Hello. I'm currently studying for WSET Diploma and have thus far finished Units 2, 5, and 6 all via self study. I'm contemplating the in person courses for Unit 3 (Light wines) which range over 4 weekends in a city I need to fly to (flight, hotel, transportation, etc.). I wanted to see if anyone had perspective on how helpful the in person classes are vs following the syllabus and studying by oneself. And which parts of the in person are most helpful; theory, tasting, etc. Thanks!
Congratulations on your progress. I have only taken the online course for Unit 3 so I am unable to speak to classroom time. I would assume that it depends on the quality of instruction at your chosen school. I took Units 1 & 2 as a 2 day class and the speaker for viti/vini was incredible but the presenter for unit 1 didn't come prepared and was 20 years out of date on current issues. If you can ask your WSET provider for some former students as references, you may have a better idea if it is worth the extra time and money. The other consideration is where you are in terms of tasting. If you have a tasting group that will help prepare you for the exam, that makes the online much more feasible. If you don't have a committed WSET format tasting group, the in class tastings may be worth the travel. Feel free to DM me if you would like to chat.