WSET® Level 3 in Wine

The WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines
Who should attend?

The course is open to students who hold the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent knowledge. It is strongly recommended that students complete the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits before progressing to the Level 3 Award in Wines.

How will you benefit?

The WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines is designed to give 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. The qualification will assist those who are required to make professional evaluations of wines with regards to their style, quality and price. The qualification provides the in-depth product knowledge required to underpin job skills and competencies, for example in product selection in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Successful candidates will be able to describe the characteristics of the principal wines of the world and give information on the key factors influencing style, quality and price. The will consequently be in a position to advise management, to answer customer queries authoritatively, and to make informed selections of wines in a variety of situations.

Outline Programme

Unit 1 – Wines of the World

  • Production of Wine (location, viticulture, vinification, maturation and bottling, labelling regulations)
  • France, Italy, Spain & Portugal
  • Bordeaux and the South-West of France
  • Germany, Central and South Eastern Europe
  • South Africa
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • North, South and Central America
  • Sparkling Wines of the World
  • Liqueur (Fortified) Wines
  • Information and advice for customers and staff

Unit 2 – Wine Tasting

  • Systematic Approach to Tasting – how to taste wines and evaluate the quality, style and price
To gain the Level 3 qualification, candidates will be required to:

Successfully complete:

Unit 1

  • a multiple choice paper of 50 questions
  • a question paper requiring short written answers

Unit 2

  • an internally set and assessed blind tasting of two wines

(Course material, instruction and WSET® examination in the English language)

Included in the course price are: – The course material, the Wine Samples, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust examination (which is recognised in over 66 countries of the world), the teaching, as well as access to our study support site during the duration of the course

Required prior knowledge: – WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or equivalent

Guided learning hours: – It is recommended that a student should allocate a minimum of 84 hours of study to successfully complete the full programme of two units. The hours will usually be a combination of taught and private study time. It is recommended that the teaching delivery time for the programme should not be less than 30 hours

Learning outcomes – at the end of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  • Identify the principal natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery that are involved in the production of still wines of the world and explain how they can influence the style, quality and price of these wines
  • Identify and describe the characteristics of the still wines produced in the principal wine producing regions of the world and explain how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery, law and commerce can influence the style, quality and price of these wines
  • Identify and describe the characteristics of the principal sparkling wines of the world and explain how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery, law and commerce can influence the style, quality and price of these wines
  • Identify and describe the characteristics of the principal fortified wines of the world and explain how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery and law can influence the style, quality and price of these wines
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide information and advice to customers and staff about wines
  • Accurately describe the key characteristics of the principal still wines of the world and use the decription to make an assessment of quality and an assessment of readiness for drinking

Progression Routes – Upon successful completion of the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines, the candidate may progress to the following qualifications:

WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits: – For individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs, this qualification provides comprehensive training. You will learn about the production methods and characteristics of the main spirit categories, while also exploring key brands and the use of spirits in cocktails

WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits: – This is the WSET’s flagship qualification, providing you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of wines and spirits. Topics covered include wine and spirit production, wine regions and styles and the global trade of wines and spirits. The Diploma is also universally viewed as the stepping stone to the Master of Wine qualification

Our Operations Management Courses:
  • Advanced Wine Service Skills
  • Beverage and Wine List Development
  • Performance Analysis for Wine and Beverage Lists
  • Manage Cellar and Beverage Operations