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Do I have to do Level 2 before Level 3?
If you read the notes at WSET London about Level 3 Wines it is recommended that you have the Level 2 Wines and Spirits first. Otherwise they ask you to take a test online. This is for people taking the award with WSETs own London classes. Other providers may have different rules.
There are two good reasons an APP will not want to book someone on a Level 3 elegantred if they are not sure that their knowledge is up to scratch. The first reason is an altruistic one - to protect students from wasting money and time on a course that they are not ready for. The other reason is connected to the first and that is APP's want to protect their own reputations. They are judged by their students' results which WSET watch carefully.
You can resit exams if you fail @elegantred but of course there is a fee to pay and you will need to find an exam date to suit you. In the case of Level 3 Wines there are two parts to the exam-Theory and Tasting. If you pass one but fail the other you only have to resit the failed section-not both.
No @elegantred WSET don't allow you to do that. We had an incident with a student a year or two back. He came on one of our Level 2 Wines and Spirits courses without telling us that he had done the course and exam with someone else some years ago. When we came to register him for the exam he was identified by WSET by his name and date of birth. He was not allowed by them to take the exam again as he had passed the first time.
Obviously he was upset by this but there was nothing that any of us could do. If he had told us the situation when he had booked we could have advised him about this rule.