It will also highlight the benefits of studying the GDL online, fees involved and several online GDL providers.
For information on GDL funding, click below.
How to fund your GDL
GDL distance learning gives students who aren’t in a position to physically attend lectures and seminars the opportunity to gain the GDL qualification remotely.
That means that it doesn’t matter whether you’re based near your prospective law school or not. You will still be eligible to study the law conversion course online.
Studying an online GDL course can be done either full time or part-time. The main difference between the two types of online courses is that studying the course part-time will spread the content over two years instead of one.
Studying the GDL online will involve learning about the following seven compulsory LLB subjects:
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Not every institution offers the option to study a GDL online course. Below are some of the online GDL courses available to non-law students wanting to convert:
Institution Course Type Price (2019/20) Month of Entry
University of Central Lancashire FT & PT £7,500 January or September
BPP FT & PT £11,590 September or January
University of Law FT & PT £9,350 January or September
Leeds Beckett University FT & PT £6,000 January or September
Northumbria University FT £8,500 September
Nottingham Trent University PT £4,350 (per year) September
University of West England PT (2 years) £4,000 (per year) September
Fees correct as of September 2019. Please check the individual institutions’ websites for the most up-to-date information.
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Studying law can be quite expensive. Unfortunately, you can’t use a student loan to fund the GDL, but many of the above institutions offer GDL scholarships.
Universities may also allow flexible payment options so you don’t necessarily need to pay the full fees upfront.
You can also get sponsorship through a law firm if you manage to secure a training contract before you begin.
You can find out more on financing your GDL law online qualification with our GDL Funding page here >>
A GDL distance learning course requires you to have a good internet connection, as you’ll have to access lectures, tutorials, informal assessments and resources online.
Studying the GDL online means you need to be extra organised with your time, especially if you are working at the same time.
It’s worth noting that some providers will require you to attend occasionally (usually on weekends). If this is an issue, it’s best to check with the individual institution beforehand.
If attending in person is not an option for you, some providers such as BPP offer students the opportunity to study the course entirely online. Please note that GDL exams may have to be taken onsite, however.
Read more about different part-time GDL providers here >>
Some of the universities above will do the online course either in one year full-time (BPP, University of Law, Lancashire allow this, as well part-time options), or the course will run over two years (Northumbria and Nottingham do not have a one year option).
Whether you complete the course over one year or two will be guided by decisions, including arranging funding, current jobs and time needed for training contract applications.Join the non-law students facebook help group
The entry requirements for online GDL courses are generally the same as those for on-campus courses.
However, some of the institutions have other specific specifications. For example, if you were to choose University of Law’s I-GD’, you’d be required to do up to 50 hours of pre-study of a course called Legal Method, which introduces you to the English legal system before you start the GDL.
Read about part-time GDL providers >>
All of the institutions above offer online lectures and tutorials, as well as informal assessments to test learning. They also set coursework that can be done online.
However, in most cases, you’ll have to sit the final GDL Distance Learning exams on campus.
The University of Law, for example, allows students to sit the final exams at the regional campus closest to you, or if you are overseas, you may get permission to sit the exam where you are. This must be arranged beforehand with the university.
BPP, on the other hand, prefers that students sit the exams in one of its London centres. They may allow you to take them in one of their regional centres under special circumstances.
How flexible your university is on its exam policy is something you need to check before you apply, especially if you’re planning on studying outside of the UK.
There are several benefits to taking a GDL distance learning course. They include:
Similarly, there are some disadvantages to studying online. They include:
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