GDL providers compared

How do different providers of the Graduate Diploma in Law in England and Wales compare?

 

Name of law school

No of places (FT - PT)

GDL fees 2020/2021

Typical modes of assessment

Offers LPC?

Entry Requirements

Birmingham City University

FT: 80
PT: 80

FT: 1 year, £5,400 per year
PT: 2 years, TBC

Exams and coursework.

 Yes.

Minimum 2:2 UK degree / international equivalent in any subject.

Bournemouth University

FT: 30 (CF)
PT: 40 (CF)

FT, UK, EU & Channel Isles: £8,000
FT, International: £12,000

Exams and coursework.

Yes. 

2:2 in any subject or overseas equiv (inolving at least 3 yrs of study) or meet the requirements of the SRA / the BSB for entry as a mature student or equiv academic or vocational qualifications that meet the requirments of the SRA / the BSB.

BPP (Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester)

FT: 2,000 (nationally)

FT & PT: £9,380  (Birmingham, Bristol and Cambridge), £9,260 (Manchester and Leeds), £11,590 (Online).

Exams, written coursework & multiple choice testing.
Pass mark for all assessments is 40%.

 Yes.

Minimum 2:1 (hons) degree or equiv, applicants guaranteed a place if hons degree is a 2:1+. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7.0 (overal) or equiv.

BPP London (Waterloo)

FT: 2,000 (nationally

FT & PT: £11,590 + £250 deposit

Exams, written coursework & multiple choice testing.
Pass mark for all assessments is 40%

 

Minimum 2:1 (hons) degree or equiv, applicants guaranteed a place if hons degree is a 2:1+. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7.0 (overal) or equiv.

University of Brighton

FT: no limit - 91 roughly

UK/EU FT: £7,599
International FT: £11,339

Exams & coursework.

No. 

Obtain good hons degree awarded by a recognised UK / Republic of Ireland institution (at least 2:2 if wanting to qualify as a barrister). Applicants with non-standard UK degrees or qualifications obtained overeseas may need to obtain a CAS. Prospective barristers should obtain the certificate from the BSB. Non-native English speakers: IELTS minimum 6.5 overall a minimum of 5.5 in each elements.

Bristol Law School at UWE

FT: 120 (LY)
PT: 120 (LY)

PT £4,250, paid annually over two years
FT £8,500

Exams, coursework
 & mock assessments.

 Yes.

Non-law bachelor's degree (from UK university
or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or a 'stale' law degree, where 5+ years have elapsed since graduation, or an academic or professional qualification at degree equiv level. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7.5 overall with minimum of 6.5 in all components.

Cardiff University

FT: 65
PT: 25

FT UK & EU students £8,950 + £500 deposit

   Yes.

UK Honours degree in non-law subject, 2:2 or above.
Applicants from overseas or non-standard qualifications need Certificate of Academic Standing from BSB (qualifying as barrister). Non-native English speakers: IELTS overall 6.5, minimum 6.5 in writing & subscores of 6.0 minimum in readying, speaking & listening.

City Law School

FT: 200

FT (one year duration) £11,730

Written exams & coursework.

 Yes.

Degree in any subject of at least an upper 2:2 hons, conferred by an institution in the UK, Ireland or Council for National Academic Awards.
Non-native English Speakers: IELTS 7.0 minimum with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components.

De Montfort University

FT: 80

FT £6,250 incl. all course - not textbooks

Examinations, multiple choice & 5,000 word project on topic of your choice.

 Yes.

Degree in any subject other than law or non qualifying law degree with a minimum pass of 2:2.

University of East Anglia

FT: 30

UK/EU students £7,700 FT
International Students: £16,400 FT

Exams & coursework.

 Yes.

Degree in non law degree (UK Study)
2:2 minimum or international equivalent Non-native English Speakers: IETS: 7.0 minimum, 6.5 in reading and writing & minimum 6.0 in listening and speaking. PTE (Pearson): 65 minimum 58 in reading & writing & 50 in listening & speaking. Applicants without UK/Republic of Ireland undergraduate degree at 2:2 level or above need to apply to BSB for Certificate of Academic Standing.

University of Central Lancashire

FT: 40
PT: 30

FT £7,500 per year (UK/EU)
PT £3,750 per year (UK/EU)

Exams & Coursework.

 Yes.

Degree in any subject, minimum 2:2 grade (UK or Republic of Ireland Higher Education Institution; or overseas institution (subject to apptoval by International Admissions process at UCLan).
Non graduates still considered - advised to make pre-application contact with Admissions Tutor to discuss. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 (no individual component below 6.0) or equivalent.

University of Law (Bristol, Exeter,
Birmingham, Guildford, Reading, Chester, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham)

2,280 total

£9,700

Range of assessments including, Multiple Choice Questions, open and closed book exams, written essays and reports.

 Yes.

UK undergraduate degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2) or equivalent qualification. Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates: Future barristers - apply for Certificate of Academic Standing from the BSB. Future solicitors - email qualifications & will be deemed eligible or not.
Non-native English speakers - an English Language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

University of Law London (Bloomsbury
& Moorgate)

2,280 total

£12,050

Range of assessments including, Multiple Choice Questions, open and closed book exams, written essays and reports.

 Yes.

UK undergraduate degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2) or equivalent qualification. Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates: Future barristers - apply for Certificate of Academic Standing from the BSB. Future solicitors - email qualifications & will be deemed eligible or not.
Non-native English speakers - an English Language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Leeds Beckett University

FT: 50
PT: 50

UK & EU £6000
International:£6000

Exams & coursework.

 Yes.

Qualification as a barrister: hold UK/Republic of Ireland degree, awarded 2:2 minimum.
Overseas degree or non-standard UK/Republic of Ireland degreee: granted a Certificate of Academic Standing by the Bar Standards Board.
Approved by the BSB Board Qualifications Committee as suitable for admission as a mature student.

Liverpool John Moores University

FT: 60
PT: 60

FT, per year: £7,250
PT, per year: £3,625
FT International, per year: £15,600

Exams & coursework. Assessment for the supporting and additional legal subject will be conducted using mainly coursework and presentations.

 Yes.

Minimum 2:2 hons degree or equivalent previous experience.
IELTS 6.5 minimum, 6.0 each component.
Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes).
RPL is accepted on this programme. 
International students applying to study FT taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PHD at LJMU check if require an ATAS certificate.

London Metropolitan University

FT: 75
PT: 75

FT: £10,200
PT: £5,100

Exams in each foundation subject, research essay in legal area of own choice, 4 short essays & case and statute analysis exercise.

 Yes.

UK degree at 2:2 level minimum (applicants who do not hold a UK fist degree must obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from SRA or BSB. Must demonstrate proficiency in English Language. If require a Tier 4 student visa, may need to provide IELTS.

London South Bank University (PgDip)

FT: 35
PT: 35

FT: £6,393 (PgDIP), £9,590 (LLM)
PT: £3,196 (PdDIP and LLM)

Exams and courses for all core modules;
 cw for the project module;

 No.

2:2 degree or above. Non-native English speakers: IELTS: 6.5 or above.

Manchester Metropolitan University

FT: 70
PT: 60

UK & EU students: FT £11,57 per 30 credits per year
UK & EU students PT: £11,57 per 30 credits studied per year.
Non-EU international & Channel Island students: PT £1500 per 30 credits studied per year.

Exams & coursework.

 Yes.

Hons degree from UK or the ROI, international students must hold the eqivalent. International students without a degree but with work experience should contact university - preference given to higher classifications.

Northumbria University

FT: 40
PT: 40

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC - Undergraduate
 fees are set by Governement and are
 subject to annual review.

Exams & coursework.

 Yes.

Undergraduate degree in any subject, or equivalent UK/ Overseas qualifications, or a Certificate or Academic Standing from the Law Society or the Bar Council. Applicants who have previously studied four or more of the foundation subjects may obtain an exemptions from those subjects. Applicants from exemption should be made to the SRA or the BSB. International applicants required to have a minimum overall IETS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent).

Nottingham Trent Law School

FT: 220
PT: 220

FT (1 yr) UK & International: £8,700
Distance learning UK & International (cost per year of study): £4,350

Assessed by a combination of in-course assessments (approx 30%) and end-of-year exams (approx 70%). Diploma award is graded, students are awarded a Pass, Commendation or Distinction.

Yes. 

UK: Undergraduate degree (2:2 or above). Applicants should ensure that their referee provides a full reference in support of their application. Course only open to those holding qualifications approved by the SRA or BSB under the regulations in force from time to time. Anyone with non-standard qualifications may need to obtain a CAS from either BSB or SRA before they enrol on the GDL. International: accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto postgraduate degrees. Non-native English speakers - need an IELTS test or alternative English language test.

Oxford Brookes University

FT: 125

UK/EU FT: £8,500
UK/EU PT: £4,250
International FT: £8,500

Exams & coursework. The induction course is assessed on a pass/fail basis and must be passed before you can start the main body of the course.

No. 

2:2 degree or above & application should also demonstrate a commitment to the legal profession. However, all applications are considered on their mertis and consider applicants who do not have or may not be predicted to have an upper second class honours degree who can demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in the legal profession and who have other strengths or evidence of achievement such as awards, scholarships and work experience. Non-native English speakers - IELTS score of 7.0, including a minimum of 6.5 in each component.

Plymouth University

FT: 30

EU applicants should refer to Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK's plans to leave the EU.
Home/EU: £6,500
International: £14,000

Assessment is by examination in all of the foundation subjects.

No. 

At least second class honours degree or equivalent from UK (or Irish) university or a CAS issued by the SRA or Bar Council. If you don’t have an English Language qualification and obtain a CAS you'll be required to achieve an overall IETS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing).

University of Sheffield

FT: 60

UK/EU: £9,000
International: £17,600
If studying part-time or for an alternatice qualification then the fee could be different. Due to inflation, the fee for UK/EU students could also increase after first yr of study.

  Yes. 

Minimum 2:1 hons degree or international equivalent, in any subject, but we'll consider each application on its own merits.
English language requirements: Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

University of Sussex

FT: 40

Fees TBC

Exams, essays & dissertation.

No. 

2:2 undergraduate hons degree or above. Qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing. English language requirements: Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Swansea University

FT: 50

FT UK/EU: £7,950
International: £12,050

Multiple choice tests, coursework, mini-dissertation and 3-hour unseen examinations. Pass mark for all assessed work is 40%.

Yes. 

Obtain an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland institution. Those wishing to progress to the Bar should normally have achieved at least a 2:2 honours classification in their undergraduate degree. Overseas degrees: if you plan to qualify as a solicitor you should make your application through the CAB. If you plan to qualify as a barrister you should obtain a CAS from the BSB.

University of Westminster

FT: 100
PT: 12

UK/EU: £8,000
International: £13,000
Course is eligible for an alumi discount.

Exams & coursework.

Yes. 

Minimum of a 2:2 or overseas equivalent grade. Non-native English speakers need an IETS score of 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each element.

Heart of Worcester College

FT: 35
PT: 35

FT: £7,000

3 hr exam in all subjects, except the Research Project & Legal Research and Skills. (RP - assesment is by a 5,000 word essay + LRS assessed by 3,000 word assignment).

No. 

An undergraduate degree in any subject. Candidates who
possess professional qualifications are encouraged to apply.