QLTS Study Guide – Day One Outcome A2: Knowledge of applicable constitutional law and judicial review processes.

Time to move to the second part of the Day One Outcome for the MCT parto of the QLTS, A2 Knowledge of applicable constitutional law and judicial review processes.

The main content, and therefore the most important areas to cover are the following.

  • Constitution and constitutional principles: nature of the constitution; Parliamentary sovereignty; the application of separation of powers (including checks and balances); the rule of law (definition, key concepts and legal status).
  • How the core institutions of state function and interrelate constitutionally:

    Parliament; cabinet and central government; the monarch; ‘the Crown’; the Judiciary (including the nature and powers of the Supreme Court); government accountability through Parliament and via the conventions on collective and individual ministerial responsibility; the nature of legislation and requirements for enactment and repeal; the nature and status of the devolution legislation.

  • The Prerogative: (its nature, extent and legal status; its relationship with legislation) and constitutional conventions (definition, nature and legal status) and how the prerogative and constitutional conventions interrelate.
  • Public order law: breach of the peace and the Public Order Act 1986; Public Order Act offences; the law on public processions and assemblies including the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • Judicial review: nature and limits of judicial review; preliminary hurdles/requirements for obtaining permission to proceed to a substantive hearing; standing to bring a claim; grounds and remedies; judicial review and accountability of government and public bodies for ultra vires actions and decisions; the impact of human rights law on judicial review including the concept of proportionality.

If you are not enrolled in one of the QLTS preparation courses and you don’t know where to find the best preparation material for each of the outcomes of the MCT part of the QLTS exam, have a look here.

For the Day One Outcome A2, I suggest the following:

Public Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide by Colin Faragher

Have fun!




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Hi! My name is Marco and I’m the guy behind PasstheQlts. As you would imagine, I graduated in Law in Italy and qualified as a solicitor in Italy and Spain. I was working in house for a retail company for the last few years in Italy, but then decided I needed a change of perspective, culture, opportunities and so on. And London was the answer to my internal struggle! I moved to London and now it’s time to set the next steps in my career. To be totally honest I knew that the only logical step, unless you are looking for a career change (yes, but what?), if you want to practice Law in the UK, is what this blog is about: to pass the QLTS Exam, the Qualified Transfer Scheme! Really, I am just a guy who has the goal to pass the QLTS Exam to build a professional career in Law in London. I will share my study plan with you, read all the possible guides, interview successful candidates and try to post everything online. Of course any help, question, comment or suggestion from you will be greatly appreciated! Best of luck! Cheers! M


  1. Well OUP specifically mentioned their concentrate series is not compatible with the MCT syllabus and is lacking of many important subjects. If your time is of a value just buy course materials (doesn’t matter from what provider) and get some practice questions. You are tested on your ability to apply English law not just on your knowledge so reading is just 50% of the work.

    • Hi Chris thanks for sharing your opinion. Do you have experience with a particular provider? I’d love to hear it!
      Regarding OUP books I don’t agree with you, and I base my idea on the tens of successful QLTS students that already shared their story.
      Also, do you have any suggestion on where to find practice tests? I’m struggling to find them and I’m sure most of the readers would benefit from that info.

  2. There are several training providers that offer preparation courses, a simple Google search will bring up a few. I would not like to give recommendations, as everyone can make their own judgement. As for OUP Concentrate series, OUP themselves acknowledge that the books do not cover all the areas tested on the MCT. By way of example, the books do not cover capacity, illegality, false imprisonment, blackmail, possession of articles for fraud, charitable trusts, formalities for creation of legal and equitable interests, accounting records that must be kept to comply with the SRA Accounts Rules, and many other areas as well. Potentially, this could amount to 20-30 questions in the formal MCT assessment, so be aware of this risk. I know of people who did not pass the first time after using the OUP books but obviously their voice will not be heard online….this is vs. other people who advise new exam sitters in various online channels to use the OUP books, while presenting themselves as the ”rising stars’, however at the same time they will not disclose they have in fact studied for the MCT with training providers. Anyway, practice questions and mock tests are key in this type of examination such as the MCT. I don’t think you can get practice questions for free. Some training providers may offer you a free trial or sample materal at no charge, or even to purchase the mock exams separately. It’s worth trying to enquire. Good luck!

    • Hi Chris, thanks again for your comment.
      I’m sorry if you don’t want to share your experience with us, because this is exactly what I’m trying to do with this blog.
      I’m trying to make things easier for folks around the world that are reading for the QLTS, giving them the opportunity to take an informed decision.
      I want to hear honest and unbiased comments and feedback about course providers and the materials they are selling/distributing, the quality of their courses and tutors and so on.
      By saying that they all are the same, you’re not selling them very well…
      Finally, I know people that failed the test using course providers materials: whose fault is that?
      I’ll read the books, and make my notes, and I’ll try to understand what is not covered and suggest affordable options (if any).

  3. There will always be people who fail whether or not they have taken a course… I wasn’t saying all training providers are the same, just that every person can easily check their reputation and performance online and make their own choice. The training providers’ websites also have tons of testimonials and videos of former exam sitters who share their experiences, which is also useful to prospective exam sitters.  It will definitely be good if you prepare notes as to the missing areas and also cover new legislation (such as the provisions of the SBEEA) and other areas that are obsolete and not properly covered by OUP books e.g, new case law or tax rates and calculations, etc.

    • Hi Chris, I’m happy to offer space on this blog to other students’ experience, so please let me know if you want to share and we can work on it.
      Have a great day!

  4. I think what you do is great, but it appears you have a lot of spare time. I prefer to spend my time focusing on studying rather than guessing what to study, or prepare my own notes. I signed for a course a few days ago and got the books and access to tons of practice questions. For me it’s worth paying a few hundreds pounds as I work full time and really can’t waste my time collating course material. I actually now realise how much work I have to do, just going over the questions will take weeks if not months. I wish you all the best.

  5. Hello Alegher, I wonder where I can find something about “the Judiciary (including the nature and powers of the Supreme Court)”. Apparently it’s not mentioned in the Public Law Concentrate.

  6. The BPP provider also states it doesn’t cover all the core materials. OUP probably says the same thing as a legal disclosure. Here is what BPP says:

    “However, Kaplan QLTS do not release information about the assessments, or past papers, and BPP are not involved in any way with the setting, moderation or marking of the QLTS assessments. For this reason, we are not able to guarantee that we will cover on our courses everything that Kaplan QLTS assess in the QLTS assessments.”

    I think that any QLTS provider that claims to cover 100% of the topics is probably being misleading.

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