BPP cancels LPC in Newcastle as students stay away

BPP Law School has been forced to abandon plans to launch the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at its brand new Newcastle branch following a disappointing take-up from students.

The Newcastle campus was validated to accommodate between 40 to 60 LPC students but only six have so far accepted places.

BPP dean Peter Crisp said in a statement: “We have decided not to run the LPC from our Newcastle centre for the next academic year [2011/2012]. The number of students studying the LPC in Newcastle has dropped by around 50 per cent this year and we have taken the view that given the anticipated small numbers, the programme would not be viable.”

“We remain committed to Newcastle as a key centre for BPP University College and our business programmes will continue to run as usual next year,” added Crisp.

According to the Central Applications Board the LPC market has contracted by 20 per cent nationally. The number of students enrolling on the full-time LPC dropped by 20 per cent from 7,631 to 6,067 (read more).

BPP said it has contacted the six students who had accepted places on the LPC, starting in September, and given them all the option to transfer to a different branch or to an alternative course provider.

In addition to Newcastle, BPP was also planning to run the LPC from its new branches in Cambridge and Liverpool, which the course provider claims it will be going ahead with.

BPP’s rapid expansion plans, however, have angered the Junior Lawyers Division as it comes at a time of ongoing concerns about the oversupply of law students (read more).