WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Online

A high-level online wine course, ideal for professionals working in the wine industry as well as serious wine enthusiasts.

About the course

Gain an extensive understanding of wines through a 9-week online study programme that is flexible to work around your existing commitments. The Level 3 Award in Wines Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through an Online Classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of an educator. Please note that the exam is completed in person and not online.

This course is designed to develop your ability to describe wine accurately and account in detail for the style, quality and price of wines.

As you work through the course you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, looking in detail at the influences that affect each wine style and sharing tasting notes. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 12 wines (not provided, but you will be given guidance on the styles to taste).

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

  • Online

What’s covered?

Unit 1

  • 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 apply your understanding to make authoritative recommendations

Unit 2

  • How to taste wines and evaluate quality, identity and price, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • A one-day Tasting Tutorial in week 2 (this is not online and is to be attended in person)
  • Online tastings on 12 general styles of wines (students to provide their own samples)

Do I need any prior knowledge?

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

The course is delivered online and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required.

What study options are available?

The course is delivered over 9 weeks with a minimum of 10 hours study per week recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular access and participation is essential.

The course includes an attended tasting tutorial in week 2 and examination after the course at one of our centres (2 attended sessions in total). Details of the dates and locations for these are outlined in the course dates.


London - daytime tasting and exam

9 weeks of online guided study

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How much does it cost?






(RoW and Saturdays)

Cost includes access to our Online Classroom, study materials, online tuition, a one-day tasting tutorial and examinations.

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 take place in the last session of the course:

  • A combined theory paper consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions and five short essay 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