The law division of BPP saw its turnover surge by more than a quarter in the first half of 2004, driven by a significant increase in the number of students on its part-time courses.

Turnover for the six months to 30 June was £10.1 million, up 28% from £7.9 million for the corresponding period in 2003. The figures do not include fees received for its new law school in Leeds, which opened this month. BPP runs the most expensive legal practice course.

Peter Crisp, chief executive of BPP's law division, said the flexibility of studying part-time appealed to many students, in part because of increasing student debt.

'Most of our students will be paying to do the course themselves - they are able to pay by instalments and keep their full-time jobs, he said. BPP has already announced that it will open in Manchester next year.