Q&A for legal practice course designers

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That is for the provider to determine, subject to the requirements on notional learning hours, face-to-face contact and the five year period during which all Stage 1 and Stage 2 assessments must be passed.

That is for a provider to address in its assessment strategy. However, any approach will need to be supported by an educational justification.

It is for a provider to set out the nature of the resources that it will allocate to the course and to demonstrate during the validation process and continuing quality assurance arrangements that the resources are adequate.

With the exception of the outcome that requires students to be able to reflect on their learning and identify their learning needs all of the outcomes must potentially be assessed and students must understand that this is the case. However, it is not necessary for each assessment in a subject to cover every outcome for that area.

No this is not a regulatory requirement – although a student might be told that this is advisable.

Yes. In fact they can start a Period of Recognised Training before they have completed – or even started – Stage 1.

A provider can decide to make use of a grading or classification system. However, this should not be referred to on the transcripts issued to students.

It is for a provider to determine – within the provisions of the Framework for Higher Educational Qualifications and any credit framework within which it operates – the nature of any academic qualification and title to be awarded to students. The appropriate title will be determined in part by the design of the course - for example whether particular areas are taught and assessed at a higher level. Providers will need to consider how they will deal with students who complete only one of the stages with them.

No. It is for providers to decide how to deal with requests for deferrals. The SRA does not require that students should be penalised if they wish to defer sitting an assessment – subject only to the requirement that all assessments are passed within five years.

Students are free to do Stage 1 and Stage 2 with different providers. A student who wishes to transfer during Stage 1 will need to apply to the provider with which he or she wishes to complete the course. That provider will need to map the course on which the student has started Stage 1 to the course to which they wish to transfer and decide whether to allow the transfer. However, all Stage 1 assessment must be undertaken with one provider.

The requirements do not prohibit this. However, a provider would need to ensure that the quality of LPC students‘ learning experience was not jeopardised if this took place e.g. by confirming they had equivalent knowledge of academic law. The SRA Authorisation of Individuals Regulations require that only students who have completed the academic stage of training can be admitted on to an LPC. A provider would need to make clear to any other students being taught alongside LPC students that they were not LPC students and that they would not be awarded an LPC.

The SRA will provide information for all providers that can be incorporated into their training materials for newly appointed LPC external examiners.

Yes. They would need to be authorised by the SRA as an LPC provider and each elective would need to be individually validated.