BPP Law School is set to open a branch in Manchester, placing it in direct competition with rival the College of Law.
The school is investing 3m in premises on Oxford Road, Manchesters student heartland and is due to open in September 2005. In the first year it hopes to take 150 LPC students and 120 for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), but is planning a future capacity of 600. The launch will come a year after it opens the doors to its branches in Leeds and Waterloo, London.
BPP chief executive Peter Crisp said: The success of Leeds has convinced us that Manchester is going to work.
The new Manchester base threatens the College of Laws dominance in the North West. The colleges Chester branch takes 750 students on its LPC and GDL courses.
College of Law chief executive Nigel Savage was unmoved by BPPs advance. If its on Oxford Road its Manchester [Metropolitan University] that should be worried; it could put them out of business.
Manchester Metropolitan was unavailable for comment.