Location: Cardiff (city centre)
Number of LPC places: 180 FT, 40 PT (2020/21)
Number of BTC places: 84 FT (2020/21)
LPC fees (2021/22): £14,700
BTC fees (2021/22): £17,450
SQE: Cardiff is waiting for the outcome of a consultative process around how the SRA will transition.
...on the teaching:
“You get a good level of contact from the teachers.”
“There's a lot of face-to-face teaching.”
“The teaching was good, but the compulsory modules were more tailored to high-street firms than commercial firms.”
"The teaching groups were small which made it more personal; the teachers were always there if you needed them."
...on the facilities:
"There weren't as many networking opportunities as other providers."
We think this is a good-value course, but as Welsh trainee salaries are among the lowest in the country, graduates looking to make top dollar may have to rejoin the City rat race. The BPTC is highly skills-based, exceeding the BSB minimum requirements for the amount of class contact time, particularly on advocacy. The course caters to students wishing to enter either commercial or high-street firms, although it is not tailored to City work. There's a good spread of electives in both commercial and private client subjects, and an extensive range of pro bono activities.