SQE2 Prep course

Prepare with BARBRI to master practical legal skills for SQE2

Course Price:

BARBRI SQE1 Prep alumni: £2,999

Full SQE2 Prep course: £3,499

Our next course starts on the 5th June, preparing for the October 2023 exam.

About BARBRI SQE2 Prep courses

BARBRI SQE Prep courses are offered twice a year leading into the scheduled exams in April and October.

Flexible course options

Tackle the work when you like, from half-hour chunks to full days. It’s your call, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Diagnostic testing

We offer all students a diagnostic assessment to look for any gaps in your legal knowledge before you start the course.

Access to SQE1 Prep materials

As part of the SQE2 Prep, you’ll be given our SQE1 materials to review, and you’ll have access to these for the duration of your course.


BARBRI SQE2 Prep in numbers

Our Personal Study Plan (PSP) was rated 4.6/5

83% of the 239 students reported passing the SQE2, compared to the 77% average

239 students of the 726 who sat SQE2 in April 2022 studied with BARBRI

Why students choose BARBRI

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"The BARBRI prep course was incredibly organised and comprehensive. The mock exams in particular helped to prepare me for the first ever sitting of SQE2. I couldn't have passed without it!"

Holly Moore


"I completed both SQE1 and SQE2 and qualified as a solicitor last September. I have a non-law degree and to complete the GDL and LPC would have cost close to £30K. I had worked in law for nearly 3 years prior to starting the SQE and so was able to continue to build up qualifying work experience whilst studying. Without the introduction of this route I would not be where I am today."

Jenny Green

What’s covered in the SQE2 exam?

The SQE2 exam tests your ethics and professional conduct, and you’ll be required to demonstrate that you can apply fundamental legal principles in a way that addresses a client’s needs and concerns, rather than your ability to memorise legal knowledge.

The practice contexts are:

  • Criminal litigation
  • Property practice
  • Dispute resolution
  • Business organisations, rules and procedures
  • Wills and intestacy, probate administration and practice
The SQE2 exam comprises two parts: Oral and written. 

The SQE2 oral exam:

The oral part is made up of four assessments, which take place over two half-days. These will assess your practical skills via role-play, covering court-based scenarios, solicitor-client interactions and file reviews.

The SQE2 oral legal skills test covers:

  • Client interviews and attendance note
  • Advocacy

The SQE2 written exam:

There are 12 written assessments over three half-days, completed on a computer.

The SQE2 written legal skills test covers:

  • Case and matter analysis
  • Legal research and written advice
  • Legal drafting
  • Legal writing

Key features of BARBRI SQE2 Prep

We offer all students a diagnostic assessment to look for any gaps in your legal knowledge before you start the course. That way, you will know exactly where to focus your time and can prepare for SQE2 as effectively as possible.

BARBRI SQE2 Prep's faculty consists of experienced solicitors and barristers who are qualified in England and Wales. These experts will guide you to master the skills required to succeed in SQE2.

Watch our faculty give skills explanations in the form of interview-style lectures that are carefully crafted to fully interpret the exam criteria and give you tips on how to succeed. 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 will provide you with a short workbook to supplement the skills explanations.

These guided interactive learning activities take knowledge you have gained watching the skills explanations and reading the workbook and apply that knowledge to an exam style scenario. Each scaffolding activity breaks down the different steps you’ll need to master a specific SQE2 skill.

With our self-practice activities, you get the opportunity to have a go at doing a whole exam question yourself. You’ll receive instant access to self-assessment materials so you can confidently review your own work. You’ll find out how you’re doing, where you can improve, and you’ll even have the chance to mark your peers’ work and have them mark yours too.

Through Practice Feedback Activities, you’ll have the opportunity to get personalised feedback from a BARBRI assessor on every SQE2 skill. Many consider this personalized feedback to be the most valuable part of the SQE2 course.

You will also be able to participate in workshops, strategy sessions and Office Hours sessions where you can drop in to meet your mentors. They'll guide you on anything from how to tackle questions and improve your skills to queries about your own progress.

Before you sit SQE2, you’ll complete mock assessments and receive personal feedback from a BARBRI assessor in each skill and subject assessed in SQE2.

SQE2 Prep & Exam FAQs

Yes, you would be granted access to the SQE1 Prep materials one month prior to the SQE2 Prep course start date. We encourage early enrolments allowing you time to fill in gaps in your knowledge discovered through a diagnostic test at the start of the prep course.

The SQE2 exams is a skills-based assessment against your substantive legal knowledge tested through the SQE1 exams. Hence, you need to retain your substantive knowledge on the key practice areas as the questions may be drawn on underlying black letter law in the selected Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) subjects covered in SQE1.

You would have to register and book the exams through the SRA’s website directly. For more information on this, please visit the SRA website here.

From 2024, the exams will take place 4 times a year: in January, April, July and October. The waiting time for the results is between 14-18 weeks after assessment.

Exemptions from the SQE assessments are available to qualified lawyers from certain international jurisdictions. 

Individual exemptions exempt international lawyers from particular jurisdictions from SQE2 with proof of two-years’ legal work experience gained either as part of your qualification or after it (or a combination of these). Although you may have an exemption for part of the SQE, you will also need to satisfy the SRA’s English language requirements.

To apply for an exemption, you will need to create a mySRA account and start an application for exemption. Further information about exemptions available to qualified lawyers can be found here.

You can also download an exemptions checklist here for all the steps you need to complete for this process. 

Qualifying work experience does not need to be completed before sitting the SQE. You can undergo your QWE before, during or after your SQE assessments.

At the point of applying for admission as a solicitor with the SRA is when you will need to register your two years of QWE. For more information on this, please visit the SRA website here.

BARBRI’s SQE2 Prep course offers diagnostic testing which LPC students will find useful in identifying any gaps in their legal knowledge. Additionally, students will gain access to the relevant SQE1 Prep materials from a month before the SQE2 Prep course begins and for the duration of the course.

There is no English language requirement for the SQE2 exams. However, the SQE2 is made up of written and oral assessments, so candidates should feel comfortable speaking and writing in English.

Please mind that if you are an overseas lawyer, exempt from SQE2, you may need to demonstrate your English language competence. For more information on this, please visit the SRA website here.

Enrol in a BARBRI SQE2 Prep course

If you are a BARBRI SQE1 Prep alumni, you are also entitled to a £500 discount (confirmed through enrolment).

BARBRI SQE2 Prep Course

Part-time option

Part-time course | 20-week
10-12 hours of study per week
Starting 5th June 2023
Preparing for SQE2 October 2023
Best for:

Best for: Candidates who have sat and passed SQE1 or QLTS MCT, or LPC graduates who are exempt from SQE1.


BARBRI SQE1 Prep Alumni


Discount confirmed through enrolment

If you would like to enrol on a course that has already started, please reach out to our team at sqeprep@barbri.com to check availability.

Check out sample SQE2 Prep course materials

Thinking about enroling in the BARBRI SQE2 Prep course? Download sample course materials and receive a step-by-step guide to your study process on the SQE2 Prep.

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Download our Funding Guide

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is split into two stages: SQE1 and SQE2. The second stage of the SQE costs £2,493 (VAT exempt). As with the first stage, this is paid directly to the exam provider, Kaplan, upon booking the exam.

Please note that from September 2023, this will rise to £2,766. More information on this is available on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) website here.

Download the guide for an overview of the support you can secure to help fund your SQE2 Prep studies.

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