BPP cancels part-time GDL in Birmingham and Bristol

BPP Law School’s rapid growth plans have hit another stumbling block after it was forced to pull the plug on the part-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course in both Birmingham and Bristol due to poor student demand.

The move comes just days before students were due start to the law conversion course. It is understood that BPP wrote to students earlier this month (September) informing them of its decision and offering the option to study the course at the law school’s Waterloo campus.

The letter, a copy of which has been seen by Lawyer2B.com, said: “We have reviewed our student figures for this location and they were lower than expected. Our programmes always run subject to minimum student numbers and we enforce this to maintain our high standards and the quality of the student experience. The decision has been made that this programme will no longer run.”

Earlier this year BPP decided to cancel its Legal Practice Course in Newcastle after only securing six students (Lawyer2B.com, 20 June 2011).

In a statement the BPP said: “More students opted for the full-time GDL than the part-time this year and as a result it was decided that the part-time programme would not be viable to run, in the interest of the students.”

Despite struggling to attract sufficient students onto its courses BPP is continuing with its expansionist strategy by extending the GDL in Dublin by giving distance learning students additional face-to-face lessons.