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Advanced Legal Skills: SQE 2 Preparation Course PGCert

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional
  • Start Date(s): Full-time: February 2023 / Distance learning: September 2023
  • Duration: Full-time: 8 weeks / Distance learning: 20 weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Distance learning / Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

  • 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).

Why choose this course?

Passing the second Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE 2) is an essential step in your route to qualifying as a solicitor, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Legal Skills: SQE 2 Preparation Course is designed to prepare you for this.

  • All our SQE preparation courses carry awards and are taught at Masters level.
  • This intense course will enhance the written and oral skills required to pass SQE 2 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 the five practical legal skills assessed in SQE 2.

You should choose the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Legal Skills: SQE 2 Preparation Course if you want a course that only prepares you for SQE 2.

Weekend commitments for distance learning students

For students studying the distance learning version of the course, seminars will take place over four weekends. Innovative and engaging learning resources are provided between the teaching weekends.

If you are not sure this is the right course for you, email us and one of our expert tutors will get in touch with you.

Find out more about our other SQE preparation courses.

Nottingham Law School will continue to offer the Full-Time LLM LPC and Part-Time LLM LPC in September 2021.

Why study at Nottingham Law School?

  • All our staff are experienced lawyers and you will benefit from their practical knowledge. Also, you will benefit from our visiting lecturers.
  • We teach in as small groups as possible to encourage student participation.
  • Every student has a personal tutor. We get to know our students and support and encourage you in both your studies and in your employment applications at the start of your legal career.
  • We offer a multi-award-winning pro bono programme, including NLS Legal for the local community.
  • Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure a training contract or other legal employment. Applicants are invited to a careers event in June, so that you can benefit from working with our successful careers team.
  • The number of our graduates obtaining qualifying work experience or paralegal work is consistently high.
  • Studying with Nottingham Law School means that you have all the facilities a large Law School can offer plus the advantages of studying within a university environment which offers outstanding library, IT, support, sports, language and student union services.

What you’ll study

You will study the five practical legal skills which constitute SQE 2 assessment, namely:

  • Client Interviewing;
  • Advocacy;
  • Case and Matter Analysis;
  • Legal Research and Legal Writing;
  • Legal Drafting.

You will study the five legal skills in all of the following contexts:

  • Dispute Resolution in Contract and Tort;
  • Property Practice;
  • Business Law and Practice;
  • Criminal Law and Practice;
  • Wills and the Administration of Estates and Trusts

How you’re taught

The SQE 2 preparation modules are delivered through an initial series of lectures in each skills area in order to enable you to develop relevant basic knowledge and understanding.  The lectures act as a stimulus to encourage involvement in the relevant knowledge and understanding and to develop independent learning.

You will then also participate in regular two hour-long weekly workshops that are linked to the lectures yet which build on your prior knowledge and understanding of each law area in a practical context. Workshops require independent planning, research and reflection and facilitate the development of communication skills. Tutor feedback provided in these workshops then provides a platform for continued progress and improvement.

In addition, E-learning activities will be integrated within the programme of study and will be designed to encourage interaction with learning and to provide opportunities to confirm understanding.

As this is a relatively short course, you will be expected to demonstrate independence in your planning, preparation, research and reflection to exhibit increased autonomy in your learning and develop the ability to self-assess performance and respond incrementally to feedback provided.  The teaching for these modules will be predominantly in small group sessions of two hours duration, through the vehicle of the case studies relevant to the specific subject areas, and with the Tutor acting as a facilitator. These skills-based activities will take place in smaller groups allowing for an individualised learning experience.

The sessions adopt and promote an action-based learning approach which can be described as “learning by doing”. You will undertake problem-solving exercises, analyse case studies, take part in simulations, and actively engage in the subject matter.

You will prepare for these small group sessions by undertaking independent planning and research, directed reading and engaging with and reflecting upon online learning resources. You will also engage with independent learning activities, including further practice of the skills with their peers.

The course and curriculum are designed to ensure a progressive and integrated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills, to enable you to undertake the SQE 2 skills assessments.

Weekend commitments for distance learning students

For students studying the distance learning version of the course, seminars will take place over four weekends. Innovative and engaging learning resources are provided between the teaching weekends.

Research informed teaching

By daring to think differently our research is tackling real-world issues. The subjects you will study with us are informed by our research so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 100% of NTU's Law submission was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Careers and employability

We have a dedicated Employability team who will support you in your search for Qualifying Work Experience and other opportunities.

At Nottingham Law School we don't view our courses in isolation. We ensure we provide the support required to give you the best possible start to your legal career:

  • Our Employability team provide seminars with advice about applications and interview techniques.
  • We will review your applications and formulate individual career plans. We also provide a practical interview preparation service.
  • We provide a mentoring scheme with trainees from local law firms to provide support and guidance and a personal view of what to expect from life in the profession.
  • Employability and commercial awareness are given appropriate focus, which provides a true bridge into practice.
  • We maintain regular contact with firms specialising in all areas of law.

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 and have taken the SQE 1 or have studied a recognised SQE 1 preparation course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact Nottingham Law School.

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 and have taken the SQE 1 or have studied a recognised SQE 1 preparation course.

English language requirements

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact Nottingham Law School.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2022 entry (2023 TBC)

Study mode Home fees
Full-time (8 weeks) £3,300
Distance learning (20 weeks) £3,300

Discounts available

NTU alumni discount £350
University of Nottingham and University of Lincoln fee concession £280

Discounts are applicable to applications for 2022 entry only, 2023 entry to be confirmed.

More details, including terms and conditions, can be found on the NLS funding page.

It should be noted that your fees for this preparation course do not include the costs of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examination which is a centralised assessment prescribed by the SRA and which is external to the University award relating to this course.

The SRA’s fee for sitting the SQE assessment will be £1,558 (SQE 1) and £2,422 (SQE 2) for 2021/22.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

International / EU fees for 2022 entry (2023 TBC)

Study mode International / EU fees
Full-time (8 weeks) £3,300
Distance learning (20 weeks) £3,300

Discounts available

NTU alumni discount £350
University of Nottingham and University of Lincoln fee concession £280

Discounts are applicable to applications for 2022 entry only, 2023 entry to be confirmed.

More details, including terms and conditions, can be found on the NLS funding page.

It should be noted that your fees for this preparation course do not include the costs of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examination which is a centralised assessment prescribed by the SRA and which is external to the University award relating to this course.

The SRA’s fee for sitting the SQE assessment will be £1,558 (SQE 1) and £2,422 (SQE 2) for 2021/22.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Applications can be made directly to NTU, simply by clicking on the apply button above.

Application closing date

Please note this course can reach its maximum capacity prior to the course start date, which will result in early closure. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Applications can be made directly to NTU, simply by clicking on the apply button above.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Application closing date

Please note this course can reach its maximum capacity prior to the course start date, which will result in early closure. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.