WSET Level 3 Spirits

This is an advanced level course and we recommend that you hold a WSET Level 2 award or have a very good knowledge of spirits. You will develop a deep theoretical understanding of spirits and spirit-making, including sampling around 60 spirits.

You can take this course in the following ways:

The course covers a detailed examination of the techniques of spirit production and a detailed look at the factors affecting the style and quality of eleven core spirit categories. It also includes an overview of 23 additional categories plus you’ll learn how to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits®(SAT).

You need to be over 18 (there’s lots of tasting involved) and we provide you with extra support in the form of our exclusive study guides. These are free to Northern Wine School students and have been developed to really help you with your studies.

The course ends in two exams which must be taken in person The first is a 50 question multiple-choice exam plus six short answer questions, the second involves blind tasting two spirits. You must score 55% or above to pass. Those who pass will get a certificate and lapel pin and the right to use the associated WSET Certified logo. Oh, by the way: we have a 100% pass rate!

We are a Wine Scholar Guild approved instructor


Our WSET Spirits Level 3 classroom courses take place over five consecutive weeks – one full day each week. They are run by a WSET Certified Wine Educator (with a 100% pass rate). You will be given the WSET Spirits 3 Study Guide and course materials. We supply the spirits that you will be tasting (there are around 60) and lunch is also included.

You’ll take the exams at the end of the final session, they are preceded by a comprehensive revision session. And don’t forget: you have free access to our WSET Spirits 3 study guides so you can consolidate your learning and practice before the big day.

This course requires you to attend five full days of classroom lessons.

No dates currently available

Due to the current global health pandemic WSET has introduced computer-based testing via remote invigilation (also known as remote proctoring or online exam) to enable you to sit your exam.

In order to protect the integrity of these exams, WSET has set up procedures to enable the exam to be taken online – please read our Candidate Information document or get in touch with any questions you have.