The Legal Cheek View
The “main thing” that attracts future BTCers to the University of the West of England (UWE) is price. At £15,500 it’s “amongst the cheapest of the providers” and “better value for money than most”, report recent graduates. If you feel the BTC is little more than the next stepping stone, you may as well “save your money and do it with nice people at low cost”, says a UWE aspiring barrister.
Despite being “cheap compared to others”, the BTC at UWE is “fit for purpose” reports a student insider. The lecturers are “knowledgeable”, “highly competent” and “for the most part approachable”. Students also appreciate the “good teaching support”, including “very helpful feedback” that’s given. Most tutors are practicing barristers.
You’ve still got to “work hard”, warns another BTCer. It’s a rigorous course, with some of the highest levels of contact time of any BTC, and puts a heavy focus on academics as well as bar practice. Most of it is taught through small group sessions, so while help is at hand, you’ll be more exposed in class and that means you’ve got to put the work in. A broad choice of electives will keep you going though. Aside from the usual modules such as criminal, commercial and family law, BTCers can also choose from international trade, refugee and asylum law as well as clinical negligence.