WSET Level 3 Novice to Professional Course in Wines

This immersive two-week course provides an accelerated pathway to the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines for those who do not currently hold the Level 2 Award in Wines. It also includes a day-trip to an English vineyard and winery!

Course information

This intensive two-week course is perfect for anyone who wants to develop a high level of wine knowledge and understanding in a short space of time. Within two weeks we’ll take you from beginner to advanced and develop key skills for succeeding in the wine industry or for making more informed decisions about wine for personal enjoyment.

The course covers the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines over a longer period, in order to establish the base knowledge that is usually gained through the Level 2 Award in Wines, before moving onto the Level 3 learning material.

You will also benefit from a visit to an English vineyard and winery to put what you're learning into context. You'll have access to WSET's Online Classroom for the duration of the course and the two weeks before classes start for preparatory work.

The course will cover:

  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
  • The major grape varieties of the world
  • The key characteristics of the principal:
    • still wines of the world
    • sparkling wines of the world
    • fortified wines of the world
  • Wine label terminology
  • How to make food and wine pairings
  • How to make appropriate wine recommendations
  • Tutored tastings of approximately 100 wines, ranging from household brands to outstanding bottles from iconic producers
  • How to taste and evaluate wines using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • Access to WSET's Online Classroom for the duration of the course (including preparation videos)
  • A visit to an English vineyard and winery

By the end of the course, successful students will be able to taste, describe and evaluate wines with confidence and give information on the key factors that influence 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 Level 3 Award in Wines qualification specification.

The qualification 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.

This course is specifically designed for individuals with no or little prior knowledge of wines. All you need is the enthusiasm and commitment to absorb yourself in the subject for the duration of the course.

All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is 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. You will have access to WSET's Online Classroom two weeks prior to the course start date so that you can complete some preperatory activities. We strongly advise that you book in advance so that you are able to spend time with the study materials before arriving for your first day. 

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

Study options

Consecutive (intensive) course | £1,420

Two weeks (Monday-Friday), 9.00am-5.00pm
The course takes place over two weeks (Monday-Friday), with the examination on the final day. There is a field trip to an English vineyard and winery on the first Friday.

Due to the intensive nature of the course, we strongly recommend booking in advance and completing the majority of the recommended private study hours and online activities before arriving on the first day. Be prepared for a fully immersive and interactive two weeks with lots of wines to taste, information to take in and concepts to grasp.

The course fee includes your study pack, circa 100 wine samples, two weeks of tuition, a marked mock tasting exam, a year of access to WSET's Online Classroom, a field trip to an English vineyard and winery, your examination and a box of six tasting glasses for you to keep. Delivery charges may apply.

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When I signed up to the course, it was after years of thinking I was interested in wine and doing absolutely nothing about it! So, I took the bull by the horns to attend the full-time fortnight’s course. I have to say that I loved every minute of it… every day, while intensive, I was just so inspired, excited and enthusiastic.