Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits

This course is offered through classroom, intensive and online formats. Classroom courses take place on Monday evenings over nine weeks. Intensive programs require home study four weeks prior to an intensive 14-hour classroom preparation immediately before the exam. Online programs are delivered over twelve weeks in an online education portal, students must take the exam in person at our Denver campus.

Who Should Attend?

This qualification is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge. It is recommended that students complete the Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits before progressing to the Level 3 Award. If you would like to submit an application to skip Level 2, click here.

This course is ideal for industry trade members with more than three years experience or graduates of equivalent wine programs. The program provides a detailed analysis of the principal wines and regions of the world. This course also provides an in-depth instruction of the Systematic Approach to Tasting.

Level 3 is a prerequisite for candidates planning to study for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits qualification.

Program Outline

Unit 1: Wine and Spirits of the World

  • Production of Wine (location, viticulture, vinification, maturation and bottling, labelling regulations)
  • France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Central and South Eastern Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, North America, South and Central America
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Fortified (Liqueur) Wines
  • Spirits and Liqueurs
  • Information and Advice for Customers and Staff
  • This unit is evaluated by a multiple choice paper of 50 questions and a question paper requiring short written answers

Unit 2: Tasting and Evaluating Wines of the World

Exam Overiew

  • 100 question multiple choice test
  • Short answer and essay exam (4 – 5 questions)
  • Blind tasting exam of two wines
  • Students must achieve a 55% or better in each section of the exam

Cost and Dates

  • $1,250 classroom and intensive
  • $1,000 home study / online learning
  • Discounts available (groups 5 or more and trade members)
  • Online courses are available on an ongoing basis
  • Classroom and intensive programs are offered in the Fall and Spring

Next course dates

  • Intensive: November 7-9th. This course will require four weeks at home prep study prior to the intensive program. Exam will be held on the 9th.
    Registration Deadline: September 30th.
  • Online Level 3:  Each class runs for 16 weeks and you can choose any of the the Exam dates listed below
        Register here for the class starting on October 11th
        Exam dates: October 14thNovember 9th, December 9th and February 10th
        Registration deadlines for each course 15 days prior to start date

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