GDL providers compared

      No. of places
(FT • PT)
  Fees 2016/17   Modes of assessment   Also offers LPC?   Entry requirements **
                       
  Birmingham City University



  50 • 35   Home/EU:
FT: £5,000
PT: £2,500
Overseas:
FT: £11,500*
  Exams and coursework.   Yes. Students completing the GDL first time and performing well are guaranteed a place and get up to a fees discount.   Normally minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Other applicants may be considered.
                       
  Bournemouth University   30 • 40   Home/EU:
FT + PT [two years]: £7,500
Overseas:
FT + PT [two years]: £11,500
  Assignments throughout the course and end-of-year exams and some exams in January.   Yes. Students completing the GDL are guaranteed a place and get a 20% fees discount, plus a 5% discount for fees paid in full by enrolment date.   Good honours degree or overseas equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
         
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  BPP Birmingham   1,584   FT + PT [two years]: £8,580   English legal systems multiple choice exam at the start. One examination per module; two pieces of coursework; statute analysis exam; case analysis exam; independent research essay.   Yes.   Minimum 2:2 (hons) degree or equivalent. Priority given to applicants who place BPP as their first choice. Applicants with a 2:1 from any UK university guaranteed a place. Mature non-degree holders are also accepted but need a Certificate of Academic Standing if not in possession a degree. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above. 
               
  BPP Bristol     FT + PT [two years]: £8,580      
               
  BPP Cambridge     FT + PT [two years]: £8,580      
               
  BPP London (Waterloo)     FT + PT [two years]: £10,600      
               
  BPP Leeds     FT + PT [two years]: £8,470      
               
  BPP Liverpool     FT + PT [two years]: £8,470      
               
  BPP Manchester     FT + PT [two years]: £8,470      
               
                       
         
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  University of Brighton   40 total   Home/EU:
FT + PT [two years]: £5,920
Overseas:
FT + PT: £10,480
  Exams and coursework in the foundation subjects, plus a 5,000-word dissertation.   No   UK/Irish undergraduate degree or equivalent (minimum 2:2 for aspiring barristers). Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  Bristol Law School at UWE   120 total   FT + PT [two years]: £7,500*   Primarily through written exams, although 25% coursework for some modules, plus 4,000-5,000-word dissertation.   Yes   UK bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  Brunel University   25 total   Home/EU:
FT + PT [two years]: £9,400
Overseas:
FT: £14,100
  Exams and coursework.   No   Normally minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent. Other applicants – including mature candidates with professional experience – may be considered. IELTS: 6.5.
                       
  Cardiff University   65 • 25   Home/EU:
FT: £7,250
PT [two years]: £7,350
Overseas:
FT: £14,860
PT [two years]: £14,900
  Exams and coursework in one of the foundation subjects; exams only in the remaining six. One independent research essay.   Yes   Normally minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  City Law School   190 • 0   FT + PT: £10,500   Exams and coursework.   Yes   Minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7.
                       
  De Montfort University   40 • 60   FT: £5,500
PT [two years]: £6,850
  Exams and coursework; project of up to 5,000 words; legal research exercise and two pieces of assessed coursework.   Yes   Good honours degree. Non-English overseas students: IELTS 7 or above. Part-time course is run in conjunction with CILEx.
                       
  University of East Anglia   0 • 30   Home/EU:
£7,300
Overseas:
£14,800*
  Exams and coursework in two of the foundation subjects; exams only in the remaining five. One research project.   No   Minimum of a good 2:2. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7 or above.
                       
  University of Central Lancashire   40 • 30 (45 via distance learning)   FT: £6,000 
PT: £3,000
  75% exams and 25% coursework. Skills module assessed by mooting. One independent legal research project.   Yes   Degree from a UK or Irish university. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
         
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  University of Law Birmingham   2,280 total   FT + PT [two years]: £8,570   Exams and coursework   Yes   Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
               
  University of Law Bristol     FT + PT [two years]: £8,570      
               
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University of Law Exeter

    FT + PT [two years]: £8,420


FT + PT [two years]: £8,420
     
               
  University of Law Guildford     FT + PT [two years]: £8,750      
               
  University of Law London (Bloomsbury & Moorgate)     FT + PT [two years]: £10,590      
               
  University of Law Manchester     FT + PT [two years]: £8,420      
               
  University of Law Leeds     FT + PT [two years]: £8,420      
                       
  Leeds Beckett University   50 • 50   Home/EU: 
FT + PT [two years]: £7,700
Overseas:
FT + PT [two years]: £12,500
  Core modules assessed through 30% coursework and 70% exams; other modules through exams only.   Yes   Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Applications from mature candidates with recent academic experience are also welcomed. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below a 5.5.
                       
  Liverpool John Moores University   60 • 60   Home/EU:
FT: £5,500
PT [first year]: £2,750 
Overseas:
FT: £9,700
  Exams and coursework plus dissertation.   Yes   Minimum of a good 2:2 or equivalent. Other applicants may be considered. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  London Metropolitan University   75 • 75   FT: £5,950*
PT: £550 per 20-credit module
  Exams in the seven foundation subjects (each worth 10%), a research essay, four short essays and a case study (each worth 10%).   Yes. Graduates with at least a 50% GPA are guaranteed a place.   Minimum 2:2 (hons) degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7 or above.
                       
  London South Bank University   35 • 35   Home/EU:
FT: £5,266.67
PT: £2,633.33
Overseas:
FT: £7,000
PT: £3,500
  Exams and coursework, plus a 4,000-word project.   No   Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Non-English overseas students: IELTS 6.5.
                       
  Manchester Metropolitan University   70 • 60   Home/EU:
FT: £6,930
PT: £3,465 
Overseas:
FT: £12,650
  Seven exams, two pieces of coursework, and a moot.   Yes. MMU students get a 20% discount.   Normally minimum 2:2 degree. Preference is usually given to higher classifications. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  Northumbria University   40 • 40 (distance learning)   Home/EU (2014/15):
FT: £7,000
PT: £3,500
Overseas (2014/15):
FT: £7,500
PT: £3,750
  Exams and coursework.   Yes. Students completing the GDL are guaranteed a place and get a fees discount.   UK undergraduate degree or equivalent. Non-English overseas students: IELTS 6.5 or above. The part-time course is offered via distance learning.
                       
  Nottingham Law School   220 • 220 (distance learning)   FT: £7,950
PT: £3,975
  70% exams and 30% coursework.   Yes. Students completing the GDL are guaranteed a place.   Normally minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent plus academic or professional references.
                       
  Oxford Brookes University   150 total   Home/EU:
FT: £8,030
PT: £4,090
Overseas:
FT: £8,030
  Exams and coursework.   No   Normally minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent and evidence of commitment to the profession.
                       
  Plymouth University   30 • 0   Home/EU:
£4,950
Overseas:
£11,000
  Exams and coursework.   No   Normally minimum 2:2 degree. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  University of Sheffield   60 • 0   Home/EU:
£7,500
Overseas:
£14,500
  Exams in all modules including one in week two, plus a 3,000-word research project.   Yes. Students completing the GDL are guaranteed a place + 10% off.   Minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent plus academic references. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7
                       
  Staffordshire University   40 • 20   Home/EU (2014/15):
FT + PT [for two years]: £6,000
Overseas (2014/15):
FT: £10,000
  Exam in seven foundation subjects, coursework assignment in eighth subject.   Yes   Preferably a minimum of a 2:2 (hons) degree. Other applicants – especially mature candidates and those with relevant work experience – are considered. Full-time course available in Stoke, part-time course in Stoke and at Worcester College of Technology (see below).
                       
  University of Sussex   40 • 0   Home/EU:
£7,500
Overseas:
£14,800
  Exams and coursework for the core modules, plus a dissertation.   No   First or second class honours degree. Non-English overseas students: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  Swansea University   40 • 0   Home/EU:
£6,850 
Overseas:
£11,000
  Multiple choice tests, assignments, mini-dissertations and unseen examinations.   Yes. Priority entry and reduced fees for Swansea GDL alumni.   UK undergraduate degree or equivalent (minimum 2:2 for aspiring barristers). Applications from mature candidates with appropriate experience are also encouraged. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.0
                       
  University of Westminster   100 • 12  

Home/EU:
FT: £7,250
PT [first year]: £3,375 
Overseas:
FT: £12,500
PT: £6,250

  Exams in each of the seven foundation subjects in May. Also three written assignments and a project during the year.   Yes. Students completing the GDL are guaranteed a place if they get a commendation.   Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  University of Wolverhampton   No limit   Home/EU:
FT: £6,020
PT: £3,010
  Coursework and exams, plus dissertation (for LLM).   Yes. Priority entry for Wolverhampton GDL alumni.   Minimum 2:2 (hons) degree. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5
                       
  Heart of Worcestershire College    0 • 35   PT [two years]: £6,000    Two modules are assessed through written assignments; the other seven by exam only.    No   UK undergraduate degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
          Part-time figures per year unless otherwise stated.            Most institutions require overseas applicants to have a Certificate of Academic Standing from either the SRA or BSB.