DIPLOMA Units 1 & 2

The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages | Wine Production
Neptune School of Wine offers the WSET Diploma Introductory class for Unit 1 & 2 for First Semester Students. The Unit 2 Exam is a gateway exam to the rest of the program and must be taken before any other Units in Diploma, including the Unit 1 examinations. The Unit 1 course is self study and exams can be taken when offered during the school year. The Unit 1 Course Work Assignment (CWA) is a 2800 word research paper, with two titles published each school year to choose from. Students choose the subject that most interests them over the 3 year registration period and then submits their paper in either the November or April due date.
The Unit 1 Case Study exam is given in March, June and November. Students regiater for the exam and then 30 days before the exam go to the Global Campus to see what the subject of the exam will be. They then have 30 days to research the subject, and come in and take a closed book exam, with specific questions asked relating to the subject.

Registration for Units 1 and 2 includes the 3 year Diploma registration and the first exam fee for each. The Unit 2 covers Viticulture and Winemaking and is the first course offered and exam given. The Unit 2 exam must be taken before attempting any other Unit's exams.

The next Induction and Unit 2 Course will take place in May, 2018. The class runs from 9:30 to 4:30 pm each Saturday. Registration is open to any students who have PASSED the Level 3 exam. The cost is $2,100. 


The Unit 1 Course Work Assignment and Unit 1 Case Study Exam are completed by students during their 3 year registration period.

The cost of the 3 Year Registration, Units 1 (exams) and Unit 2 Courses and Exams is $2,100


*prerequisites listed below
The WEST no longer allows "Home Study". All students who cannot attend classes in person sign up for the Online Learning Program. The exams take place at Neptune School of Wine but the coursework is done at the new WSET Online Learning Module. The cost of registration and Unit Two is $1,200 and the cost of the Unit 1 is $600, due upon the first registration for a Unit 1 section (Course work Assignment or Case Study exam)

*Registration is a two part process. Firstly, you must pre-register by contacting us at info@neptunewine.com and submitting the date that you passed your WSET Advanced Certificate. Upon confirmation of eligiblity, you will then pay via PayPal by clicking the "Buy Now" button above. To make other payment arrangements, please email us.


All classes take place at Neptune School of Wine at the SoCo Collection, 3315 Hyland Ave Suite H, Costa Mesa Ca 92626.

Initial registration for Diploma includes the following:
Online Study Materials for Unit 1
Study Guide for Unit 2
Students will then download:

A copy of the WSET Diploma Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT)
The Diploma Specification
The Candidate Assessment Guide

Not included in the kit are two texts for Diploma; the Oxford Companion to Wine Third Edition (required for Diploma), Understanding Wine Technology by David Byrd, and Viticulture by Stephen Skelton (both recommended reference for Unit 2). Amazon.com offers these. Students may also wish to browse the list of recommended reading  for Diploma.

Three Year Registration:

Students are registered for three years. They may sign-up for any Units and attempt the various assessments associated with Diploma as many times as necessary during this registration period.If Diploma studies are not complete within the 3-year registration period, then students may re-register for an additional 3-year period. Your accumulated passes will carry forward after being reviewed by the WSET.

WSET Diploma Assessment Preparation Scheme (DAPS):

The mentoring program - now known as DAPS - is administered by the WSET in London and is an invaluable tool for students.

Unit 1&2 Exams:

Which are the Case-Study examination, the Coursework Assignment and the Unit 2 multiple-choice examination.

Prices are valid for courses and exams offered during the academic year ending July 31, 2018 and are subject to change without notice.

* WSET qualifications are part of the UK qualifications framework, and the education courses leading to WSET qualifications are an invaluable source of information for students to enhance their knowledge of wines and spirits. WSET qualifications are not a guarantee of employment or career progression, nor do they form part of any regulated qualifications framework outside UK.