CILEx applications and progressions at CAVC grow year on year

23 August 2016

CILEx applications and progressions at Cardiff and Vale College grow year on year

Evidence of the increasing popularity of becoming a Chartered Legal Executive can be seen in the continued increase in demand for CILEx courses in Cardiff.

In the 2012/13 academic year there were 162 enrolments on CILEx courses at Cardiff and Vale College.  This increased dramatically over three years to 363 enrolments in 2015/16.  With a month still to go, there are already more applicants booked in to enrol for 2016/17 than last year.

CILEx courses Coordinator Max Weedon said. “The statistics are the result of the hard work and commitment of a number of people, especially the tutors and, following their example, CILEx students.  They have all worked hard to build something remarkable.”

The number of returning students in 2016/17 has increased by 24% on the previous year and there are now close to 4 times as many CILEx students progressing to complete their qualifications than 5 years ago.  This is attributable to a number of factors, primarily the excellent results achieved by students in recent years.  Pass rates and most notably the number of students achieving distinctions have been significantly greater than the national average.

The increased demand has led a wider range of subject options for students.  There are now 15 CILEx tutors at Cardiff and Vale College, providing a wider range of specialist knowledge and experience than ever.  There are qualified teachers, tutors also delivering the LPC and specialist practitioners, including Frances Edwards, who served as President of CILEx in 2014/15.  Frances said:

“I have often thought about teaching CILEx courses so I was delighted to have the opportunity to teach Level 3 Family Law and Practice at Cardiff and Vale College, what better way to encourage and motivate students to continue with their CILEx studies and, hopefully, become well-qualified CILEx lawyers.

“The students in my class are keen and enthusiastic and I hope that we motivate each other. The fact that this is a new College campus with great facilities is an added bonus.”

The new facilities and location are another factor in the growth of CILEx at Cardiff and Vale College.  These CILEx courses use professional training rooms in a purpose built campus part funded by the Welsh Government, including air conditioned classrooms, a rooftop restaurant, a gym and even a spa.  A library is available in the day and evenings which includes the latest textbooks and materials for CILEx courses. 

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 for Clarke Willmott Solicitors in Bristol. She said:

“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.”

Also travelling from Bristol was Rashna Vaswani, who works for DAC Beachcroft:

"Studying a part time course whilst working full time is in itself a challenge, however doing a course one hour train ride away from your home is even tougher. The latter ceases to matter when your centre delivers and exceeds your expectations.

“I am very grateful for the consistent support received from all the lecturers at the college and encourage other students to enrol because they will not be disappointed. Special thanks to Max, Kirsty and Darren, your hard work did not go unnoticed."

Libby Brimble from BDE Law near Newport said:

"Cardiff and Vale College was a great centre to study CILEx. I studied the Graduate Fast Track Diploma. The course content was delivered through interactive lessons, the course was structured and exam focused and I felt supported throughout. The tutors were accessible and happy to provide feedback and advice. Studying CILEx at Cardiff and Vale college was a positive and enjoyable experience." 

Last year’s students also included Roxanne Manson, who works for the Welsh Refugee Council:

“I would not hesitate to recommend Cardiff and Vale College to anyone thinking of studying the CILEx fast track graduate diploma. The course is delivered to an exceptional standard by fantastic tutors who really spend a lot of time making sure all students complete the course to the best of their abilities.”

There are many more studying by distance learning with Cardiff College Online, the college’s distance learning website for CILEx courses.  Cardiff College Online benefits from the knowledge and experience of the college’s increasing teaching team.  The CILEx distance learning provision has seen a similar surge in demand in recent years.

Lynne Squires, Business Development Manager for CILEx added:

“I am delighted to see the continued success and growth Cardiff and Vale College’s CILEx provision.  We look forward to working with the College, its CILEx learners and organisations from across the legal sector as they continue to support our flexible pathways into the profession.  By working together we can help ensure the future growth, and continued development, of a diverse legal profession for Wales.”

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