Taught course

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

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 must 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 will also 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 Inns of Court.

International students please refer to our website. This course requires IELTS of 7.5 in all elements of the test. Please note this is a requirement that differs from the University standard.

Months of entry


Course content

Following the academic requirements of the Bar Standards Board, we’ve designed this course to provide you with the skills and expertise needed for a successful career as a barrister.

From day one, you’ll get involved with advocacy training and group sessions that deliver true-to-life mock trials, assessments, and real-life legal work experience opportunities.

You’ll put your skills into action as you ‘perform’ in front of other students and develop strong working relationships similar to a professional chambers.

To equip you with the knowledge you need, you’ll study core modules including resolution of disputes out of court and professional ethics.

You’ll also have the chances to explore the areas that interest you – whether that’s employment law or personal injury litigation.

The heart of the Northern Circuit

Manchester Law School has been delivering this course for 20 years. In that time, we’ve built links to both the local legal profession and the Northern Circuit.

We’ve built a highly experienced team that includes barristers and solicitors, district judges, internationally renowned research academics and legal scholars.

Throughout the course, practitioners from the Northern Circuit provides additional advocacy classes and are on-hand at events to offer advice about your future as a barrister.

Information for international students

International students please visit our website for more information.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • BPTC
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 6969