WSET Level 3 Award in Wine

WSET Level 3 Award in Wine

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Monday September 2nd (Day One), Monday September 9th (Day Two), Monday September 16th (Day Three), Monday September 23rd (Day Four), Monday September 30th (Day Five), Monday October 7th (Day Six - EXAM DAY)

  • Course date and time: this course will take place over 6 consecutive Mondays - starting September 2nd 2024, and finishing on October 7th (written and tasting exam will take place on this day)
  • The course will take place from 10:00-17.30 each day at The Sycamore Room, 15 Stephens Lane (Old Dobbins Restaurant), Dublin 2 (D02 RX27). This is a fully in-person course.
  • Private study time required during the period of the course: approx. 51.5 hours
  • Total in-class learning time approx. 32 hours
  • Examination: at the end of the last course day
  • Language of tuition: English
  • Closing date for course registration is August 1st 2024 at 12pm.
  • Study pack will be posted out to your address if the course is booked by July 1st (to be posted by the second week of July). After this date, your study pack will be received on the first day of the course. 
  • All tuition, study pack and books, wine samples, and exam registration and fees included in the course cost.
  • A course welcome email will be sent approx. 10 days to you prior to commencement confirming again the above venue details, times etc.
  • Lead Educator for this course - Mine Bennett
  • Cost of course & exam - €1,100
  • Course limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Overview of Course

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


You will be examined on both Unit 1 and Unit 2. Please reference the 'Level 3 specification' for further details on each of the two units.

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


Unit 2


Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84 hours of study time, including 32 hours of classroom time.



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.


Entry requirements

It is recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course and exam to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing Unit 1.

What is included in the course fee

  • WSET Level 3 Award in Wines study pack that includes course manual, study guide and laminated tasting card. Study pack received on first course day.
  • Course handouts
  • Tuition
  • Tasting samples: approx. 50-60 wines will be tasted during the course
  • Examination
  • Upon successful completion, a WSET certificate and lapel pin


For further information, please access the specification for this course below

WSET Level 3 Wine Specification.pdf


Booking this course

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