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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.Our experienced educator will assist you to develop your analytic tasting abilities through a carefully selected series of 82 wine samples.Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be

What you'll learn

Unit 1

The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottlingHow these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal- still wines of the world- sparkling wines of the world- fortified wines of the worldHow to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality

Unit 2

How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)Tutored tastings of 82 wines.

Course delivery

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84 hours of study time, including 30 hours of classroom time. Students should note that this is a demanding course and are advised to allow adequate self-study and revision time. A minimum of 60 hours of study time is recommended, in addition to classroom attendance.It is essential that all 16 classes are attended.


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.

A mark of 55% is required in both parts to pass.

This qualification is regulated by Ofqual

Entry requirements

It is recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines or can demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge.

Cost - £820 - The cost includes all study materials, wine and samples, tuition, six ISO tasting glasses, examination, postage and VAT.

Venue: The Cellar, The Oxford Wine Company, 6 Turl Street, Oxford , OX1 3DQ - Please note: Due to the age and character of the building there is no disabled access at the venue.

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Alternatively, contact The Oxford Wine School's Head Tutor John Shuckburgh for more information at