Taught course

Barrister Training Course (BTC)

BPP University · BPP University Law School

Entry requirements

  • Qualifying law degree or non-law degree plus CPE/GDL (minimum 2:1 or 2:2 with extenuating circumstances)
  • Submission of satisfactory video evidence
  • Fluency in English
  • Membership of an Inn of Court
  • A pass in the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)
  • Receipt of a satisfactory reference

If you do not think you meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications, strong references or relevant work experience, please contact us and we can review your options.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our Barrister Training Course replaces the BPTC that future barristers would previously need to study. Taught by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience, our new BTC is highly practical, simulating working life in chambers. From day one, you’ll learn to think and act like a barrister.

You will apply your knowledge to realistic legal scenarios of the type you are likely to encounter within pupillage. By developing your advocacy skills throughout, you will focus on learning by doing, so you emerge confident and polished before you step into a courtroom. The Bar is a fiercely competitive profession. That’s why our training is designed to help you gain the extensive knowledge and polished advocacy skills you need to secure pupillage and start your career as a barrister.

On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to be called to the Bar of England and Wales (subject to meeting the qualifying session requirements of your Inn of Court).

Information for international students

We welcome students from around the world to undertake their legal training with us. Both our Barrister Training Course (BTC) and LLM Legal Practice (Bar) qualify for a Tier 4 visa. Find out more.

Fees and funding


We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to high achievers and to those who might not have the finances to go to university, but have the ability, commitment and dedication. Find out more.

Additional funding options

We offer a range of funding options and loans to help you finance your studies. Explore here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • BPTC
    part time
    23+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    8.5 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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