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WSET Level 3 in Wines

WSET level 3 in Wines is an advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry, as well as for dedicated wine enthusiasts.

You will learn to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

Completion of this course is the path to the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines – the highly sought after expert-level qualification covering all aspects of wine.

Study Option

Sign Up Deadline

1 September 2020

Start of the Course

6 November 2020

Exam Date

28 November 2020

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About the Course

Building on the knowledge gained through the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, the Level 3 Award in Wines goes both broader and deeper. It is designed to give you 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.

Our specialist educators will guide you in developing your tasting skills through a carefully selected range of wines ranging from household brands to outstanding bottles from iconic producers. You’ll learn how to use your tasting notes to make objective conclusions on a wine’s style, quality and readiness for drinking.

What will I learn?

  • 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 minimum of 76 wines (for details, please see the specification below)
  • Access to WSET’s Online Classroom for the duration of the course including useful video links and other resources 

Successful candidates will be able to taste and describe with confidence the characteristics of the principal wines of the world and give information on the key factors influencing style, quality and price. Those who work with wine will be in a great position to advise management, to answer customer queries authoritatively, and to make informed selections of wines in a variety of situations.

How should I prepare? 

This is a highly rewarding yet demanding course which requires a minimum of  84 hours of study time, including 30 hours of classroom tuition time. You may need to complete a significant proportion of these study hours prior to the course start in order to be fully prepared. 

Anyone embarking on a WSET qualification should familiarize themselves with the course specification – this document will help you hugely when preparing for the course and the examination. 

WSET Level 3 in Wines is a qualification that requires serious preparation and we, as always, are committed to the success of our students. Because a little help can go a long way, for our students – we created WSET Level 3 in Wines Mentorship Program.

This program is going to take place on-line and it includes 14 interactive lectures, total of 42 hours. The program is optional, but we believe that it will greatly benefit our students. Please, contact us for more details.

How much does it cost?

66 000 mkd (MK students)

69 000 mkd (EU students)

For more information about the payment method, please read the terms and conditions. The cost includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, examination and postage.

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

* This also includes Wine Way’s on-line Mentorship Program of 14 interactive lectures. This program is optional, but is designed to be extremely useful during student’s preparation. 

Assessment 

The course assessment is split into two essential units: Unit 1 focuses on your theoretical understanding of the subject and your ability to communicate this, while Unit 2 focuses on your tasting abilities. Both units are examined in person at Wine Way on the same day, with a short break between the papers.

Unit 1

A closed book theory examination in two parts, which must be completed in two hours.

  • Part 1 comprises 50 multiple-choice questions. This part will assess your 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 your ability to apply the knowledge you have gained across the unit.

You must attain a minimum mark of 55% in both parts to pass Unit 1. Sample questions can be found in the Specification.


Unit 2

A blind tasting exam featuring two still wines, which must be completed in 30 minutes. This will assess your ability to accurately describe a wine and draw conclusions about its quality and readiness for drinking based on your observations. 

You must attain a combined mark of 55% across the two wines to pass Unit 2. 


Pass marks

  • Pass: mean average mark of 55% – 64%
  • Pass with Merit: mean average mark of between 65% – 79%
  • Pass with Distinction: mean average mark of 80% or above (with no individual examination paper below 65%)

All students who pass the examination will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

Do I need any prior knowledge? 

The Level 3 Award in Wines is designed to build on a solid foundation of knowledge, equivalent to that which is gained through Level 2 Award in Wines (previously known as the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits). For this reason, the course is primarily open to students who have studied for this qualification. If you do not hold the Level 2 qualification but believe you have the relevant knowledge, please contact us for free guidance regarding your participation. 

All classes are delivered in English and the assessment requires your answers to be hand-written, therefore a good level of written and spoken English is very beneficial.

You must be at least 18 years old to enroll on any of our courses. 

How can I book? 

Booking form is available upon request. Contact us at ana@wineway.org

Please read the terms and conditions before making a booking.

For any enquiries please email our Student Services team at ana@wineway.org

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