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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines: Intensive 1 week course

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines: Intensive 1 week course

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Five consecutive days (Monday to Friday) in one week - Exam approx one month later

This well-structured and in-depth Level 3 certificate is designed for anyone wishing to gain comprehensive knowledge of wines and build upon the knowledge gained at Level 2. You will acquire a thorough understanding of the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wines from key wine producing regions of the world. You will also develop analytical tasting skills using the systematic approach to tasting as tasting will be part of the examinations. This qualification has full accreditation from the UK Government’s Qualifications & Curriculum Authority as a Level 3 Vocational Qualification and provides the knowledge required for those wishing to progress on to the Diploma Level 4.

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. This course is suitable for someone in a supervisory level position in wine sales and service.


  • The term 'intensive' is due to the shorter nature of the course (over consecutive five days) - the amount of content is exactly the same as a normal Sunday course.
  • Please be aware that this is a very in-depth course compressed into a shorter time-frame. This course is ideally for those that have studied the book beforehand and/or have wine industry experience.
  • Registration closes for this course 2 weeks before the start date (if you do wish to register after this date you will be required to pay a late fee of £30 - please email to see if we can register you)
  • For the condensed course we will post your study pack to you in advance. Please note that postage can take up to 10 working days. Please let us know the best address for your study pack to be sent too. 


  • We run the condensed course for those who wish to obtain the Level 3 award in a quick turnaround, ideally for those who have a sound understanding of wine or those that passed the Level 2 Award with Merit/Distinction.
  • The sessions run for 7.5 hours, starting at 10am and finishing at around 5:15pm for five consecutive days (Monday to Friday)
  • We then have a 5 week break for home study before the examination


  • Day 1 - Introduction to Tasting, Viticulture, Vinification and White Wines of Alsace/Germany/Austria/Tokaji
  • Day 2 - White Wines of Burgundy/Loire/Bordeaux and Red/Rose of Loire/Bordeaux/SW France and Red Wines of Burgundy/Beaujolais, Red/Whites of N Rhone
  • Day 3- Red/Rose Wines of S Rhone/S France, Red Wines of Med Spain, White Wines of Spain/Portugal
  • Day 4 - Red Wines of N Spain, Red/White Wines of N Italy and Wines of C/S Italy/Portugal/Greece
  • Day 5 - Premium Red/White Wines of New World and Regional Specialities of the New World, Sparkling Wines, Fortified Wines
  • Exam Day - This is around one month after the course-this will be confirmed before the course starts.


  • All WSET course materials including; Course manual, Study Guide, Specification book and Tasting Card 
  • Use of ISO professional tasting glasses
  • All tasting wine (approx 80 wines)
  • All course handouts (we have a comprehensive database of past exam papers/practice questions)
  • All course tuition
  • Examination Papers (Theory Multiple Choice & Written plus Tasting Paper)

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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Novotel Edinburgh Centre
80 Lauriston Place

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