Taught course

Bar Professional Training Course

Cardiff University · Cardiff Law School

Entry requirements

Students must meet the Bar Standards Board or Solicitors Regulation Authority standard conditions for entry. Please see website below for more details. Additional entry requirements: A commitment to the profession (e.g. via placements, mooting competitions, public speaking).

Months of entry


Course content

A skills-based intensive full-time 10-month course to prepare a prospective Barrister for pupillage.
Assessment: by examination, coursework and live skills assessment.
Special features of this course: A guaranteed period of two weeks' placements (offering mini-pupillage with a local Chambers or other placement with the employed Bar and a marshalling with a local Circuit Judge and District Judge); A high staff/student ratio ensures a high level of individual feedback and support on performance in the oral and written skills; A course strongly supported by the local employed Bar, the independent Bar and the Judiciary.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 6.5 in IELTS or 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), 90 (internet-based) in TOEFL or equivalent. See individual course entries for variations on the general entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Self or occasionally bursary or LEA; sometimes Inn or Chambers for the Bar Vocational Course.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Course contact details

BPTC Administrator
+44 (0)29 2087 4964