LPC fee round-up: Westminster hikes fees by 11 per cent, ULaw cuts price in Manchester

The average price of a London-based Legal Practice Course now stands at £12,608, with only two universities offering an LPC for under £10,000 in the capital.

London Metropolitan University has hiked its prices by 6% for 2014/15 – from £8,370 to £8,900 – but is the cheapest option in London. The next cheapest is offered by the University of West London, at £9,470.

The biggest price rise in the UK has been made by Westminster University, which this year chose to up its fees by 11%, from £10,360 to £11,500.

A spokesperson commented: “There has been a marginal fees increase to reflect the recent investment we have made in Westminster Law School to enhance the student experience, but we remain the top choice for best-value postgraduate legal training in London.

“Half of our students on postgraduate courses choose to return to the University of Westminster for their further legal studies and therefore benefit from a 15% alumni discount. All our students have access to a 24-hour library, state of the art facilities in the heart of the West End and a dynamic learning environment.”

Other providers in the capital include Kaplan Law School, which charges £13,630 for its LPC, and City University, which has frozen its prices at £12,500 for the second year running.

BPP represents the second-most expensive option for London students, charging £14,370 while the University of Law (ULaw) raised its fees by 6%, to £14,750.

In Bristol, the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice – part of the University of the West of England – froze its fees at £10,180. BPP and ULaw raised their prices to £11,280 and £11,500 respectively, up by 3% and 2% respectively.

Manchester Metropolitan hiked fees by 5% to £9,500 while the Manchester centres of BPP and ULaw respectively charge £10,560 and £10,950, an increase of 3% and a decrease of 2.6%.

At its new Leeds site, relocated from York, ULaw raised prices by 0.9%, to £10,950. Leeds Metropolitan froze its prices at £7,500, having slashed them last year. BPP Leeds added 3% to its fees, which now stand at at £10,560.

At BPP’s Cambridge centre prices rose by 3% to £11,280 while University of Law in Guildford implemented only a minimal fee rise of 1.5%, with its LPC now costing £11,800.

The national average of the major providers now stands at £11,093, up by 2.6% from £10,808.

 
Institution 2012/13 fees 2013/14 fees Last year’s % change  2014/15 fees This year’s % change
Bristol Institute of Legal Practice at UWE £9,780 £10,180 4% £10,180 0%
BPP London £13,556 £13,956 3% £14,370 3%
BPP Birmingham £10,666 £10,956 3% £11,280 3%
BPP Bristol  £10,666 £10,956 3% £11,280 3%
BPP Cambridge £10,666 £10,956 3% £11,280 3%
BPP Leeds £9,036 £10,256 13.5% £10,560 3%
BPP Liverpool £9,036 £10,256 13.5% £10,560 3%
BPP Manchester £9,036 £10,256 13.5% £10,560 3%
Cardiff Law School £10,250 £10,545 3% £10,845 2.8%
City Law School £12,500 £12,500 0% £12,500 0%
Kaplan Law School £12,850 £13,150 2% £13,630 3.6%
Leeds Metropolitan University £9,000 £7,500 -16.6% £7,500 0%
London Metropolitan University £8,600 £8,370 -2.6% £8,900 6%
Manchester Metropolitan University £8,800 £9,065 3% £9,500 5%
Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent) £10,100 £11,000 9% £11,400 3.6%
Sheffield University £9,600 £9,950 3.6% £10,350 4%
University of Law London £13,180 £13,905 5.5% £14,750 6%
University of Law Birmingham £10,880 £11,260 3.5% £11,500 2%
University of Law Bristol £10,880 £11,260 3.5% £11,500 2%
University of Law Chester £10,480 £10,845 3.5% £10,950 0.9%
University of Law Guildford £11,230 £11,625 3.5% £11,800 1.5%
University of Law Manchester £10,880 £11,260 3.5% £10,950 -2.7%
University of Law York/Leeds £10,480 £10,845 3.5% £10,950 0.9%
Westminster University £9,950 £10,360 4% £11,500 11%