Taught course

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Applicants must either have obtained a qualifying law degree, passed the Graduate Diploma in Law or otherwise have satisfied the Bar Council requirements to embark on the vocational stage of training. In addition, all students are required to join one of the four Inns of Court before they commence the BPTC.

Months of entry


Course content

Northumbria’s BPTC is student-centred with skills taught in small group sessions. During the programme students develop a range of essential skills, which include advocacy, drafting, opinion writing, conference skills and resolution of disputes out of court. Evidence, criminal litigation and civil litigation are also taught as discrete subjects, as well as being integrated with the five main skill areas. All subjects and skills are developed through practical sessions, in which students work on case studies and carry out a range of tasks which are typical of pupillage.

All students choose two specialist options. Current options include:

  • Civil Practice
  • Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Chancery Practice
  • Commercial Practice
  • Criminal Practice
  • Employment Practice
  • Family Practice
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Law Office- students spend six months working in Northumbria’s Student Law Office, which it the largest in the country working on real legal problems for members of the public.*

*Subject to maximum numbers

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Fees and funding

Scholarships from Inns of Court.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453