SQE1 Prep course

Prepare with BARBRI, experts in multiple-choice legal qualifying exams

Course Price:


Pay £199 now, and spread the rest of the cost over 5 instalments (T&Cs apply)

Why our students love BARBRI's SQE1 Prep courses

We offer a variety of BARBRI SQE1 Prep courses to suit your circumstances: a flexible 40-week course, a focused 20-week course and an intense 10-week accelerated course. Our courses are offered twice a year, leading into the SQE assessments so the information is still fresh in your memory. Our prep courses are based on our 50 years of legal and tech experience preparing students for the US Bar exams and our expert faculty comprises qualified solicitors and barristers. You'll get access to an online platform with leading technology, thousands of multiple-choice questions to prepare you for the FLK1 and FLK2, and unlimited one-on-one learning coach time. We also offer several funding options.

Flexible course options

Access all materials online, anytime, including pre-recorded video lectures, ebooks and thousands of practice questions that build knowledge on a flexible schedule. We'll also mail you hardcopy workbooks.

Innovative tech support

Study with the help of our Personal Study Plan (PSP), our innovative online learning platform powered by machine-learning, which schedules modules around your available time. Get even more support from touchpoint workshops and your learning mentor.

For law & non-law graduates

Law graduates: Choose the accelerated full-time 10-week or focused part-time 20-week course. Non-law graduates: We recommend the optional Foundations in Law course with the 40-week course or the 20-week course.

SQE1 Pass rates

Pass rate with 90% (or more) of PSP complete
Average pass rate for all BARBRI students
Industry average pass rate, SRA (Jan 2024)

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What's included in our SQE1 Prep course?

Your tailored, flexible online BARBRI Personal Study Plan (PSP) guides every assignment and activity throughout your entire BARBRI SQE1 Prep course. Your PSP delivers the right combination of substance and skills on a flexible schedule. Video lectures, workbooks and practice questions build knowledge over time, and all lecture materials are pre-recorded so you can access them online anytime. Learn more about our PSP here.

BARBRI SQE1 Prep faculty members are experienced qualified solicitors and barristers who teach you the substantive law for each subject.

The teaching materials and workshops are designed specifically to help you pass the exam. They are carefully crafted and regularly updated to convey exactly what you need to know in each subject. Materials are recorded so you can access them online anytime throughout the course, and lectures last about 20 to 30 minutes so that they fit easily into your schedule.

BARBRI has more than 50 years of experience training candidates to master multiple-choice question (MCQ) techniques and skills. These are the same skills you will need to pass the SQE1, but they may not be the skills you learned at university or earlier in your career.

During your SQE1 Prep course, you will practise thousands of multiple-choice questions to master the techniques and outcomes tested on the SQE1 exam. Learning and practice question sets build in difficulty over time and boost learning and retention through carefully planned repetition at key intervals. You will not only learn why an answer is correct, but also why the other options aren't correct. 

In addition to the main practice multiple choice questions, there will be several multiple-choice practice tests delivered in exam style.  This means that the student must complete all the questions before they can see the answers. We still provide the students with detailed explanations of each question, including why the right answers are correct and why the wrong choices are incorrect.  There will be 8 mock tests throughout the course, which will include two 90-question practice tests for each of the two assessment areas. Finally, the SQE1 preparation course concludes with a full simulated exam which will replicate the SQE1 assessment specification, a full test of 360 questions.

All SQE Prep students will have a Learning Coach. Your coach will be a qualified solicitor who mentors you throughout your exam preparation.

You would be able to book time with a Learning Coach to see how you are progressing with your studies. They will also conduct livestream workshops, provide tips, and help you with any study issues.

Before the SQE1 Prep course begins, we supply each candidate with a full set of printed materials for their studies. These bespoke workbooks are written exclusively by our expert tutors for the subjects examined in the SQE1. Digital copies of the hardcopy workbooks are also available in the online learning platform and app.

ISAAC is the powerful engine that runs your BARBRI SQE Prep course and online learning platform. ISAAC works out a complete Personal Study Plan (PSP) for you, scheduling the modules around your available time. As you go through your course, ISAAC picks up on your progress, recalibrates and assigns you the most important and helpful material.

“Everything you need is in the BARBRI course, and you have more than enough to get you prepared, you just need to dedicate the time and remember to stay calm! It breaks a seemingly insurmountable task down into manageable pieces so it’s doable. Additionally, being able to know my weak areas made my study time a lot more efficient."

Holly Hearns 

SQE1 Prep & Exam FAQs

You will be tested on the application of your Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) through 360 single-best-answer multiple choice questions, split over two days. The exam is computer based and can be sat worldwide. The following subject areas are tested: 

FLK1: Business Law and Practice; Dispute Resolution; Contract; Tort; Legal System of England and Wales; Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law and Legal Services. 

FLK2: Property Practice; Wills and the Administration of Estates; Solicitors Accounts; Land Law; Trusts; Criminal Law and Practice. 

Ethics and professional conduct are examined pervasively across both FLK exams, and principles of taxation are assessed in the context of Business Law and Practice, Property Practice, and Wills and the Administration of Estates. 

Read more about the SQE1 exam here. 

The BARBRI SQE1 Prep course is fully inclusive of all course materials. You’ll need to book and pay for the assessment separately, through the SRA and Pearson Vue websites: 
£1,888  £944 for FLK1 and £944 for FLK2) 
All fees are VAT exempt. 

You must book FLK1 and FLK2 separately but pay for them both in a single payment at time of booking. FLK1 and FLK2 must be taken in the same assessment window (unless an exemption applies). 

Candidates must pass both SQE1 and SQE2 within a six-year period and you have three attempts for each of the two stages. If you fail the SQE1 exam’s FLK1 and/or FLK2 three times during the six-year period, you must wait until that six-year period expires before re-applying. (Previous passes will not be carried forward.)  

For more on this, please see the SRA website here. 

All three prep course options contain the exact same materials and support, they just differ in the amount of time you have available to get through all the modules. 

  • The Flexible course starts 40 weeks before the exam and gives you enough time to prepare if don’t have a law degree from an English or Welsh university, work full time, or are an international lawyer dual-qualifying. It requires 10-12 hours per week of study – we recommend 1 hour of study a day with 1 full day of study on the weekends. 
  • The Focused 20-week course is suitable if you graduated with a UK degree in the last three years or you’re familiar with the common law through legal experience. It requires 20 study hours per week and we recommend 3 hours of study per day over the 7-day week period, and we recommend a part-time job, but if you work full time, you may want to consider the Flexible option instead. 
  • The Accelerated 10-week course is the fastest way to qualify and is only suitable for recent UK law graduates with the ability and opportunity to study intensively and full-time. It requires 40 hours of study per week. 

The SQE exam questions are similar to the US Bar exam ones, but completely different to the MCQs you may have encountered at university. A more apt way of describing them is as single-best-answer questions (SBAQs), where all the answer options are plausible or partially correct, but only one is 100% correct based on the context of the question.  

You need to learn how SBAQs work, learn to spot the nuances, and understand the principles behind each law – and we at BARBRI are experts in these, having helped 1.45 million US bar students prepare for the bar exams. We turn every SBAQ practice question into a mini-lesson, and don’t just give the correct answer, but we also explain why it’s the correct answer, and why each of the other options weren’t the best answer in the given situation.  

What is it like studying the SQE with BARBRI?

Watch the video to find out more about a student's experience of BARBRI's SQE Prep Course...


Upcoming SQE1 Prep courses:

BARBRI SQE1 Prep Course


Part-time course over 20 weeks
20 hours of study per week
Starting 26 August 2024
Preparing for January 2025 exam
Online with full Learning Coach support
Best for:

Recent law graduates (within the last 3 years) from a UK university, who are looking to fit SQE preparation around other commitments.


BARBRI SQE1 Prep Course


Full-time course over 10 weeks
40 hours of study per week
Starting 21 October 2024
Preparing for the January 2025 exam
Online with full Learning Coach support
Best for:

Recent law graduates from a UK university who are looking for the quickest, most efficient course to pass the SQE and who are able to dedicate themselves to studying full time.


£300 off with the code EB25300

BARBRI SQE1 Prep Course


Part-time course over 40 weeks
10 hours of study per week

Starting 30 September 2024

Preparing for July 2025 exam
Online with full Learning Coach support
Best for:

Law graduates from non-UK universities, local law grads who graduated 3+ years ago, non-law graduates, and those in full-time employment.


If you would like to enrol in a course that has already started or looking to enrol on a course preparing for an exam not listed, please reach out to our team at sqeprep@barbri.com to check availability, course start dates and deadlines.

Please note, a late enrolment administration fee of £49 will apply.

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SQE1 Prep sample course materials

Curious to see our course materials? Sample an extract of our workbooks, a video lecture, and an example of the multiple-choice questions you’ll have access to when preparing for the SQE with us.

SQE1 Prep Preview

Experience the course for yourself through our SQE1 Prep Preview. Simply register for free and test out the online learning platform and the Personal Study Plan (PSP). Interact with its features, and view examples of content and structure.

Foundations in Law

Foundations in Law is a 6-week course that can help increase your confidence before undertaking your SQE1 Prep studies, ideal for those from a non-law background or a qualified lawyer practising in a different jurisdiction.

SQE1 Boost

SQE1 Boost is designed to give students who are self-studying or learning with another prep provider access to our extensive bank of SQE-style MCQs, helping to build confidence in the weeks leading up to your SQE1 assessment.

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“BARBRI gives you all of the tools you need for success. The thorough materials provide you with ample study guides and realistic practice materials. The daily study plan assures you that you are staying on track with your studying. This combination of well-developed tools allows you to feel as confident as you possibly can.”

Kristin Noonan

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