WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

This high-level course is the perfect way to advance your wine knowledge. Ideal for the dedicated wine enthusiast and those who need to make informed decisions or recommendations about wine for work.

About the course

Building on the knowledge gained through the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, the Level 3 Award in Wines goes both broader and deeper. It is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the factors that account for the style, quality and price of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. 

Our specialist educators will guide you in developing your tasting skills through a carefully selected range of wines ranging from household brands to outstanding bottles from iconic producers. You'll learn how to use your tasting notes to make objective conclusions on a wine's style, quality and readiness for drinking.

The course will cover: 

  • 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)
  • Tutored tastings of 82 wines (except online course)
  • Access to WSET's Online Classroom for the duration of the course including useful video links and other resources

​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.

Click here to download the full qualification specification.

The course assessment is split into two essential units: Unit 1 focuses on your theoretical understanding of the subject and your ability to communicate this, while Unit 2 focuses on your tasting abilities. Both units are examined in person at WSET School London on the same day, with a short break between the papers.

Unit 1

A closed book theory examination in two parts, which must be completed in two hours.

  • Part 1 comprises 50 multiple-choice questions. This part will assess your knowledge and understanding across the unit.
  • Part 2 is a question paper requiring short written answers. This part will consist of four questions of 25 marks each, and will assess your ability to apply the knowledge you have gained across the unit.

You must attain a minimum mark of 55% in both parts to pass Unit 1. Sample questions can be found in the Specification.


Unit 2

A blind tasting exam featuring two still wines, which must be completed in 30 minutes. This will assess your ability to accurately describe a wine and draw conclusions about its quality and readiness for drinking based on your observations. 

You must attain a combined mark of 55% across the two wines to pass Unit 2. 


Pass marks

  • Pass: mean average mark of 55% - 64%
  • Pass with Merit: mean average mark of between 65% - 79%
  • Pass with Distinction: mean average mark of 80% or above (with no individual examination paper below 65%)

All students who pass the examination will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

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 primarily open to students who have studied for this qualification. If you do not hold the Level 2 qualification but believe you have the relevant knowledge, you can also gain entry through our Level 3 Award in Wines Online Entry Test.

If you would like a fast-track route to the Level 3, you may wish to consider our Level 3 Novice to Professional Course in Wines which combines both courses within two weeks and includes a trip to an English vineyard and winery. 

All classes are delivered in English and the assessment requires your answers to be hand-written, therefore a good level of written and spoken English is very beneficial.

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

This is a highly rewarding yet demanding course which requires a minimum of 60 hours of private study time, in addition to guided tuition hours. Depending on your chosen study option, you may need to complete a significant proportion of these study hours prior to the course start in order to be fully prepared. 

Anyone embarking on a WSET qualification should familiarise themselves with the course specification - this document will help you hugely when preparing for the course and the examination. 

Study options

There are five study options available for the Level 3 Award in Wines. Please note that this is a demanding course that requires a minimum of 60 hours of private study time, in addition to online/classroom guided learning hours. We advise that you select a study option that allows you adequate self-study and revision time. 

Enhanced Online course | £530

A nine-week online study programme that works around your existing commitments. You’ll learn through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. As part of your fee, you will be invited to attend a tasting tutorial day at WSET School London to help you prepare for the tasting examination. Other than this tutorial, you will need to source a minimum of 12 wine samples (not provided as part of the fee, but you will be given guidance on the styles you need to source).

During our School closure due to COVID-19, we are providing you with extra enhancements to your online learning experience. In addition to the standard course content and tutoring, we are now offering you: 

  • Exclusive webinars hosted by WSET School London’s expert educators, including detailed tasting guidance and a theory examination workshop
  • More question and answer opportunities with our educators 
  • Recordings of the webinars for you to view at your convenience  

A minimum of 10 hours of study per week is recommended to successfully complete the online course and regular participation is essential to your success. As you work through the course you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, looking in detail at the influences that affect each wine style and sharing tasting notes. To use the Online Classroom, you will need a laptop or desktop device. 

Please note that the exam must be completed in person at WSET School London on a set date. 

The course fee includes your study pack, a year of access to WSET's Online Classroom, a one-day tasting tutorial (wines included), a dedicated online tutor, extra educator-led webinars and your examination. Other wine samples and tasting glasses are not included. Delivery charges may apply.


Day release course | £810

One day a week for six weeks, 9.00am-5.00pm approx (except last day)
The course takes place over six weeks, with course attendance one day per week. The examination takes place one the sixth day. We recommend allocating plenty of time between classes to cover the required private study hours and to ensure that you are fully prepared for the classroom sessions.

The course fee includes your study pack, 82 wine samples, 30 hours of tuition, a marked mock tasting exam, access to online resources, your examination and a box of six tasting glasses for you to keep. Delivery charges may apply.


Consecutive (intensive) course | £810

Six consecutive days, 9.00am-5.00pm approx (except last day)
The course takes place over six consecutive days, with the examination on the sixth day. This options suits those who want to gain their qualification in a short amount of time but, as the name suggests, it is by far the most intensive way to study. We strongly recommend booking in advance and completing the majority of the recommended private study hours before arriving on the first day. Be prepared for a fun yet rigorous week with lots of wines to taste, information to take in and concepts to grasp.

The course fee includes your study pack, 82 wine samples, 30 hours of tuition, a marked mock tasting exam, access to online resources, your examination and a box of six tasting glasses for you to keep. Delivery charges may apply


Evening course | £810

One evening a week for 16 weeks, 6.30pm-8.30pm (except last evening)
Evening courses take place one evening a week for 16 weeks, with the examination taking place on the 16th evening. This allows you to spread out your learning and gives you time to complete the recommended private study hours between classes. It is also a great option for those who are unable to attend classes in the daytime.

The course fee includes your study pack, 82 wine samples, 30 hours of tuition, a marked mock tasting exam, access to online resources, your examination and a box of six tasting glasses for you to keep. Delivery charges may apply.


Saturday course | £810 

Nine consecutive Saturdays, 10.00am-2.30pm (except last Saturday)
Saturday courses run over nine Saturdays, with the examination on the ninth Saturday.  As well as allowing you to spread out your learning hours, the Saturday course has the benefit of including an extra two-hour ‘exam preparation workshop’ on the penultimate Saturday.

The course fee includes your study pack, 82 wine samples, 32 hours of tuition, a marked mock tasting exam, an exam preparation workshop, access to online resources, your examination and a box of six tasting glasses for you to keep. Delivery charges may apply.

Course dates

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