Taking the SQE in Welsh

The option to take the SQE in Welsh will be phased in over a four-year period, starting in April 2022 with elements of SQE2.

The first SQE assessment in Welsh will be SQE2, in April 2022. When you book your assessment, you will be asked to confirm that you are committed to taking it in Welsh.

If you change your mind about sitting the exam in Welsh, you can cancel your booking and rebook to take the exam in English, as long as you do so before the booking deadline, subject to our terms and conditions.

Learn more: Cancellation fees

You cannot change your mind about taking your assessment in Welsh on the day of the assessment.

You can take your assessments in any Pearson VUE venue, with the exception of the SQE2 oral assessments. These can only be taken at our Cardiff venue. No other venue will provide the exam in Welsh for SQE2 oral assessments.

SQE2 Welsh Pilot

We are holding a pilot to test the operational aspects of conducting SQE2 in Welsh. It will involve written and oral legal skills assessments.

Learn more: SQE2 Welsh Pilot information

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

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

  • Interview and Attendance note/Legal analysis (written elements)
  • 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.

From 1 September 2024 the SQE1 assessment will be provided in Welsh.

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.

Learn more: Payment methods

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

Learn more: Costs and fees

Ready to register for the SQE?

Create your personal SQE account and book your assessments.

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Have you passed the SQE?

Find out what happens after passing the SQE and admission to the roll of solicitors.

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Ready to register for the SQE?

Create your personal SQE account and book your assessments.

Register for SQE 

Have you passed the SQE?

Find out what happens after passing the SQE and admission to the roll of solicitors.

Learn more