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Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Wines

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Part time

Duration 19 weeks

Start date Feb 2023

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Course overview

This course will develop your ability to describe wine accurately and account in detail for the style, quality and price of wines. Our experienced educators will assist you in developing your analytic tasting abilities through a carefully selected series of 82 wine samples.

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET-certified logo.

Dates –

Dates – 16 weeks – Monday 4 pm to 6 pm from, Mon 6th Feb to Mon 19th June (excluding college holidays). The exam is in week 16,

the deadline for application is Monday 16th January.

The cost of this course is £651.00

(deadline for applications is Mon 19th December, to allow time for materials to be ordered).

What you will learn

  • The key factors in the production of wine are location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
  • The key characteristics of the principal: Still wines of the world, Sparkling wines of the world, Fortified wines of the world
  • How to make the appropriate wine recommendations
  • How to taste wines using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT)
  • Tutored tasting of 82 wines

How the course is assessed

The exam is assessed in two parts, which take place in the last session of the course:

  • A tasting paper consisting of a blind tasting of two wines.
  • A mark of 55% is required in both parts to pass.
  • A combined theory paper consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions and four short written answer questions.

Number of days per week

Dates – 16 weeks – Monday 4 pm to 6 pm from , Mon 6th Feb to Mon 19th June (excluding college holidays). The exam is in week 16.

Entry requirements

This course is open to students who have passed the Level 2 Award in Wines/Wines and Spirits. If you do not hold the Level 2 Award in Wines/Wines and Spirits but have obtained the relevant knowledge and experience, you are eligible to gain entry through the successful completion of an online entry test. All classes are delivered in English, therefore, a good level of English is beneficial.

For further details and the full course, specification go to:- Layout 1 (wsetglobal.com)

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • All course materials produced by WSET
  • All tasting wines (approx. 82 wines)
  • All tuition and hand-outs
  • Examination paper, marking by WSET and a certificate and lapel pin for passing.
  • All study materials
  • Not included - Students must bring 6 ISO wine-tasting glasses with them to each tutorial

·         For further details and the full course specification go to:-

Layout 1 (wsetglobal.com)

English Proficiency Requirements

IELT 5.5 

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Students can progress to the level 4 diploma in wines

Career options

  • Opportunities within the Hospitality industry

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Part time 06/02/23 19 Weeks

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