UCL Faculty of Laws


Notarial Practice Course

The UCL Laws Notarial Practice course is designed to enable legally qualified applicants to fulfil the professional stage of the three stages to becoming a Notary Public

A Notary Public is a legal officer of ancient standing. The functions of Notaries include the preparation and execution of legal documents for use abroad, attesting the authenticity of deeds and writings, and protesting bills of exchange. Notaries in England and Wales may also provide any non-contentious legal service, including Conveyancing and Probate activities.

Notaries are admitted and regulated in England and Wales by The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The process of qualification and appointment as a Notary consists of three stages:

  1. Academic Training
    Before commencing the Notarial Practice Course, applicants must hold a valid certificate issued by the Faculty Office exempting them from all 8 modules which comprise the ‘Academic’ stage of training. Applicants will not be able to commence the Notarial Practice Course until a Certificate of Exemption has been granted, although the provider may give a place to an applicant conditional upon obtaining a Certificate of Exemption.
  2. Professional Training
    This is a two-year distance learning course, run on the Faculty Office’s behalf by an academic provider, to train candidates in Notarial Practice. The academic provider for the Notarial Practice Course is currently University College, London (UCL).
  3. Admission
    Upon successful completion of the Notarial Practice Course applicants will need to apply to the Faculty Office for appointment as a Notary and admission to the Roll of Notaries.

£8,500 for the full two-year course. The fees are split into 4 payments over the two-years.

Applying for your Certificate of Exemption - Covid-19 and CILEX exams

Since applicants cannot commence the Notarial Practice Course until a Certificate of Exemption has been granted, all applicants are encouraged to apply for a Certificate at the earliest possible opportunity.

The Certificate is the single entry requirement for the course and you will need to make an application to the the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Information about Notaries, including a full information pack on the qualification requirements, appointment procedures and the application form for the Certificate of Exemption from the academic stage of qualification required prior to enrolment on the postgraduate stage of training, is available from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury website.

Covid-19, CILEX results and your Certificate of Exemption
UCL and the Faculty Office are aware that CILEX exams have been moved from June to September 2020, with results being issued in November 2020. As this is after the start of the UCL Notarial Practice course, UCL and the Faculty Office have, in these exceptional circumstances, decided that for the 2020-21 intake we will allow students awaiting the full CILEX exam results required for their Certificate of Exemption to provisionally enrol on the course in September 2020.
Students who pass their CILEX exams and receive their Certificate of Exemption in November 2020 will be officially enrolled on the course. These students would not be charged term 1 fees until after they have been fully admitted to the course, although they will need to pay the course deposit as usual to secure their place.
Students who do not pass the required CILEX exams and therefore do not receive their Certificate of Exemption will be removed from the course roll and will need to re-join when they pass the requisite courses for the exemption certificate at the next available intake (September 2021).
Please note this option is available only to prospective students sitting CILEX exams to complete their full requirements for the Certificate of Exemption. Student who require further CILEX courses will need to enrol for 2021.

About the UCL Notarial Course structure

The course is normally completed within two years on a part-time basis, starting in late September of each year, and includes three modules of study:

Year 1 – September to December

Roman Law as an Introduction to Modern Civil Law Systems (“Roman Law”)

Year 1 – January to March

Private International Law

Year 2 – September to March

Notarial Practice


The majority of the course is delivered through electronic learning, which allows you to study at home or in the workplace. Your learning is also supported by an introductory workshop and four intensive one-day workshops over the two years of the course. These workshops are held on Saturdays at UCL Laws.

Throughout the course, you will have access to UCL’s Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle), where you can find information about your weekly learning schedules, written assignments, interactive activities, and links to recommended reading and other study materials held on within UCL’s digital library collections.

We estimate that the time commitment to studying for this course is around 10-12 hours per week.

You will be assessed by written examinations, taken at the end of each module.


Course Open Day - November 2020

The next Notarial Practice Course Open Day will be in November 2020.

Watch the presentations from the Open Day - 30 November 2019
Applying and fees

How to apply

During the lockdown period UCL is not accepting paper application. Please make your application using the online form below. We will contact you for any other necessary documents, and will contact the Faculty Office for a copy of your Certificate of Exemption. 

Queries: lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk

They will open for September 2021 entry in early October.

Course fees for 2020-22 (including examination fees):
Year 1
£500 Course deposit
£1875 Roman Law
£1875 Private International Law

Year 2
£4,250 Notarial Practice Course
The fees for year 2 are payable in two instalments (Sept / Jan)

UCL graduates receive a 15% discount on the fees.