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What is a 'relevant qualification'?

The following courses are deemed to be ‘relevant qualifications’:

  • a law conversion course validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority;
  • the Legal Practice Course in England and Wales;
  • the Solicitors Course in Northern Ireland;
  • a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland;
  • the Bar Practice Course in England and Wales;
  • the Bar Course in Northern Ireland;
  • a foundation programme in Medicine or Dentistry;
  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE);
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE);
  • a professional course requiring study at UK bachelor’s degree level or above in a profession with reserved activities that is regulated by UK law or UK public authority. Professional roles that have reserved activities include (but are not limited to) medical doctors, architects, lawyers, teachers and nurses.

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