Manchester Met sees distance learning double

On the back of degree funding difficulties, Manchester Metropolitan University has seen the number of distance learning LLB students double in the past year.

The financial strains many law students encounter are a key reason for the doubling of student numbers on the distance learning LLB in Legal Practice from Manchester Metropolitan University and ILEX Tutorial College (ITC), managing director of ITC Noel Inge claims.

He says: “Law students are increasingly aware of the cost of higher education and the need for their degree to maximise their chances of employment.

“This degree course allows them to study from home, saving on the cost of accommodation, whilst also delivering practical legal training. Delivery by distance learning over four years also means that students can seek employment in the legal environment alongside their studies.”

Student numbers jumped from 16 in 2011 to 34 to 2012. Inge added: “While the enrolment figures are still small, the fact we have seen them double in such a short time shows a genuine shift in the way that discerning law students are gaining their qualifications.”

This follows the news that BPP Law School and the College of Law have seen a surge in demand for fast-track degrees (17 August)