Taught course

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

University of Law · University of Law

Entry requirements

A qualifying law degree (2:1 minimum) or an undergraduate degree in any other subject (2:1 minimum) and a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE. All applicants are required to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT). For more information on our BPTC entry requirements, visit http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduate-entry-requirements/#bptc-entry-requirements

Months of entry


Course content

Professional training to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life at the Bar.

  • Study in a small class alongside the brightest students - we're the only BPTC provider requiring all students to undergo a selection process
  • Study our BPTC with a Masters and gain valuable legal work experience and advocacy to help boost your pupillage chances
  • Numerous international and national mooting opportunities organised by our dedicated Advocacy Committee
  • Benefit from our Future Pupil Programme: specialist careers advice from the moment you accept your place

BPTC modules

The BPTC is structured to follow the stages of litigation from the start of a case to its conclusion or appeal.

Knowledge areas:

• Civil Litigation, Evidence and Remedies

• Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing

• Professional Ethics

Core skills:

• Opinion Writing

• Drafting

• Conference Skills

• Resolution of Disputes Out of Court

• Civil Advocacy

• Examination in Chief

• Cross Examination

Specialist electives:

Two specialist options from a list typically including:

• Advanced Criminal Litigation

• Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation

• Chancery

• Employment Tribunal Practice

• Family Practice

• Immigration and Asylum Practice

• International Commercial Practice

• Judicial Review

• Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Practice

Assessments and exams

• 12 assessments throughout the course, including the Bar Standards Board centralised assessments

• Mock assessments in all subjects

For more information on our BPTC, visit http://www.law.ac.uk/bptc/

Information for international students

You must be fluent in English and you will need to be able to demonstrate that your oral and written English is equivalent to: IELTS (Level 7.5 or above in all subjects)/ Pearsons academic (a score of 73 in all four areas). For more information on our BPTC, visit http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduate-entry-requirements/#bptc-entry-requirements

Fees and funding

UK students
From £13,950 (exclusive of the BSB fee)
International students
From £13,950 (exclusive of the BSB fee)

Students at The University of Law are able to apply for a range of funding options providing financial support to our students:

  • Access to the UK’s largest University law scholarships, awards and bursaries fund, including BPTC Advocacy
  • Study our BPTC with a Masters and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan up to £10,000
  • Flexible payment options to help you pay for your postgraduate course. We give you peace of mind by spreading out the tuition fee payments and arrange payments by direct debit
  • Students also can also consider Career Development and Future Finance loans.

For more information on sources of funding for our BPTC, visit http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduate-funding-options/

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations100

Course contact details

0800 289997