WSET Award in Wine Level 3
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. They 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.
Next Intake Dates
4 December, 2023
Physical Class at Taylor's University Lakeside Campus
5 Days Course
9am to 5pm
30 Minutes - Tasting
2 hours - Theory
What you'll learn
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
How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
Unit 1: The Theory of Wines of the World
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.
Unit 2: The Analytical Tasting of Wine
Accurately describe the key characteristics of the principal still wines of the world and use the description to make an assessment of quality and an assessment of readiness for drinking.
Experience the flavors of more than 50 different white, red, and sweet wines
Certified WSET Educators
Comfortable Wine Tasting Lab
Tips for buying best wines
Unit 1: Theory Examination
The closed-book theory examination is set by WSET Awards and assesses Unit 1 of the Specification. It is made up of two parts.
Part 1 comprises 50 multiple-choice questions. This part will assess 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 the application of knowledge across the unit.
The theory examination paper must be completed in two hours.
All examination questions are based on the published learning outcomes; the recommended study
materials contain the information required to answer these questions correctly. In order to secure a pass
for the theory examination a candidate will be required to attain a minimum mark of 55 per cent in both
part 1 and part 2.
Unit 2: Tasting Examination
The tasting examination assesses Unit 2 of the Specification. It will be internally set and marked by a
WSET Approved Level 3 Internal Assessor using an assessment brief provided by WSET Awards. The results will be verified by WSET Awards.
The examination will consist of two blind wines and will assess a candidate’s ability to accurately describe a wine and draw conclusions based on these observations. The tasting examination must be completed in 30 minutes.
In order to secure a pass for the tasting examination a candidate will be required to attain a minimum mark of 55 per cent.
Upon successful completion students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or an equivalent level of experience is recommended for entry to the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. Potential candidates should discuss their current level of knowledge with their APP before enrolling on the course, to ensure that this is a suitable qualification for them to undertake.
Candidates who are under the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in the
country where the examination is being held, or those who choose not to taste alcohol for health or
religious reasons, will not be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverage as part of their course. These
candidates will not be eligible to complete the assessment for Unit 2 of the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines.
In such instances, candidates will receive a record of achievement on successful completion of Unit 1, but
will not be awarded the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines qualification.