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WSET® International Higher Certificate in Wines and Spirits



This qualification is designed for students for whom English is not their first language, or where the Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits is not available in their mother tongue. The syllabus is aligned to that of the Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits, but with a different assessment method which does not include short written answer questions or a written tasting note.

This qualification is only available through WSET International providers only.


The aim of the course is to provide the same detailed analysis of the principal wines and spirits of the world as the Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits. The only differences lie in the assessment. To achieve this qualification students must successfully pass a multiple choice paper of 50 questions and a tick grid blind tasting of one wine sample.
Candidates that are also planning to study for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits qualification will need to sit a the WSET Diploma Entry Exam.
2013/14 Version:
PDF File IHC Specification 2013/14 (3555KB)

Where to Study?


study locations

Around the World


Entry Requirements:
Candidates must be over the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in the country where the examination is being held. (Entry requirements may vary according to APP)
Candidates are advised to hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits  before study for the WSET Level 3 International Higher Certificate in Wines and Spirits.

How to gain the qualification:

You must successfully complete:

Unit 1

a multiple choice paper of 50 questions

Unit 2

an internally set and assessed blind tasting of one wine.


WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits qualification

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