Entry Requirements

To enrol on the GDL an applicant must normally have obtained an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised awarding body. (Please note that those wishing to progress to the Bar should normally have achieved at least a 2 (ii) honours classification in their undergraduate degree. Visit http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/ for further information).  

Applications are also encouraged from mature students (25 or over), who may not be able to comply with the above requirements, but who can demonstrate appropriate experience or achievement.  In such circumstances, applicants wishing to qualify as a solicitor should apply to the SRA and request an “equivalent means” form. Further information about this process is available from the ‘New Students’ section on the SRA website athttp://www.sra.org.uk/students/resources/equivalent-means-information-pack.page. Those wishing to qualify as barristers should, alternatively, contact the Bar Standards Board at http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/ 

Applications should be made to the CAB on-line (http://www.lawcabs.ac.uk/) as CAB do not accept paper applications.

Applicants who have a law degree which fails to satisfy the academic requirements of the professional bodies (known as a non-qualifying law degree) may apply for partial exemption from the academic stage of training. For further information, contact GDL@swansea.ac.uk


Applying, Fees and Accommodation

How to Apply

All applications for full-time GDL/CPE courses must be made through the Central Applications Board (CAB)

Applications should be made to the CAB on-line (http://www.lawcabs.ac.uk/) as CAB do not accept paper applications.

Applications are now being accepted for the September 2016 intake.


Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows: 

                Graduate Diploma                            Full-time            £6,350            £10,700

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Assistance with Fees

The majority of law students are self-funding. However, there are a number of useful websites that offer advice on matters of funding. For details, visit ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Student Accommodation

Living expenses, particularly accommodation costs are, generally, lower in Swansea than in many other parts of the UK.  As postgraduate students, GDL are encouraged to consider applying to become an undergraduate halls tutor, as free accommodation may be available. Students wishing to take advantage of University accommodation should apply to the Accommodation Office as early as possible. For more details on accommodation options, visit:http://www.swansea.ac.uk/accommodation/


Further Information

Specific enquiries should be addressed to GDL@swansea.ac.uk