BPP University, Birmingham (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

They say Birmingham’s student life is as good as London’s, just without the capital’s hefty price tags. With BPP’s campus located in the heart of the city, you’ll be able to surf its social waves too.

In terms of the teaching, students highlight as a plus “smaller classes” which means more face time with tutors. Feedback is “frequent” but “often lacking in how to improve and achieve the next best grade”. So you might have to ask for something more constructive. Bonus points awarded to the fact that you’ll have online access to the lectures from BPP’s London campus.

Perhaps BPP’s biggest strength is its links with the legal profession. It boasts exclusive training deals with nearly 40 leading law firms, and students who commence the GDL at BPP without a training contract in place often come here because they hope not just to pass the course but to use its careers service to get a foot in the door. In this respect, it helps that the Birmingham location boasts a heavy concentration of law firms: DLA Piper, Eversheds Sutherland and Pinsent Masons all have offices nearby. If you’re thinking of securing a training contract at a top law firm, you don’t have to go to London to find one.

Continue reading

For retail therapy to cope with the GDL exam and deadline stress, Birmingham is home to the UK’s largest shopping centre, the Bull Ring. But since the GDL itself is, according to one student, a “crazy expensive one-year course considering the price of a masters degree”, you may not have spare cash to spend in it (note, however, that BPP’s Birmingham-based GDL costs 20% less than the London one).

If books are your escape, you might want to consider that Europe’s largest public library is also in the city and houses “one of the most impressive Shakespeare collections in the world”. To Birmingham, or not to Birmingham: that is the question.

Closer to the city centre than the University of Birmingham, the BBP campus is in the thick of student life. There’s annual jazz, film, poetry and literature festivals for culture addicts to go to. Wrapped in gold aluminium circles, the new high-tech library is architecturally impressive and worth a few visits. The Custard Factory by the River Rea is known as Brum’s creative quarter. And if you get bored of the city centre, the suburbs are packed with pubs and Victorian gems just a bus ride away.

Scholarships

Vice Chancellor's Scholarship

Scholarship value £8,840

International Bursary - Postgraduate

Scholarship value £1,000

Cohen Excellence Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000

Career Guarantee Scholarship

Scholarship value £2,500

Law School Dean's Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000

Key Info

Full time fees £8,840
Part time fees £4,420
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places Undisclosed
Part time places Undisclosed

BPP offers a total of 2,280 GDL places, full and part-time, across its centres nationally; part-time fees are per year.

The Law School In Its Own Words