As someone who is passionate about wine and wants to deepen my knowledge of this fascinating subject, I recently created a study plan for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Wines. With the help of ChatGPT, a language model trained by OpenAI, I was able to put together a comprehensive and organized plan that covers all the topics and materials I need to master in order to pass the WSET Level 3 exam.
The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is a rigorous and demanding program that requires a significant amount of time, effort, and dedication. It covers a wide range of topics, from viticulture and winemaking to wine regions and styles from around the world. In order to succeed in this program, it’s important to have a clear and structured study plan that allows you to cover all the material in a systematic and efficient way.
WSET Level 3 - background to study plan
My study plan is designed to help do just that. It is divided into 12 weeks (as I had signed up for the 12 week programme), with each week focusing on specific topics and materials from the WSET Level 3 curriculum. Each week includes several study sessions that cover key concepts, as well as assigned readings from the course textbook. By following this plan, I can ensure that I cover all the material in a timely and organized way, and that I have enough time to review and practice before the final exam.
I believe that this study plan can be a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in pursuing the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, or who simply wants to learn more about wine in general. By providing a clear and structured roadmap, it can help readers stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed or lost. It can also help them approach the material in a more focused and deliberate way, which can lead to better retention and understanding.
Of course, everyone’s learning style and pace is different, so this study plan is just a suggestion. Reader, you are encouraged to customize it to your own needs and preferences, and to adjust it as necessary based on your progress and feedback.
WSET Level 3 Weekly Study Plan - by Session and Book Chapters
|1||Session 1: Course Induction & Tasting Technique|
Session 2: The Natural Factors and Human Influences in the Vineyard
Session 3: The Human Factors in the Winery that influence Style, Quality and Price
|Section 1: Wine and the Consumer (Chapters 1, 2, 3)|
Section 2: Factors Affecting the Style, Quality and Price of Wine (Chapters 5, 6, 7)
|2||Session 4: White Wines of Germany, Alsace, Austria and the Tokaj region of Hungary||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 17, 22, 23, 24)|
|3||Session 5: White Wines of Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 12, 13, 18)|
|4||Session 6: Red and Rose Wines of Bordeaux, South West France and the Loire Valley||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 13, 14, 18)|
|5||Session 7: Red Wines of Burgundy and the Red and White Wines of the Northern Rhone Valley||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 15, 16, 19)|
|6||Session 8: Red, White and Rose Wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, Southern France; Red Wines of Spain part 1 and White Wines of Spain and Portugal||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 20, 21, 30)|
|7||Session 9: Red Wines of Northern Spain and Red and White Wines of Northern Italy||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 26, 27, 30)|
|8||Session 10: Red and White Wines of Central and Southern Italy, the Red Wines of Portugal, and the Red and White wines of Greece||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 25, 28, 29, 31)|
|9||Session 11: Premium Red Wine Regions of the New World||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 32 - 40)|
|10||Session 12: Premium White Wine Regions of the New World||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 32 - 40)|
|11||Session 13: Regional Specialities of the New World||Section 3: Still Wines of the World (Chapters 32 - 40)|
|12||Session 14: Sparkling Wines|
Session 15: Fortified Wines
|Section 4: Sparkling Wines of the World (Chapter 41, 42)|
Section 5: Fortified Wines of the World (Chapter 43, 44, 45)
Note: The study plan is just a suggestion and can be adjusted based on your individual learning pace and schedule.
Does the study plan work?
What works for me .. is that I set aside my weekends to:
- study material for the next week, and
- revising my notes,
- testing myself
It is important to allocate enough time for review and practice exams to ensure readiness for the final exam … and I’ll touch on revision and practice exams in my next article.