Taking SQE in Welsh

From April 2022 candidates will have the opportunity to sit SQE assessments in Welsh. The ability to sit SQE in Welsh will be phased in, starting with the ability to provide written answers for SQE2 from April. See below for the phased breakdown of what elements of SQE can be taken in Welsh and from when.

When the booking window is open you will be asked to choose English or Welsh as the language of your choice to undertake SQE. Please note that for SQE2 oral assessments, the only test centre that is available to take the oral assessments in Welsh will be in Cardiff. If Cardiff is unsuitable for you, then you should reconsider choosing Welsh as your preferred option. For the SQE2 written assessment, taken over three days, and SQE1, taken over two days, you are able to take the assessment at any Pearson test centre available.

If you change your mind about sitting the assessment in Welsh, you can cancel your booking and rebook to take the assessment in English, as long as you do so before the booking deadline, subject to our terms and conditions and availability. Please note that there is no guarantee you will be able to rebook the same seat or location if you rebook.

Learn more: Cancellation fees

It is important to understand that the only aspects of the exam that will be in Welsh will be the questions and your answers. No other part of the exam day will be in Welsh. Your assessment guidance and results will be provided in English and the staff, outside of those examiners who will be asking you questions, will communicate with you in English.

On the day of the assessment the question text will be in Welsh, but where appropriate there will be English legal terms next to the equivalent Welsh legal terms. There may not be an English legal term side by side in every case if the Welsh legal term is widely used.

It is important to understand that the Welsh equivalent exam will not be open book nor will you have the English equivalent assessment side by side to refer to. You will not be penalised if you provide an answer or response in English because you find yourself stuck and unable to answer in Welsh. However, it should be noted that if you choose to sit SQE in Welsh you are expected to provide your answers in Welsh. You cannot change your mind about taking your exam in Welsh on the day of the exam. Once the booking window has closed you will be unable to change from Welsh to English. Therefore you are strongly advised to consider carefully if you wish to sit the exam in Welsh prior to the booking window closing and consider your fluency of the Welsh language.

Examiners undertaking the Interview skills exam will be bilingual.

You will be able to access a glossary of specific legal terms, which will be available on the SQE website. This will be a growing list of terms over time but will not be a direct list of terms that will be used in the exams and should only be used as an indication of likely terms used. This list is not currently available but will be published for your information.

Information in Welsh

The SQE2 Assessment Specification has been translated into Welsh and is available for those who wish to have this information available.

There are a number of key policies that have been translated into Welsh, these can be found alongside the English versions.

A few SQE2 sample questions have also been translated into Welsh, again these can be found alongside the English versions.

SQE2 Welsh Pilot

A pilot was held to test the operational aspects of conducting SQE2 in Welsh. It involved written and oral legal skills assessments.

Learn more: SQE2 Welsh Pilot information

When you’ll be able to take the SQE in Welsh

SQE2

From April 2022 you can provide written answers in Welsh for the following SQE2 questions:

  • Interview and Attendance note/Legal analysis (written elements only)
  • Case and matter analysis
  • Legal research
  • Legal writing
  • Legal drafting

For assessments after 1 September 2022 you can provide answers in Welsh for the following SQE2 questions:

  • Interview and attendance note/Legal analysis (both oral and written elements)
  • Advocacy
  • Case and matter analysis
  • Legal research
  • Legal writing
  • Legal drafting

For assessments after 1 September 2023 you can provide answers in Welsh for all SQE2 questions and the questions will be provided in Welsh.

SQE1

From 1 September 2024, the SQE1 assessment will be provided in Welsh. This will be both the questions and answers.

Payment

There is no cost difference between the English and Welsh versions. You have the same options to pay for the Welsh version as you do for the English.

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The Welsh and English versions of the SQE have the same cancellation terms.

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