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A guide to SQE preparation courses

updated on 29 November 2022

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

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Universities and law schools have revealed a wide range of preparation courses designed to prepare students for the new SQE, which was introduced in September 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.

You can compare The University of Law's postgraduate law courses via its course matrix.

The University of Law

SQE courses offered

For a comprehensive guide to The University of Law's (ULaw) SQE preparation courses, head to their website!

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.
     
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL): The PGDL is a law conversion course that provides the foundation for a non-law graduate to progress onto either the SQE1 Preparation Course, LLM Legal Practice (SQE1 and SQE2), or a Bar course. The PGDL can be combined with a master’s to become an MA Law (Conversion).
     
  • 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.
     
  • MA Law (SQE1): This course, which includes ULaw’s SQE1 Preparation Course, is designed for non-law graduates who want to qualify as a solicitor and gain a legal qualification at master’s level. It allows students to progress on to study the LLM Legal Practice (SQE1 and SQE2). 
     
  • SQE 1 Exam Preparation Course: This is a short revision course designed to make sure students are fully prepared for the SQE1 exams. 

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
  • Chester
  • Exeter
  • Guildford
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London Bloomsbury
  • London Moorgate
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Reading
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton
  • Online

Course fees (2023/24)

LLM Legal Practice (SQE1 and SQE2):

  • London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate: £16,950
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Norwich, Reading, Southampton: £13,750
  • Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield: £12,800
  • Online: £13,750

PGDL:

  • London: £13,600
  • Outside London: £10,950
  • Online: £10,950

SQE1 Preparation Course:

  • London, Hong Kong: £5,900
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Norwich, Reading: £4,650
  • Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield: £4,200
  • Online: £4,200

SQE2 Preparation Course:

  • London, Hong Kong: £5,650
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Norwich, Reading: £4,450
  • Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield: £4,000
  • Online: £4,000

SQE Law Essentials Online:

  • Online: £3,900

MA Law (SQE1):

  • London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate: £17,100 (domestic), £17,100 (non-domestic)
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Reading: £14,400 (domestic), £15,750 (non-domestic)
  • Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield: £13,950 (domestic), £15,200 (non-domestic)
  • Online: £13,950

SQE1 Exam Preparation Course:

  • All campuses (including online): £500

Course start dates

LLM Legal Practice (SQE1 and SQE2):

  • Part-time students (campus): January 2023, June 2023, January 2024, June 2024
  • Full-time students (campus): March 2023, September 2023, March 2024, September 2024
  • Full-time and part-time students (online): January 2023, March 2023, June 2023, September 2023, January 2024, March 2024, June 2024, September 2024 

PGDL:

  • Full-time and part-time students (campus or online): September 2023, January 2023, September 2024

SQE1 Preparation Course:

  • Part-time students (campus): January 2023, June 2023, January 2024, June 2024
  • Full-time students (campus): March 2023, September 2023, March 2024, September 2024
  • Online: January 2023, March 2023, June 2023, September 2023, January 2024, March 2024, June 2024, September 2024

SQE2 Preparation Course:

  • Full-time students (campus):  January 2023, May 2023, August 2023, January 2024, May 2024
  • Part-time students (campus): February 2023, August 2023, November 2023 (Guildford only), February 2024, August 2024, February 2025
  • Online: January 2023, February 2023, May 2023, August 2023, January 2024, February 2024, May 2024, August 2024, January 2025, February 2025

SQE Law Essentials Online:

  • Full-time students (online): June 2023
  • Part-time students (online): January 2023

MA Law (SQE1):

  • Full-time and part-time (campus):, January 2023, September 2023, September 2024

SQE1 Exam Preparation Course:

  • Full time (day), full time (weekend): January 2023, July 2023
  • Part time (weekend): January 2023, January 2024
  • Part time (day): July 2023, January 2024
  • Part time (evening): July 2023
  • Full time, full time (day), full time (weekend): January 2024

Interested in studying at The University of Law? Find out whether they have an open day coming up!

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 recommended for non-law graduates or foreign-qualified lawyers.
     
  • 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): n/a
  • SQE1 Prep (20 weeks): February 2023
  • SQE1 Prep (10 weeks): January 2023
  • SQE2 Prep (20 weeks): n/a

University of Bolton

SQE courses offered

  • PgDip Solicitors Qualifying Examination: Designed for law graduates or non-law graduates who’ve completed a law conversion course, this course prepares students for the SQE assessments. It covers all the knowledge and skills required to pass SQE1 and SQE2.
  • LLM with Solicitors Qualifying Examination: Like the above course, this one also covers all the knowledge and skills required to pass SQE1 and SQE2 and is suitable for law graduates or non-law graduates who’ve completed a law conversion course.

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

  • Both these courses will be delivered on a full-time basis.

Location

  • Bolton

Course fees (2022-23)

  • PgDip Solicitors Qualifying Examination: £8,120
     
  • LLM with Solicitors Qualifying Examination: £8,120

Course start dates

TBC

BPP University Law School

SQE courses offered

  • SQE1 Preparation: This aims to prepare students for the SQE1 assessment. There are different versions of this course that have been developed for law and non-law graduates, as well as barristers looking to cross qualify. This course can be bought as part of a master’s package.
    • SQE1 Preparation (self-study)
    • SQE1 Preparation (law graduates)
    • SQE1 Preparation (non-law graduates)
       
  • SQE2 Preparation (online): This course is designed to develop your understanding of key criteria within the SQE2 assessments. This course can be bought as part of a master’s package.
     
  • Complete SQE Training (law graduates): This course is suitable for law graduates or law conversion course graduates and covers preparation for SQE1 and SQE2. It will also support you in developing the key skills required for a career as a solicitor. It also includes an Essential for Practice module.
     
  • Complete SQE Training (non-law graduates): This course has been designed for non-law graduates and prepares students for the SQE1 assessment, while beginning to touch on the skills that are assessed in SQE2. The Essentials for Practice and SQE2 Training modules can be added as optional extras.

BPP’s SQE preparation courses have been developed in partnership with a consortium of City law firms that have chosen BPP as their exclusive SQE training provider. These City firms are Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLPHerbert Smith Freehills LLPHogan LovellsNorton Rose FulbrightLinklaters LLP, and Slaughter and May

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

  • BPP’s SQE preparation courses can be studied full time or part time, either face-to-face or online.

Locations

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

Course fees (2023/24)

SQE1 Preparation

  • SQE1 Preparation (self-study): from £2,999
  • SQE1 Preparation (law graduates): from £5,500
  • SQE1 Preparation (non-law graduates): from £8,000

SQE2 Preparation

  • Online: £3,799

Complete SQE Training (law graduates)

  • London: £13,500
  • All other locations (including online): £11,500

Complete SQE Training (non-law graduates)

  • London: £16,250
  • All other locations (including online): £13,500

Course start dates

SQE1 Preparation:

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

SQE2 Preparation:

  • Various dates in March 2023, June 2023, September 2023

Complete SQE Training (law graduates)

  • Full time (Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London Waterloo, Manchester and online): September
  • Full time (London Holborn and online), part time: September, February

Complete SQE Training (non-law graduates)

  • Full time (Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London Waterloo, Manchester and online): September
  • Full time (Leeds, London Waterloo, Manchester and online), part time (London Waterloo and online): September, January
  • Full time (London Waterloo and online), part time: May 

Bristol Law School

SQE courses offered

  • Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep): Open to both law and non-law graduates, this course consists of two separate parts; SQE1 prep, which focuses on functional legal knowledge; and SQE2 prep, which focuses on legal skills. Students can choose whether they take both parts of the course at the University of the West of England (Bristol Law School).
  • Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep) LLM: This course will prepare students (law or non-law) for the SQE1 and SQE2. It’ll involve interactive teaching to help candidates develop their understanding, practise their exam technique and develop skills for legal practice.

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

  • Full time (12 months)

Locations

  • Bristol

Course fees

  • Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep) full time: £8,250
  • Solicitors Training Course – SQE1 prep: £4,000
  • Solicitors Training Course – SQE2 prep: £4,000
  • Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep) LLM: £10,250

Course start dates

  • September

City, University of London

SQE courses offered

  • Solicitors’ Practice Programme (LLM/PgDip): This new programme has been designed to prepare students for SQE1 and SQE2, and for practising as a solicitor. Law degree graduates or non-law graduates who’ve completed a Graduate Diploma in Law can take this course.

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

  • Solicitors’ Practice Programme: Both the LLM and PgDip version of this course are available to study full time.

Locations

  • London

Course Fees (2023-24)

  • Solicitors’ Practice Programme LLM: £16,500
  • Solicitors’ Practice Programme PgDip: £11,500

Course start dates

  • September 2023

University of Chichester

SQE courses offered

  • SQE Top Up: This three-month course prepares students for sitting the SQE assessments.

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

  • The LLM course is available to study full time.

Location

  • Chichester

Course fees

  • LLM Law Conversion with SQE Preparation: £11,450
  • SQE Top Up: TBC

Course start dates

  • For start dates for these courses, keep your eye on the university’s website. 

The College of Legal Practice

SQE courses offered

The College of Legal Practice provides the following SQE courses:

  • SQE1 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Knowledge (SLK): This course is aimed at law graduates and those who have completed a law conversion. It fully prepares students for the centralised SQE1 assessments.
     
  • SQE2 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Skills (SLS): This course is designed for students who have passed the SQE1 assessments. It fully prepares candidates for the practical skills tests of SQE2. 
     
  • LLM in Legal Practice: Students can complete the two SQE courses above, SLK and SLS, as part of an LLM. This course has been designed to help students to pass the SQE.  

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

  • SQE1 Preparation – SLS can be studied as an ‘intensive’ full-time course across 13 weeks, as a ‘flexible’ part-time course across20 weeks or an ‘extended’ part-time course across 40 weeks..
  • SQE2 Preparation – Solicitors Legal Skills can also be studied full time (10 weeks) or part time (20 weeks).
  • LLM in Legal Practice is available to be studied full time (one year), part time (two years) or part time (four years).

Locations

  • Online only.

Course fees (2023)

  • SQE1 Preparation – SLK: £1,800
  • SQE2 Preparation – SLS: £2,300
  • LLM in Legal Practice: From £6,900

Course start dates

SQE1 Preparation – SLK:

  • Full-time students: March 2023 (and every April and September thereafter)
  • Part-time students: February 2023, August 2023 (and every February and August thereafter)

SQE2 Preparation – SLS:

  • Full-time students: January 2023, 24 April 2023 (and every January, May, July and October thereafter)
  • Part-time students: February, May, August and November

LLM in Legal Practice:

  • Full-time students: April, September
  • Part-time students: February, August
  • Flexi LLM in Legal Practice

Coventry University

SQE courses offered

  • Understanding Legal Practice PgDip: This postgraduate course is designed to get students ready for the world of work as a solicitor or CILEX Lawyer, and includes preparation for SQE1.
     
  • Professional Legal Practice LLM: This course is also designed to get students ready for the world of work and is designed to prepare them to sit SQE1 and SQE2.

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

  • Both courses can be studied full time for one year or part time for two years.

Locations

  • Coventry

Course fees (2022-23)

  • Understanding Legal Practice PgDip: £7,066 per year
  • Professional Legal Practice LLM: £11,200 per year

Course start dates:

  • PgDip and LLM: January, September

Law Training Centre

SQE courses offered

Law Training Centre provides the following online SQE preparation courses:

  • SQE1 Full Prep Course: This course includes unlimited attendance to workshops run by experts, 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.
     
  • SQE1 Express Prep Course: This course is a fast-track version of the SQE1 Prep Course, with access to material lasting nine months.
     
  • SQE1 Just Mocks: This provides access to mock assessments for both parts of SQE1. Students will receive explanations of correct answers to enable them to identify the areas of study required.
     
  • SQE2 Full Prep Course: This course will prepare candidates for the SQE2 assessments. Students will have unlimited attendance to workshops, a personal academic coach, and virtual learning platform with essential study aids.
     
  • SQE2 Express Prep Course: This course is a fast-track version of the SQE2 Prep Course. Students will have access to materials for nine months. It’s been designed for those who don’t feel they need a full preparation course to pass the assessments.
     
  • SQE2 Just Mocks: This course provides access to mocks for both the oral and written SQE2 assessments.
     
  • SQE2 Exemption Plus: This course is designed for candidates who are exempt from sitting SQE1. It combines the SQE2 Full Prep Course and specific SQE1 functioning legal knowledge subjects to better 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 Full Prep: £1,950
  • SQE1 Express Prep: £990
  • SQE1 Just Mocks: £395
  • SQE2 Full Prep: £2,500 (standard)
  • SQE2 Express Prep: £495 per practice area
  • SQE2 Just Mocks: £885 (price per discipline: £295)
  • SQE2 Exemption Plus: £2,950
  • SQE1 and SQE2 Preparation Course package: £2,892.50
  • SQE1 and SQE2 Just Mocks package: £551

Course start dates

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

London Metropolitan University

SQE courses offered

  • Professional Legal Practice (Pg Cert): Aimed at law graduates pursuing a career in law, this new course provides students with the skills, knowledge and essential preparation to complete SQE1.

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

  • This course can be studied full time for one year or part time for two years. There are also distance learning and blended learning options.

Location

  • London

Course fees

  • Full time: £4,500 per year
  • Part time: £2,250 per 20 credit module
  • Distance learning: £4,500 per year
  • Blended learning: £4,500

Course start dates

  • September

Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University

SQE courses offered

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 via distance learning over 12 months. Part-time students study online.
  • LLM Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course can be studied full time over 12 months or via distance learning over 18 months.
  • LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 and SQE2 Preparation Course can be studied full time over 12 months or via distance learning over 24 months.
  • PgCert Advanced Legal Skills: SQE2 Preparation Course can be studied full time over eight weeks or via distance learning over 20 weeks.
  • LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course can be studied full time over 18 months or via distance learning over 36 months.

Locations

  • Nottingham
  • Online

Course fees (2023)

  • PgDip Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course: £4,700 (full time and distance learning)
  • LLM Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: £8,400 (full time and distance learning)
  • LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 and SQE2 Preparation Course: £11,400 (full time and distance learning)
  • PgCert Advanced Legal Skills: SQE2 Preparation Course: £3,300 (full time and distance learning)
  • LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: £12,600 (full time and distance learning)

Course start dates

  • PgDip Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course: September 2023
  • LLM Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course:  September 2023
  • LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE1 and SQE2 Preparation Course: September 2023
  • PgCert Advanced Legal Skills: SQE2 Preparation Course: February 2023 (full time), September 2023 (distance learning)
LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE1 Preparation Course: September 2023

Northumbria University

SQE courses offered

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

  • This course is available to study full time.

Location

  • Northumbria

Course fees

  • £9,500

Course start dates

  • September

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’s aimed at law graduates, people with lower work commitments 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’s aimed at candidates who work full time such as paralegals, chartered legal executives, apprentices and foreign-qualified lawyers in a common law jurisdiction.
     
  • SQE1 Premium: This course includes everything in the Advantage package and adds tutor assistance. It’s aimed at full-time, part-time or unemployed candidates who feel they need more support, non-law graduates, non-UK law graduates and foreign qualified lawyers in a civil law jurisdiction.
     
  • SQE2 Basic: This course prepares candidates for the SQE2 assessments. It includes access to 120 mock exams.
     
  • SQE2 Advantage: Includes 300 mock exams plus initial guidance, a customised study plan and two online mock stations with personal tutor feedback.
     
  • SQE2 Premium: Includes 300 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: £1,890
  • SQE1 Advantage: £2,390
  • SQE1 Premium: £2,890
  • SQE2 Basic: £1,890
  • SQE2 Advantage: £2,390
  • SQE2 Premium: £2,890

Course start dates

  • There’s no fixed start date for SQE1 and SQE2 preparation – candidates can start flexibly.

Solent University, Southampton

SQE courses offered

  • The College of Legal Practice will deliver its SQE preparation courses to Solent University’s LLB students.
To find out more about The College of Legal Practice’s SQE preparation courses, head to its website.

University of South Wales

SQE courses offered

  • LLM Professional Practice (SQE): This course prepares students for the SQE1 and offers an introduction to SQE2 legal skills, while also giving students the chance to build up some qualifying work experience. Law and non-law students are eligible for this course.

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

  • This course can be studied full time or part time.

Location

  • Caerleon, Wales

Course fees (2023-24)

  • Fees TBC

Course start dates

  • September

University of Sussex

SQE courses offered

  • SQE1 Prep (in partnership with BARBRI): 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 recommended for non-law graduates or foreign-qualified lawyers.
     
  • SQE2 Prep (in partnership with BARBRI): The course will prepare students for the SQE2 practical skills assessments. 
For more information on the courses offered by BARBRI and how the University of Sussex will be working with the education provider, head to the BARBRI website.

University of Wolverhampton

SQE courses offered

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

  • This course can be studied full time for one year or part time for two years. There are also distance learning options.

Location

  • Wolverhampton

Course fees (2022-23)

  • Full time and full-time distance learning: £5,330 per year
  • Part time and part-time distance learning: £2,665 per year

Course start dates

  • September 2024

University of Worcester

SQE courses offered

  • Legal Practice LLM: This course has been designed to introduce students to SQE1 and to offer students the chance to engage with the skills required to pass SQE2.

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

  • Full-time and part-time study options are available.

Location

  • Worcester

Course fees (2022-23)

  • £7,440 per year

Course start dates

  • Check the university’s website for information on start dates


This table isn’t necessarily exhaustive, so be aware that more SQE courses could be announced. We’ll be regularly updating this page with the latest information as and when we receive it.

Can I combine SQE preparation with an undergraduate law degree?

Many universities are adapting their undergraduate law programmes to better prepare students for SQE1. Doing some SQE1 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’re likely to receive and the reputation of the education provider before making a decision.

Universities adapting their LLB programmes to the SQE include Arden UniversityBath Spa UniversityCoventry University, Goldsmiths, the University of London, the Open University and the University of South Wales.

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