Holborn Law College, as it had been initially known, was established in 1969 to prepare bright young lawyers from overseas for the University of London International Programme – and then Wolverhampton University External – LLB exams and received the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1982 for its role in international education.
For a short time at 200 Greyhound Road in Fulham, it offered part-time courses for England & Wales Solicitors’ Finals as well as certificated courses in individual degree-level law subjects.
The best-known course at that address though, and with the largest proportion nationwide of successful students, had been the old-style English Bar Examination (also known as Bar Finals) for British Commonwealth and US exemptions-seeking Bar students (approx. 70% of the intake) as well as for UK Intending Non-Practitioners (approx. 30% of the cohort) until the exam was phased right out in 2000. The loss of the well-subscribed part- and full-time courses deprived the college of a vital source of revenue.
Unfortunately, the College thereafter received no Bar Council validation to run the new, unified Practitioners’ Bar Vocational Course (BVC) requiring inhouse audio-recording studio-facilities for practical Advocacy, Conference & Negotiation skills.
The school then moved to a site between Woolwich and Greenwich in South-East London.
In 2005 the college became part of Kaplan Inc., one of the largest international private education providers. Kaplan every year provides education and training to a million students across 30 countries. In March 2013, the college rebranded from “Holborn College” to “Kaplan Holborn College”.
Kaplan Holborn College used to specialise in law and business, offering foundation, undergraduate, top-up and postgraduate courses in association with leading UK universities such as Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of the West of England.
The College had a diverse mix of students from the UK, EU and the rest of the world.
Kaplan Holborn College had recently received a commendable outcome from the QAA (June 2013).
Kaplan Holborn College closed once and for all in September 2015. It has stopped taking new applications.