Solicitor’s Qualifying Examination

What is the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examination?

Since 2020 the Legal Services Board for England and Wales approved the SQE system for the appointment and certification of Solicitors. From 2022, everyone qualifying as a solicitor has to take this route into the profession.

The Solicitor Regulation Authority, the body who licenses solicitors, has guidance here:

Apsley Business School is listed as a recognised training provider for the SQE on the Solicitor Regulation Authority website here:

 The Law Society guidance is here

Entry Requirements

All candidates must have an approved undergraduate (EQF level 6) qualification to be eligible for the SQE.

Fees and Funding

Individual One2One flexible weekly seminars:                                                                  Classroom based group programme :

                                      £6780                                                                                                                                                    £8230

Optional mentored Capstone Project for the LLM is £1752

Fees include textbooks and learning materials, Apsley APP and Portal access.

Flexible payment options are available, through FuturePay© Installment Plans, or SEPA Direct Debits (EEA candidates only) 

Scholarships are available through the Apsley Global Compact PRME Sustainability Scheme.

Please request further information when you apply.


The whole LLM includes the SQE Part I an II preparation courses, and a Capstone Research Project, which is accredited at 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits), which is equivalent to 240 credits at the postgraduate level in the British system. Most students will complete the whole programme in 6 to 18 months. The delivery is either classroom based, blended or online. The content, delivery, and final certification are identical for each mode of study.

There are Two Stages for candidates, and Apsley Business School prepares you for this professional formation process.

  • Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) 1
  • Ethics
  • Contract Law
  • Legal System: The English Legal System and retained EU Law, Public Law (Constitutional Law and Administrative Law), Human Rights
  • Legal Services: Financial Services
  • Business Law and Practice: This includes Business Taxation
  • Tort Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • FLK 2
  • Ethics: Solicitors’ Accounts
  • Criminal Liability
  • Land Law
  • Trust Law: Equity and Trusts
  • Wills & Intestacy: Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Property Practice
  • Criminal Law & Practice



This examination comprises two parts, an Oral and a Written Examination



The client interviewing skills and completion of an attendance note and advocacy skills are tested through four oral exams that take place over two half days.


Day 1: Advocacy (Dispute Resolution); Interview and attendance note/ legal analysis (Property Practice)

Day 2: Interview and attendance note/legal analysis (Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice)



Legal research, legal writing, legal drafting and case and matter analysis are tested in the five areas of law taking place over three half days. 

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