Kaplan QLTS is the sole authorised assessment provider for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) of assessments under The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS). This website enables to you to find out about the QLTS assessment and, if you are eligible, to book a place on that assessment.
QLTS provides a route for lawyers from other recognised jurisdictions, and barristers from England and Wales to qualify as solicitors of England and Wales.
Information for candidates that have passed the QLTS MCT
QLTS candidates that have passed the QLTS MCT can decide which option to follow to seek admission as a Solicitor of England and Wales. If you have taken and passed the QLTS MCT, you can complete your qualifications and apply for admission either by sitting and passing the QLTS OSCE or the SQE2.
The final QLTS OSCE sittings will take place in late March and early April 2022. The booking deadline for the final OSCE is 5pm UK time on 7 February 2022. If you pass the QLTS OSCE, you must meet the SRA requirements and apply for admission by 31 August 2022 (inclusive).
The first SQE2 exams will take place in mid to late April 2022. If you pass SQE2, you must meet the SRA requirements and apply for admission by 31 August 2023 (inclusive). You would not need to sit SQE1. Further SQE2 assessments will take place in October 2022 and April 2023.
There are a number of things that you may wish to consider.
QLTS OSCE in November/December 2021. Candidates sitting the November/December 2021 QLTS OSCE will receive their results after the booking window for the April 2022 SQE2 has closed. We would kindly request candidates not to speculatively book a place in the April 2022 SQE2 assessment when booking opens on 25 January 2022, in advance of receiving their QLTS results. SQE2 is different to the QLTS OSCE and candidates will need adequate time to prepare to maximise their chances of success. Please be advised that a cancellation fee will be payable for SQE2 if candidates pass the November/December 2021 QLTS OSCE and cancel their booking for SQE2. Please refer to the SQE terms and conditions and the SQE costs and fees page.
The same principle applies in relation to the April 2022 QLTS OSCE; candidates will receive their results after the booking window for the April 2022 QLTS OSCE has closed. Therefore, if a candidate decides to also book the April 2022 QLTS OSCE in advance of receiving their November/December 2021 QLTS results, a cancellation fee will be payable if candidates pass the November/December 2021 QLTS OSCE and cancel their booking for the April 2022 QLTS OSCE. Please refer to the QLTS terms and conditions.
You can choose to sit the April 2022 QLTS OSCE or the April 2022 SQE2. There is an overlap between the booking window for the April 2022 QLTS OSCE and the April 2022 SQE2. Candidates can select which assessment they want to sit. If they do decide to attempt SQE2, candidates will need to register for an SQE candidate account and notify us that they are a QLTS transitional candidate to be able to move straight to book SQE2 (i.e. they do not need to sit SQE1). You will be able to do so from 6 December in your SQE candidate account if you decide to attempt SQE2 as an equivalent to the QLTS OSCE. Therefore you will have plenty of time in advance of the SQE2 booking window opening on 25 January, but you cannot do this at the moment. You can register as an SQE candidate now, but you should wait until 6 December when you will be able to select the “Existing QLTS candidate” option in your candidate account once that facility is activated. Again, we would respectfully request that candidates do not hold bookings for both exams as this will deny other candidates an opportunity to test. If a candidate books both the April 2022 QLTS OSCE and the April 2022 SQE2, they may incur a cancellation fee if they cancel one of their bookings. Candidates should refer to the SQE terms and conditions and QLTS terms and conditions as appropriate.
If candidates sit either the QLTS OSCE or the SQE2 in April 2022, they will have their results in time to sit the October 2022 SQE2 if they do not pass, however places are subject to availability.
Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the government requirements.
The UK government has recently announced changes to the quarantine requirements for those who are arriving into the UK from abroad. We strongly recommend that candidates monitor all and any changes which may impact upon their plans for the OSCE assessment. Kaplan QLTS will also monitor the situation. If there are any changes which may impact upon the OSCE assessments we will email candidates who have confirmed bookings directly in due course.
At this time our priorities continue to be:
1. We will only run exams which can be delivered safely under the guidelines of the UK government and Public Health England.
2. The primary purpose of QLTS is protection of consumers of legal services by ensuring a consistent and appropriate standard at admission as a Solicitor of England and Wales. The security and integrity of the assessment must therefore be maintained
3. We are committed to ensuring that the QLTS can be administered to as many candidates as possible in 2021 (and beyond).