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Solicitors Qualifying Examination Preparation Courses

Sian Hughes, Chris Ratcliffe and Amanda Rushby

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study on one of the SQE preparation courses at Nottingham Law School. We’ve designed our SQE courses to equip you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you to sit the SQE1 and/or SQE2 (depending on your choice of course) SRA centralised assessments, and also to provide you with the practical knowledge employers regard as essential in the current legal market. You will develop an understanding of the law and practice in key legal areas and you will have many opportunities to develop and practice your legal skills, both of which you will use once you have qualified as a solicitor. Additional opportunities are available through our on-campus law firm, NLS Legal, where you can get involved in pro bono work, working on real cases and offering legal advice to the public.

We look forward to welcoming you at enrolment.

Sian Hughes, Chris Ratcliffe and Amanda Rushby
Course Leaders

Why choose us?

  • All academic staff are experienced lawyers.
  • We have a strong network of professional contacts helping us to ensure that our courses reflect the latest theory and practice.
  • Our multi award winning on-campus law firm, NLS Legal, and our exclusive partnership with national litigant in person charity, Support Through Court, will provide you with outstanding pro bono opportunities in the access to justice sector.
  • You will have a personal tutor who will assist and support you with your studies and employment applications.
  • Our distance learning route means you can study around work and other commitments.
  • We regularly review our courses to ensure our students gain the qualifications and practical knowledge needed by employers.
  • Some of our SQE preparation courses are enhanced so that successful completion of all its elements will result in you also gaining an internationally recognised Masters’ award.
  • We offer progression discounts to our current students and alumni.

Accepting your offer

All details of your offer can be found on the Applicant Portal.

If you wish to accept your offer, log onto the Applicant Portal and follow the instructions set out in your offer email. We aim to acknowledge your acceptance straight away. If you don’t hear from us, please contact us via Ask NTU.

Starting your course

Once you’ve met all conditions you should enrol online. Please do this before the start of your course.

  • SQE1 preparation courses (full time) start date: TBC
  • SQE1 preparation courses (distance learning) start date: TBC
  • SQE2 preparation courses (full time) start date: TBC
  • SQE2 preparation courses (distance learning) start date: TBC

Useful course information

  • You will be required to attend induction events at the start of your course.
  • Workshops are compulsory. They’re very different to traditional tutorials – your group will be divided into subgroups and you will carry out practical legal tasks very similar to those you’d encounter in a solicitor’s office. The intention of these sessions is to use realistic simulated scenarios to instil knowledge and legal skills and allow you to apply them.
  • You will also be required to attend assessments during the academic year. You will receive notice of these dates in advance.
  • You must complete preparatory reading, and revision of your seven foundation subjects before the course starts. Details of the preparatory work required will be available once you have accepted a place.
  • Learning resources and timetables are online so a laptop (with a working microphone and webcam) is essential for your studies. You will also need wifi at home.
  • In-person attendance on campus at workshops is compulsory.
  • For those who have chosen an LLM SQE preparation course, you will be given an option of choosing to study either 2 online elective modules and/or to complete a dissertation (depending on the course you have chosen).


Please contact us via Ask NTU if you wish to defer your place.

Course adjustments

Our offer is based on the assumption that, when you made your application, you disclosed any disability that might affect the way in which we deliver the course or assess you.

In such a case, we will either:

  • agree with you that the disability will require no special facilities, or
  • meet you to discuss what facilities will be necessary.

If you have a disability but have not yet disclosed it, we need to hear from you immediately so that we can evaluate your needs and determine what adjustments we are able to make to accommodate those needs. Please contact Student Support Services by emailing Student Support.

Please note that if you are a current student at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and you already have adjustments through Student Support Services for your current course, these adjustments will not automatically be carried forward on to your SQE preparation course. You will need to contact Student Support Services as soon as possible so a fresh evaluation can be made to accommodate your needs.


As a postgraduate student, you can apply for University accommodation. To guarantee yourself a place, you should apply and pay your deposit before the end of May.

International students

International students are required to make an advance payment. Click here to find out more about paying your fees: how and when to pay your fees.

Fees and funding

Nottingham Law School is delighted to offer a number of generous scholarships and loyalty schemes to students starting in September 2023 including:

  • Dean's Post Graduate Diploma in Law Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • NTU alumni discount
  • University of Nottingham and University of Lincoln fee concession

For more information on fees and funding, please visit:

Visit us

Visit us at one of our Postgraduate open events, find out more about student life and meet our academics.


Nottingham Law School has a dedicated employability team that will help you identify the type of firm that’s right for you.

They offer the following services:

  • workshops delivered by firms on a selection of recruitment topics such as online applications, commercial awareness, and psychometric testing.
  • presentations from firms and other organisations that are seeking to recruit trainees.
  • the opportunity to participate in our mentoring scheme, which includes firms such as Eversheds, Browne Jacobson, and Geldards.
  • access to the FutureHub website, which allows students to keep in touch and receive notice of vacancies after completion of the course.
  • individual advice on career strategy, CVs and covering letters.
  • practice interviews and assessment centres.

Our students consistently secure legal work in a wide range of organisations, including city and regional corporate practices, high street practices, the Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, the Government Legal Service, and in-house providers.

Find out more about your future career.

Any questions?

Contact us via Ask NTU.