WSET Level 3 Course

WSET courses provide nationally-recognised qualifications for wine industry professionals and other enthusiasts. The courses are examined and certificated within a QCA approved National Qualifications Framework

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines (NQF Level 3)

The Level 3 Award in Wines (formerly known as the Advanced) is a course designed for anyone wishing to gain in-depth knowledge of wines and build upon the knowledge gained at Level 2. You will acquire a thorough understanding of the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wines from key wine producing regions of the world. You will also develop analytical tasting skills using the systematic approach to tasting, and your blind tasting skills will form part of the examinations.

This qualification has full accreditation from the UK Government’s Qualifications & Curriculum Authority as a Level 3 Vocational Qualification. It also provides the knowledge required for those wishing to progress on to the Diploma Level 4.

Important Entry Information: We recommend this course to those who have already completed the WSET Level 2 Wines and Spirits Award, as the syllabus assumes that candidates already possess a good basic understanding of simple wine making techniques, key grape varieties and viticultural patterns. However, holding WSET Level 2 is not a requirement to enrol on this course - for anyone wishing to enter the WSET programme at Level 3 without prior study, we strongly advise you to review the course specification on the WSET website. Please also feel free to contact us to discuss the most appropriate course for your needs.

If you are an employer wishing to train your staff this course will equip them with knowledge and understanding of a wide range of products. This course is suitable for someone in a supervisory level position in wine sales and service.


Wine Tasting: Taste, describe and analyse wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
Food and Wine Matching: A guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
Labelling: Learn how to decode and understand labels
Wine Production: Learn about the production factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine from vineyard to bottling
Light Wines: The styles of wines produced in the key wine regions and districts of the world (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, England and Hungary)
Sparkling Wines: Methods of production and the main styles of sparkling wines from the key wine producing countries (France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, California, New Zealand and South Africa
Fortified Wines: Methods of production and main styles of fortified wines from the key wine countries (Spain, Portugal, France and Australia)

Number of Wines Tasted: 70-80 wines will be tasted as part of the course
Study Materials for Students; You will receive a Level 3 Advanced course study pack, comprising the course book, study guide and SAT tasting card
Study Materials available: We hold a comprehensive library of question papers and in-house mock exams. Mock exam sessions are fully graded and with individual feedback to help you prepare for the final exam

Duration of course: Six Days comprising five full days tuition & tasting - 10.30am to 5.30pm plus a one day full revision session and the exam - 10.00am to 3.00pm (a total of over 36 hours fully tutored compared with some providers 32 hours).
Recommended Private Study: 56 hours additional private study is recommended for this course. It is strongly recommended that the majority of the private study is done weekly in preparation for the tutored study session

Course Dates: The next course takes place on one Sunday each month, over a period of six months, to allow time for home study and practice. Sunday daytime sessions also enable tuition outside the working week

The Dates are:

  • 8 January 2017
  • 5 February 2017
  • 5 March 2017
  • 2 April 2017
  • 7 May 2017
  • 4 June 2017

Examination; The Level 3 examination comprises two parts:
Part 1 is a combined theory paper consisting of a 50 question multiple-choice section and a short written answer section of four questions.
Part 2 is a blind-tasting of two wines.
A mark of 55% is required in each section to pass. All students who pass will be issued with a certificate, suitable for framing, and a WSET Level 3 lapel pin.

Course Tutor: Ian Bentley
This course is to be run in association with our East London Wine School, by Ian Bentley. The wine school is a WSET Approved Programme Provider and Ian is a registered WSET Educator. He has completed all the levels of the WSET programme including the WSET Diploma (Level 4). He has extensive experience within the food and drink industry as a retailer and educator, and he uses this experience to make him an effective and engaging tutor.







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