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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

BPP University Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is the conversion course for non-law graduates who want to qualify as either Solicitors or Barristers. The GDL satisfies the professional body requirements of the academic stage of training for Solicitors and Barristers.

BPP University Law School's GDL gives you more weekly contact time and more ways to study than any other leading provider. It's a highly flexible programme, and we've created extra optional content (including Company Law) as well as an additional professional skills programme developed in conjunction with some of the leading city law firms. All designed to prepare you for practice, polish your performance and boost your prospects.

Free Top-up to Graduate LLB (Hons) by completing two extra modules.

This course is one of the eligible courses under the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme administered by the Student Finance Office (SFO), Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA).

Our GDL is also a recognised qualification for admission into PCLL in Hong Kong.

Intake:January, April,September

Application Deadline: 27 March 2020 [The deadline is now extended to 4 April because LawCABs was under maintenance.]

Commencement Date 30 March 2020

Length of Programme: 1 year Full-Time / 2 years Part-Time

Mode of Study: Distance Learning / Study in the UK

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Start Date: January, September

Length of Programme: 1 year Full-Time / 1.5 year Part-Time

Mode of Study: Distance Learning / Study in the UK

Benefit from our Career Guarantee

If you start your GDL and go on to study our LPC or BPTC you'll benefit from our Career Guarantee.

If you don't get obtain a training contract or pupillage within six months of completing your LPC* or BPTC** you can study another qualification at BPP for free.

Preparing you for practice

The BPP University GDL is designed to help you make a smooth transition from being a non-law graduate into a career in law. We don't just give you an excellent qualification, we give you an insight into life in practice, so you enter the next stage of your training more informed, more prepared and more effective, and able to demonstrate a higher competency when applying for training contracts and pupillages.

Once you have successfully completed your GDL exams, you have the opportunity to specialise or develop an understanding in alternative areas, take two extra modules and you could graduate with a Graduate LLB (Hons) awarded by BPP University.  The Graduate Diploma in Law is awarded by BPP University and is recognised as completion of the academic stage by the SRA and BSB.

When you have passed your GDL, you're guaranteed a place on our LPC, the next step to becoming a solicitor. Or you can apply for our BPTC, the next step to becoming a barrister. 

How the programme is taught

We assume you have no prior knowledge of law when you start your GDL, so you get a full induction programme and a high level of support from day one. This includes outstanding learning materials and online resources. All study materials are included in the fee. All lectures and resources have online equivalents.

You'll be taught by our experienced legal professionals and academics with time split evenly between tutorials and lectures as well as regular consolidation sessions and a wealth of online resources. For full details view our Locations tab.

What you will experience in the classroom

BPP University's ethos is learning by doing. Classes are designed with an interactive focus, based on discussions, debates and resolving practical case studies. You will learn the academic knowledge, but as importantly you will learn how it's applied in practice, with a logical approach, presenting your arguments persuasively and in a structured manner.

You will study up to 21 hours a week consisting of live and online lectures and classes dependent on location and start date. Tutorials are taught in groups of around 18 students, giving you a high level of student/tutor contact time.

All our students also have a Personal Tutor and access to a Student Advisor, should you need any guidance or additional support outside of class time.

Independent research essay options

We offer a wide range of titles, and will always consider individual topics suggested by students. Current options include intellectual property, succession, company law, family law, housing law, medical law and public international law.

Study Options

Personalise your GDL timetable

BPP gives you more control over the way you study with face-to-face, online distance learning, or a combination of both available. Classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening and weekends. Face-to-face GDL classes are taught on two set days per week during the core teaching term, at the following centres, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge and Liverpool.

You can start in January or September. For full-time study, both options take nine months. Or if you choose part-time and start in January, you'll finish in 18 months – ready to start the LPC or BPTC in September. If you start part-time in September the programme takes two academic years.

Optional modules

With the BPP GDL, you're given access to an unrivalled range of additional modules, designed to get you ahead and give you the edge in interviews. Highlights include:

  • Company law module
  • Further specialist law modules – start specialising early in areas such as Intellectual Property or Public International Law, so you can demonstrate more expertise than other graduates.
  • Professional Skills modules developed with leading city firms – Featuring areas like legal writing and legal research
  • Mandarin Chinese – Gain an insight into the language used in one of the world's most important markets with free Mandarin Chinese lessons (London only).

Specialist careers advice

From the moment you accept your place until you secure your first legal position, you can use our careers service. With our one-to-one support, we aim to give you the edge when it comes to getting a training contract or pupillage. You'll have everything from access to our vacancies database to advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching, employer research and networking opportunities with top firms.

Part-time GDL

Our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family. BPP offers a variety of part-time modes:

  • Evenings: taught between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. Each module is taught by a one-hour tutorial per week. All our lectures are recorded and made available to students online for flexibility of study
  • Weekends: one Saturday every fortnight, consisting of tutorials. Lectures delivered online
  • Day: taught on one half-day per week from 9am - 1.30pm in year 1 and from 9am - 2.40pm in year 2. Lectures are delivered online
  • Distance learning: weekly online lectures and tutorials with optional face-to-face tuition.


You will study an introduction to the English legal system followed by the seven foundation modules, through a one-hour tutorial and a one-hour lecture per week – plus regular consolidation in each module.

As a full-time GDL student your modules will be structured as follows:

  • Contract Law
  • Law of Torts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Land Law
  • Law of Equity and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • Independent Research Essay

As a part-time GDL student your modules will be structured as follows:

Year one:

  • Contract Law
  • Law of Torts
  • Constitutional Law

Year two:

  • Land Law
  • Law of Equity and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • Independent Research Essay

Whether you're a full-time or part-time student, you can also choose to study our additional optional professional skills modules:

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing

You can also choose from various specialist legal subject modules:

  • Evidence and Forensics
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Law in the City
  • Company Law

Please note that modules run subject to demand, therefore all modules may not run in all locations.

This module introduces you to the law of obligations in the private sphere.

Throughout the module, you will be introduced to the principles of contract law within the context of the socio-ethical and commercial world in which these principles are applied. In particular, the module will aim to develop a commercial awareness alongside knowledge of black letter law, for example the commercial imperatives behind exemption of liability and the concept of shared risk.

Our aim is to equip you with a sound knowledge and skills base, as well as an understanding of the underlying policy issues, to progress onto the professional stage of training and ultimately for practice as a commercial solicitor or barrister.

The syllabus typically includes:

- Introduction
- Offer and acceptance
- Intention to create legal relations
- Capacity
- Consideration
- Promissory estoppel
- Duress
- Terms
- Exemption clauses
- Misrepresentation
- Contracts against public policy
- Mistake
- Discharge
- Remedies
There is arguably no area of more fundamental importance to us all than constitutional and administrative law. Every time the Government exceeds its powers; or a minister of state resigns; or a citizen's rights are abused, it is the law covered in this module which governs their fate.

This has recently moved to the forefront of public debate, with the passing of the Human Rights Act of 1998 and the resultant flow of litigation.

During the study of this module you will become acquainted with the following notable areas:

- Nature of the UK Constitution
- Rule of law
- Separation of powers
- Institutions and mechanics of the state
- Human rights
- Judicial review
Many students find Land Law one of the most interesting and helpful modules on the GDL. This is for several reasons. Firstly, whether buying a property, renting or living with parents, it helps to know your legal rights. Secondly, it is arguably the most lucrative field of practice, particularly given the national obsession with the property market. Finally, study areas such as leases, mortgages and freehold cases involving anything from unscrupulous landlords to family in-fighting undoubtedly give rise to some genuinely interesting cases. Land Law is your chance to find out who really owns what.

In particular, your Land Law studies will take in the following areas: Difference between a lease and a licence, Differences between registered and unregistered land, Mortgages, Easements, Freehold covenants
The law of tort has a profound effect upon society, for good and ill. Anybody familiar with the phrase 'ambulance chasing' will have made the acquaintance of tort law in its unpopular guise, where unscrupulous lawyers seem to be making ill-gotten gains out of the misfortune of others. On the other hand, the term 'old boy network' as applied to professionals like doctors, shows tort law in a better public light in bringing accountability to professionals who have traditionally been seen as almost above the law.

The study of Tort Law will fairly and impartially examine this growing and controversial area of litigation.

In particular, you will study the following:

- Elements of the tort of negligence
- Clinical negligence
- Employers' liability
- Defamation
Perhaps few subjects are as dogged by the discrepancy between myth and reality than the law of the European Union. Your study of this subject will examine the origins and nature of laws created by the institutions of the European Union. It will also explore practical concepts which run through European law and affect the way every one of us lives our lives.

In particular, you will study:

- Free movement of people, enabling citizens of the Union to move around Europe unimpeded
– to study, work or just reside in any member state
- Free movement of goods
- EU competition law
- Sex discrimination
Many people's first introduction to the legal system is criminal law, whether through reading the true crime stories which frequently dominate the newspaper headlines, or the fictionalised courtroom dramas ever present on our television screens.

Studying Criminal Law, you will now have the opportunity to uncover the reality behind the headlines and dramas.

In particular, your criminal studies will include:

- Elements of some of the most prolific offences in our Criminal Justice System e.g. theft
- What happens when criminals fail and the principles behind attempted offences
- What defences may be available to those accused of committing criminal offences
The module is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of equity, the concept of the trust and their practical relevance. You will study both traditional deed-created trusts and the evolving role of equity and trusts in the commercial context.

The focus of the module is the practical application of this topic to real life scenarios. You will learn how to analyse problems and offer advice on complex legal principles, taking into account commercial factors as well as the relevant legal principles.

This is intended to aid the transition to the professional programmes by giving you greater commercial awareness and ultimately to enhance your prospects in professional legal practice.

The module is split into five parts, comprising the following topics:

Part 1

- Fundamental Principles
- Introduction to Equity
- Introduction to Trusts

Part 2

- Express Trusts
- The Three Certainties
- Formalities
- Constitution
- Secret trusts
- Purpose trusts
- Charitable trusts

Part 3

- Implied Trusts
- Resulting and Constructive Trusts
- Implied Trusts of the Home

Part 4

- Administration of Trusts
- Fiduciary Duties
- Investment and Delegation
- Maintenance and Advancement

Part 5

- Breach and Remedies
- Breach of Trust
- Tracing
- Liability of Strangers
- Equitable Remedies
The purpose of the research module and the IRE is to allow students to show their ability to research an area of law with minimal guidance from tutors. They are provided with an introductory lecture on legal research. They can also attend workshops on legal research run by the library and information services team
The majority of classes take place in the first two weeks of the GDL.

In week 1, students have three lectures:

• English Legal System:
o Development of Common Law and Equity
o Court Structure
o Sources of Law
• Statutory Interpretation
• Case Analysis and the Doctrine of Precedent
Over the two weeks of the module, students have three 90 minute tutorials, each relating to one of the lectures above.

Over the course of their studies on the GDL, students develop their skills of case analysis and statutory interpretation in all the modules they study. Students are also able to attend two workshops, one in case analysis and one in statute analysis before sitting these assessments.

If you wish to have more details information, you can download the Programme handbook and Specification with the button below,

This course is registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

Entry requirements

Educational background

  • You should hold a degree equivalent to a minimum 2:2 honours UK qualification
  • You are guaranteed a place if your honours degree is 2:1 or above.

International students will also be expected to have an IELTS qualification of at least 6.5 with no element lower than 6.

How to apply

We recommend you apply as soon as you're ready – if you apply it earlier, you will have higher chance to get admitted to the programme.

Entry requirements

Educational background

  • You should hold a degree equivalent to a minimum 2:2 honours UK qualification
  • You are guaranteed a place if your honours degree is 2:1 or above.

International students will also be expected to have an IELTS qualification of at least 6.5 with no element lower than 6.

How to apply

We recommend you apply as soon as you're ready – priority is given to applicants who have placed BPP as their first choice.

  • Applications for the Full-Time GDL
    1. Students are required to submit their application online through the Central Applications Board (CAB)
    2. Please send your Applicant ID & Form Reference to
  • For our part-time GDL you apply directly with us by using the part time application form

If you have any questions about your application, you can fill in the contact form below and contact us at 6107-4400 or request a call back

How to study?

In the induction and foundation modules, you will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials / seminars.


Lectures aim to give you an overview of the topic area, building upon your directed pre-reading to:
• Outline key principles, with reference to relevant cases and statutes.
• Highlight areas of controversy and debate.
• Put the law into a socio-economic, ethical and where relevant, international context.

Lectures are available online (via MP4 downloads) and/or live in the Lecture Theatre depending upon which BPP campus you are studying at. Not all BPP campuses have live lectures delivered.

Live Tutorials

Live tutorials aim to develop your skills, in particular:
• your ability to apply the law to real-life situations you might face in practice;
• your ability to analyse cases and statutes and draw appropriate conclusions in the
context of giving advice to clients;
• your ability to communicate your arguments both orally and in writing;
• your ability to work with your peers, both competitively and in teams;
• your ability to evaluate the strength and weakness of opposing arguments; and
• your ability to receive and act on feedback from tutors in class.

Tutorials (including EU) are delivered online (where you interact with your peers and your
tutor live in a virtual classroom) as well as in dedicated rooms at the Law School.

Consolidation seminars

In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore your knowledge in consolidation seminars, in which you can reflect on the topics covered in the previous week's tutorial to clarify any remaining points of understanding or confusion. These seminars may be led by a different tutor and attended by different students to your standard tutorial, allowing you to further develop your skills as set out above in an unfamiliar, more challenging environment.
The teaching may involve discussion of different problem questions, unseen questions and other material. Different formats of consolidation sessions are held at different BPP campuses. In some locations they take the form of live online classes rather than face to face classes.

Paying for your GDL

Distance Learning

Full-time and Part-time GDL programmes

Distance Learning £ 11,590 9,200*#

Exclusive Bursary for Hong Kong Students (Only Valid for April 2020 cohort)

This course is one of the eligible courses under the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme administered by the Student Finance Office (SFO), Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA).

Study in the UK

Full-time GDL programmes

Location Total (inc £250 deposit)
London £11,590
Birmingham £9,380 
Bristol £9,380
Leeds £9,260
Manchester £11,590


Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800
Exemption entries £1,100


The course is mainly assessed via unseen, written examinations. Approximately three quarters of your final aggregate weighting is reserved for your performance in the end of year examinations. The remainder is split between written coursework and multiple choice testing. In addition, you must pass a multiple choice test in the English Legal System. This latter assessment is graded on a pass / fail basis and does not count towards your final aggregate. The pass mark for all assessments is 40%.

Weighting of each assessment?

Unit Mode of assessment Weighting
Law of Contract 3-hour Examination 12%
Law of Tort 3-hour Examination 12%
Constitutional & Administrative Law 3-hour Examination 12%
Criminal Law 3-hour Examination 12%
Land Law 3-hour Examination 12%
Equity & Trusts 3-hour Examination 12%
European Union Law 1.5-hour MCT Examination 8%
English Legal System and Method Statute Analysis Test 5%
Case Analysis Test 5%
Research Independent Research Essay 10%

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