The Level 3 Wines course offers students a chance to explore style and quality of wines around the world. The course includes in-depth tasting technique, wine laws, and service. Additionally, the course covers factors affecting the style and quality of wines from Europe and from the rest of the world as well as sparkling and fortified wine production around the globe. The course assessment includes a 30 minute blind tasting of two wines, and a 2 hour theory paper consisting of 50 multiple choice questions and four short answer questions. The exam must be completed in person in Chicago. The course material should take about 90 hours to complete. The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines course objectives and suggested wines may be found in the course Specification. WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Specification
The American Wine School offers WSET Level 3 Wines in two different online formats:
1. WSET Global Classroom is an online, tutor-guided course with weekly activities. There are no instructor-led lectures associated with this course. An online tutor guides the WSET online classroom. Weekly topics can be viewed by logging into the online classroom anytime during the week. There are set start and finish dates for each week, but no set class times. The course is offered in 9 modules with educator support. The course modules should be followed in order, but students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during the 9 week window. Students are responsible for purchasing class wines.
2. American Wine School Virtual Classroom meets online weekly for 8 weeks at specific dates and times just like an in-person classroom. These classroom lectures are led by a live instructor and are identical to our face-to-face instruction with one exception; Students are responsible for purchasing the wines for the course. Virtual sessions are recorded for candidates who might miss a class or want to listen to a lecture again. If you prefer instructor-led lecture, please visit the Virtual Classroom page here: More on Virtual Classes
Regardless of which option you choose, once the course is over students arrange with American Wine School, an Approved Program Provider, to take the exam in person at an American Wine School location or online from the comfort of your own home.
The Level 3 Wines Online Learning course fee of $895 includes study guide, online course, exam prep class the day before the exam, and exam fee. All wines tasted during the course are purchased by candidates.
COVID-19 UPDATE: As of June 1, 2020 WSET will conduct Level 1 Wine exam ONLINE. While in-person exams are still available, WSET will now offer online exams making it possible to take the exams from the comfort of your own home.