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WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits



This qualification is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge. It is recommended that students complete the Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits before progressing to the Level 3 Award.

It is a prerequisite for candidates planning to study for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits qualification.


The aim of this course is to provide detailed analysis of the principal wines and spirits of the world. Students will also benefit from in-depth tastings where they will learn to identify product style and quality.

(Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits lapel pin)




Unit 1 – Wines and Spirits of the World

  • Production of Wine (location, viticulture, vinification, maturation and bottling, labelling regulations)
  • France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Central and South Eastern Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, North America, South and Central America
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Fortified (Liqueur) Wines
  • Spirits and Liqueurs
  • Information and Advice for Customers and Staff
  • This unit is evaluated by a multiple choice paper of 50 questions and a question paper requiring short written answers
 Unit 2 – Tasting and Evaluating Wines of the World  

PDF File Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits Specification 2012-13 (4134KB)


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 Award in Wines and Spirits.
How to gain the qualification:
You must successfully complete:

Unit 1

a multiple choice paper of 50 questions

  a question paper requiring short written answers.
Unit 2

full written tasting notes on TWO wines  

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