WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines

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 certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
The new Level 3 Award in Wines is more relevant, interactive and designed to allow students to immediately put in place what they learn into their daily lives and work.

Adam Chase, Director, Grape Experience

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
    • 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)

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84 hours of study time, including 30 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.

Assessment

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.

Update

The Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits is being replaced with the Level 3 Award in Wines from the 1 August 2016. 

The specification for the Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits is available here