WSET Level 3 Award in Wine


Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses provide globally recognised qualifications which are suitable for both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. As a WSET Approved Programme Provider (APP) Glasgow Wine School has been certified to offer this qualification as part of the UK's Qualifications and Credits Framework which is accredited by OfQual.

WSET Level 3 in Wines Award is an advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.

For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able 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.

What you'll learn

Unit 1
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 and fortified wines of the world
How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality

Unit 2
How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)If you are an employer wishing to train your staff this course will equip them with knowledge and understanding of a wide range of products.

Assessment - Unit 1 is assessed by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions and a paper of short written answers. Unit 2 is assessed by a blind tasting of two wines. 

This qualification is regulated by Ofqual

WSET Level 3 Prerequisites - It is recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge. This course is suitable for someone in a supervisory level position in wine sales and service. Please also feel free to contact us at to discuss the most appropriate course for your needs.

Note:Upcoming dates can be found at the bottom of this page, or to enquire about future dates, please register your interest with us by emailing


WSET courses are the educational core of the wine industry in the UK and a must for anybody considering joining it. They provide a structured and progressive set of courses and qualifications that are nationally and internationally recognised. Overview of WSET Courses

If you are an employer wishing to train your staff this course will equip them with knowledge and understanding of a wide range of products. This course is suitable for someone in a supervisory level position in wine sales and service.

WSET Level 3 Course Content 
- Progressing from the Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits the Level 3 gives a more in-depth understanding of the wine regions of the world, viticulture, winemaking and styles of wine. Tasting techniques are stepped up and we look at the key Spirits and Liqueurs of the world including production and tasting.

Classrrom Sessions
These are ideal for trade professionals and wine enthusiasts
There are 6 full days consisting of either three X 2 hour sessions per day, or 2 X 2 Hour Sessions plus a feed back session per day and an exam session, spread out over 7 weeks. 
WSET recommends at least 54 hours of home study in addition to the 30 hours of classroom sessions.

Course Outline
Sessions 1, 2, 3 - Intro, tasting technique, natural and human factors with grape-growing & human factors with winemaking
Sessions 4, 5, 6 - Whites wines: Germany, Alsace, Austria, Tokaji, Burgundy, Loire, Bordeaux + Red / rose wines: Bordeaux, SW France, Loire
Sessions 7, 8, 9 - Red wines: Burgundy, Wines of Rhone, S France, Spain, Portugal, Northern Italy
Sessions 10, 11 - Central & S Italy, Portugese reds, Premium New World reds whites
Sessions 12, 13  - New World White Wines, Regional Specialities of the New World
Sessions 14, 15 - Sparkling Wines, Fortified Wines

Exam Session

Course Tutor: Justin Hoy

Justin has 25 years experience in the wine industry A qualified winemaker, with an interest in a wine farm in South Africa, he has over 20 vintages under his belt, including vintages in Australia, Burgundy and Bordeaux as well as South Africa. Justin is certified for teaching WSET Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 courses. With high pass rates Justin's courses are thoroughly enjoyable but informative and educational.

Local Wine School (of which Glasgow Wine School is a part) is the UK's largest network of WSET certified educators. Over 1,400 successful WSET candidates in 2015. Chris Powell, the founder of our network, Local Wine School, won the coveted Riedel WSET Educator of the Year 2015 award.


Not sure if this is the right level for you? Click HERE to view the Course Specification including sample exam questions.

Where to after the WSET Level 3?
 The Level 3 is a prerequisite for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits qualification. This Qualification is run through the WSET London Wine and Spirit School. 










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