Degree or equivalent

You will need to validate your UK degree or an equivalent level 6 qualification before you apply to become a solicitor.

This will be checked by our third-party validation service and they will need the following information:

  • university/institute
  • course
  • classification (result)
  • qualification
  • enrolment and graduation years

Find out below what we mean by UK degree or an equivalent level 6 qualification. The process for validating will be available by the end of January 2022.

Degree requirements post SQE introduction

To become a solicitor, you need a degree in any subject, or an equivalent qualifications or experience. What counts as a degree:

  • A UK degree awarded at level 6 (or above) by a recognised degree-awarding body. This is usually an undergraduate degree but can also be diplomas or other qualifications.
  • An equivalent UK qualification. These are:
    • An accredited qualification at level 6 (or above) of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, awarded by recognised degree-awarding body
    • A regulated qualification at level 6 (or above) of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). This includes CILEx level 6 qualifications
    • An apprenticeship at level 6 or above, approved by the government departments of England, Wales or Northern Ireland
    • A qualification or apprenticeship at level 9 or above of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) or awarded by a Scottish degree awarding body
  • An overseas qualification:
    • Shown to be equivalent to either a UK degree/equivalent qualification or
    • An accredited qualification at level 6 (or above) of the European Qualifications Framework
    • We will check that you hold a degree or equivalent level 6 qualification when you apply for admission
  • Work experience equivalent to a UK degree/equivalent qualification (each equivalent application will be considered on a case by case basis). This would be a sufficient standard of general education and learning (level 3 equivalent of the Regulated Qualifications Framework) and considerable work-based learning.