Rise in popularity of the CILEx Route to Qualification experienced by Cardiff and Vale College
Evidence of increasing popularity of becoming a Chartered Legal Executive can be seen in the significant increase in demand for CILEx courses in Cardiff.
The number of CILEx student enrolled at Cardiff and Vale College has more than doubled since 2012, with many more studying by distance learning with Cardiff College Online, the college’s distance learning website for CILEx courses.
Not only have more students started at level 3, but the course is attracting more law graduates as well. Another trend noted by the college is that a greater proportion than ever are progressing and therefore returning to complete their studies with the college. In recent years results have been far above national comparators.
The rise is also attributable to Cardiff and Vale College’s location. The courses have benefitted from being accessible to a large number of CILEx members working in and around Cardiff, but also from the fact that Cardiff Central Station very close to the college, which has assisted a growing number of students travelling from Bristol and Swansea. Laura Brackenbury studied at Cardiff and Vale College whilst living and working in Bristol:
“After deciding to change career and move into law, CILEx seemed the obvious route; affordable, manageable and flexible studying, which made my decision easy. There were no study centres available in Bristol that offered the modules that I wanted to do. I don't mind the travelling because the quality of teaching and support I have experienced at CAVC has proved it was well worth it.”
Head of Business, Finance and IT at Cardiff and Vale College, Debbie Jones, said:
“I am delighted that our CILEx courses are becoming even more popular. CILEx is a course of study that is open to everyone determined to achieve a career in Law. We are fortunate to have very talented tutors delivering on the CILEx courses, who are determined in producing excellent outcomes.”
These CILEx courses have now moved to newly purpose built campus part funded by the Welsh Government, offering new facilities to students including air conditioned classrooms, a rooftop restaurant, a gym and even a spa.
Victoria Hurdley, Director of Development for CILEx said: “I am delighted that Cardiff and Vale College’s CILEx courses are going from strength to strength. This demonstrates that CILEx’s flexible, earn-as-you-learn route to qualifying as a lawyer is growing in popularity with both employers and students.”
Victoria continued: “We look forward to working with the college, developing future CILEx lawyers in Wales, for many years to come as they contribute to the development of a diverse legal profession.”