CoL launches online GDL

The College of Law (CoL) has fired another shot in the battle to become the UK’s top legal education provider by launching a new fast-track part-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

The school has launched an online part-time GDL, which has a January start date and allows students to complete the course in 18 months rather than the usual two years.

CoL’s director of vocational programmes Scott Slorach said: “We anticipate most students choosing this mode will have work or family commitments. It gives them a better work/life/study balance by allowing them to choose their own study times and also reduces the travel and accommodation costs that students undertaking the traditional part-time courses may have to meet.”

The course combines e-learning techniques with one-to-one tutor supervision via email. But although the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has set out guidelines that say students still need to attend some face-to-face sessions, the majority of the course is run online.

The news comes after CoL introduced a new online version of its LPC earlier this month, called the ‘Supervised Mode’ (S-Mode).

Under the S-Mode most of the learning is achieved through i-tutorials and online demonstrations, while the supervision itself is delivered on a personal basis by emails to and from tutors.

BPP Law School will be watching the move closely as it too announced earlier this month that it would be offering a GDL that can be studied from January.

BPP has also been approved by the SRA to introduce a new online LPC from September 2010.