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Yeah they said that to us too - good luck
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At least it's not just me, i was fearing the worst! When did they say they'd let you know by? They said by the end of the week to us, so there is still time...
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Yeah they said that to us too - good luck
You too! Let me know when you hear anything!
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Hi, I have very recently been successful in securing a solicitor apprenticeship with the CPS. I am 35 years old and have been with the CPS since I was 18. I just wondered how much time a week you dedicate to studying. I will be working 4 days and getting 1 day study time, all the extra will need to be done at night or on a weekend. We have 2 small children so this is going to be hard going! What does the work entail? How often do you submit assignments and do exams? Sorry for all the questions!
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Hi, I have very recently been successful in securing a solicitor apprenticeship with the CPS. I am 35 years old and have been with the CPS since I was 18. I just wondered how much time a week you dedicate to studying. I will be working 4 days and getting 1 day study time, all the extra will need to be done at night or on a weekend. We have 2 small children so this is going to be hard going! What does the work entail? How often do you submit assignments and do exams? Sorry for all the questions!
Hey there, congrats on getting your offer! The volume of uni work you have and the frequency of exams will vary between institutions as the three main providers (BPP, ULaw and City Law School) have different programme structures and teaching styles.

I'm a BPP first year at the moment and over the past year I have sat an exam (mocks and real things) on average every six weeks. Being completely honest with you, my study style leads me to revise only when the exam is very very close as I find it works for me, so the time I devote to those tests is quite minimal. Study days are Mondays for us so I have the added bonus of time off in lieu of bank holidays, I have saved up this time and have a week booked off before my final module exams later this month.

Normal work can easily be done in a single morning or afternoon preceding your lecture. There is usually between 30 and 40 minutes reading for me, including topic and case summaries, an hour or so of watching recorded lectures and then maybe another 30 minutes of completing activities (e.g. writing short answers to problem questions).

As you've got commitments outside of work, perhaps finding some time during your working day for uni prep would work in your favour. I sometimes use my lunch breaks if there is a lot of work to get through, or an hour after work on a Friday evening if I'm feeling motivated.

Feel free to PM me if you want any further info!
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Thank you so much for your reply. I will definitely be able to fit some work into my working day at lunch time. My main concern is the impact on my work/life balance, I know it will be difficult but I hope it will be worth it in the long run. Are your exams on set days? Do you get holidays like at uni? I saw on another site that there were no holidays! That can’t be right.Thanks again
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Thank you so much for your reply. I will definitely be able to fit some work into my working day at lunch time. My main concern is the impact on my work/life balance, I know it will be difficult but I hope it will be worth it in the long run. Are your exams on set days? Do you get holidays like at uni? I saw on another site that there were no holidays! That can’t be right.Thanks again
Our exams are always scheduled for our study days so we don't need to book time off in theory. I hope that the CPS will do things by the book and stick to 20% of your week being out of the office for pure study. Some apprentices I've met, particularly those in-house, are expected to be in the office even on their allotted study days.

There are no holidays in the sense that we don't ever have a three month summer break. As we are part time already, we get a break from lectures of about 2 or 3 weeks at Christmas and maybe the same at Easter, with a week break from lectures after exams and other odd weeks off between modules beginning and ending.

We are expected to only go on holiday in weeks where we don't have lectures scheduled.

I would perhaps ask your course provider for their policy as obviously it varies from place to place. Or, try and find someone who is on the same course but a year or two ahead so you can ask them how the university does things in practice.

As for work life balance, I wouldn't worry. I can't say I balance a young family with my apprenticeship and studies, but it's not unheard of for people to do what you do and thrive.
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