The Legal Cheek View
The cheapest BPTC on the market costs a full £6,000 less than the London providers of the course. Factor in the distinctly reasonable cost of living in the North East and you have a year of barrister training that, relatively speaking, begins to look like a good deal.
“Were it not for their ‘lower’ price and being awarded a ‘Deans Award’ £2000 reduction from my bill, I would not have been able to pursue a career at the bar,” one recent Northumbria BPTC graduate tells us.
Satisfaction levels are generally pretty high, with the advocacy training described as “excellent” and the wider teaching delivered “predominantly by practitioners who are extremely good at what they do”. There were a few complaints, though, about the learning process being slowed down by “international students who couldn’t speak good enough English”. The study space, which is shared with LPC and business students, also elicits some criticism. “Competition for computers, or workspace generally, was fierce,” reports one BPTCer. “Even when you did find a computer, 15% were usually down for maintenance at any one time. I often completed my work at home instead.”