The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is designed to give 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. The qualification will assist those who are required to make professional evaluations of wines with regards to their style, quality and price. The qualification provides the in-depth product knowledge required to underpin job skills and competencies, for example in product selection in the retail and hospitality sectors.
Successful candidates will be able to describe the characteristics of the principal wines of the world and give information on the key factors influencing style, quality and price. They will consequently be in a position to advise management, to answer customer queries authoritatively, and to make informed selections of wines in a variety of situations.
Qualification StructureIn order to meet the qualification aims, there are six learning outcomes spread over two Units. In order to gain the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines candidates must pass both Units.
Unit 1: The Theory of Wines of the World
Learning Outcome 1
Identify the principal natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery that are involved in the production of still wines of the world and explain how they can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.
Learning Outcome 2
Identify and describe the characteristics of the still wines produced in the principal wine-producing regions of the world and explain how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery, law and commerce can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.
Learning Outcome 3
Identify and describe the characteristics of the principal sparkling wines of the world and explain how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery, law and commerce can influence the style, quality and price of
The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines will be assessed by a closed-book theory examination and a tasting examination. In order to gain an overall pass, a candidate must achieve a pass mark of 55 per cent in both the theory and the tasting examination.
Candidates must sit both units at the same sitting in the same language. Only resit candidates who have achieved a pass in one unit are permitted to sit single units. WSET Awards does not offer aegrotat awards; all assessment requirements of the qualification must be met.
The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or an equivalent level of experience is recommended for entry to the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. Potential candidates should discuss their current level of knowledge with their APP before enrolling on the course, to ensure that this is a suitable qualification for them to undertake.
Candidates who are under the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in the country where the examination is being held, or those who choose not to taste alcohol for health or religious reasons, will not be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverage as part of their course. These candidates will not be eligible to complete the assessment for Unit 2 of the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. In such instances, candidates will receive a record of achievement on successful completion of Unit 1, but will not be awarded the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines qualification.
Specification July 2017 (click here to download)
Level 3 Wines SAT English
June 2016 (click here to download)
Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions.
On successful completion of the examination you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is recommended although there are no entry requirements for this qualification.. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification.
Specification (click here to download)
Level 2 Wines SAT English 2014 (click here to download)