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WSET® Level 3 in Wines Online

After acquiring the WSET® Level 2 certificate extend your knowledge to a professional level with the WSET® Level 3 online course. Through this course you will be qualified to make professional evaluations of wines regarding their style, quality and price. This qualification will provide you with in-depth product knowledge required for job skills and competencies in the wine business. You will be able to apply your knowledge to advise management, to answer customer enquiries competently, to make an informed choice of wines and to make authoritative recommendations in various settings. Learn how to taste, describe and evaluate wine using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting® (SAT). This online course includes a one-day Tasting Tutorial which must be attended in person. This course will intensify the key factors in the production of wine, which are location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling and how these influence the key characteristics of different wines. 

This course is based around a 9-week structured online programme with a recommendation of 10 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. There is also a 1 day tasting tutorial. The course follows a weekly structure, but it allows the student to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars. 


The course prepares the student for WSET® Level 3 and is guided by a WSET® educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities that guide the student through the key wine regions of the world looking at the factors in the vineyard and winery that influence wine styles. 


Attendance at a 1-day tasting tutorial is required to gain advanced knowledge of the Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine and succeed at the blind tasting exam unit of the exam. 


Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the course specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator. 


Please note:


  • Wines are not included in the cost of this course but we highly recommend students to taste the wines recommended by the online educator. It will greatly improve their chances to pass the tasting exam part.

  • The online classes and the study material are standard in English. However, students can order an extra study material in German for an additional fee. 

  • WSET® Level 3 is a prerequisite for candidates planning to study for the WSET® Level 4 Diploma.


This course is NOT suitable for beginners.  You need to have either completed WSET® Level 2 or have a similar level of knowledge to be able to succeed in this course. If you have any questions, please email


What will you learn


  • The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling

  • How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal:

    • still wines of the world

    • sparkling wines of the world

    • fortified wines of the world

  • How to apply your understanding to make authoritative recommendations



  • How to taste wines and evaluate quality, identity and price, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting® Wine (SAT)

  • A one-day Tasting Tutorial in week 2 (this is not online and is to be attended in person)

  • Online tastings on 12 general styles of wines (students to provide their own samples)


What you need

Students will need access to a computer and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible

  • Web browser with Javascript and cookies** enabled

  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent

  • Internet access (broadband recommended) 


Entry requirements

Minimum age 18 required at time of booking. 

Students should hold the Level 2 Award or be able to demonstrate knowledge at this level. 

It will be assumed that students have basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English. 



Examination dates are provided when you book the course. If you want to arrange a new date, please contact us at least 10 working days before the set examination date.

The 2 ½-hour exam consists of two parts. Unit 1 is assessed by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions and a short-written answer paper. Unit 2 is assessed by a blind tasting of two wines. A mark of 55% is required on both the tasting and theory papers to pass.


Course fee

975,00 €  - The course fee includes the WSET Level 3 study pack, 1-day tasting session, online tuition, exam, postage, certificate and lapel pin. Note: VAT-exempt according to § 4 No. 21 a) bb) UStG

Course specification

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.

Specification (ENG)


Course Dates

  • Online Tuition: 20.09.2021 - 21.11.2021 / Tasting day: 15.10.2021 / Exam: 21.11.2021 - Registration deadline: 10.09.2021

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Frequently asked questions

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. This interaction is crucial for success in this course. One or more mock exams form part of the study. You will also be required to attend 1 day on one of our Tasting Tutorial. 


Is there a deadline for booking on to an online classroom course?

Yes.  You need to book at least 5 working days before the start of the course.


How will I know what wines to taste?

You will be informed which wines to taste by your online educator.


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.


What is the recommended self-study time for this programme?

For a successful outcome, we recommend at least 10 hours of study per week to cover the online course activities and read the relevant chapters in the book. 


How long can I take to complete my studies?

From enrolment, 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 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.


Can I sit the examination online?

No. Students need to sit their exam under the same conditions as our classroom courses.

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