Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS)

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) replaced the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) on 1 September 2010 and offers a route to qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales to lawyers from a wider range of jurisdictions than under the QLTT arrangements. It has a more extensive syllabus coverage than the QLTT. This study course is provided by BPP Professional Education.  This is not a BPP University programme.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Kaplan QLTS is the sole authorised assessment provider for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) of assessments under The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

The SRA and Kaplan have taken this as an opportunity to undertake a thorough review of the QLTS assessments. From January 2014, the OSCE and the TLST stages of the qualification were combined into a single assessment known as the new OSCE. The MCT remains unchanged. The new OSCE examines the same law and skills as were previously examined in the old OSCE and the TLST, however, where previously candidates had to pass each of the OSCE and the TLST, there is now a single pass mark for the new combined assessment. Candidates who have not yet passed either the TLST or the old OSCE, will be required to sit the new OSCE. There are transitional arrangements in place for candidates who have passed the old OSCE, but not passed the TLST, or who have passed the TLST but not passed the old OSCE. A summary of the approved amendments to the QLTS regulations can be found here.

Please visit Kaplan QLTS’s website for more information: www.kaplanqlts.com.

Key Information

  • Unique QLTS Study Programme - covering the knowledge and skills assessed by the QLTS Assessments
  • Online resources for comprehensive study and revision
  • Practical exercises
  • Professionally qualified tutors, experienced in teaching the assessable Day One Outcomes
  • Comprehensive online/distance learning sessions
  • Practice multiple choice questions
  • Part 1 Mock Test - 180 multiple choice questions
  • Part 2 OSCE Mock Exercises

What is the QLTS?

Following approval by the Legal Services Board (LSB) the QLTS was introduced on 1 September 2010.

The QLTS is a transfer scheme which provides qualified lawyers, who are not admitted as solicitors in England and Wales, with an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales to the domestic route. BPP Professional Education provides a QLTS Study Programme to help you prepare for the QLTS Assessment. This is not a BPP University Programme.

Download the QLTS brochure.

Who is the QLTS assessment provider?

The SRA has appointed Kaplan QLTS as the sole QLTS Assessment provider. Please visit Kaplan’s website for detailed information about the QLTS Assessments and their requirements.

The QLTS Assessments

The QLTS Assessments are designed to test applicants on most of the SRA’s Day One Outcomes. The Day One Outcomes are the outcomes each solicitor who qualifies through the domestic route is expected to have achieved by the time they are admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales. The Day One Outcomes can be downloaded from the SRA’s website.

The QLTS Assessments are in two parts:

Multiple Choice Test (MCT)

The first part is a multiple choice test that will test Day One Outcome A. This part must be passed before the next part is attempted. The MCT covers 180 questions across outcomes A1 to A11, over 6 hours.

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The second part is an objective structured clinical examination that will test the skills of interviewing, advocacy, legal research, writing and drafting in the context of the following areas of practice: business, civil and criminal litigation, and property and probate. 

Is there an experience requirement under the QLTS Regulations?

No. There is no experience requirement under the QLTS Regulations. The QLTS, instead, uses practical exercises in the OSCE as an objective way of assessing applicants' ability to practise in England and Wales.

Who is eligible to sit the QLTS?

The QLTS is available to lawyers qualified:

  • Elsewhere in the UK (e.g. barristers in England and Wales, Scottish Solicitors/Advocates, Northern Irish Solicitors/Advocates)
  • Within the EU/EEA
  • In a recognised international jurisdiction

To establish whether you are eligible to apply to sit the QLTS Assessments, other requirements and any exemptions which may apply, please visit the SRA’s website.

Dates and prices

Programme Price
MCT Distance Learning Programme £2200 + VAT
OSCE Online includes skills series £2200 + VAT
MCT Online Mock Test £300 + VAT
Online Lectures - 6 Month
Extension upon request only
£300 + VAT per programme

Loyalty discounts

If you book the MCT Programme with us we will give you a 5% discount when you book on to the OSCE Programme. Available only to purchase over the telephone with our customer services team

Online Extension

All delegates will receive access to online courses via our Virtual Learning Environment. Your online access will be available for 12 months from the date of purchase. If you require an extension to this if you need to resit a paper for example or have deferred the assessment then we do offer the option to extend your online access on payment of a fee of £300 + VAT per Programme.

Please note this offer is limited to a one-off, single extension of six months; should you require further access to online content beyond this time period, you will be required to purchase the relevant programme again at full price

BPP’s QLTS Study Programme

BPP Professional Education offers a full programme of Online courses and workshops. We understand that many of our delegates are busy professionals and so all our QLTS courses have been created to enable you to fit your studies around your work. This is not a BPP University programme.

What is the aim of the QLTS Study Programme?

The QLTS Study Programme is designed to give you an introduction to, and comprehensive overview of, the knowledge and skills covered by the assessable Day One Outcomes. It is one of the tools you may choose to use in your preparation for the Kaplan QLTS assessments. Our sessions focus on the key concepts and principles. However, Kaplan QLTS do not release information about the assessments, or past papers, and BPP are not involved in any way with the setting, moderation or marking of the QLTS assessments. For this reason, we are not able to guarantee that we will cover on our courses everything that Kaplan QLTS assess in the QLTS assessments. Although the QLTS assessment framework is a shorter route to qualification than the domestic route, the syllabus (the SRA’s Day One Outcomes) is broad and challenging and we therefore suggest that delegates study the subject areas in more detail - throughout the sessions there will be suggestions in relation to further reading.

Who is eligible to sit the QLTS Assessments?

International applicants

Applicants who are qualified outside of the EEA and Switzerland and who hold a recognised professional title in a recognised jurisdiction can apply directly to register for the assessments.

For EEA and Swiss nationals qualified in the EEA or Switzerland and Intra- UK lawyers

Applicants who are EEA or Swiss nationals qualified in the EEA or Switzerland who wish to apply for exemptions should complete the QLTS - Exemptions application form and submit this to the SRA with the completed relevant assessment table and supporting evidence.

Applicants who are qualified as a barrister of England and Wales or as a Scottish solicitor are entitled to apply to the SRA for exemptions for the areas where it has been determined under Directive 2005/36/EC (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) that there are no substantial differences between the Day One Outcomes and some of the outcomes achieved during the qualification process as a lawyer in the UK. Applicants should apply using the QLTS - Exemptions application form.

Intra-UK applicants who wish to have further exemptions assessed should complete the relevant sections of the QLTS - Exemptions application form.

You will not be able to register for your assessment until this process has been completed and your exemptions have been assessed.

Applicants who do not wish to apply for exemptions should register direct with Kaplan QLTS

LPC Graduates

Applicants who have successfully completed the LPC are entitled to apply to the SRA for full exemption from the Multiple Choice Test (MCT). Applicants should complete the QLTS - Exemption from the MCT application form

  • Elsewhere in the UK (e.g. barristers in England and Wales, Scottish Solicitors/Advocates, Northern Irish Solicitors/Advocates)
  • Within the EU/EEA
  • In a recognised international jurisdiction 

Where applicable and before you can sit the QLTS Assessments you must have applied for, and been issued with your exemption certificate from the SRA.

To establish whether you are eligible to apply for any exemptions in order to undertake the QLTS Assessments, please visit the SRA’s website.

Register for the QLTS Assessments with Kaplan QLTS

Please visit Kaplan’s website for more information about how to register for the QLTS Assessments. 

Fees apply for sitting the QLTS Assessments – please contact Kaplan QLTS for details. 

Preparing for the QLTS Assessments

You are not required to complete any training prior to attempting the QLTS Assessments. The SRA state that you should "assess your experience, knowledge and skills against the Day One Outcomes and decide how best to prepare for the assessments."

The QLTS assessment provider, Kaplan QLTS, is not permitted to offer preparatory training for the QLTS Assessments.

Read further details of BPP’s QLTS Study Programme by downloading the brochure.

Apply to be admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales

Once you have passed the two QLTS Assessments (subject to any exemptions which may apply to you) you may apply to the SRA to be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.

Locations

The QLTS is not a BPP University Law School programme, but we can arrange access to BPP Law School’s libraries for delegates who book one of our full Programmes so that they can study the subject areas in more detail if they wish to do so. Our QLTS Tutors will make suggestions during the online sessions with regard to further reading.

There are BPP Law School Libraries in: