BPTC fees rise as Inns of Court estimate students waste £5m on the course every year

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) fees have risen by 9 per cent in three years nationwide, while fees in the capital have been hiked by 12 per cent in the same period.

The average course fee now stands at £15,245, up from £14,003 in 2012/13.

In London, the average price for 2015/16 is £18,177, up from £16,245 in 2012/13. Fees rose by 2 per cent this year, from £18,175 to £18,500.

The capital’s bar students saw the number of providers drop last year, as Kaplan Law School decided to close its course, saying that it was not economically viable for it to continue.

This year, the highest price rises have come from the University of Law, which raised the price of its BPTC in Birmingham by 8 per cent from £13,450 to £14,500. The institution increased its London fee by just 2 per cent, from £18,175 to £18,500.

It also began offering the BPTC in Leeds and Manchester, setting the price at £14,500 to match its Birmingham offer.

Rival educator BPP also increased its BPTC locations this year, starting a Birmingham course, which it priced at £15,240, making the course 5 per cent more expensive than ULaw fees.

The University of the West of England had the second largest fee increase, hiking its fees by 6 per cent, from £12,965 to £13,695.

The Inns of Court say that they estimate around £5m in BPTC fees is collectively spent each year by students who fail to pass the course.

BPTC fee rises since 2012/13

 
Institution 2012/13 2013/14 Percentage change 2014/15 Percentage change 2015/16 Percentage change
Bristol Institute of Legal Practice at UWE  £12,500 £12,965 4% £12,965 0% £13,695 6%
BPP Birmingham Not offered Not offered n/a Not offered n/a £15,240 n/a
BPP, Leeds £13,885 £13,905 0% £14,740 6% £15,240 3%
BPP, London £16,540 £17,350 5% £17,925 3% £18,530 4%
BPP, Manchester Not offered £13,905 n/a £14,740 6% £15,240 3.5%
Cardiff Law School £12,180 £12,500 3% £12,575 0% £12,895 3%
City Law School £16,500 £16,500 0% £17,000 3% £17,500 3%
Manchester Metropolitan University £12,195 £13,255 8.5% £13,725 4% £14,040 2%
Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent) £11,850 £13,000 10% £13,400 3% £13,800 3%
University of Law, Birmingham £12,435 £12,755 2.5% £13,450 5.5% £14,500 8%
University of Law, Leeds Not offered Not offered n/a Not offered n/a £14,500 n/a
University of Law, Manchester Not offered Not offered n/a Not offered n/a £14,500 n/a
University of Law, London  £16,140 £17,350 7.50% £18,175 5% £18,500 2%
Nationwide average  £14,003 £14,621 4.50% £15,095 3% £15,245 1%

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