Kaplan Law School shuts down BPTC, refers students to University of Law

Kaplan Law School has cancelled its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), saying that the economics of the course forced its decision.

Kaplan, the third biggest private provider of the BPTC in London, has struck a deal with the University of Law (ULaw), referring students that were due to start at Kaplan in September 2014 to ULaw’s Bloomsbury centre.

Students who choose to attend ULaw – at which fees are £18,175 compared to Kaplan’s £17,350 – will receive a £1,500 discount, making their fees £16,675.

Kaplan’s BPTC course leader Lynda Gibbs is also transferring to ULaw as its BPTC design director to help ensure continuity for students.

Alternatively, students can choose to study the BPTC at Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). It was Nottingham’s course which Kaplan taught at its London base. Curent fees at NTU stand at £13,000.

For students who do not want to attend either institution, Kaplan has worked with the Bar Standards Board to allow them to nominate three alternative providers.  

A statement from the law school said: “Kaplan has taken the difficult decision to discontinue the BPTC programme at Kaplan Law School, effective from September 2014. 

“For current BPTC students, Kaplan will provide the same high quality tuition and access to its renowned careers service as students have come to expect from Kaplan Law School. All assessments will take place as scheduled and resits will be run as expected.  

“We are proud of the school’s high quality of provision and it is with regret that the economics of the course have forced this decision.”

Kaplan froze its BPTC fees this year, while the London bases of BPP and ULaw hiked fees by 6 per cent and 5 per cent respectively (26 March 2014).

A number of smaller providers, including Oxford Brookes (8 Mar 2013), Plymouth (27 Feb 2014) and Anglia Ruskin (10 Apr 2014), have closed or suspended their LPC course recently, but Kaplan is the first law school to end its BPTC.