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Barrister Training Course (BTC)

BPP University · BPP University

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Entry requirements

  • Qualifying law degree or non-law degree plus CPE/GDL (minimum 2:1)
  • Membership of an Inn of Court
  • A pass in the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)
  • Fluency in English

Months of entry


Course content

The Barrister Training Course (BTC) is our new professional training course for aspiring barristers. Developed in close collaboration with chambers and taught by experienced practitioners, our innovative approach provides the essential legal knowledge and advocacy skills you will need to succeed in practice.

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’ll emerge confident and polished before you step into a courtroom.

BPP graduates have secured more pupillages in barristers’ chambers than those of any other provider.*

*BPTC graduates commencing pupillage between 2013-2017, aggregated. Source: BPTC Key Statistics, Bar Standards Board, 2019.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language and you do not hold an honours degree that was delivered in English, you will be required to provide certified proof of ability in written and spoken English to at least IELTS 6.5 (overall) or equivalent with a minimum of 6.0 in each module.

For more information, visit our website.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate funding – you can choose to graduate with an LLM Legal Practice (Bar Route), by completing an additional professional research project. This qualifies for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906.

Law scholarships – we support the brightest future legal talent, from all backgrounds

Future Finance – you can borrow between £2,500 and £40,000 to pay tuition fees and living expenses for higher education in the UK*

For more information, please visit bpp.com/study/funding

*Please note that we act as a credit broker to Future Finance and are not responsible for providing the loan or assessing your eligibility for a loan. Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    16 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Qualification achieved: Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Bar) awarded by BPP University.

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