Rise in popularity of CILEx courses leads to a wider range of courses

25 February 2016

Rise in popularity of CAVC CILEx courses leads to a wider range of study options

The number of enrolments on CILEx courses has increased from 162 in 2012 to 368 this year. The rise in popularity has enabled the College to provide more classes and subject options for people considering a legal career, with more specialist tutors joining CAVC.

CILEx Co-ordinator Max Weedon said:

“This year there were 20 Law, Legal Practice and Professional Skills options available for CILEx students to choose from, whereas in 2011/12 there were 14. The growth of courses has enabled the College to broaden its provision and benefit from the expertise of specialist tutors, offering more choice and opportunities for students.”

This year’s intake of new tutors includes 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 courses have also benefited from the new addition of new Commercial Conveyancing specialist Gareth Wedge, who is currently course leader for Commercial and Residential Leasehold Conveyancing. This is one example of a new subject that CAVC has been able to offer students for the first time.

NewLaw’s Head of Motor Prosecutions Darren Hackley-Green is now delivering courses in Professional Skills and Christopher Morgan, a solicitor from the same firm, has joined to teach Civil Litigation.

Not only are the courses attracting more applicants, but the rate of progression from Level 3 to Level 6 has also increased. Results are far above national comparators.

The College’s new City Centre Campus with its key location has also proved a boon in attracting students. The courses now benefit from being accessible to large numbers of CILEx students in and around Cardiff, and further afield. Its proximity to Cardiff Central Station has enabled more and more students to come to the College from Swansea and Bristol.

Laura Brackenbury studies at CAVC while living and working in Bristol:

“After deciding to change career and move into law, CILEx seemed the obvious option. It’s affordable, and the manageable and flexible nature of the study made my decision easy.  There were no study centres around 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.”

CILEx courses are now offered at the new City Centre Campus which also offers facilities to students including air conditioned classrooms, a rooftop restaurant, a gym and spa.

Many students also take advantage of studying by distance learning with Cardiff College online, the College’s distance learning website for CILEx courses.


To enquire about CILEx courses at CAVC please contact:

Max Weedon
CILEx Courses Coordinator/Lecturer
02920 250418