If you’ve always romanticised about cycling to law school down cobbled streets alongside quaint bakeries and picturesque buildings, then studying the GDL at BPP’s Cambridge campus could be the ticket. But ultimately for most students this course is about getting the necessary legal knowledge to land a training contract, and despite the lovely backdrop BPP Cambridge is no different to other GDLs in that respect.
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 quality of teaching ranges from “generally good” to “all excellent” across BPP Cambridge student opinion. The course materials, which are sent directly to each student, include a thick textbook, a bundle of study notes, and a casebook for each of the seven core topics. In addition, there are plenty of “good online materials” including recorded lectures, second-chance tutorials if you couldn’t make it to the live ones, and quizzes to consolidate your learning each week.
The study package comes with the high tuition fee: £8k at Cambridge (though it’s £2,080 cheaper than the London campus). But as one of the smaller BPP centres, the Cambridge campus has a “friendly and welcoming atmosphere” with “helpful staff”. There’s also a student common room with “plenty of comfy sofas to relax and have a chat” with “free tea or coffee”, which is a rare perk. And “of course there is the punting, which we did for the afternoon to celebrate the end of our GDL exams in June”.
In terms of links with the profession, BPP has a training deal with Mills & Reeve, which is big in the city, alongside Taylor Wessing, which also has a Cambridge base. For those seeking training contracts in London, the capital is a 45 minute train journey away, which gives BPP Cambridge GDLers access to its careers events at its much bigger Holborn campus.