GDL providers compared

 

      No of places
(FT • PT)
  Fees 2018/19   Modes of assessment   Also offers LPC?   Entry Requirements
                       
  Birmingham City University   50 FT   UK/EU:
FT + PT (two years): £5,266
Non-UK/EU:
FT: £12,000 • PT (two years): £16,000
  Exams and coursework.   Yes. Good GDL graduates get a guaranteed place and fees discount.   2:2 honours degree or equivalent in any discipline.
                       
  Bournemouth University   30 • 40   UK/EU:
FT + PT (two years): £7,500
Non-UK/EU:
FT + PT (two years) £11,500
  Exams and coursework.   Yes. Bournemouth University GDL graduates get a 20% fees discount for the LPC.   2:2 honours degree or overseas equivalent. Non- native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  BPP Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge   1,584 total   FT + PT (two years): £9,100   English legal systems multiple choice exam at the start. One examination per module; two pieces of coursework; statute analysis exam; case analysis exam; independent research essay.   Yes   Minimum 2:2 (hons) degree or equivalent. Priority given to applicants who place BPP as their first choice. Applicants with a 2:1 from any UK university guaranteed a place. Mature non-degree holders are also accepted but need a Certificate of Academic Standing if not in possession a degree. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
               
  BPP London (Waterloo)     FT + PT (two years): £11,250      
               
  BPP Leeds, Manchester     FT + PT (two years): £8,990      
                       
                       
  University of Brighton   40 FT + PT   UK/EU:
FT + PT (two years): £7,200
Non-UK/EU:
FT: £10,900
  Exams and coursework in the foundation subjects, plus a 5,000-word dissertation.   No   UK/ROI undergraduate degree or equivalent (minimum 2:2 for aspiring barristers). Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above
                       
  Bristol Law School at UWE   120 FT + PT   FT + PT: (two years): £8,000   Primarily through written exams; 25% coursework for some modules and dissertation.   Yes   UK bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  Cardiff University   65 • 25   UK/EU:
FT: £7,990* • PT: £8,100*
Non-UK/EU:
FT: £15,500* • PT £8,000*
  Exams and coursework.   Yes   Normally minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  City Law School   220 • 0   FT: £11,730   Exams and coursework.   Yes   Minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7. TOEFL no longer accepted.
                       
  De Montfort University   40 • 60   UK/EU:
FT: £6,250 • PT (two years): £7,500
Non-UK/EU:
FT: £12,750

  Exams and coursework; project of up to 5,000 words; legal research exercise and two pieces of assessed coursework.   Yes   Good honours degree. Non-English overseas students: IELTS 7 or above.  Part-time course is run in conjunction with CILEx.
                       
  University of East Anglia   30 • 0   UK/EU:
FT: £7,450
Non-UK/EU:
FT: £16,100
  Exams and coursework in two of the foundation subjects; exams only in the remaining five. One research project.   No   Minimum of a good 2:2. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7 or above.
                       
  University of Central Lancashire   40 • 30 • 45 (distance)   FT: £7,500 • PT: £3,750 per year   75% exams and 25% coursework. Skills module assessed by oral mooting assessment and independent legal research project   Yes   Degree from a UK or Irish university. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  University of Law Bristol, Exeter, Birmingham, Guildford, Reading, Chester, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool   2,280 total   FT + PT (two years): £9,350**    Multiple-choice 30-minute open book exam, three-hour closed book exam, two pieces of coursework   Yes   Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
               
  University of Law London (Bloomsbury & Moorgate)     FT + PT (two years): £11,650**      
                       
  Leeds Beckett University   50 • 50   FT: £5,250 • PT: £2,700   Core modules assessed through 30% coursework and 70% exams; other modules through exams only.   Yes   Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Applications from mature candidates with recent academic experience are also welcomed. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below a 5.5.
                       
  Liverpool John Moores University   60 • 60   UK/EU:
FT: £6,600 • PT: £36.65 per credit
Non-UK/EU:
£13,950 FT
  Exam only.    Yes   Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent.  Other applicants may be considered. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  London Metropolitan University   75 • 75   FT: £6,130 • PT: £3,065   Exams in the seven foundation subjects (each worth 10%), a research essay, four short essays and a case study (each worth 10%).   Yes. Graduates with at least a 50% GPA are guaranteed a place.   Minimum 2:2 (hons) degree or  equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7 or above.
                       
  London South Bank University   35 • 35   UK/EU:
FT: £5,800 • PT (first year): £2,900
Non-UK/EU:
FT: £8,750 • PT (first year): £4,375
  Exams and coursework, plus a 4,000-word project.   No   Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent.  Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  Manchester Metropolitan University   70 • 60   UK/EU:
FT + PT (two years) £9,250
Non-UK/EU:
FT £14,100*  PT: £7,200*
  Seven exams, two pieces of coursework, and a moot.   Yes. MMU students get a 20% discount.   Normally minimum 2:2 degree. Preference is usually given to higher classifications. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  Northumbria University   40 • 40   UK/EU:
FT: £7,500
Distance learning: £8,000
  Exams and coursework.   Yes. GDL graduates guaranteed a place and fees discount.   UK/ROI undergraduate degree or equivalent. Non-English overseas students: IELTS 6.5 or above. The part-time course is offered via distance learning.
                       
  Nottingham Law School   220 • 220 (distance)   FT: £8,500
Distance Learning: £4,250
  70% exams and 30% coursework.   Yes. GDL graduates guaranteed a place.   Minimum 2:2 (hons) degree or equivalent plus academic or professional references
                       
  Oxford Brookes University   125 FT   FT: £8,320 • PT: £4,240
  Exams and coursework.   No   Normally minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent and evidence of commitment to the profession. 
                       
  Plymouth University   30 • 0   UK/EU:
FT: £5,000 • PT: £300 per 10 credits
Non-UK/EU:
FT £11,000
  Exams and coursework.   No   Normally minimum 2:2 (hons) degree, or Certificate of Academic Standing. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  University of Sheffield   60 FT   UK/EU:
FT: £8,500
Non-UK/EU:
FT: £16,800
  Exams in all modules including one in week two, plus a 3,000-word mini-dissertation.   Yes. GDL graduates guaranteed a place + 10% off.   Minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent plus academic references. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 7.5.
                       
  University of Sussex   40 • 0   UK/EU:
FT: £8,500 • PT (two years): £8,500
Non-UK/EU:
FT + PT: £16,750
  Exams and coursework for the core modules, plus a dissertation.   No   First or second class honours degree. Non-English overseas students: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  Swansea University   40 • 0   UK/EU:
£7,500
Non-UK/EU:
£11,700
  Assessment: Multiple choice tests, assignments, mini-dissertations and unseen examinations.    Yes. Priority entry and reduced fees for Swansea GDL alumni.   UK undergraduate degree or equivalent (minimum 2:2 for aspiring barristers). Applications from mature candidates with appropriate experience are also encouraged. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.
                       
  University of Westminster   100 • 12   UK/EU:
FT: £7,250 • PT: £3,675
Non-UK/EU:
FT: £12,500 • PT: £6,250
  Exams in each of the seven foundation subjects in May. Also three written assignments and a project during the year.   Yes. GDL graduates guaranteed a place if they receive a commendation.   Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above.
                       
  Heart of Worcester College   0 • 35   PT: £3,500   Exams in all subjects except for research project which is essay based.   No   UK undergraduate degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.5 or above. Course offered in conjunction with Staffordshire University.
                       
         
* 2017/18 fees
** 2019/20 fees

Part-time figures per year unless otherwise stated.