 10th
- Sun Oct 24th
- Sun Nov 7th
- Sun Nov 28th - exam 10am-2pm
Special Educational Needs
Please make the school aware if you have a condition that may mean that you will qualify for additional help during the exam such as dyslexia.