Level 3 is advanced where students must demonstrate far greater proficiency, expertise and knowledge of wines as well as market awareness, latest trends, pricing and costings. Level 3 holders skill sets typically enable them to move into more management and key roles where they can influence and contribute meaningfully to the business mission or goals. Responsibilities could include wine selections, creation of wine menus/cellar lists, buying, cellar management (i.e. wine storage, stock levels, tracking deliveries etc.), wine tasting and service. Level 3 holders are more experts in (wine) sensory analysis and gastronomy. Often a fundamental element for these individuals is the sharing of best practices via demonstration, guidance, support, collaboration and education that can vitally increase the skills, competency, capacity and contribution of the other members of the team.

About the course

A comprehensive in-depth look at wines from the key producers around the world with a more intense focus on tasting technique and requirement to demonstrate greater comprehension, competency and application of knowledge and understanding.

This 5-day Ofqual Regulated course is aimed at industry employees with supervisory roles with responsibilities to manage, evaluate and instruct with confidence wine selections, their quality and world market commercial awareness, or wine connoisseurs.

Having WSET certified wine professionals on staff helps a business develop, drive and improve its performance as well as being a credible way to distinguish it from the competition. For the individuals themselves, their newfound knowledge raises standards and morale, builds confidence and empowerment increasing their promotion and salary prospects, widens job opportunities and provides recognition within the industry.

Our Educators

WSE tutors, all WSET Certified Educators and graduates of the coveted WSET Level 4 Diploma, are professional and experienced corporate trainers who apply their knowledge and skill in modern training techniques.  Using multiple learning methods and styles in our courses and events, they successfully help our students to easily understand, absorb, embed and retain information. Critical at this more challenging level.

COST  £ 685.00 including VAT (i.e. £570.83 excluding VAT)

Fee includes study materials, wine tastings, tuition, examination and provision of tasting glasses during the course

EXAMINATION  Unit One to be completed in 2 hours: – Part I comprises of 50 multiple choice questions and Part II is a question paper requiring short written answers which consists of 4 questions of 25 marks each.

Unit Two examination time 30 minutes: – consists of a practical blind tastings (one red and one white) and the completion of written tasting notes for 2 wines.

A mark of 55% in each unit required to pass.  Results in around 6-8 weeks from the examination. A mark of 55% is required to pass (Pass 55-64%, Pass with Merit 65-79% & Pass with Distinction 80%+ on basis no paper is below 65%).


Set Scheduled Classroom Course Dates

Code L3W5033/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Part I – Monday to Wednesday 28th February to 2nd March 2022
  • Part II – Monday and Tuesday 14th and 15th March 2022
  • Exam Monday 4th April 2022
Code L3W5034/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Part I – Monday to Wednesday 25th to 27th April 2022
  • Part II – Monday and Tuesday 6th and 7th June 2022
  • Exam Monday 27th June 2022
Code L3W5035/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Part I – Monday to Wednesday 3rd to 5th October 2022
  • Part II – Monday and Tuesday 17th and 18th October 2022
  • Exam Monday 7th November 2022

Not seeing the dates you fancy?  Let us know as maybe there is something in the pipeline or a private course running that you may be able to join!!

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS  All bookings are on the basis that you have read and agreed to the Booking Terms and Conditions. Click here.


Click to view the Specification

Subjects studied Content:

Entry Requirement  WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or WSET Level 2 Award in Wines highly recommended.

Wine Tasting Taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting

Food and Wine Matching Principles of matching food and wine.

Grape Varieties Learn about the characteristics and styles of wines produced by the key international and regionally important grape varieties.

Regions, Districts and Method of Production

  • Factors influencing style, quality and price of wines and spirits in the key regions of:
  • France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, North, South and Central America.

Number of Wines Tasted Approximately 60 wines will be tasted as part of the course

Study Materials Students will receive the Level 3 Award course study pack, consisting of the ‘Understanding Wines: Style and Quality’ course book and study guide together with a Level 3 WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting card. Students should read the full specification, click here, and view all the tutorial video content prior to attending the session lectures (access codes issued to students with booking confirmations).

Course Duration: 5 lecture days plus 2 hours 30 mins examination. 

Recommended Private Study Minimum of 60 hours of additional private study is recommended for this course.  (ONLINE learning 90 hours)

Certification All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin


Q.  How much prior knowledge of wines and/or spirits should I have before attending this course?

A. WSET Level 2 Award in Wines highly or WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits are highly recommended.

Q.  What is the recommended self study time for this programme?

A.  Obviously people learn at different speeds and how much prior knowledge of wines you have before you start the course, will have a bearing on this.  For a successful outcome, we do highly recommend that in addition to the lectures days, all students spend at least 60 hours of self study time. (ONLINE option we recommend a minimum of 90 hours).

Q.  How long can I take to complete my studies?

A.  Once booked on to a course, the dates are fixed, however, it is possible to transfer to another course or delay sitting your exam.  Costs may apply as detailed in the terms and conditions.

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