Bilp and CLT have formalised their existing relationship by creating an associate college, the National College of Legal Training (NCLT), to offer a cut-price, part-time LPC costing £5,900.
The part-time weekend study course, which costs almost 50 per cent less than the part-time LPCs available at the CoL and BPP, will be offered in conjunction with Southampton Solent University and the University of Westminster.
NCLT is also hoping to launch similar courses in Manchester and the Midlands. It is also planning to allow different entry points onto the course so that students are not restricted to the traditional September start date, as well as a fast-track mode lasting just 16 months instead of two years.
Bilp head Steve Dinning said: “We see our new course as plugging a gap in the market and addressing the SRA’s concerns about promoting access to the profession. We think it will provide quality professional legal education at affordable prices on a flexible basis.”
The entry of the CoL and BPP into the Bristol LPC market from next year has also forced Bilp to slash its fees on the full-time course. From 2010 Bilp will charge £7,860 for its full-time
LPC (TheLawyer.com, 16 November 2009).