Do you have any questions relating to the HE Certificates?

I already have a law/accountancy degree, why should I do this course?

Many professionals which are recently-graduated or newly-arrived from other jurisdictions find they need to spend time familiarizing themselves with the Gibraltar systems. This is often done in an ad-hoc manner during their first year(s) of practice, which is further complicated by varying levels of support and expertise. The University of Gibraltar Certificates are recognised by the Gibraltar Society of Accountants (Gibraltar Tax) and the Gibraltar Bar Council (Gibraltar Law) and as such will provide a standardised knowledge base from which professionals are able to practise quickly and efficiently. It is important to note with regard to the Certificate in Gibraltar Law that this will become a statutory requirement in order to practice law in Gibraltar as from the 1st July 2015. Although this is not the case for Gibraltar Tax, having this qualification will certainly be viewed favourably by practising financial firms on the Rock.

What about the quality of the lecturers?

The lecturers for these HE Certificates are drawn from the Legal and Tax elite of the Rock. Each are specialists in their own right, many of them internationally-recognised.

Are the courses full-time or part-time?

These courses are offered on a part-time basis.

What qualifications are required to take this course?

There are no required qualifications, but this course is designed for students who already have at least a working knowledge of either legal or taxation systems, and a good deal of prior knowledge is assumed.

How many students make up a class?

We envisage that classes will be no larger than 20-25 students, possibly even smaller.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

You will need to contact the organizers of the particular scholarship scheme you are interested in to establish this.

What is the structure of the courses?

The course will take place over an academic year, with a total of 24 taught 2-hour lectures. These will take place between September and March. There will be opportunities for revision during April and examinations will take place in May.

Do you assess the examinations?

Yes, the setting and assessment of the examinations will be done by the University of Gibraltar. It is important to note that the Certificate awarded will be from the University of Gibraltar.

Is attendance to lectures compulsory?

No, but students will have to make up lost ground on their own. Attending lectures consistently and on time is part of your responsibility. The University tutors will be available at specific times to cover specific aspects of the course and unless students can provide evidence of extenuating circumstances or illness (doctor’s certificate), missed lectures or tutorials cannot be provided again. Failing the final examination will mean that the HE Certificate cannot be awarded.

Can I just attend certain lectures and not do the examination?

Yes you can. You would still need to register and pay the course and registration fees, but would not pay for the Examination fees. You can be provided, if required, with certificates of attendance.

Do you have a question we haven’t answered?

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