Premier Wine Training offers an online wine course for WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. This suits people who can’t attend classes, but want a wine qualification. This is an advanced wine qualification, suitable for people with good basic knowledge (Level 2 or equivalent), both wine enthusiasts and experienced professionals in the hospitality/wine trade.
This qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and winemaking. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality.
Qualification aims: Holders of the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines 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 value. 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.
Unit 1: Theory: 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 explain wine style and quality
Unit 2: Tasting: How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT).
Assessment: 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. This qualification is regulated by Ofqual.
Course information: for full details of course content and learning outcomes, download the L3 Wines Specification.
How does the on-line WSET course work?
Your study materials will be sent to you by post. Each week your online tutor guides you through the course with on-line activities and classes, often based on group discussions. Each week, you will be given a timed feedback and written assignment to practice for the exam and assess your understanding of that week’s topics. Group tasting activities are also provided to familiarise students with the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting. Your tutor will expect you to buy wines, taste them, and write tasting notes.
The exam is held in person, in Dublin.
Recommended Private Study: 90 hours study is recommended for this course. It’s important to have a regular study time from the start of the course.
Cost: €615. Cost includes on-line tuition, study materials, exam fee and a wine tasting tutorial. Please note that your tutor will expect you to have buy/have access to tasting wines from the tasting list.
Dates & Timing: On-line tutoring is available for the duration of the course. Course materials are available on-line for up to one year.
- Sept 7 2020; mandatory tasting session on Wed 16th Sept, 6.30pm in Camden Court Hotel, Dublin. Exam on Tues 2nd Dec, 6.30pm, same venue. **please check with me for Covid-related date changes.
- Mon 25 Jan 2021; mandatory tasting session on Tues 9th Feb, 6.30pm in Camden Court Hotel, Dublin. Exam on 11th May, 6.30pm, same venue.
Course places must be booked and paid for, at least 10 working days in advance of the start date.
Entry requirements: This is an advanced course : candidates are expected to be at WSET Level 2, or have the equivalent knowledge. Candidates should be over 18 years of age to taste wine.
To use the online learning platform, you should have basic computer literacy. A computer is recommended over a smartphone or tablet, and your system should have these requirements.
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