Taught course

Bar Professional Training Course

City, University of London · The City Law School

Entry requirements

The BPTC is a postgraduate course with basic entry requirements prescribed by the Bar Standards Board. Most applicants should have a UK honours degree in law, normally with a minimum standard upper Second Class. However, it is possible to apply with a degree in another subject and a further qualification in law, such as the Common Professional Examination, the Graduate Diploma in Law, or the Graduate Entry LLB. The Bar Standards Board can advise on non-standard qualifications. Additional requirements laid down by the professional regulator are: Lower second class honours degree, Online application for the BPTC by the first week in January 2015, Passing the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), Applying for membership of one of the four Inns of Court by 31st May 2015 Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT): The Bar Course Aptitude Test is intended to ensure that students on the BPTC have the required skills to succeed. It is therefore taken before the BPTC, and is a pre-condition to starting the BPTC. It is administered by the Bar Standards Board and must by passed to start the BPTC in September 2015. For further details and to sign-up for the BCAT, please visit the Bar Standards Board Bar Course Aptitude Test. English Language Requirements: One of the entry requirements for the BPTC is that students are fluent in English. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their oral and written English ability is equivalent to one of the following: IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the test Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014. Pearson Test of EnglishA minimum score of 73 in each part of the test Inn membership: Applicants to the BPTC must also apply for membership of one of the four Inns of Court by 31st May 2015. The Inns of Court have well-established scholarship schemes, with closing dates on the first Friday in November 2014.

Months of entry


Course content

Established worldwide reputation for excellence as the original provider of the bar course
Dedicated Pupillage Advisory Service with a proven track record in helping students obtain pupillage
Expert staff who are authors of leading practitioner and student texts, including the BPTC manuals used by most course providers
More than three times the amount of Advocacy teaching than is required by the BSB regulations
Largest selection of options of any provider, including three clinical Pro Bono based options
founding provider of the Bar Professional Training Course (formerly BVC) we give you the skills and knowledge that you need for life as a successful barrister and offer you the best possible chance of gaining pupillage.
Our course, designed and taught by qualified practitioners, teaches you how to think and act like a barrister from day one through realistic cases that replicate the demands and discipline of life in chambers. Advocacy is a vital skill for a barrister and we provide specialist training in a courtroom setting in groups of six and also one-to-one throughout the course.
Our renowned Pro Bono Programme gives you the opportunity to put your skills into practice by working with real-life clients. We have partnerships at local, national and international level including the: Free Representation Unit (FRU), London Innocence Project, and National Centre for Domestic Violence.
We have a strong history of our students successfully obtaining pupillage and we want you to be a part of it. As soon as you accept your place on the course you can access our dedicated Pupillage Advisory Service to receive one-to-one specialist careers guidance.

Fees and funding

Full-time EU: £17,500, Part-time EU: £8,750 per year, Full-time Non, EU: £17,500, Part-time Non EU: £8,750 per year
Please note that part-time fees are per year
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit city.financemyfuture.co.uk.
We offer more dedicated scholarships for Bar Professional Training Course students than any other provider. Our range of scholarships, prizes and gifts are there to make things just that little bit easier for you.
Scholarships: Our Future Lawyer Excellence Award gives you the opportunity to apply for one full fee scholarship (100%) and six part fee scholarships (50%) when you accept a place on our Bar Professional Training Course.
Future Lawyer Advancement Reward - £1,750 off your fees!
Once you have studied at City we are sure you will want to stay with us to progress to the next stage of your legal training.
As an added incentive, we offer City students a loyalty reward upon enrolling on a second course here at the School (Taught LLMs, PhD/MPhil). All you need to do is meet the minimum entry requirements for your second course and we will automatically take £1,750 off of your tuition fees.
The two Rosie Keane Memorial Scholarships are worth £5,000 each. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, educational background, contribution to the wider community, financial need and being the first lawyer in the family. They are only open to female students.
Prizes: If you choose to study at City we'll award you for your hard work. Each year we award a variety ofschool and externally funded prizesof up to £2,500 to our BPTC students based on academic performance.
Inn Scholarships: Each Inn offers and administers its own scholarships for intending barristers. Full details of these awards can be found on the website of each Inn: The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Disclosure for US students: As part of US Loan regulations, City University are required to give Gainful Employment disclosures as part of our contract with the US Department of Education. Please refer to the following document for more information:Gainful Employment reporting

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School Office
+44 (0) 20 7404 5787
+44 (0) 20 7831 4188