Taught course

Bar Professional Training Course

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester Law School

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on the BPTC, you will normally have to satisfy two criteria: You will hold an LLB degree or have completed the GDL programme. You will have obtained a pass in the Bar Aptitude Test. BPTC students are selected primarily on academic ability and will be expected to have been awarded at least a 2:2 at first degree level (or international equivalent), although factors such as commitment to the profession, motivation and other skills may be considered. All BPTC offers are subject to the condition that students successfully complete the academic stage of their training to the Bar Standards Board's satisfaction and have enrolled as a student member of one of the Ins of Court.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed to provide you with the skills and expertise you will need for a successful career as a barrister, the BPTC course at Manchester Law School will provide you with the rigorous academic training demanded by the Bar.

Manchester Law School has a proud history of providing barrister training in the North West and has outstanding links to both the local legal profession and Northern Circuit (Chambers in Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston).

The BPTC focuses on developing highly practical skills and features an innovative 'mini-chambers' approach designed to mirror the real life working practices of a barrister. You will be placed in a group (or chambers) with 12 other students and be provided with a permanent, multi-media equipped base room. You will be expected to 'perform' regularly in front of your fellow students to encourage the development of strong working relationships similar to a professional chambers.

The BPTC begins with a participative and dynamic induction programme introducing students to the highly practical BPTC, compared with academic study. Students are almost immediately offered the opportunity to network with local practitioners during a team building exercise and social event. Following this induction, the remainder of the course features a combination of compulsory subjects and an opportunity to study two subjects of your choice, depending on your particular career aspirations.

You will also take part in career prospect enhancing activities that range from guest talks by Judges and Clerks of Chambers to lessons in voice projection, which are all ideal preparations for BPTC students seeking pupillage. An important feature of the course is the Additional Advocacy Classes provided by members of the Northern Circuit to help you realise your full potential in developing these vital skills. Each chambers group will also receive classes on professional conduct from a working barrister acting as the group’s Practitioner Mentor.

The BPTC is taught by an experienced team of barristers as well as tribunal chairs. You predominantly learn through the mini-chambers system outlined above (requiring significant student preparation) and occasionally by traditional lecture. Teaching is complemented by online resources ranging from self-testing resources and podcasts to advocacy demonstrations.

Additionally, the Law School runs several pro bono legal schemes, offering students the opportunity to practise their skills on live legal projects. The Law School also enters teams of students into national competitions to test their skills in realistic situations.

Career prospects

This course is aimed at preparing you for pupillage and life as a barrister, but the skills learned are applicable to a wide range of professions. Our graduates have a strong history of finding pupillage, or pursuing other careers in the legal sector.

Manchester Law School offers excellent Pro Bono opportunities, allowing students to undertake voluntary legal work with many organisations. Our dedicated careers adviser will also provide assistance with finding mini-pupillages and initiating links to the profession.

Special Features:

  • Additional independent professional qualification in mediation available to all BPTC students - at no extra cost. Presented by highly experienced tutors and mediation practitioners. Practically orientated and focused on equipping you with the skills you need to perform well at mediation.
  • State-of-the-art facilities in the modern Manchester Law School building, adjacent to our £75m Faculty and Student Hub building.
  • Friendly, supportive staff who are all qualified lawyers, and in many cases practising.
  • The course has very close links with the local Bar.
  • Classes on professional conduct led by each 'chambers' group's Practitioner Mentor.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
Please visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2016/13386/
International students
Please visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2016/13386/

We offer a number of scholarships towards your tuition fees. Find out more at law.mmu.ac.uk/scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Skills assessments80

Course contact details

BPTC Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 247 3053