SQE1 Preparation Course
QLTS School’s preparation courses cover all the legal knowledge and objectives set out by the SRA
Our SQE1 exam preparation courses combine a structured study plan, 18 comprehensive textbooks specifically written for the SQE, 2,500+ practice questions, 5,000+ digital flash cards, a video library with 200+ tutorials, 30 mock tests (with 90 questions each), revision notes summarising the key points and major principles, and tutor support. You can study for the SQE1 exam whenever and wherever you want. No other material is required.
Our SQE1 preparation course will give you all the tools to successfully pass the exam on your first attempt, so you could move forward with SQE2, the practical legal skills assessment.
The structure of the SQE1 exam
SQE1 is the first of two exams you need to pass. It tests the Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) required for effective practice through two assessments, which integrate substantive and procedural law and also test ethical judgment.
Each exam consists of 180 multiple choice questions and is divided into two sessions of morning and afternoon of 2 hours and 30 minutes each. In total, therefore, the SQE1 exam includes 360 questions and lasts 10 hours.
FLK1 covers the following practice areas:
- Business Law and Practice
- Dispute Resolution
- The Legal System of England and Wales
- Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law
- Legal Services
FLK2 covers the following practice areas:
- Property Practice
- Wills and the Administration of Estates
- Solicitors Accounts
- Land Law
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Litigation
The two FLK assessments of the SQE1 exam use computer-based, objective testing, employing single best answer questions. Each question includes a scenario with five possible answers, which requires you to apply your legal knowledge to the given context and identify the best advice you should give your client or course of action you should take as a solicitor in practice.
Why do you need to take a preparation course for SQE1?
SQE1 is not just another standard law examination – there is no specific or pre-determined pass mark. The pass mark is determined by a ‘Standard Setting Panel’ convened by the SRA.
Based on the individual questions on the paper, the panel decides what score differentiates somebody who can be considered to have just reached the standard of a newly qualified solicitor in England and Wales from somebody who has not reached this standard.
That means you must meet rigorous and robust criteria to pass the SQE1 exam, which requires early preparation to develop both your breadth of legal knowledge across the practice areas as well as deepen your understanding in each practice area.
The SQE1 exam assesses the core competences required for effective practice, using a specific assessment system under significant time pressure.
To pass, not only do you need to be confident of your knowledge and application of the law, but you also need to develop and practise an examination technique so that you are prepared for and can handle the assessment conditions, and not let these strict conditions detract from your assessment performance.
There are additional reasons why you should consider taking a structured course for the SQE1 exam:
- The syllabus is very comprehensive and covers nearly the entire corpus of English law. It has taken us almost four years to prepare the course content. A structured course will ensure you focus on your studies, rather than on what to study.
- You are allowed to attempt each of the SQE1 exams only three times during a period of six years. Failure may mean substantial delays in progressing your legal career.
- Assessment fees for retakes can be substantial over time.
- You will receive your score on the SQE1 exams from the SRA. Recruiters and employers may ask you for your SQE scores (you will receive them from the SRA). The higher your score is, the better your prospects when applying for the best jobs.
Taking the right SQE preparation course will, therefore, save your time, money and effort, and improve your prospects to pass and achieve a higher score.
You’ll benefit from day one when signing up with QLTS School
QLTS School’s preparation course is designed to build a strong foundation in the legal concepts essential for success in the SQE exam.
Our course has been designed and developed specifically for the SQE exam by experienced tutors, who thoroughly understand the SRA requirements and have extensive and remarkable legal experience, both in legal education and in private practice.
Building upon our experience with the QLTS of nearly a decade, we know what works and what doesn’t for an exam format on which the SQE is substantially based.
We will ensure that you benefit from our extensive knowledge and experience, which we gained by successfully helping candidates pass an SQE-style exam for many years.
You will come to the examination centre confident and well-prepared, rather than stressed and anxious.
Application of knowledge – not Just knowledge
To pass SQE1, you’ll need to demonstrate that you are able to apply the knowledge of the core practice areas to the standard of a newly-qualified solicitor.
While knowledge can be acquired by reading through the textbooks, our SQE preparation course offers you the opportunity to apply your legal knowledge by attempting thousands of practice questions and 30 mock tests, ensuring you are fully prepared for the formal SQE1 exam.
Watch our video series: ‘SQE1 – Question of the Week’, to see how an exam question is structured and approached by an experienced tutor.
Your pass key to SQE1
Understanding the SRA Specification for the SQE is a daunting task. You don’t want to spend your time sourcing information and working out what you need to know, as well as ensuring it is up-to-date and accurate.
You’ll want to save time by hitting the ground running with the key information immediately accessible and easily digestible, so you can focus your efforts on preparing for exactly what the SRA requires.
When you sign up for our SQE1 preparation course, you will receive a suggested and structured study plan with target completion dates and step-by-step guidance on how to take advantage of the study tools available to you.
Our preparation course for SQE1 consists of four stages:
Stage I – Understanding the Style, Format and Procedures of SQE1 – your study tools: course administration handbook, exam day resources
Stage II – Studying the Substantive and Procedural Law – your study tools: 18 textbooks, 5,000+ flash cards, revision notes
Stage III – Developing Deeper Understanding the Subject Areas – your study tools: 2,500+ practice questions, SQE Video Library
Stage IV – Applying the Law to Realistic Fact Patterns – your study tools: 30 mock tests (with 90 questions each)
If you follow our study plan and use all the tools presented below which are provided in the course, you will be well-prepared for the assessment and increase your chances of passing on your first attempt.
Comprehensive and Complete Strategy Set Guide
- Benefit from the expertise of experienced tutors
- A structured study plan, professionally written textbooks, practice questions, digital flash cards, video tutorials, mock tests, and tutor support
- Study anytime and anywhere you want
- Access the course content on your laptop, tablet or mobile device
- Save your time, money, and effort
18 Comprehensive Textbooks
- The core of our curriculum, each of the 18 textbooks covers the legal knowledge required in the SQE Assessments Specification
- Specifically written for the SQE exam
- Over 3,000 pages in total
- All textbooks are offered in a hard copy format and sent by a special courier to any destination in the world in days
- Updated regularly to reflect any changes in the law
- Course Handbook also included, explaining the fundamentals of the SQE, the structure of the course programme, suggested study guide and test administration procedures, protocols and policies
SQE Question Bank
This also means that you are less likely to be fazed by the question format and time limit imposed by the mock tests and can focus instead on identifying key issues in the fact pattern, quickly absorbing the question stem and rapidly identifying and eliminating incorrect answers from the possible range.
Digital Flash Cards
The course includes access to 5,000+ digital flash cards with short questions and answers on each of the topics covered by the syllabus.
The flash cards are organised in accordance with the specific topics of each practice area assessed on SQE1, so that you can focus only on areas of difficulty and not rehash material you are already comfortable with.
The digital flash cards will help you revise the law which can easily be forgotten given the large volume of content, and also to reinforce your knowledge before you attempt the mock tests.
SQE Video Library
The videos are intended to supplement, not replace, the textbooks and focus on illustrating and teaching key concepts or applications of the law in a way the textbooks cannot adequately illustrate due to their requirement to cover the breadth of the syllabus.
- Over 200 video lessons with professional presentations, spanning 60+ hours of lectures and providing a broad overview of the entire syllabus
- Help you learn and develop a deep understanding of every subject area, allowing you to test confidently and achieve a higher score
- Learn On The Go – you can watch the videos anytime, from anywhere in the world, on your computer, iPad, iPhone, or Android devices
- No need to travel to a study venue or attend expensive classroom lessons
- Change the speed of the videos or add sub-titles, at your choice – a great feature for candidates with hearing disabilities
The videos are available on SQE Learning, our proprietary online training system. Access is included in the Advantage and Premium Course packages.
To give you an idea of what to expect, check this playlist which offers a preview of the videos – the first few minutes of each lesson are at no cost.
30 Mock Tests for the Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) Assessments
Our SQE online training system includes 30 mock tests allowing you to test your progress and simulate real test questions with a time limit similar to that of the formal test.
The mock tests will help you develop the exam technique required to identify issues quickly in the questions and arrive at the correct answer.
- 15 mock tests for each of the FLK1 & FLK2 assessments
- 2,700 questions in total
- Available on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device
- A key element to your success in the exams as you can master exam technique
- No limit on the number of times you may take each mock test
- Text-to-Speech feature for visually impaired candidates
You can choose to receive feedback for each question immediately, so that you can identify which areas you need to revisit or focus on, or feedback on completion of the entire mock test, allowing you to spot patterns such as questions in objective areas which you consistently get wrong and therefore need to focus your revision efforts, or the impact of spending too little or too much time on a question.
The questions are specifically written to model, as closely as possible, the format and content of each real SQE1 question.
This means that they are designed to assess both your knowledge and specific application of the law to an individual question to identify the legal issues, consider the possible options and use and apply your knowledge of the law to arrive at the best answer.
Practising and attempting as many exam questions as possible is the key to your success. You need to familiarise yourself with the format and type of questions the examiner uses in the actual test, as well as the content and the timed conditions under which the test is administered. Our mock tests will help you achieve this.
To save your time and make your preparation experience smooth and hassle-free, we have prepared summaries of the key points and main legal principles of each subject so that you don’t have to. You will receive:
- An excellent study tool to revise before the exam
- More than 500 pages of concise content
- Timesaving layout and presentation so that you can quickly access and go through the key areas
- All notes available online for convenience and ease of access
One-to-One Tutor Assistance
Personal and private interaction with one of our expert tutors to help you get started with the course.
- Initial consultation to identify your knowledge, experience, time commitment, and study needs
- A personalised study plan, tailor-made just for you to get you started quickly and smoothly and guide you in your preparation, with study order and detailed methodology, recommended completion dates and milestone dates for you to check your progress and preparedness.
- Two hours of tutor support – get answers to questions you may have about the material during your studies
- Communication with tutors is by email, Skype or phone call, as may be required
- Premium Course Package only
Online delivery, maximum flexibility
Our course resources are fully-integrated and provide a sophisticated learning environment, which will help you assess your progress and preparedness for the exam.
The multiple choice practice questions, video library, mock tests, revision notes and updates for the course materials are accessible through SQE Learning, our proprietary online training system, designed and built specifically for the SQE.
You will be provided with a unique username and password to log in. The 18 textbooks will be delivered to you within several days by a special courier.
Our SQE preparation course offers you the opportunity to study wherever and whenever you want – 24/7 – and benefit from the ongoing support of our customer service team and tutors. You can also start preparing for the exam anytime you want – there is no specific commencement date for the course.
Which course package should you choose for the SQE1 exam?
QLTS School offers three course packages for the SQE1 exam:
SQE1 Basic – you will have access to the textbooks, revision materials, multiple choice questions and 10 mock tests for the Functioning Legal Knowledge Assessments (five on each of the FLK1 & FLK2).
Recommended for: (i) candidates with lower work commitments, need minimal materials to prepare and are therefore able to spend most of their days preparing for the exam; (ii) UK law graduates who are well-familiar with the subject areas assessed in SQE1.
SQE1 Advantage – this package includes everything in the Basic Course plus access to the full suite of the 30 mock tests for the FLK assessments (15 on each of the FLK1 & FLK2), which give you the chance to gradually build up your knowledge, skills, speed and confidence at answering questions. You will also have access to the SQE Video Library, which can shorten your preparation time considerably. While the videos are not intended to fully cover each and every aspect of the SQE Specification as comprehensively detailed as in the textbooks, they are an ideal complement to the textbooks, providing you with another means of absorbing information and developing a sound knowledge of the subjects tested in SQE1.
Recommended for: (i) candidates who work full-time and have limited time in which to prepare (ii) paralegals (iii) chartered legal executives (iv) apprentices (v) foreign qualified lawyers in a common law jurisdiction.
SQE1 Premium – this package includes all the features on the Advantage Course plus tutor assistance. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire, following which one of our tutors will conduct an over the phone, Skype or GoToMeeting consultation with you and prepare a customised study plan that will suit your needs and personal circumstances. Our tutor will also answer any question you may have during your preparation about the materials through the 2-hour tutor support service.
Recommend for: (i) candidates who either work full-time, part-time or currently unemployed, who wish to have dedicated and personalised support throughout their studies (ii) UK non-law graduates without (or with limited) legal experience (iii) foreign qualified lawyers in a civil law jurisdiction (iv) non-UK law graduates.
You can sign for the SQE1 preparation course all around the year. We will publish updates for the course materials when the law changes or the SRA update the syllabus, which will become available to download on your online account.
To help you better understand the features and benefits of our course offerings, and learn how making the right decision to prepare with QLTS School will increase your chances to pass the exam on your first attempt, we invite you to watch a short video presentation of our SQE1 preparation course:
Course packages & fees
We offer flexible payments plans to help you fund your SQE preparation:
- Up to three monthly instalments
- Interest-free and immediately available to all candidates
- £90 administration fee applies
The fees for each of the three SQE1 course packages are as follows (delivery is free within the UK, £60 to Europe and the US and £110 to other destinations):
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|Recommended for||Candidates with substantial legal experience, UK law graduates||Candidates who work full-time, paralegals, chartered legal executives, apprentices, foreign qualified lawyers in a common law jurisdiction||Candidates who wish to have a dedicated tutor, UK non-law graduates, foreign qualified lawyers in a civil law jurisdiction, non-UK law graduates|
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Study packages for the SQE1 exam are sent by a special courier within 2 working days after receiving your application. Please allow the courier 5-8 working days to deliver your package.
Access to the online training system covers the first two consecutive sittings of the SQE1 assessment offered by the assessment provider, or until the date on which you have passed the SQE1 assessment, whichever happens first.
If you have signed for the SQE1 Basic Package, you can always upgrade to unlock access to the SQE Video Library or purchase additional 20 mock tests.
For additional details about our courses, fees, and packages, and to learn more about how QLTS School can help you prepare for the SQE exams, download our brochure or request a free consultation with one of our expert advisors.