WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

A high-level course in wines, perfect for the serious wine enthusiast or those who need to make informed decisions or recommendations about wine for work.

About the course

This course will develop to a high-level your ability to describe wine accurately, and account in detail for the style, quality and price of wines. Our experienced educators will assist you to develop your analytic tasting abilities through a carefully selected series of 82 wine samples.

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

  • Evenings

  • Day release

  • Saturdays

What's covered

  • 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
  • Access to our Online Classroom for the duration of the course including preparation videos

Do I need any prior knowledge?

This course is open to students who have passed the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or the Level 2 Award in Wines. If you do not hold either of these qualification, but have obtained the relevant knowledge and experience, you are eligible to gain entry through successful completion of an online entry test.

If you do not hold the Level 2 Award in Wines but would like a fast-track the the Level 3, you may wish to consider our Level 3 Novice to Professional Course in Wines which combines both qualifications. 

All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.


What study options are available?

At WSET School London we have four classroom delivery options available for this course.

Students should note that this is a demanding course and are advised to select a study option that allows them adequate self-study and revision time. A minimum of 60 hours of study time is recommended, in addition to classroom attendance.

If you would prefer our online delivery of this course please click here.


6.30pm – 8.30pm

One evening a week for 16 weeks

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Day release

9.00am – 5.00pm

One day a week for 6 weeks

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9.00am – 5.00pm

Six consecutive days

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10.00am – 2.30pm

Nine consecutive Saturdays

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How much does it cost?






(RoW and Saturdays)

The cost includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, six ISO tasting glasses, examination and postage.

The course fee is inclusive of postage and is calculated on the postage address supplied for the receipt of materials.


The exam is assessed in two parts, which takes place in the last session of the course:

  • A combined theory paper consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions and four short written answer questions.
  • A tasting paper consisting of a blind tasting of two wines.

A mark of 55% is required in both parts to pass.

How can I book?

Bookings can be made online by selecting the preferred delivery option and course date(s) from our calendar. 

Please read the terms and conditions before making a booking.

For any enquiries please email our Student Services team at

It’s an excellent course and I’m glad to be taking it.