Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)

BPP University Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) is the conversion course for any degree graduates who want to qualify as either Solicitors or Barristers. Progress onto our LPC or SQE preparation to become a solicitor, or our BTC to become a barrister.

BPP University Law School's PGDL is a leading-edge law programme that using machine learning technology to provided tailored learning experiences for individuals. On our PGDL, you will learn like a lawyer from the outset, with teaching by experienced solicitors and barristers. Through highly interactive small group teaching sessions, we provide opportunities to apply your growing legal knowledge, professional capabilities and problem-solving skills.

Our PGDL is also a recognised qualification for admission into PCLL in Hong Kong.

Intake:January, May, September

Application Deadline: 20 July 2020

Commencement Date 7 September 2020

Length of Programme: 8 months Full-Time / 20 months Part-Time

Mode of Study: Distance Learning / Study in the UK

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Start Date: January, September

Length of Programme: 1 year Full-Time / 1.5 year Part-Time

Mode of Study: Distance Learning / Study in the UK

Benefit from our Career Guarantee

If you start your PGDL and go on to study our LPC or BTC you'll benefit from our Career Guarantee.

If you don't get obtain a training contract or pupillage within six months of completing your LPC* or BTC** you can study another qualification at BPP for free.

Preparing you for practice

The BPP University PGDL is designed to help you make a smooth transition from being a non-law graduate into a career in law. We don't just give you an excellent qualification, we give you an insight into life in practice, so you enter the next stage of your training more informed, more prepared and more effective, and able to demonstrate a higher competency when applying for training contracts and pupillages.

Once you have successfully completed your PGDL exams, you have the opportunity to specialise or develop an understanding in alternative areas, take two extra modules and you could graduate with a Master of Law (LLM) awarded by BPP University.  The Postgraduate Diploma in Law is awarded by BPP University and is recognised as completion of the academic stage by the SRA and BSB.

When you have passed your PGDL, you're guaranteed a place on our LPC, the next step to becoming a solicitor. Or you can apply for our BTC, the next step to becoming a barrister. 

How the programme is taught

We assume you have no prior knowledge of law when you start your PGDL, so you get a full induction programme and a high level of support from day one. This includes outstanding learning materials and online resources. All study materials are included in the fee. All lectures and resources have online equivalents.

You'll be taught by our experienced legal professionals and academics with time split evenly between tutorials and lectures as well as regular consolidation sessions and a wealth of online resources. For full details view our Locations tab.

What you will experience in the classroom

BPP University's ethos is learning by doing. Classes are designed with an interactive focus, based on discussions, debates and resolving practical case studies. You will learn the academic knowledge, but as importantly you will learn how it's applied in practice, with a logical approach, presenting your arguments persuasively and in a structured manner.

You will study up to 21 hours a week consisting of live and online lectures and classes dependent on location and start date. Tutorials are taught in groups of around 18 students, giving you a high level of student/tutor contact time.

All our students also have a Personal Tutor and access to a Student Advisor, should you need any guidance or additional support outside of class time.

Independent research essay options

We offer a wide range of titles, and will always consider individual topics suggested by students. Current options include intellectual property, succession, company law, family law, housing law, medical law and public international law.

Study Options

Personalise your PGDL timetable

BPP gives you more control over the way you study with face-to-face, online distance learning, or a combination of both available. Classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening and weekends. Face-to-face PGDL classes are taught on two set days per week during the core teaching term, at the following centres, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge and Liverpool.

You can start in January or September. For full-time study, both options take nine months. Or if you choose part-time and start in January, you'll finish in 18 months – ready to start the LPC or BTC in September. If you start part-time in September the programme takes two academic years.

Optional modules

With the BPP PGDL, you're given access to an unrivalled range of additional modules, designed to get you ahead and give you the edge in interviews. Highlights include:

  • Company law module
  • Further specialist law modules – start specialising early in areas such as Intellectual Property or Public International Law, so you can demonstrate more expertise than other graduates.
  • Professional Skills modules developed with leading city firms – Featuring areas like legal writing and legal research
  • Mandarin Chinese – Gain an insight into the language used in one of the world's most important markets with free Mandarin Chinese lessons (London only).

Specialist careers advice

From the moment you accept your place until you secure your first legal position, you can use our careers service. With our one-to-one support, we aim to give you the edge when it comes to getting a training contract or pupillage. You'll have everything from access to our vacancies database to advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching, employer research and networking opportunities with top firms.

Part-time PGDL

Our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family. BPP offers a variety of part-time modes:

  • Evenings: taught between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. Each module is taught by a one-hour tutorial per week. All our lectures are recorded and made available to students online for flexibility of study
  • Weekends: one Saturday every fortnight, consisting of tutorials. Lectures delivered online
  • Day: taught on one half-day per week from 9am - 1.30pm in year 1 and from 9am - 2.40pm in year 2. Lectures are delivered online
  • Distance learning: weekly online lectures and tutorials with optional face-to-face tuition.


You will study an introduction to the English Legal System & Foundational Legal Skills followed by the eight foundation modules, through a pre-recorded lecture and two-hour live workshop/ tutorial – plus consolidation week on the middle of each term.

As a full-time PGDL student your modules will be structured as follows:

Term 1

  • Public Law I
  • Contract Law
  • Law of Tort
  • Company Law

Term 2

  • Public Law II
  • Criminal Law
  • Land Law
  • Trusts Law

As a part-time PGDL student your modules will be structured as follows:

Year one:

Term 1
  • Public Law I
  • Contract Law
Term 2
  • Law of Tort
  • Company Law

Year two:

Term 1
  • Public Law II
  • Criminal Law
Term 2
  • Land Law
  • Trusts Law

If you wish to have more information, you can download the Programme Handbook and Specification with the button below,

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

  • You should hold a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any subject from a recognised UK institution
  • You are guaranteed a place if your honours degree is 2:1 or above.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS Level 7 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components or;
  • Provide statement from university confirming instruction of teaching is in English;
  • Undertake our internal English Test.

How to apply

We recommend you apply as soon as you're ready – if you apply it earlier, you will have higher chance to get admitted to the programme.

Entry requirements

Educational background

  • You should hold a degree equivalent to a minimum 2:2 honours UK qualification
  • You are guaranteed a place if your honours degree is 2:1 or above.

International students will also be expected to have an IELTS qualification of at least 6.5 with no element lower than 6.

How to apply

We recommend you apply as soon as you're ready – priority is given to applicants who have placed BPP as their first choice.

  • Applications for the Full-Time PGDL
    1. Students are required to submit their application online through the Central Applications Board (CAB)
    2. Please send your Applicant ID & Form Reference to
  • For our part-time PGDL you apply directly with us by using the part time application form

If you have any questions about your application, you can fill in the contact form below and contact us at 2590-8600 or request a call back

How to study?

Our five-step approach

When you study with BPP, you will experience an innovative and personalised learning methodology designed to best prepare you for assessments and your career in legal practice.

BPP Adapt

Our innovative online platforms help progress you through your studies; using machine learning technology to collect insights based on how you learn. The sophisticated algorithm continually assesses your unique capabilities and areas for development so you can work through your studies on an entirely personalised learning path, testing and refining your knowledge and maximising your chances of success.

Virtual Practice

You will also complete and submit real-world tasks in a simulated legal environment, experiencing realistic document handling and case management in a way that mirrors legal practice in a barrister’s chambers. This contextualised approach helps develop your practical legal and digital skills, so you are better prepared for legal practice. It also helps you to recall and apply key legal principles, so you are better prepared for the centralised assessments set by external bodies.

Paying for your PGDL

Distance Learning

Full-time and Part-time PGDL programmes

Distance Learning £ 11,590 9,380*

*Exclusive Bursary for Hong Kong Students (Only Valid for September 2020 cohort)

Study in the UK

Full-time PGDL programmes

Location Total (inc £250 deposit)
London £11,590
Birmingham £9,380 
Bristol £9,380
Leeds £9,260
Manchester £9,260


Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800
Exemption entries £1,100


The course is mainly assessed via unseen, written examinations. They may include examinations with written elements and multiple-choice questions, an oral assessment and written coursework. The pass mark for all assessments is 50%. Details are to be announced.

Weighting of each assessment?

Unit Mode of assessment Weighting
Public Law I 2-hour Written Exam 12.5%
Contract Law 2-hour Written Exam 12.5%
Law of Tort 2-hour Written Exam 12.5%
Company Law 2-hour Written Exam 12.5%
Public Law II Research Coursework 12.5%
Criminal Law 1-hour MCT 5%
20 mins Oral Presentation 7.5%
Land Law 1-hour MCT 5%
2-hour written exam 7.5%
Trusts Law 1-hour MCT 5%
2-hour written exam 7.5%
Total 100%

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