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Law (GDL), Postgraduate Diploma

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  • 12 months
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The Graduate Diploma inLaw (GDL) at the BPP University is often referred to as the conversion course for non-law graduates who wish to qualify as either a solicitor or a barrister. Recruiters actively seek out students with a diverse range of transferable skills, with many firms recruiting half of their trainees from a non-law (GDL) background.
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The Law (GDL) at the BPP University is for non-law graduates, giving you the fundamental legal knowledge and professional skills you need to succeed in your future career as a solicitor or barrister. Non-law (GDL) graduates are often in demand by recruiters as they can offer a diverse range of transferable skills.

Taught by qualified legal professionals, our GDL is designed to help you make a smooth transition into law and enhance your employability.

  • Over 60 leading law firms exclusively send their trainee solicitors to study with us
  • Learn from qualified solicitors, barristers and judges who can help develop your legal career and have links to employers
  • Explore the areas of law that align to your career goals through our GDL Extra lecture series
  • Enhance your legal CV with GDL Skills in Practice workshops and working with real clients through our Pro Bono Centre
  • Flexible study to fit your commitments – learn full-time, part-time, online or face-to-face at one of our UK study centres
  • Pass our GDL and you are guaranteed a place on our Legal Practice Course (LPC), which offers our Career Guarantee+
  • Expert support with training contract and pupillage applications, mock interviews and CV advice from our Careers Service


We’re dedicated to making sure you are ready to embark on a successful career in law.

As well as learning legal theory, you will learn how to apply your knowledge and develop your practical legal skills, through dedicated lectures, tutorial objectives and additional workshops.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • English Legal System and Method
  • Independent Research Project
  • Land Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Equity and Trusts
  • Law of the European Union

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 18 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      18-24 months, part-time

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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

The entry requirements to study the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at BPP University Law School are:

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject from a recognised UK institution
  • You are guaranteed a place if your honours degree is a 2:1 or above
  • Students without a 2:2 honours degree from the UK or Republic of Ireland are required to evidence that they meet the academic entrance requirements of the relevant professional body. This includes applicants with overseas degrees or mature students without an undergraduate degree 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9260 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9260 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9260 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9260 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
September 2019
  • London Waterloo: £11,590
  • Birmingham: £9,380
  • Bristol: £9,380
  • Cambridge: £9,380
  • Manchester: £9,260
  • Leeds: £9,260
  • Online: £11,590

Living costs

  • Cambridge, United Kingdom

    846 - 1470 GBP/month
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  • London, United Kingdom

    1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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  • Bristol, United Kingdom

    750 - 1260 GBP/month
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  • Leeds, United Kingdom

    637 - 1110 GBP/month
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  • Liverpool, United Kingdom

    556 - 1040 GBP/month
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  • Birmingham, United Kingdom

    765 - 1140 GBP/month
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  • Manchester, United Kingdom

    645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


A student loan, from Future Finance, of between £500 to £40,000 is available to BPP's full and part time GDL students.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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