WSET Diploma without L3

Hello, just a quick question to the people that are on the WSET branch of education. Is it possible to apply for the diploma without passing L3? Is the certified or advanced recognized at all by the WSET?

I wanted to follow studies in the WSET side before I get to the Advanced but from what I read here in the forums the L3 is kind of a downgrade from certified, and I also prefer the Diploma format as it lets me study from abroad not needing such a standing presence. 

How is your experience on changing lanes, and which do you think is the best track to follow both sides examinations?

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  • You cannot begin the diploma level without level 3. WSET involves a lot of writing. Level 3 is where you learn the type and style of questions asked, you would be at a disadvantage starting the diploma without this practice. 

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