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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Successful completion of the Common Professional Examination programme offered by the University of Wolverhampton provides you with a dual purpose qualification that completes the academic stage of legal training to progress onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and an LLM (Master in Laws). This combination is rarely offered elsewhere and may be completed in one year.

If you are looking for the chance to change career direction, this course provides the same opportunities open to those who have graduated with a qualifying LLB (Hons) degree – that gives exemption from the academic stage of training for progression to the final course for qualification as a solicitor or a barrister. 

In addition, this course gives you the opportunity to gain a postgraduate degree in law which will enhance your employability.

Drawing on the expertise of law academics and teachers within the Wolverhampton Law School, the course satisfies the academic stage of legal training required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, and provides you with the essential knowledge and skills to succeed in the legal profession. 

The course is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and meets the Joint Statement on legal academic qualification of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Career opportunities

Although most students who undertake this qualification will go on to complete either the LPC or the BPTC, this qualification does not restrict your career opportunities. The award of an LLM will enhance your career prospects and employability, as the qualification if recognised by a variety of non-practising law and law-related areas in both the private and public sectors. 

Examples of such career opportunities include working as legal advisors for the in-house legal departments of companies, banks, insurance sector, government departments or other private or public sector organisations such as the NHS. Students could also progress to a career in teaching or continue with the study of law by undertaking a Ph.D.


  • The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • English Legal System and Legal Skills 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Land Law 
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law 
  • Law of Tort 
  • Research Methods and Dissertation
  • Law of the European Union 
  • Contract Law 
  • Equity and Trusts 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Direct applications can be made any time prior to the start date but we will need sufficient time to get the documents from you and process the application.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      Full time Distance Learning (12 months)
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      Part-time Distance Learning (2 years)
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
    • Part-time: 160
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants for the CPE/LLM must satisfy the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority & Bar Standards Board academic stage to gain entry to the CPE/LLM
  • Applicants must therefore;
  • (I) hold a degree (other than an honorary degree) conferred by an institution in England or Wales empowered by the Privy Council to award degrees or by a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards before its dissolution or a licence awarded by the University College of Buckingham before that college was granted university status;
  • The university will normally require an undergraduate degree 2:2 or above from a UK university

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13650 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7450 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Part time Home/EU: £3,725

Living costs for Wolverhampton

  • 550 - 900 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Postgraduate Loans
    • Professional and Career Development Loan
    • Charitable Funding
    • University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount
    • Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund

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