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updated on 30 September 2021
BPP University Law School has unveiled the details of its new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) courses, which have been designed to give aspiring lawyers a competitive edge in a thriving recruitment market.
Following extensive collaborations with some of the UK’s leading law firms and consultations with regulators and professional bodies, the university has developed full-time, part-time and online-only courses which have been built to reflect the high standards expected by the industry.
The university also received insights from students who are among the first to prepare and sit the new SQE assessments to help them improve the content and delivery of the courses.
The SQE training package for non-law graduates starts at £13,500 (excluding exam fees) and the package for law graduates starts from £9,500 (excluding exam fees). Discounts will be made available for candidates who purchase multiple courses, with postgraduate funding (up to £11,570) also available when selected courses are purchased as part of a package. Students can expect to pay between £5,750 and £6,500 for the university’s SQE preparation course and between £2,500 to £3,000 for SQE2 coaching.
Students will start BPP’s new SQE courses in February.
The university’s Post Graduate Diploma for non-law graduates makes up part of the SQE training package for non-law graduates before candidates start the SQE preparation course.
As well as its SQE1 and SQE2 preparation course, the university has also partnered with several law firms to offer a specialist Essentials for Practice course. It’s a three-month programme, aimed at developing “the deeper knowledge and skills” that go “beyond the SQE curriculum” to give candidates an edge in a buoyant recruitment market. The Essentials for Practice course can be added to the non-law and law graduates SQE course package at an additional cost.
All BPP students will have access to the university’s virtual practice environment, designed to mirror real-world practice, and BPP Adapt, a new AI-powered learning platform.
Jo-Anne Pugh, Dean of BPP University Law School commented on the new courses: As well as ensuring our high-quality SQE programme give students the knowledge they need to pass both exams, we have also been working closely with our leading law firm partners to ensure we give our students the opportunity to grow and apply their professional skills.
“We’ve always made it our business to understand the broader skills that firms want from their trainees. The overwhelming message from firms was they will be seeking applicants with specialist knowledge, skills, and behaviours that are well beyond the SQE curriculum.
“We think that our method of teaching, combining tutor contact time with innovative educational technology really is the optimum way to learn and retain the SQE syllabus.”
Read LCN’s guide to SQE preparation courses for details on other courses on offer.