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 and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has appointed one assessment organisation for the first three years of the operation of the assessments: Kaplan QLTS. This study course is provided by BPP Professional Education.  This is not a BPP University programme.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Kaplan QLTS has been re-appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to assess the QLTS for the next three years, until January 2017. The SRA and Kaplan have also taken this as an opportunity to do a thorough review of the QLTS assessments. From January 2014, the OSCE and the TLST stages of the qualification will be 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 applying for a new certificate of eligibility and those who already have one, but 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. 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 consolidation and revision
  • Practical exercises
  • Professionally qualified tutors, experienced in teaching the assessable Day One Outcomes
  • Comprehensive face-to-face and distance learning options
  • Practice multiple choice questions
  • Part 1 Mock Test - 180 multiple choice questions
  • OSCE Mock Exercises
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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.

The QLTS Classroom Programme is currently only available to students from the EEA and those with indefinite leave to remain in the EU. Non-EU students can still subscribe for our Distance Learning 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, or you can view a summary.

The QLTS Assessments are in three parts:

Multiple Choice Test (MCT)

The firstt 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

Before you can sit the QLTS Assessments you must have applied for, and been issued with, a Certificate of Eligibility from the SRA.

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.

How long do I have to sit the QLTS Assessments?

Your Certificate of Eligibility is valid for five years and the rules allow three attempts at each part of the QLTS Assessments during this time. If you fail either of the QLTS Assessments three times, you will need to wait until the expiry of your existing Certificate of Eligibility before applying for a new one.

Dates and prices

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Programme Price
MCT Classroom Programme £2200 + VAT
MCT Distance Learning Programme £2200 + VAT
OSCE Classroom Programme £2200 + VAT
OSCE Classroom-Distance Learning Hybrid Programme £2200 + VAT


Loyalty discounts

If you book the MCT Programme with us (either in the classroom or online), we will give you a 5% discount on the price of the OSCE Programme.

Online Extension

All Distance Learning delegates and candidates who have booked a full Classroom Programme will receive access to online courses. Your online access will be available for 12 months. However, should you need to re-sit the QLTS Assessment(s) it will be extended at no extra cost if you provide us with evidence that you need to re-sit. Should you decide to defer your QLTS Assessment(s) with Kaplan QLTS then you may extend your online access on payment of a fee of £200 + VAT per Programme and proof that you have booked your QLTS Assessment(s) with Kaplan QLTS. Access to the online MCT Mock Test cannot be extended beyong 2 months.

BPP’s QLTS Study Programme 

BPP Professional Education offers a full programme of face-to-face classroom courses and workshops and distance learning options. We understand that many of our delegates are busy professionals and so most of our QLTS courses have been scheduled to take place at weekends, enabling you to fit your studies around your work, (although the Skills workshops may be scheduled over consecutive days, rather than weekends) This is not a BPP University programme.

The QLTS Classroom Programme is currently only available to students from the EEA and those with indefinite leave to remain in the EU. Non-EU students can still subscribe for our Distance Learning Programme.

We offer the following full QLTS Study Programmes (click on any individual Programme for more details):

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 courses and workshops 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 - our QLTS Tutors will make suggestions with regard to further reading.

BPP’s QLTS Tutor Team

The QLTS Assessments are designed to test applicants on most of the Day One Outcomes, these being the outcomes each solicitor who qualifies through the domestic route is expected to have achieved by the time they qualify as a solicitor. The domestic route to qualification comprises the academic stage (undergraduate law degree (LLB) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)), and the vocational stage (Legal Practice Course (LPC), Training Contract and Professional Skills Course (PSC)). At BPP we have experienced and professionally qualified LLB, GDL, LPC and PSC lecturers and tutors who will be teaching you on our QLTS Study Programme.

Who is eligible to sit the QLTS Assessments?

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 

Before you can sit the QLTS Assessments you must have applied for, and been issued with, a Certificate of Eligibility from the SRA.

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.

Route to Success

Apply to SRA for a Certificate of Eligibility

The application forms are available from SRA’s website.

There is a fee payable to the SRA with your application for a Certificate of Eligibility. Please contact the SRA for current rates. 

The SRA will inform you if you have been granted exemptions from any part(s) of the QLTS Assessment(s).

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.

Apply to be admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales

Once you have passed all three 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

Our QLTS courses and workshops take place at BPP venues in the centre of London. Our QLTS Client Services Team will notify you of the venue before you attend the course.

The QLTS is not a BPP 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 with regard to further reading.

There are BPP Law School Libraries in: