The Legal Cheek View
Arriving at Bristol’s historic Temple Meads train station, which is a ten-minute walk from BPP, you’ll get your first dose of the city’s stunning architecture. Impressive buildings, such as the gothic Bristol Cathedral, Wills Memorial and the 105ft Cabot Tower are the focal points of the city. Most roads have dedicated bike lanes, which makes Bristol “a cyclist’s dream”.
BPP’s Bristol campus is no Bristol Cathedral. It’s not the prettiest, but it is near the waterfront, and surrounded by impressive Georgian houses. It’s just off the Queen Square, a grassy area that “becomes a haven to ice cream vans and dozens of sun worshippers” across the summer months. GDL students also appreciate that it’s “only five minutes away from the next Wetherspoon’s”.
In terms of teaching, in common with many GDL courses seminars are delivered on site but lectures are online. You’ll be learning online from pre-recorded lectures that have been uploaded to the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Most students only have to be on site two days a week to attend their tutorials. The tutorial classes “tend to be small”, so it’s “difficult to hide away”. But the upside is that GDL students get “a lot of individual attention” and it’s “easy to get to know everyone”. There’s a real sense of community due to the small cohort, but to get the most out of it make sure you go to your tutorials.