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. 

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.

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COST  £ 665 including VAT (i.e. £554.17 excluding VAT)

Fee includes lunch, 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 L3W5029/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Part I – Monday to Wednesday 12th to 14th October 2020
  • Part II – Monday and Tuesday 26th and 27th October 2020
  • Exam Monday 9th November 2020
Code L3W5030/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Part I – Monday to Wednesday 22nd to 24th February 2021
  • Part II – Monday and Tuesday 8th and 9th March 2021
  • Exam Monday 22nd March 2021
Code L3W5031/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Part I – Monday to Wednesday 10th to 12th May 2021
  • Part II – Monday and Tuesday 24th and 25th May 2021
  • Exam Monday 28th June 2021
Code L3W5032/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Part I – Monday to Wednesday 20th to 22nd September 2021
  • Part II – Monday and Tuesday 11th and 12th October 2021
  • Exam Monday 8th November 2021

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.


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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 styles and durations Day Release Courses – 5 lecture days plus 2 hours 15mins examination. Evening Courses – 2 ½ hours one evening per week for 11 weeks including 2 hours 15 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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