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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. As a WSET Approved Programme Provider (APP) Sussex Wine School has been certified to offer the WSET Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. The WSET Level 3 in Wines Award is an advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.

For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality.
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 the key characteristics 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 wine 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.

Unit 1 is assessed by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions and a paper of short written answers. Unit 2 is assessed by a blind tasting of two wines.
This qualification is regulated by Ofqual

Entry requirement
It is recommended that 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 and people working in the drinks industry and hospitality such as sommeliers and hotel, restaurant and pub staff , wine retail staff and managers, wine buyers and distributors and stagg at wine wholesalers. It is recommended that you have already sat and passed the WSET Level 2 in Wines exam although this is not essential if your wine knowledge is at a high level. 

The course is delivered online 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 that the course textbook is read prior to the start of the course if possible. 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 here.

Course Schedule & Important Dates:

  • Fri 1st Oct 2021: Registration Deadline to allow time to order the case and post your study pack to you. You can book after this time but we cannot guarantee to get your study book to you in time for the first session
    Thurs 7th Oct 2021 at 10am – 3pm with one hour lunch break 12 noon to 1pm: 1st LIVE virtual classroom session
    Thurs 14th Oct 2021 at 10am – 3pm with one hour lunch break 12 noon to 1pm: 2nd LIVE virtual classroom session
    Thurs 21st Oct 2021 at 10am – 3pm with one hour lunch break 12 noon to 1pm: 3rd LIVE virtual classroom session
    Thurs 28th Oct 2021 at 10am – 3pm with one hour lunch break 12 noon to 1pm: 4th LIVE virtual classroom session
    Thurs 4th Nov 2021 at 10am – 3pm with one hour lunch break 12 noon to 1pm: 5th LIVE virtual classroom session
    Thurs 11th Nov 2021 at 10am – 3pm with one hour lunch break 12 noon to 1pm: 6th LIVE virtual classroom session
    Thurs 18th Nov 2021 at 10am – 12 noon: Tasting practice session with mock tasting paper + 1pm-4pm Exam IN PERSON day in Brighton*
    * If you are joining this course from another part of the UK we can arrange your exam day for you on a date to suit you and your local wine school.

* If you are joining this course from another part of the UK we can arrnage your exam day for you on a date to suit you and your local wine school.

Exam: To obtain the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Qualification, you will need to successfully pass an exam IN PERSON. The exam takes the form of a 30 min tasting paper and a 2 hour Theory Paper that is made up of 50 multiple-choice questions and 4 Short Written Answer questions. You must answer at least 55% correctly in BOTH papers in order to pass the exam and gain your Level 3 in Wines qualification.

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.

Course Format:

The course will have 6 LIVE virtual lessons with Jonny Gibson, the owner and lead tutor at Sussex Wine School. These are NOT pre-recorded. They are live classroom sessions and you get the chance to interact fully with you tutor and ask and answer questions as you go. These lesson times are detailed above in the course schedule.

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

Students will need to sit the online exam on a future date with WSET using remote invigilation. We will help you arrange this.

The Course Fee of £545 Includes:

  • Course study pack (posted to students)
  • Access to LIVE virtual interactive lessons taught by a Sussex Wine School WSET Certified Tutor
  • Exclusive access to practice short written answer and multiple choice questions
  • Weekly tutor feedback on your tasting notes and practice revision work
  • Professional WSET tuition
  • Practice tasting clinic in person with a mock tasting paper
  • Exam & all related examination fees
  • Internationally-recognised WSET qualification certificate and lapel pin for those who pass the exam

Course Wines:
We have a great 24 bottle selection of wines available for students to purchase as an extra cost to the fee. We will be tasting these wines during the online course. Please contact us for the link to buy this case when you book.  Currently, we are unable to arrange delivery to addresses outside of Mainland UK.

Special Educational Needs: please make the wine school aware if you have a condition which may mean that you will qualify for additional help during the exam such as dyslexia.

Receipt available on request - simply email us after your purchase. 

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