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Bar Professional Training Course

University of Law · University of Law

Entry requirements

To be eligible to take up your place, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) set out by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The Academic Stage Handbook at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/qualifying-as-a-barrister/academic-stage/ gives you full information about these requirements.

  • You will be required to pass the Bar Standards Board aptitude test by 30 September 2017 (known as the Bar Course Aptitude Test - BCAT). Further details on this test can be found on the Bar Standards Board website
  • You will need either a qualifying law degree (QLD) 2:1 minimum or an undergraduate degree in any other subject (2:1 minimum*) and a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE
  • For qualifying law degrees, all offers based on predicted grades will be conditional upon achieving a 2:1 or above
  • All applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria will be required to attend a Selection Interview at one of our centres at Birmingham, Leeds or London Bloomsbury
  • For non QLD applicants with a 2:2, offers based on predicted GDL grade will be conditional upon achieving distinction or commendation

Selection interview

Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria will be required to attend a selection interview.

It is your responsibility to ensure you fulfil all eligibility requirements for the BPTC.

You must join an Inn of Court before you can start the BPTC. The closing date for application to an Inn of Court is 31 May of the year your BPTC is due to commence. Please contact the relevant Inn for further details:

  • Gray’s Inn
  • Inner Temple
  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Middle Temple

If you are a non-EEA student you will also require a visa covering the full duration of your course.

Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)

Candidates seeking entry to the BPTC are required to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) before being allowed to enrol on the course. We strongly recommend you sit the test as soon as possible and we will guarantee to hold your offer open until you have successfully passed the test. Should you fail to pass, you are able to re-sit the test after 30 days. As you must successfully pass the test before you can enrol on the BPTC course, we encourage you to sit the test as early as you can – this will allow plenty of time should you need to take it again, before the deadline. For further information please check the Bar Standards Board website.

The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

If you have a law degree or GDL and wish to train as a barrister, our BPTC is designed to help you secure pupillage. You can expect high standards of tutoring by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy. Choose our BPTC LLM and make your pupillage applications stand out - working on real life pro bono legal cases.

You’ll be supported by our specialist careers service from the moment you accept your place. Our track record says it all - of our 2016 Full-time UK/EEA graduates, 66% have gained a pupillage within 12 months of completing the course. Furthermore, for that year, 22% of our full-time graduates obtained an 'Outstanding' grade, which is considerably more than the national average of 13%.

Information for international students

English language requirements

You must be fluent in English and you will need to be able to demonstrate your oral and written English is equivalent to:

  • IELTS (academic): Score of 7.5 in all four areas
  • ISE IV (Trinity College London): Pass in all four components
  • Pearsons (academic): Score of 73 in all four areas
  • Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (test taken before January 2016): Overall 191 with no one component below 191
  • Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2016): Pass at Grade A and Exceptional in all four components
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2016): Pass at Grade B or C and Borderline in all four components
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2016): Pass at Grade C1 and Weak in all four components

Please note: The University will not accept TOEFL English Language test as a proof of students' English proficiency until further notice due to Home Office investigation.

Fees and funding

UK students
From £15,485
International students
From £15,485

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • BPTC
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    22 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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