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Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course (PGDip)

Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Law School

Entry requirements

Students who enrol on this course will normally be required to have a 2:2 from their law degree or have acquired the equivalent knowledge of the key principles of law through a recognised course.

Months of entry


Course content

Why choose this course

Passing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 1 is the first step in your route to qualifying as a solicitor, and the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is designed to prepare you for this.

You should choose this course if you want a course that only prepares you for SQE 1.

  • 100% of NTU's research submitted to the Law Unit of Assessment was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact (REF 2021).
  • All our SQE preparation courses carry awards and are taught at Masters level.
  • This course provides you with everything you need to have the best opportunity to pass SQE whilst also developing the professional skills that really matter to employers.
  • You will be taught by our outstanding teaching team, all of whom are experienced legal professionals who will provide you with excellent and personalised teaching in a dynamic and interactive teaching environment.
  • Our tutors will work with you to develop your essential legal skills whilst also preparing you for an assessment in which you will draw on your existing substantive legal knowledge and learn how to blend it with procedure to solve practical legal problems.
  • Opportunities for further practice and test the legal skills you are acquiring through mooting, negotiation, interviewing competitions to enhance your CV.
  • The option of full-time or distance learning study modes gives you the flexibility to earn while you learn and work alongside your studies.
  • If you start on this course and subsequently decide you want to do a Masters qualification, either with SQE 2 preparation or just SQE 1 preparation, then you have the option to transfer to the LLM Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course or the LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 and SQE 2 Preparation Course (with appropriate fee adjustments).

For more information please visit the course page.

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English there is currently a requirement that they have IELTS academic test grade of 6.5 with minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent qualification.

Fees and funding

Nottingham Law School offers a number of competitive scholarships, for full details please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)115 848 2999