WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits

An advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine and spirits industry and wine enthusiasts.
For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines and spirits, this qualification provides detailed understanding of the factors that affect style, quality, and price. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to make authoritative recommendations. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
Getting the WSET Level 3 in Wines and Spirits qualification was amazing, it opened my eyes and stimulated my mind.

Davide Lupi Wolves, – student, Italy

What you'll learn

Unit 1

  • 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
    • spirits of the world
  • How to apply your understanding to make authoritative recommendations

Unit 2

How to taste wines, and evaluate quality, identity, and price, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84 hours of study time, including 28 hours of classroom or online delivery time with a WSET course provider.*

Available to study in these languages:

*Delivery will vary by course provider. However, this is the minimum requirement that should be met.


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 requirements

It is recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course and exam to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing Unit 1.

Requirements may vary by course provider.

Course Information

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.