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This course is for those who wish to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales using the Solicitor Qualifying Examination (SQE) pathway to qualification. The course will prepare you for the SRA’s centralised SQE1 assessments, which will test functioning legal knowledge (FLK). It is part of our new suite of SQE courses.
To study this course it is recommended you have a law degree or have completed a law conversion course, including our SQE Law Essentials.
If you are currently working in the legal sector, including international lawyers, you may wish to study our part-time online SQE1 Preparation for Legal Professionals course.
Introductory offer: Includes our SQE1 Exam Preparation Course for free.
None required. However, the SRA requires a degree (or equivalent) to qualify as a solicitor.
January 2023See all Start Dates
This course will prepare you for the SRA’s centralised SQE1 assessments. The SQE1 assessments will test functioning legal knowledge (FLK) through two multiple choice assessments, each comprising 180 single best answer questions.
The course will also help you prepare for Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) as a trainee solicitor, by helping you to develop functioning legal knowledge for practice.
When you book this course, you’ll get our SQE1 Exam Preparation Course for free. This short, intensive revision course will ensure you’re confident and fully prepared for the SQE1 assessments.
Following this course, we recommend:
Progression for full-time PgDL and MA Law (Conversion) students
Due to the projected end date of our full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PgDL) and Master of Arts in Law (MA Law Conversion) courses, you may not be eligible to commence our Bar Practice Course (BPC), LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) or SQE1 Preparation Course in September 2023.
Please note: If you require a visa to study in the UK and wish to progress on to one of our on-campus vocational courses, please refer to our UK visa requirements page for information about applying for a Student Route visa.
Students will be required to complete a pre-study online diagnostic test to check their understanding of the key foundational law subjects. This should be completed within 24 hours of the start date.
This Academic Legal Knowledge Quiz is made up of 7 subjects which represent the Black Letter Law subjects.
We use diagnostic testing to assess each student’s knowledge in these subjects for SQE1. Based on your results, we may recommend extra revision aids or a law conversion course.
This course has two modules. Ethics and Professional Conduct is taught across both FLK 1 and FLK 2.
The appropriate level of academic law knowledge is likely, though not required, to have come from a previous course of academic study. Academic law subjects will not be directly taught on the SQE1 Preparation Course, but students will have opportunities and materials to enable them to revise academic law content throughout. Students whose academic law knowledge may not be sufficient or sufficiently recent to undertake the SQE1 Preparation Course may wish first to undertake our SQE Law Essentials course, which provides a solid academic law foundation and a firm basis for progression.
There are four to five units per week throughout the course (two units per week on the part-time course). Each unit follows our unique dynamic learning model: Prepare, Engage, Consolidate (PEC).
Prepare. You will spend approximately six hours per unit preparing, using the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) where all resources will be accessible. The Prepare stage includes a rich mixture of learning activities, including study manuals, multi-media, preparatory tasks, and quizzes.
Engage. The Engage stage involves between four and five two-hour classroom based and tutor facilitated face to face workshops where you will be asked to apply the knowledge you have acquired in the Prepare stage.
Consolidate. You will complete the Consolidate stage using our VLE. This stage involves a mixture of short consolidation learning activities and weekly revision tests on practice and law subjects using our intelligent revision app.
There will be regular mock assessments throughout the course, along with opportunities to review your progress and ask questions of your subject expert tutors in group review sessions.
Study SQE1 Preparation Course Online starting January 2023, March 2023, June 2023, September 2023, January 2024, March 2024, June 2024 or September 2024
You can also study this course online.
If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider online study? We have over 2,500 students from across the world studying at our online campus.
The online version of the SQE1 Preparation Course covers the same content as the on campus version, with the added flexibility of choosing where and when you study.
With so many options for how and where you can study the SQE1 Preparation course, you can be sure to find a start date and study option to suit your needs.
There are no formal ULaw exams. There are mock SQE1 assessments throughout the course, to track your progress and help you prepare for the requirements of the real assessments.
This course does not lead to an academic award. However, students who successfully pass the SQE1 assessments will accumulate 60 credits, which can be applied towards an award under the University’s Recognition of External Assessments Policy.
You will sit your SQE assessments at Pearson VUE test centres in the UK and internationally. For details on how to book, pay and receive your results for your SQE assessments, as well as request any reasonable adjustments, please visit the SRA website on https://sqe.sra.org.uk.
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Please note: the SQE1 Preparation Course at Newcastle University is subject to approval.
2022/23 Course Fees
2023/24 Course Fees (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2023)
The course fee does not include the SQE1 assessment fee of £1,558 (increasing to £1,622 from January 2023).
This course does not qualify for postgraduate funding. We have alternative courses with postgraduate funding including our LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2).
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Our SQE1 Exam Preparation Course is a short, intensive revision course, which will ensure you’re confident and fully prepared for the SQE1 assessments.
We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.