About the ONLINE COURSE
This course is delivered through a 9-week online study programme, covering the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a tutored and interactive online platform. You will be able to study with your peers under the guidance of a WSET dedicated educator, who can be contacted by the student any time for the duration of the scheduled course.
Choosing the online option allows you more flexibility in terms of self-study time, organizing your studies in accordance to your existing commitments. The course follows a weekly structure, but you can decide to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. During the course, you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the group, to participate in weekly online activities and to post tasting notes in order to receive a personalized feedback from your online educator. The tasting is, in fact, an essential part of studying for this course. The wines will not be provided, although you will be given guidance on the styles to taste each week.
A 1-day tasting tutorial introducing the Level 3 tasting technique will be organized by The Good Wine Habit in the Week 2 of the course at one of its venues in Gothenburg. Details of dates and location will be given in the course dates section on this website. Pre-booking is required.
After attending the course, you will sit the exam at one of The Good Wine Habit´s venues in Gothenburg. Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo on their business card and material.
Week 1: Factors Influencing Style, Quality & Price
Learn about the principal natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery and how they influence the style, quality and price of wine.
Week 2: Tasting Technique, Wine Laws and Service
Learn how to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting®(SAT) for Level 3. Learn about the fundamental rules of wine labelling. Learn about the principals of food and wine pairing, storage and service of wine.
Students are invited to attend in person the 1-day tasting tutorial organized by The Good Wine Habit at one of its venues in Gothenburg.
Week 3-5: The influences affecting the wines from Europe, their style and quality
Learn about the natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery and how they influence the wine, style and quality in the key wine regions and districts of Europe.
Week 6-7: The influences affecting the wines of the New World, their style and quality
Learn about the natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery and how they influence the wine, style and quality in the key wine regions of the rest of the world and the key regional grape variety specialities of the rest of the world.
Week 8: Sparkling and Fortified Wines
Learn about the methods of production and the main styles of sparkling wines from the key wine producing countries.
Learn about the methods of production and the main styles of fortified wines from the key wine producing countries.
Week 9: Revision and Resources
Theory revision and Examination Preparation.
Each week you will be asked to taste a range of wines. A list of recommended tasting samples will be given online each week and in the Specification document. Please, note that the wines are not provided in the course, the student must provide them in order to complete the tasting exercises.
Requirements before attending the course
The course is delivered online over five weeks and a minimum of 10 hours study per week are recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular access and participation are essential.
About the exam
In order to obtain the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines certificate, students must sit a final exam assessed in two parts:
- Theory: a combined paper consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions and four short written answer questions to be completed in 2 hours.
- Practical: a tasting paper consisting of a blind tasting of two wines to be completed in 30 minutes.
To pass, students must reach a mark of 55% in both parts.
After passing the final exam, students will receive a WSET Certificate and a lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo on their business card and material. Please, note that the exam will be sit at one of The Good Wine Habit´s venues. Details of the dates and locations will be indicated in the course dates section.
The Specification contains all the necessary information about the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, the course programme and some suggestions about how to plan your study and get prepared for the final exam and the terms and conditions for the exam. Please, download and read the document carefully.
Cost of the Course
The cost includes the study pack, the online tuition, the 1-day tasting tutorial, the examination fee and postage charges for the delivery of the study pack (Sweden only). Please, note that the recommended wines for tasting are not included in the fee. The student will be responsible to purchase the wines for the tasting activities.