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Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this course, 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.

Bar 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

This is a course built for a career at the Bar, with everything from the learning environment to our academic team created to give you the expertise and experience you’ll need to pursue a future as a barrister.

It’s a course rooted in real experiences. You’ll mirror professional practices – working within a chambers group, developing your skills and knowledge through the use of practical scenarios. You'll study an innovative professional practice unit to help you develop resilience, confidence and leadership, understand the demands of the profession and thrive at the Bar.

If you want to get onto the path to practice, our Bar Training Course offers the best step forward.

At the heart of the Northern Circuit

We have a long-standing history of delivering this course in Manchester. During this time, we’ve built strong and lasting links with the legal profession, both locally and across the Northern Circuit, giving you access to mentoring, advice and networking opportunities.

Taught by experts

Our highly experienced teaching team includes barristers and solicitors, district judges, internationally renowned research academics and legal scholars.

Throughout the course, practitioners from the Northern Circuit also provide 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

Funding information available, please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • BPTC
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 6969