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ONLINE COURSE: WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

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Course Description

The Level 3 Award in Wines is a course designed for anyone wishing to gain in-depth knowledge of wines and build upon the knowledge gained at Intermediate level. 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, your blind tasting skills will form part of the examinations. WSET Level 3 Award in Wines has full accreditation from OfQual as part of the UK Government’s Qualifications & Credits Framework as a Level 3 Vocational Qualification.

This course is delivered ONLINE over fourteen weeks with a minimum of 80 hours total study (including LIVE virtual lessons) recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular internet access and participation is essential.

PLEASE NOTE: The course fee includes a tasting kit of 50ml samples of all wines tasted on the course. Students are able to book onto the course without receiving wine samples for a reduced fee. Please read below for more information about course wine options.

The Level 3 Award in Wines Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a supported Online Classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator.

Please note that the exam is completed in person and not online. The course fee includes an attended examination at West London Wine School.

What’s Covered on the Course:

Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.

  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
  • The key characteristics of the principal:

                  - still wines of the world

                  - sparkling wines of the world

                  - fortified wines of the world

  • How to make appropriate wine recommendations
  • How to taste wines using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

​Successful candidates will be able to taste and describe with confidence the characteristics of the principal wines of the world and give information on the key factors influencing style, quality and price. Those who work with wine will be in a great position to advise management, to answer customer queries authoritatively, and to make informed selections of wines in a variety of situations.

Entry Requirements:
The Level 3 Award in Wines is designed to build on a solid foundation of knowledge, equivalent to that which is gained through Level 2 Award in Wines (previously known as the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits). For this reason, the course is recommended to students who have achieved the WSET Level 2 qualification, however this qualification isn't a requirement to enrol onto this course.

You must be at least 18 years old to enrol on any of our courses.

The course is delivered online and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required. Additionally, the course assessment requires your answers to be hand-written, therefore a good level of written and spoken English is very beneficial.

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.

Course Schedule & Important Dates:

  • Wednesday 8th November 2023 at 7:00pm – 9:45pm: 1st LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 15th November 2023 at 7:00pm – 9:45pm: 2nd LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 22nd November 2023 at 7:00pm – 9:45pm: 3rd LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 29th November 2023 at 7:00pm – 9:45pm: 4th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 6th December 2023 at 7:00pm – 9:45pm: 5th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 13th December 2023 at 7:00pm – 9:45pm: 6th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 20th December 2023 at 7:00pm – 9:45pm: 7th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 27th December 2023: NO CLASS
  • Wednesday 3rd January 2024: NO CLASS
  • Wednesday 10th January 2024 at 7:00pm - 9:45pm: 8th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 17th January 2024 at 7:00pm - 9:45pm: 9th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 24th January 2024 at 7:00pm - 9:45pm: 10th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 31st January 2024 at 7:00pm - 9:45pm: 11th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 7th February 2024 at 7:00pm - 9:45pm: 12th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 14th February 2024 at 7:00pm - 9:45pm: 13th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 21st February 2024 at 7:00pm - 9:45pm: 14th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 28th February 2024 at 7:00pm - 9:45pm: 15th LIVE virtual classroom session
  • Wednesday 6th March 2024 at 7:00pm - 9:45pm: 16th LIVE virtual Blind Tasting Revision session
  • 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.


  • Wednesday 13th March 2024 at 7pm: In-person Exam

To obtain the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Qualification, you will need to successfully pass an IN-PERSON exam that is made up of two components. The Theory Exam (50 multiple-choice questions and 4 comprehensive short written questions) and the Tasting Exam (blind assessment of two wines). You must achieve at least 55% on both the Theory exam and the Tasting exam to pass the exam. Please see below for options if a different exam date is preferred.


Don't worry! All live sessions are recorded and you will be able to access recordings of each session securely via the E-Learning Wine portal. This means that you can catch up on any lesson at any time.

Course Format:

  • The course will have 16 full LIVE virtual taught lessons with an award-winning West London Wine School tutor. These lesson times are reflected above in the course schedule.
  • The course tutor will additionally host zoom face-to-face sessions each week after each lesson to further answer any in-depth questions students may have during their revisions. 
  • Enrolled students will receive exclusive access to West London Wine School Founder and Chief Educator Jimmy Smith’s Online Revision Portal: E-Learning WineThis portal contains hundreds of multiple-choice revision questions specific to this course as well as other revision tools such as short written mock exam questions, revision exercises, flashcards, study templates and useful videos. 

The Course Fee of £820 Includes:

  • Tasting kit containing 50ml samples of each wine tasted on the course. For more information about the tasting kits, please see below.
  • Course study pack (students can choose to either receive a physical pack in the post or a digital copy accessible online. Please note that if you require a physical booklet to be sent outside the UK, an international delivery fee of £25 is applied. Alternatively you can receive access to a digital copy at no extra costs.)
  • Access to 'LIVE' virtual taught lessons taught by a West London Wine School WSET Certified Tutor (and access to the recordings of each of these lessons)
  • Exclusive access to Jimmy Smith’s ‘E-Learning Wine’ online revision platform
  • Professional WSET tuition
  • Exam & all related examination fees
  • Internationally-recognised WSET qualification certificate and pin for those who pass the in-person exam

Course Wines:

For this course, students will receive a tasting kit with 50ml samples of the wines tasted throughout the duration of this course. These tasting kits will be delivered in multiple segments.

  • Tasting kit delivery can be made to anywhere within the UK. 
  • If you do NOT want to receive a tasting kit, and just want to book onto the course without receiving wine samples – NO PROBLEM! Please just enter the code WSETL3REG as a ‘Promotional Code’ upon checking out, and the tasting kit associated fees on this course will be removed before you make course payment.

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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