WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

New winter 2018 dates will be posted by September 1, 2017.  Please email lfodor@uoguelph.ca with your name and as soon as the information is posted, we will contact you.

The Level 3 Award in Wines (formerly Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits).WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Logo

This advanced level certification is designed to give a more comprehensive coverage of the wines of the world.  Students will benefit from in-depth tastings and detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making.  You will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality.

This qualification is suitable for employees in the trade, supervisory, management or those required to respond professionally to consumer queries.  This course is also ideal for the wine enthusiast wanting to build on knowledge gained in Level 2.

Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

IMPORTANT *The WSET recommends that students allocate a minimum of 84 hours of study, through a combination of taught and private study time.

COURSE DATE:

Level 3 will be offered in a condensed version on the following seven Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  (Includes a 1-hour lunch break)

  • Sunday, February 5th, 2017
  • Sunday, February 12th
  • No class Sunday, February 19th (Family Day long weekend)
  • Sunday, February 26th
  • Sunday, March 5th
  • Sunday, March 12th
  • Sunday, March 19th
  • Sunday, March 26th (Scheduled exam date - please be present on this day)

LOCATION: 

University of Guelph, School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management, Macdonald Stewart Hall (MACS) - PJ's Restaurant. 

MACS is located in north campus, just east of the Gordon Street and College Ave intersection.

University of Guelph campus map

COURSE OUTLINE:

Upon completion of Level 3, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the following:

Unit 1:  The Theory of Wines of the World

Learning Outcome 1

  • Identify the principal natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery that are involved in the production of still wines of the world.
  • Describe how they can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.

Learning Outcome 2

  • Identify and describe the characteristics of the still wines produced in the principal wine producing regions of the world.
  • Describe how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery, law and commerce can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.

Learning Outcome 3

  • Identify and describe the characteristics of the principal sparkling wines of the world.
  • Describe how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery, law and commerce can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.

Learning Outcome 4

  • Identify and describe the characteristics of the principal fortified wines of the world.
  • Describe how the key natural and human factors in the vineyard, winery and law can influence the style, quality and price of these wines.

Learning Outcome 5

  • Demonstrate the ability to provide information and advice to customers and staff about wines.

Unit 2:  Tasting and Evaluating Wines of the World

  • Advanced wine tasting technique; how to taste wines; describe their characteristics and evaluate the quality and style using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT).

Please be sure to read/download the Level 3 Specification Guide for more information and full details on the course requirements and also the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine before submitting your application form.

It is highly recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 before applying.  If you do not have Level 2, please email Professor Bruce McAdams prior to submitting your application form.

EXAM:  

To gain the internationally-recognized WSET certification, you must successfully complete a multiple choice exam of 50 questions; a question paper requiring short written answers (Unit 1) AND a blind tasting of two wines (Unit 2).  A 55% pass mark is required on both units.

The exam will take place the last day of class.  Please ensure that you are available on this scheduled day.

FEE:

$1,295* + 13% HST

Includes: WSET study pack, wines and spirits for in-class tasting; wine glasses, instruction and examination fees (for the class scheduled date).

*A 10% discount will apply to U of G alumni/students/staff/faculty and recognized HFTM industry partners.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

December 24th, 2016

Your course study pack will be sent to you two weeks prior to course start.

Please register early.  These popular certifications have filled up BEFORE the deadline date.  Note: We are unable to 'hold' places, registration and payment must be received to guarantee your place.

REGISTRATION

Please print and submit your application form by:

  1. EMAIL (wset@uoguelph.ca); 
  2. MAIL (address is on the application form).  Note payment information below.

LEVEL 3 APPLICATION FORM - Submit using one of the following forms below.
PDF Version (Print, complete, scan & forward)
PDF Interactive (Complete all fields, save & forward)

PAYMENT INFORMATION:

Payment is due upon submitting your application form.  Please follow one of these three options:

  1. Contact Lisa Fodor at 519-824-4120, ext. 56116 with credit card details (VISA or M/C only); OR
  2. Forward a cheque payable to the "University of Guelph" and mail to: Lisa Fodor (the address is located below).

HST Registration Number - R108161829    This course does not qualify for the Canada Revenue Agency T2202A Education Form.  A University of Guelph receipt can be issued.

ANY RESTRICTIONS?  UNDER 19? 

Participants must be 19 years of age on the course start date.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Withdrawing more than 30 days prior to the course start date:  Full refund or a transfer to the next session offered.
  • Withdrawing 15 - 29 days prior to the course start date:  Refund less a $400 administration fee
  • Withdrawing 14 days or less prior to the course start date:  No refund

CONTACT

Lisa Fodor
Logistics Coordinator
School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management, Macdonald Stewart Hall
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120, ext. 56116
Email: wset@uoguelph.ca