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Online WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

The course is based around a 9-week structured online programme with a recommendation of 10 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook.

Also included is a tasting tutorial in Philadelphia. Online students will attend Week 1 of the regular Level 3 class in Philadelphia. This week is devoted to teaching the local students how to utilize the Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting and to introduce them to the format of the Level 3 tasting exam. As per WSET regulations this must be offered before Week 2 of the online course, which is when the online tutors will be introducing the Level 3 SAT.

The course follows a weekly structure, but it allows the student to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars.

Phillywine will provide the current WSET study materials for this course. In addition, we will provide access to the WebEx broadcasts of our face-to-face classes, either live (if the face-to-face class and online course dates correspond) or via video recording.

The online course prepares the student for the WSET qualification and they are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities that guide the student through the key wine regions of the world looking at the factors in the vineyard and winery that inf luence wine styles.

Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the Level 3 Specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.

Week 1: Factors Influencing Style, Quality and Price

Consider the key factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine from vineyard to bottling.

Week 2: Tasting Technique

Learn to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting.

Weeks 3-5: The influences affecting the wines of Europe

Learn about the key influences and how they produce the resulting wine styles in the key wine regions and districts of Europe.

Weeks 6-7: The influences affecting the wines of the New World

Learn about the key influences and how they produce the resulting wine styles in the key wine regions and districts of the New World. Learn about the key regional grape variety specialties of the new world.

Week 8: Sparkling Wines, Fortified Wines

Learn about the methods of production and the main styles of sparkling wines from the key wine producing countries. Learn about the methods of production and the main styles of fortified wines from the key wine producing countries.

Week 9: Revision

Revision & Examination Preparation.