PGDip/PGCert Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep)

Entry year
Course code
Central Applications Board
Bristol Law School
One year
Programme leader
Lucilla Macgregor

Please note that new student recruitment to the SQE 1 Prep course has been suspended for the August 2021 intake. Applications for SQE Prep 1 for 2022 entry should be made from October 2021. SQE Prep 2 for the January 2022 intake remains open for applications.

Page last updated 26 July 2021


Progress your pathway to qualification as a solicitor on our course designed to offer flexibility around your work commitments and finances.

Why study the Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep)?

This course will prepare you to sit the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) 1 and 2, which you'll need to pass as one of the steps required to qualify as a practising solicitor in England and Wales. The course is open to both law and non-law graduates; you may already be working in legal practice, or starting your training in the legal profession.

The course consists of two separate parts:

SQE 1 Prep focuses on Functional Legal Knowledge and will prepare you for the externally-set SQE 1 exam.

SQE 2 Prep focuses on Legal Skills and will prepare you for the externally-set SQE 2 skills assessments.

You can choose to study either or both SQE 1 Prep and SQE 2 Prep at UWE Bristol in a way that suits you. Successful completion of SQE 1 Prep leads to the UWE Bristol award of Postgraduate Certificate Solicitors Training Course (SQE 1 Prep).  You can then choose to take the award at that point and have a break from your studies or to continue your studies at UWE Bristol to complete SQE 2 Prep. Successful completion of SQE 1 Prep and SQE 2 Prep leads to an award of Postgraduate Diploma Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep).

If you completed and passed your SQE 1 Prep at another institution you can come to UWE Bristol to study the SQE 2 Prep. Recognition of your SQE 1 Prep and successful completion of SQE 2 Prep at UWE Bristol leads to the UWE Bristol award of Postgraduate Diploma Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep).

If you have achieved the PGDiploma with us you can then choose to continue your studies to masters level.

Why UWE Bristol?

Established for over 40 years, UWE Bristol Law School is one of the UK's largest and most respected full-service law schools and has strong links to the profession. The School has an excellent reputation as a provider of postgraduate vocational education and training for those progressing to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

Taught by our highly-experienced teaching team of legal professionals, you can be sure to receive high-quality training.

Our course places emphasis on face-to-face group tuition, offering you a more personalised learning experience.

You'll study in our state-of-the-art £55 million business and law school building, where you'll benefit from purpose-built teaching facilities including mock courtrooms.

Get individual support from your academic personal tutor.

UWE Bristol alumni can take advantage of our 25% alumni discount for 2021/22 entry.

Where can it take me?

The course will prepare you to take the SQE exams as part of your pathway to qualify as a practising solicitor in England and Wales.



SQE 1 Prep

You will study the following modules:

  • Foundations for Legal Knowledge 1
  • Foundations for Legal Knowledge 2.

The topics covered by those modules are as follows:

Functioning Legal Knowledge 1

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Contract
  • Tort
  • Legal System of England and Wales and Public Law
  • Legal Services.

Functioning Legal Knowledge 2

  • Property Law and Practice
  • Wills and the Administration of Estates
  • Solicitors Accounts
  • Land Law
  • Trusts
  • Criminal Law and Practice.

SQE 2 Prep

You will study the following modules:

  • Client Interviewing and Attendance Note/Legal Analysis
  • Advocacy
  • Case and Matter Analysis
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Drafting.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you. 

Learning and Teaching

You'll learn from highly-experienced, dedicated tutors with extensive experience as practising solicitors and barristers and strong links to practice. They'll support you to develop your knowledge quickly and confidently throughout the course.

SQE 1 Prep comprises an online self-study interaction with tutors during the first few weeks, followed by face-to-face tuition in groups of up to 25. These interactive workshops will focus on reinforcing your understanding of key legal concepts, while also developing your techniques to tackle multiple-choice questions in preparation for SQE1. For SQE 2 Prep, you'll be taught face-to-face in small tutorial groups of around 6-12 students to develop the core skills assessed in SQE2. You'll be expected to prepare before you attend each workshop.

You'll receive individual support both during your studies and after you graduate. We'll allocate you an academic personal tutor who will work closely with you to support you on the course as well as with careers guidance.

Study time

SQE 1 Prep - Legal Knowledge

Our course runs from August to November and you'll be required to attend classes on two fixed days per week. Each day will include six-hours of face-to-face group tuition, except for the four week online learning element at the start of the course. You'll also need to spend around 30 hours per week on independent study, on top of your taught contact hours.

SQE 2 Prep - Legal Skills

This course runs from January to April and you'll be required to attend between 10 - 15 hours per week for face-to-face group tuition in small classes of around 12 students. You'll also need to spend around 30 hours a week on independent study, on top of your taught contact hours.


The course prepares you for the SQE assessments you must pass to qualify as a solicitor; those SQE assessments do not form part of the course itself (and the cost of undertaking the SQE assessments is not included in the course fee).

Our module assessments will mirror the SQE assessments, so we can fully prepare you for the external SQE assessment. For SQE 1 Prep you will undertake 4 x 2.5 hour) online closed book multiple choice tests, just as you will in the SQE assessment. For SQE 2 Prep, the module assessments will mirror the role-play/computer-based skills assessments of SQE2; scheduled in five consecutive half days of assessment, just like the real thing.

To prepare you for both the SQE Prep module assessments, there will be practice assessments, where you will receive full tutor feedback. Both your module and practice assessments will be conducted on campus, not remotely, so you will benefit from greater face-to-face interaction with your tutor team.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

You'll be based in the Bristol Law School on Frenchay Campus, where you'll have access to extensive facilities to support your learning, including:

  • Well-equipped classrooms with IT equipment and whiteboards.
  • Mock courtrooms with recording equipment.
  • Comprehensive resources available through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, including exam-style multiple choice tests, podcasts, pre-recorded lectures and interactive tutor-led workshops to develop your legal skills, all delivered by experienced practitioner tutors.

You'll also have access to all our other fantastic facilities on our Frenchay Campus, including our 24-hour library including digital library, and a wide range of academic support, wellbeing and careers services, and more.

Plus, your tuition fee includes all the books and resources you need for the course and these will be provided to you.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Bristol Law School has over 40 years' experience of training students heading into the solicitors profession, who are now working in a range of legal careers, including as partners in City law firms, working in a small high-street practice undertaking criminal defence work, and in-house counsel, for example. Our graduates secure roles in many different law firm businesses practising many different types of law.

Our new SQE Prep course prepares you to undertake the SQE exams you must pass to qualify as a practising solicitor, equipping you with skills and knowledge you'll need to secure a role in the legal profession.

Some of our Law School students have secured a training contract/legal work before undertaking our courses, some combining legal work. Others benefit from our award-winning University Careers Service, where you can access advice including CV clinics, careers talks, 'ask the experts' events and mock interviews, to help you stand out from the competition.

You can also take advantage of our mentoring scheme where you'll be paired with an external solicitor or barrister (many are former students) providing you with a valuable opportunity to learn more about your career from a professional in practice.

Plus, benefit from our Business and Law Clinic, which will provide opportunities for a range of legal work experience; some of which will allow you to give back to the community while enhancing your employability at the same time. Any work you undertake in the Clinic, or secure or through our links with the local profession, will provide you with some of the qualifying work experience you need for qualification as a solicitor.

Also, don't miss our annual UWE Bristol Law Fair, which is a great way to network with potential employers and get your legal career started.


Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information. 


Entry requirements

You will need to have:

  • An Honours degree (minimum 2:2)

We recommend that you visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) website before you apply, to check the latest guidance for students.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components. See further details of our English Language requirements.

How to apply

Applications must be made online via the Central Applications Board.

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • SQE 1 Prep followed by SQE 2 Prep - 1 July.
  • SQE 1 Prep - 1 July.
  • SQE 2 Prep - 1 December. If you undertake the SQE 2 Prep option only with us and wish to gain a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), we will require accreditation of prior learning (AL) for the equivalent of SQE 1 Prep or evidence that you have passed the formal SQE1 Assessment. If you are unable to gain accredited learning for PGDip purposes, you will receive an award of Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) on successful completion of the UWE Bristol SQE 2 Prep.

You are required to pay a £350 deposit within 30 days of your offer, to secure your place.

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