WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

WSET Level 3 Awards in wines is an advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.

This course will develop to a high-level your ability to describe wine accurately, and account in detail for the style, quality and price of wines. Our experienced educator Frank Smulders MW will assist you to develop your analytic tasting abilities through a carefully selected series of approximately 70 wine samples.

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

What you’ll learn

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

Course duration

The course is 32 hours spread over 4 days with a recommended 56 hours of private study in addition. The more study you can complete in preparation for the course the more you will gain from the classroom hours.

A pack will be sent to you with a course book, a study guide and a laminated tasting guide.

Terms in 2024


4 full days plus the exam ( the exam isn´t include in this term – the exam term: )

29.10 – 1.11.2024 (4 full days, the exam is not include in this term), (deadline for applications: 25.10.2024)

9.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m


Frank Smulders MW

Frank Smulders is a Dutch Master of Wine, who has been working in the winebusiness since 1985. In 1992 he became the second European Master of Wine, following that he started teaching W.S.E.T. Diploma Course lessons in 1993.

He now works as a consultant for wine-producers as well as importers and distributors, but mostly he is known as Europe’s leading wine educator. Frank Smulders teaches on a regular basis in WSET courses in more than 15 countries.

Frank Smulders is known as an expert taster, and though he considers himself a generalist, he is known to be an expert in Champagne and especially Spain.



MKM Jazyková škola Překladatelská agentura, Jakubská 1, 602 00 Brno

Course fee

29.990 CZK

The course fee includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, examination and provision of service equipment during the course.

You shall receive a full year subscription to WINE & Degustation magazine as a bonus to every course.

Application form

Please download the application form, complete it and email it to

WSET application form

Study Materials

Complete WSET® study packs (including the text book and study guide). Study materials will be sent to you about four weeks prior to the course.

Number of Wines Tasted

You will taste approximately 70 different wines.



Unit 1: Theory Examination

The closed-book theory examination is set by WSET Awards and assesses Unit 1 of the Specification. It is made up of two parts.

Part 1 comprises 50 multiple-choice questions. This part will assess knowledge and understanding across the unit.

Part 2 is a question paper requiring short written answers. This part will consist of four questions of 25 marks each, and will assess the application of knowledge across the unit.

The theory examination paper must be completed in two hours.

In order to secure a pass for the theory examination a candidate will be required to attain a minimum mark of 55 per cent in both part 1 and part 2.

Unit 2: Tasting Examination

The tasting examination assesses Unit 2 of the Specification. It will be internally set and marked by a WSET Approved Level 3 Internal Assessor using an assessment brief provided by WSET Awards. The results will be verified by WSET Awards.

The examination will consist of two blind wines and will assess a candidate’s ability to accurately describe a wine and draw conclusions based on these observations. The tasting examination must be completed in 30 minutes. In order to secure a pass for the tasting examination a candidate will be required to attain a minimum mark of 55 per cent.

The examination for Level 3 takes place approximately 3-4 weeks after the course (it is not held on the last day of the course as it is with level 1 and level 2)

Entry requirements

It is recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits 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 the qualification.

Students should note that this is a demanding course and a minimum of 56 hours of study time is recommended, in addition to classroom attendance.

All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

Course Information

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.

Level 3 Specification

WSET Level 3_SAT