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15 February 2017

Number of students studying CILEx at Cardiff and Vale College triples in five years

At the end of the Spring term enrolment, it was revealed that the numbers enrolling for training to become Chartered Legal Executives at Cardiff and Vale College has more than tripled over the last five years.  While the total CILEx enrolments (taking distance learning and face to face courses together) was around 200 in 2011/12, the total number of CILEx enrolments at Cardiff and Vale College this year was 627.

The rise in popularity of Cardiff and Vale College’s CILEx courses over the last five years has led to more demand for specialist tutors, and consequently the opportunities for students to study different subject options with these specialists has increased.

The largest increase is in the number of students progressing and returning to complete subsequent units, further to CAVC CILEx students achieving extremely strong results relative to national comparators in 2016.  However, the number of new starters at Level 3 has also more than doubled relative to five years ago.

“The growth of the courses has enabled the college to broaden its provision and benefit from the expertise of specialist tutors, offering more choice and opportunities for students,” CILEx courses Coordinator Max Weedon said.

There are now 17 tutors teaching CILEx courses at Cardiff and Vale College, contributing their individual experience and subject expertise.  This year new to the team were solicitors Jonathan Marsh, Fiona Hughes and Emily Lee, specialists in Employment Practice, Probate and Civil Litigation respectively.  Jonathan is also a tutor on Cardiff University’s LPC programme.

CILEx members working in and around Cardiff have benefitted from the growth in study options and new facilities.  Cardiff and Vale College’s new purpose built campus was part funded by the Welsh Government, offering new facilities to students including air conditioned classrooms, a library which includes access to the latest recommended textbooks during the day and the evenings, a rooftop restaurant, a gym and even a spa.

The rise in enrolments is also attributable to the fact that Cardiff Central Station very close to the college, which has assisted a growing number of students travelling from Bristol and Swansea.  Sharon Gilfillian made a 45 minute journey each week to the college:

“Cardiff and Vale College is one of the three CILEX Study Centres which I attended over the past couple of years in order to complete my Level 6 Diploma, having commuted from Bristol to Cardiff by train on a 45 minute journey, one day a week.

"I found that my lecturers were very supportive and that their main objective was for their students to succeed. I was particularly impressed by the way the CILEX courses were organised from the start and delivered professionally to a high academic standard. 

"As a student I felt valued and privileged to be studying at Cardiff and Vale College and I would like to emphasise that Cardiff and Vale College has been the best of the three CILEX course providers that I have studied with by far.”

Many students choose to study some units in evening classes and others by distance learning with Cardiff College Online.  This often provides students the ability to attend college for revision sessions and face to face training on pre-release case studies.  Last year this extra support made a difference to many students, including Danielle Scarvaglieri:

“I initially opted for distance learning for my final CILEx module. Whilst the support I received from my tutor online was very helpful, I missed the interaction of a classroom environment and struggled to pass the module. I then joined the in-college course at Cardiff and Vale College. I really feel that joining the class helped me pass my exam.

"I'm extremely grateful to the College for the opportunity. I'm now happily waiting to start my final year of qualifying work so as to qualify as a CILEx Fellow!”

On 9 February 2017 Cardiff and Vale College and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives hosted a Work Based Learning Seminar to assist those in completing their fellowship applications.  The event became booked out in less than a week this year and was very well attended.  It provided an excellent opportunity for members’ Work Based Learning questions to be answered, providing clarity on WBL requirements for a large number of attendees.

This was the third year this WBL event has been offered, since Cardiff and Vale College and CILEx worked closely to provide a Work Based Learning seminar as a free event to support local CILEx members in 2014.  In the last three years, this initiative has been followed by other organisations, and CILEx have now launched a video WBL seminar to support members nationally.

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