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Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

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Entry requirements

Applicants must either have obtained a Qualifying Law Degree, passed the Graduate Diploma in Law or otherwise have satisfied the Bar Standards Board requirements to embark on the vocational stage of training. All students are required to join one of the four Inns of Court before they commence the BPTC.

Bar Course Aptitude Test

Applicants must pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) introduced by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) in 2012. The test is compulsory and requires prospective students to achieve a minimum standard as specified by the BSB.

Months of entry


Course content

The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is the vocational stage of training for those who wish to become a barrister in England and Wales. It acts as the bridge between the academic study of law and the practice of law, enabling you to move from the classroom to the courtroom.

As the largest law school in the North East region we pride ourselves in offering excellent training to help you to secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. Throughout your course, you’ll use outstanding facilities including a dedicated legal practice library a suite of mock courtrooms and access to an impressive range of options, including the Student Law Office*, winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize

By the end of the BPTC you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career at the Bar.

*Please note that the Student Law Office option is limited to 12 BPTC students per year.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with 7.5 in each component (or approved equivalent).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453