Entry requirements

There are no minimum academic entry requirements. However, it is recommended to have passed both GCSE Maths and GCSE English (or equivalent) before joining the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ) is the route to becoming a CILEX Paralegal, CILEX Advanced Paralegal, or CILEX Lawyer. It is a competency-based qualification framework, that has core legal knowledge and commercial awareness at its heart. Each stage combines a focus on technical expertise and practical skills with the development of the core behaviours required to create forward-thinking, commercially minded, adaptable lawyers who really understand the clients they serve.

Law Training Centre’s CPQ Foundation course will supplement the published core reading from CILEx, offering current, practice-based directions, outlines, and discussion on everyday subject-specific matters to add value to each learner’s journey.

CILEX Paralegals will be able to demonstrate a fundamental awareness of the law underpinning key practice areas by completing the CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ) Foundation stage. In addition, trainees on the CPQ Foundation stage are required to evidence their competence via their Professional Experience portfolio and to complete the first of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility e-learning modules.

Career Prospects

If you are interested in working in the legal profession, the CPQ offers a structured, progressive training route that will enable you to qualify as a CILEx Paralegal, CILEx Advanced Paralegal or CILEx Lawyer.

Successful completion of CPQ Foundation and Advanced stages will allow trainees to call themselves CILEX Paralegals or CILEX Advanced Paralegals respectively, communicating thereby to the wider market their level of professional knowledge and competence.

Course Content

The Foundation Stage of the CPQ has six mandatory modules in total:

  • Legal Systems
  • Law of Tort
  • Contract Law
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility part 1 (e-learning module)
  • Professional Skills (succeeding in a legal environment and legal research)
  • Introduction to Property and Private Client

Please note, you will have to complete a Professional Experience Portfolio (to be completed with your employer). This will allow you to record your work-based competence at the Foundation stage. If you are unable to complete this then you will not be awarded the CILEX Paralegal qualification. However, you will still be able to progress onto the next academic stage.

Professional Experience

At every stage of CPQ, you will be expected to demonstrate that you are competent against the criteria of the competency framework relevant to your job role and CPQ stage. This will be done via an online portfolio and your experience will need to be validated by your employer. For more information on the Professional Experience element of CPQ, see here.

Please note – All learners are required to complete their Professional Experience requirement to become CILEx Paralegals: https://www.cilex.org.uk/cilex_lawyer/about_cpq/professional_experience

Course Features

The course will feature subject-specific coaching and support from highly experienced tutors and subject experts bringing each learner’s learning to life. Tutors are available to deliver current practice-based notes, core supplementary academic reading and directions to accompany the learner’s directed CILEx study. The course will also offer support and advice on the softer skills involved in any course of professional study such as preparing for study, exam preparation, exam technique and legal research and referencing.

This couse will also include:

  • Course access and support: 18-month access per individual unit to all e-learning materials and tutor support
  • Unlimited tutor support and your queries answered within 24 hours
  • A step-by-step study plan, setting out a suggested programme of study for your unit.
  • (NUS Extra) discount card- access to all TOTUM offers

Course Assessment

CPQ Foundation- next exam sittings will be in January and June 2022. You can decide when to sit the exam – you do not need to choose the next sitting after starting your course.

Exam fees: CILEx requires learners to pay the relevant fee for each exam they enter, regardless of which training provider they study with. For further information about exam fees, you can reach out to CILEx directly here.

Please note that prior to taking the exam, CILEx requires that candidates must have studied each relevant unit at an accredited centre.

Overseas students are welcome, but please note that overseas students must make exam arrangements in their country of residence. They must also get approval from CILEx directly and well in advance – please see the Overseas Student’ page here

Exemptions and recognition of prior learning

Exemptions can be obtained through CILEx. For more information on this, visit the CILEx Exemptions page here.

How long does the qualification take?

Learners will complete CPQ stages at their own pace. The time it takes to teach each stage is dependent on the delivery model of individual training providers. However, we estimate that it should take18 months to two years to complete CPQ Foundation stage.

When and how to enrol

Admissions are welcome year-round.

If you would like to enrol, please visit our course page here and request for an enrolment form. Please return your completed enrolment form to info@ltckent.co.uk to be processed.

Information for international students

We accept appplications from international students as this course can be studied anywhere in the world. As long as you have a UK bank account to set up direct debits for instalments. If you are an overseas learner, you will need to fill out a form before setting up instalments.

Fees and funding

UK students

Course fees- £1,830.00

Interest-free instalment options and discounts are available.

Additional Exam and Membership fees are payable to CILEx. (For full details of additional CILEx costs, please contact CILEx directly on +44 (0) 1234 841 000)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Diploma
    18 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Each CPQ module has one assessment, with the exception of the skills modules at the Foundation stage, which have two assessments each7

Course contact details

Law Training Centre
0330 088 8495