Taught course

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) full-time

University of the West of England, Bristol · Bristol Law School

Entry requirements

Please see http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/M30D12 for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Applications for this course can be submitted to us directly for the September 2020 intake, more information to follow soon. Please note that the information on this page is currently under review.

The UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. Rigorous and demanding, yet stimulating and rewarding, the BPTC course will equip you with the advocacy, research, conference and mediation skills you need to excel at the Bar and beyond.

We aim to be as supportive of your pastoral care as we are of your academic progression, and alongside the teaching, the BPTC course provides excellent opportunities to help secure a pupillage.

Outstanding quality of teaching

The quality of teaching on the BPTC is nationally and internationally renowned, with tuition provided by a dedicated team of barristers, solicitors and judges and an unrivalled range of facilities to enhance your study experience. Our high student satisfaction rates are testament to the high quality of tuition on the course; and 85% of students would recommend our BPTC to other (BPTC, Bristol UWE, full-time student evaluation survey December 2014).

Employability-enhancing opportunities

To increase your chances of obtaining pupillage and improve your employability generally, you will also have the chance to:

  • participate in our award-winning pro bono Law Court Clinic.
  • hone your mooting skills in our Bristol Chambers sponsored mooting competitions.
  • appear in the Bristol Crown Court or in the Civil Justice Centre before real life judges in our Chambers sponsored family, criminal and civil commercial advocacy competitions.
  • teach legal skills to LLB undergraduates.

Alternative dispute resolution training

All BPTCs enable you to study resolution of disputes out of court (REDOC) as a taught and assessed subject. On our BPTC, you will have the opportunity to go an important step further by becoming an accredited mediator at no additional cost (run by our partners ADRg, a leading provider of alternative dispute resolution services and training, this course would usually cost you over £3,000.)

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx.

Fees and funding

Please see our postgraduate funding pages for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

UWE Admissions
+44 (0)117 328 3333