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WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines

Courses in-person

Professional wine knowledge for experts

Those who want to take their knowledge to a professional level after gaining the WSET® Level 2 Certificate can take this intensive course. The WSET® Level 3 qualification provides in-depth product knowledge required for professional skills and competencies in the wine industry. With the knowledge gained, you will be able to advise management on wine issues, answer customer queries in detail and make expert wine selections.


You will learn to taste and evaluate wines to an expert level using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Tasting of Wine®. You will also explore in depth the key factors in winemaking, i.e. location, viticulture, winemaking, ageing and bottling, so that you can explain in detail how these affect the characteristics of different wines.


On successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and pin and be able to use the associated WSET certified logo. This qualification is a prerequisite for applying for the WSET® Level 4 Diploma.


Who the course is aimed at


The course is suitable for professionals from different areas of the wine industry to deepen and develop their wine knowledge. Those working in the hospitality industry (e.g. restaurant management, sommelier), trade (e.g. customer service, retail, wholesale), wine production (e.g. winemaker, distribution) or wine tourism will all benefit from this qualification. However, the WSET® Level 3 course is also open to accomplished wine enthusiasts who wish to continue their education at a high level and gain an international wine qualification.


What you will learn


Unit 1

The key factors in winemaking: growing area, grape growing, winemaking, ageing and bottling.

How these key factors influence the important characteristics of the following types of wine:

Still wines of the world

Sparkling wines of the world

Sparkling wines of the world

How you can apply your understanding to explain the style and quality of wines.


Unit 2

How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and assess their quality using WSET Level 3 Systematic Tasting of Wine®.


Performance assessment


The 2 and a half hour examination takes place in the final part of the course and consists of two units.

Unit 1 consists of a 50 multiple-choice question test and a question paper requiring short written answers. 

Unit 2 is assessed by a blind tasting of two wines. 


Candidates must achieve 55% of the total marks, in both the tasting and theory tests, to pass.


Entry requirements


This course is NOT suitable for beginners. It is recommended that you have completed the WSET® Level 2, Wines qualification, or can demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge (e.g. relevant degree, years of industry experience).  Participants should be over 18 years of age.


If you have any questions about the entry requirements, please email us at


Recommended preparation


This course is demanding, so you should plan at least 55 hours of self-study in advance. We also offer our students various support options - please contact us for more information. 


Course specification


For more information and full details on course requirements, download the specification here:

Specification (EN)


Included in the course


The WSET® Level 3 Study Pack (Book + Workbook + SAT Card)

Access to the online quizzes

The tasting of approximately 75 wines, including premium qualities

The WSET® Level 3 Examination 

The WSET® Certificate and a pin on successful completion


Course fee


1425 € 


(Note: VAT exempt according to § 4 No. 21 a) bb) UStG)


N.B.: For bookings by bank transfer, please contact us directly at

presence courses


For those who need to retake their WSET Level 3 exam, we offer the following exam dates:

  • Is there a deadline for booking on to an online classroom course?
    Yes. You need to book at least 10 days before the start of the course.
  • What is the recommended self-study time for this programme?
    The online course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete. For a successful result, we do highly recommend that all students spend at least another 1-hour revision prior to sitting the exam.
  • Can I change my exam date?
    If you need more time, we can arrange another mutually convenient date. Please note that we require a minimum of 10 working days' notice prior to the exam day so that we can register you with WSET® Awards.
  • What if I'm uncertain about any of the content of the course programme?
    No problem. Throughout the online course, you have access to a subject specialist educator online who will respond to your course-related query.
  • How does the Online Classroom work?
    ➨ After registration, you will receive an email from WSET® with instructions for signing into the Online Classroom. ➨ Once signed in, you will receive a course calendar with the weekly subjects, background information to read, activities relevant for each subject, tasting assignments (students have to supply their own samples) and quizzes. ➨ The results of your activities and tasting assignments need to be posted online. You can communicate with the online instructor and fellow students when it best suits you and not in real time. Attention: Interaction is crucial for success in this course. One or more mock exams form part of the study.
  • How long can I take to complete my studies?
    From enrollment, you have a full 12 months to complete the Online Classroom course and sit your exam. However, after the course end date, you will not be able to take part in any of the online activities and will no longer have the online educator support facility.
  • Can I sit the examination online?
    Yes, students can decide to sit their exam at our premises or online through remote invigilation. For the remote invigilation, students will need a reliable internet connection and both a computer and a smartphone.
  • How will I know what wines to taste?
    You will be informed which wines to taste by your online educator.
  • Is the WSET Level 1 right for me?
    We recommend WSET Level 1 for those who are just starting to learn about wine. The course provides a structured introduction to the fundamental elements of wine and how to match it with different types elements. The course is enjoyable and can be completed in a single day. At the end of the course there is a short (optional) multiple-choice exam, if you pass you will earn you a globally recognised wine certification.
  • What is the difference between WSET courses in German and in English?
    Besides the language, there is no difference in the content and materials. Only the language of instruction changes. Certificates are always issued in English. If courses are taken in German, there is a small sentence indicating this.
  • Are the course locations barrier-free?
    Our course location, the Technology Park Heidelberg - Conference Center, is barrier-free. Sometimes we teach in other places. Please let us know your accessibility requirements before booking so we can ensure you have a suitable environment.
  • Can I still drive after the course?
    We provide spittoons and strongly encourage you to use them. As long as you do it, you can drive without any problems.
  • Can you support me if I have additional learning needs?
    We can offer you additional support. Please talk to us about your needs before signing up so we can find the best way to help.
  • When will I receive my WSET exam results?
    It may take four to six weeks for exam results to be available. All exams are sent to WSET London for marking and there may be occasional delays as they correct over 100,000 exams each year. Once WSET has sent us the results, we will email them to you. If you are successful, you will receive a certificate and a pin after a few weeks.
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