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A guide to SQE preparation courses

updated on 27 April 2021

Use this guide to compare the new preparation courses for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) by key criteria including fees, learning styles and locations.

Universities and law schools have revealed a wide range of preparation courses designed to prepare students for the new SQE when it is introduced in 2021. This table provides the key details of each postgraduate course to help aspiring solicitors compare the different options. You can also find out more about the universities adapting their undergraduate law degrees to SQE at the bottom of this page.

The University of Law 

SQE courses offered

The University of Law (ULaw) provides the following SQE courses:

  • LLM Legal Practice (SQE1 and SQE2): The course combines a master’s with preparation for both SQE1 and SQE2, as well as key skills for legal practice that go beyond SQE.
  • SQE1 Preparation Course: The course prepares students for the SQE1 ‘functioning legal knowledge’ assessments. It is designed for law graduates and non-law graduates who have completed a law conversion.
  • SQE2 Preparation Course: This programme prepares students for the SQE2 practical skills assessments. It is designed for students who have completed SQE1.
  • SQE Law Essentials Online: This short online course introduces the essentials of legal knowledge required for SQE1. It allows students to progress onto the SQE1 Preparation Course, LLM Legal Practice (SQE1 and SQE2), or a law conversion.

Are there full-time, part-time and online study options? 

All SQE courses provided by ULaw can be studied flexibly, with full-time and part-time options available, including evening or weekend study.

Students can study at one of ULaw’s UK campuses or online.

Locations

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Guildford
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London Bloomsbury
  • London Moorgate
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Reading
  • Sheffield
  • Online

Course fees

LLM Legal Practice (SQE1 and SQE2):

  • London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate: £16,500
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford, Reading: £13,000
  • Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham: £12,000
  • Online: £13,000

PGDL:

  • London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate: £12,250
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Reading: £9,850
  • Online: £9,850

SQE1 Preparation Course:

  • London, Hong Kong: £5,500
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford, Reading: £4,350
  • Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham: £4,000
  • Online: £3,500

SQE2 Preparation Course:

  • London, Hong Kong: £5,500
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford, Reading: £4,350
  • Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield: £4,000
  • Online: £4,000

SQE Law Essentials Online:

  • Online: £3,500

Course start dates

LLM Legal Practice (SQE1 and SQE2):

  • Full-time students (campus): August 2021, January 2022
  • Part-time students (campus): October 2021, May 2022 (Sheffield only)
  • Full-time and part-time students (online): August 2021, October 2021, January 2022

PGDL:

  • Full-time and part-time students (campus or online): October 2021, May 2022

SQE1 Preparation Course:

  • Full-time students (campus or online): August 2021, January 2022
  • Part-time students (campus): October 2021, May 2022
  • Part-time students (online): May 2021, October 2021

SQE2 Preparation Course:

  • Full-time students (campus or online): February 2022, August 2022
  • Part-time students (campus): November 2021, June 2022, November 2022
  • Part-time students (online): November 2021, November 2022

SQE Law Essentials Online:

  • Full-time students (online): May 2021
  • Part-time students (online): July 2021

BARBRI 

SQE courses offered

BARBRI provides the following SQE courses:

SQE1 Prep: This course leads straight into SQE1 examinations, which are scheduled to take place twice a year. The intensive 10-week  version is aimed at recent law graduates, while the 20-week and 40-week versions are also aimed at non-law graduates.

SQE2 Prep: The course will prepare students for the SQE2 practical skills assessments. 

Are there full-time, part-time and online study options? 

SQE1 Prep can be studied full time over 10 weeks, or part time over 20 weeks or 40 weeks.

SQE2 Prep will be a part-time course studied over 12 weeks.

SQE1 Prep and SQE2 Prep are both studied online. Blended learning includes a flexible, online Personal Study plan, supplemental  touchpoint workshops and one-to-one mentor support.

Locations

All learning takes place online.

Course fees

SQE1 Prep (10, 20 or 40 weeks): £2,999

SQE2 Prep: £2,999 (SQE1 Prep alumni) or £3,499 (standard price)

Course start dates

SQE1 Prep (40 weeks): September 2021

SQE1 Prep (20 weeks): June 2021

SQE1 Prep (10 weeks): August 2021

SQE2 Prep: TBC

BPP University Law School

SQE courses offered

Law Conversion Course (PGDL): This law conversion enables students to progress onto the Legal Practice Course, or BPP’s upcoming SQE preparation courses. The PGDL can be combined with a master’s to become the LLM Law and Legal Practice.

BPP has not yet revealed the details of its SQE preparation courses. These are being developed in partnership with a consortium of City law firms that have chosen BPP as their exclusive SQE training provider. These City firms are: FreshfieldsHerbert Smith FreehillsHogan LovellsNorton Rose FulbrightLinklaters, and Slaughter and May

Are there full-time, part-time and online study options? 

The PGDL can be studied full time or part time, either face-to-face or online. BPP’s new SQE preparation courses will almost certainly include the same flexible range of study options.

Locations

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Leeds
  • London Waterloo
  • Manchester
  • Online

Course fees

PGDL:

  • Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge: £9,661 (PGDL) or £14,935 (LLM Law and Legal Practice)
  • Leeds, Manchester: £9,538 (PGDL) or £14,935 (LLM)
  • London Waterloo, online: £11,938 (PGDL) or £16,480 (LLM)

Fees for SQE preparation courses TBC.

Course start dates

PGDL:

  • Full-time and part-time students (on campus): September 2021
  • Full-time and part-time students (online): May 2021, September 2021

SQE preparation course start dates TBC.

Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University

SQE courses offered

PGDip Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: This course is designed to prepare law graduates for the SQE1 assessments.

PGCert Advanced Legal Skills: SQE2 Preparation Course: Prepares law graduates and conversion course postgraduates who have completed SQE1 for the SQE2 assessments.

LLM Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: SQE1 preparation at law graduate level is combined with study for a master’s qualification. Students wishing to progress onto an SQE2 preparation course can transfer onto the LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 and SQE 2 Preparation Course.

LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 and SQE2 Preparation Course: This course combines the SQE1 and SQE2 preparation courses into a continuous programme, alongside study for a master’s.

LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: This course is aimed at non-law graduates. It prepares students for the centralised SQE1 assessments.

Are there full-time, part-time and online study options?   

PGDip Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course can be studied full time over six months or part time over 12 months. Part-time students study online.

PGCert Advanced Legal Skills: SQE2 Preparation Course can be studied full time (8 weeks) or part time via online learning (20 weeks).

LLM Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course can be studied full time (12 months) or part time via online learning (18 months).

LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 and SQE2 Preparation Course can be studied full time (12 months) or part time via online learning (24 months).

LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course can be studied full time (18 months) or part time via online learning (36 months).

Locations

  • Nottingham
  • Online

Course fees

PGDip Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course: £4,700 (full time and part time)

PGCert Advanced Legal Skills: SQE2 Preparation Course: £3,300 (full time and part time)

LLM Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: £8,200 (full time and part time)

LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 and SQE2 Preparation Course: £11,000 (full time and part time)

LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: £12,000 (full time and part time)

Course start dates

PGDip Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course: September 2021

PGCert Advanced Legal Skills: SQE2 Preparation Course: TBC

LLM Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: September 2021

LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 and SQE2 Preparation Course: September 2021

LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: September 2021

The College of Legal Practice

SQE courses offered

The College of Legal Practice provides the following SQE courses:

SQE1 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Knowledge: This course is aimed at law graduates and those who have completed a law conversion. It prepares students for the centralised SQE1 assessments.

SQE2 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Skills: This module is designed for students who have passed the SQE1 assessments. It prepares  candidates for the practical skills tests of SQE2. 

Are there full-time, part-time and online study options?   

SQE1 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Knowledge can be studied full time (13 weeks) or part time (20 weeks).

SQE2 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Skills can also be studied full time (10 weeks) or part time (20 weeks).

Both SQE courses are fully online.

Locations

Online only.

Course fees

SQE1 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Knowledge: £1,800

SQE2 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Skills: £2,300

Course start dates

SQE1 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Knowledge:

  • Full-time students: August 2021, April 2022, October 2022
  • Part-time students: February 2022, August 2022

SQE2 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Skills:

  • Full-time students: February 2022
  • Part-time students: TBC

QLTS School

SQE courses offered

QLTS School provides the following SQE courses:

SQE1 Basic: This course includes access to the textbooks, revision materials, multiple-choice questions and 10 mock tests. It is aimed at law graduates and those already familiar with the subject areas assessed in SQE1.

SQE1 Advantage: This course includes everything in SQE1 Basic, plus access to 30 mock tests and the SQE Video Library. It is aimed at candidates who work full time such as paralegals, chartered legal executives, apprentices, and foreign-qualified lawyers.

SQE1 Premium: Includes everything in the Advantage package and adds tutor assistance. It is aimed at candidates who feel they need  more support and non-law graduates.

SQE2 Basic: This course prepares candidates for the SQE2 assessments. It includes access to 50 mock exams.

SQE2 Advantage: Includes 125 mock exams plus initial guidance, a customised study plan and two online mock stations with personal tutor feedback.

SQE2 Premium: Includes 250 mock exams plus initial guidance, a customised study plan and four online mock stations with personal tutor feedback.

Are there full-time, part-time and online study options?

The various SQE options cater for both full-time and part-time students.

All study takes place online.

Locations 

Online only.

Course fees

SQE1 Basic: £1,590

SQE1 Advantage: £1,990

SQE1 Premium: £2,390

SQE2 courses TBC.

Course start dates

There is no fixed start date for SQE1 preparation – candidates can start flexibly.

SQE2 preparation courses will be available to start from November 2021.

Law Training Centre

SQE courses offered

Law Training Centre provides the following SQE preparation courses:

SQE1 Prep: Includes unlimited attendance to workshops, access to a one-to-one Personal Academic Coach, a video library of  workshops, a complete law library, and a virtual learning platform with essential study aids.

SQE2 Prep: This upcoming course will prepare candidates for the SQE2 assessments.

Are there full-time, part-time and online study options? 

Law Training Centre courses are fully online and provide the ability to study flexibly.

Locations

Online only.

Course fees

SQE1 Prep: £2,890

SQE2 Prep: £3,390

Course start dates

Start dates are flexible and students can enrol at any time.


This table is not necessarily exhaustive, so be aware that more SQE courses could be announced over 2021 and 2022.

Can I combine SQE preparation with an undergraduate law degree?

Many universities are adapting their undergraduate law programmes to better prepare students for SQE. Doing some SQE preparation as part of your undergraduate degree could make one of the more basic postgraduate SQE preparation courses more attractive – but always bear in mind the quality of training you are likely to receive and the reputation of the education provider before making a decision.

Universities adapting their LLB programmes to the SQE include Ardern University, Bath Spa University, Coventry University and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Catch up on news and tips about the SQE via LCN’s dedicated SQE Hub.