Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Spirits
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The WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits is an advanced-level qualification for professionals and enthusiasts wishing to acquire a detailed understanding of the spirits of the world and develop the tasting skills required to accurately describe and evaluate a spirit.
This qualification is intended to build on knowledge and skills gained from the Level 2 Award in Spirits. You’ll acquire a deep theoretical understanding of the techniques used in spirit production, from the processing of raw materials to post-distillation operations. Through a combination of tasting and the application of theoretical knowledge you will learn to explain confidently why spirits look and taste the way they do and how and why they differ from each other.
What You Will Learn:
A detailed understanding of the techniques used in spirit production:
How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits®(SAT)
Students applying for the Level 3 Award in Spirits should hold the Level 2 Award in Spirits, or be able to demonstrate relevant knowledge.
New England Wine Academy also provides access to additional study material to ensure you have a full and rewarding study experience.
This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84-90 hours of study time - and is generally broken down in the following, depending on the delivery method* you are enrolled in:
Candidates for Level 3 Award in Spirits, will be required to pass a closed book examination, comprising two units:
On successful completion of the examination you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo. This qualification is Ofqual regulated.
Click Here to view a copy of the Level 3 Spirits Course Specification
Click here to view a copy of the Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT)
Thomas Hooker Brewery is the location of the in-person classes/exams, but classes are hosted by New England Wine Academy, which is a WSET Approved Program Provider and is solely responsible for all questions and bookings.
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Traditional / In-person Class Delivery
"In-person" or "Traditional" is defined as classes that are held in the classroom and under a traditional classroom setting. The minimum attendance to run a session is 6-8 students. If this minimum is not met - New England Wine Academy reserves the right to cancel or postpone the session and refund all tuition payments.
Hybrid Class Delivery
"Hybrid" is defined as classes that are held over a virtual meeting platform, such as Zoom, by a designated instructor. These courses will have a specific start and end dates, with set times for the delivery of class sessions. Generally speaking, there are no limits to student attendance, but New England Wine Academy does reserve the right to cancel or postpone a course if at least a minimum attendance is not met.
Online Class Delivery
"Online" is defined as classes that are administered via remote learning platforms, and are generally held with no set class times or live instructor. WSET Online classes are conducted using the Canvas platform, and there is no minimum student level. Students book through New England Wine Academy, follow the online sessions at their own pace, and take their exam with New England Wine Academy on the assigned dates. There is a WSET approved instructor assigned to each session, and this instructor will give feedback on quizzes, tasting notes, etc.
Combo Class Delivery
From time to time, we will offer some courses, such as the Level 3 Spirits, as a combination of the online format over-laid with hybrid seminars. This is done to give students extra guidance on certain areas of study as the material can be quite involved. We will use the term "Combo" for these sessions.
Please note, cancelling or rescheduling an exam once your class has commenced, will result in a $35 administrative charge.
Cancelling or rescheduling an exam within 16 working days of the exam date will result in the $35 administrative fee plus a new exam fee (this is the same as the re-sit fee for your respective class and exam type). We apologize for this inconvenience but WSET is fairly strict with its registration deadlines and these time frames are out of our control.
We work with our students to ensure they are aware of all dates, but please mark your calendars with all relevant dates/times. Let us know as early as possible if you are unable to make and exam for any reason.
If you book a class past the registration deadline, you will be placed in the next available class.
Spirits 3 Online Course dates are outlined below.
Please pay attention to course enrollment deadlines,
which are highlighted in red as well as exam dates and times.
Level 3 Exams are only available for in-person invigilation.
Most Level 3 course, including the online versions, have in-person or hybrid tasting workshops as part of the course offering. Dates and times for the workshops or hybrid meetings, unless noted, will be coordinated with enrolled students once the course begins.
Jan 8, 2024 > Mar 10, 2024
Deadline to enroll is Dec 14
Primary In-Person Exam - Apr 6, 2024
Optional Date is Jun 1, 2024, same time and place
Apr 8, 2024 > Jun 9, 2024
Deadline to enroll is Mar 28
Primary In-Person Exam - Jul 13, 2024
Optional Date is TBD, same time and place
Jul 8, 2024 > Sep 8, 2024
Deadline to enroll is Jun 27
Primary In-Person Exam - Oct 5, 2024
Optional Date is TBD, same time and place
This class is offered in two format options:
1 - purely online format
2 - Combo (online + hybrid) format
Both formats include an optional 1-day tasting workshop.
The combo format will include 3 zoom study sessions, during the course period, with Brian Mitchell.
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