Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

If you're set on becoming a barrister, BPP University's Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Practice (BPTC) provides the best possible training. Thirty per cent more advocacy than the minimum Bar Standards Board requires, advocacy and conference sessions taught in groups of four, true-to-life mock trials and assessments, and the widest range of options of any provider. In addition, our Careers Service pulls out the stops to help you secure pupillage.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Practice (BPTC) is awarded by BPP University.

On successfully completing our BPTC, you'll be fully prepared for the demands of life as a barrister – and you'll be eligible to be called to the Bar of England and Wales (subject to meeting the qualifying sessions requirement of your Inn of Court).

The legal profession can be demanding and being a barrister isn’t for everyone. It is recommended you read this important information issued by the Bar Standards Board for those wishing to study for the Bar of England and Wales.



^Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by telephoning 03332 209 864, emailing admissions@bpp.com or by visiting the Investec website

Key Information

  • Small group sessions - all practical advocacy and conference sessions are taught in groups of 4
  • Learn from experienced practitioners with a strong practical focus
  • Practice your skills through mock trial and mooting events judged by members of the judiciary and practitioners
  • True-to-life assessments in advocacy and conference, using professional actors
  • Value for money - all books and learning materials included in the fee
  • Convert your BPP University BPTC to a full BPP University Masters degree by completing an additional 60 credits
  • Funding available through the exclusive Law Loan from Investec^, Scholarships and interest-free payment plans
  • Gain vital work experience - by advising real clients through our award-winning Pro Bono Centre
  • More advocacy – our programme includes 30% more advocacy teaching than required by the Bar Standards Board
  • Option to type opinion writing and drafting assessments
  • Widest selection of options to choose from, more than any other provider
  • Increase your knowledge with introductions to pupillage lectures and court visits , helping you target your applications to the most appropriate chambers for you
  • Proactive careers support to give you the best possible chance of securing pupillage
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BPTC Career Guarantee

Our Bar Professional Training Course gives you the best possible training for life as a barrister and we are so confident we are offering a Career Guarantee.

If you don’t get pupillage within six months of completing your BPTC you can study another qualification at BPP, worth up to £16,500* including the LPC, for free. Places are limited so for more details on how to apply or to find out more visit our Career Guarantee page.

*Terms and conditions apply

World-class teaching with a highly practical focus

BPP University BPTC is a challenging and rewarding programme. The programme starts with an induction to the core nature of the profession and programme and legal research. You then study a number of compulsory modules that cover the key skills and knowledge areas required for the profession.

More details about the programme can be found in the programme handbook.

These include:

  • Advocacy
  • Conference
  • Opinion Writing
  • Drafting
  • Criminal Litigation and Evidence
  • Civil Litigation and Evidence
  • Professional Ethics
  • Resolution of Disputes out of Court

You will also need to choose two of the thirteen optional modules, depending on which areas of law you wish to specialise in. These include:

  • Advanced Commercial Litigation
  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Employment
  • Judicial Review
  • International Trade
  • Intellectual Property
  • Public International Criminal Law
  • Property and Chancery
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Company Law
  • Family Law
  • Professional Discipline
  • Asylum, Detention, Deportation & Extradition*

*subject to validation

Please note that options modules run subject to demand, therefore all modules may not run in all locations. International Trade, Public International Criminal Law and Asylum, Detention, Deportation & Extradition will only run on the FT London programme and numbers will be limited.

Closely linked to the profession

The focus of the Bar Professional Training Course is on practical experience and application, with particular emphasis placed on advocacy. Highly experienced tutors – some of whom are still practising or retain close links with the profession – run small group sessions that draw on real-life situations, and many of their own cases.

Innovative study tools

Learning materials include:

  • online demonstrations
  • suggested answers for written work
  • live mock assessments with professional actors – for advocacy and conference
  • DVD recordings to allow you to review your performance on a weekly basis
  • Recorded revision lectures for all Civil and Criminal small group sessions
  • The White Book and Blackstones Criminal Practice

Study dates and assessment

The full-time BPTC runs for a whole academic year – September to June. Alternatively, you can choose to study for the qualification part-time, one weekend per month, over two years.

For the full-time option, classes are held four days per week, with one day a week reserved for research and preparation. For the part-time option, there is a three-day induction programme followed by one weekend of classroom study per month.

You will be assessed by a combination of written and oral skills examinations throughout the year. For both full-time and part-time students most assessments will take place on weekdays.

At BPP University students have the option to type their opinion writing and drafting assessments as opposed to hand writing them.

Opportunity to gain a full Masters by studying an additional 60 credits

On completion of the BPP University BPTC you will have gained 120 of the 180 credits required for a full Masters degree. We give you the opportunity to enhance your qualification by enabling you to study the remaining 60 credits with us. This means, depending on your subject choices, you can either graduate with a BPP University awardedLLM (Professional Legal Practice) or MA (Law with Business).

September 2014 Term Dates

Term 1

Starts - 15 September 2014
Reading Week – w/c 27 October 2014
Ends – 12 December 2014

Term 2

Starts - 5 January 2015
Reading Week – w/c 16 February 2015
Ends – 10 April 2015

Term 3

Starts - 20 April 2015
Ends - 12 June 2015

Modules

The BPTC comprises an induction and a series of compulsory modules. You must also choose two of the optional modules – depending on the area you wish to specialise in. Our tutors and careers service can provide guidance if required.

The introductory lecture for each compulsory module includes an overview of the programme, details of the method of assessment and an introduction to key concepts.

Compulsory
Professional Ethics
Civil Litigation, Evidence and Remedies
Advocacy
Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
Drafting
Opinion Writing
Resolution of Disputes out of Court
Legal Research and Case Preparation
Conference Skills
Optional
Advanced Commercial Litigation
Advanced Criminal Litigation
Employment
Judicial Review
International Trade
Intellectual Property
Public International Criminal Law
Property and Chancery
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
Company Law
Family Law
Professional Discipline
Asylum, Detention, Deportation & Extradition*

*subject to validation

Please note that options modules run subject to demand, therefore all modules may not run in all locations. International Trade, Public International Criminal Law and Asylum, Detention, Deportation & Extradition will only run on the FT London programme and numbers will be limited.


Entry requirements

The BPP University Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Practice (BPTC) entry requirements are:

  • Qualifying Law Degree or non Law Degree plus CPE/GDL (minimum 2:2)
  • Membership of an Inn of Court
  • Pass the BCAT
  • Fluent in English:

a. a minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the IELTS academic test; or
b. a minimum score of 28 in each part of the internet based TOEFL test; or
c. a minimum score of 73 in each part of the Pearson Test of English (academic)

On entry to the programme students will be required to sign a statement that they are aware that this standard is required of all students who enter the BPTC, and that they consider that they have met it. For those with any doubt as to the level of their English skills, they are strongly advised to undertake one of the above tests before enrolling on the programme.

Certificates issued by a test provider verifying the score achieved by a candidate in one of the above tests must be current and valid by reference to the rules of that test provider as at the date the candidate commences the BPTC.

Subsequent to being admitted to the BPTC, should BPP University consider that a student's language ability is unsatisfactory or there is question as to whether any aspect of it is at the required level, it will require the student to take one of the above language tests at any stage in the course (at the student’s cost) and achieve the required score. This right is unrestricted regardless of the students’ first language.

Should the student then fail to achieve a required minimum score in one of the tests specified above, BPP University may require the student to:

a. withdraw from the programme; or
b. intermit and improve their score prior to being re-admitted in a subsequent year. This will be dependent on how much of the programme has been undertaken.

In all cases the student is wholly liable for any costs incurred.

The Bar Standards Board believes that compliance with one of the standards identified above is the absolute minimum necessary to successfully complete the Bar Professional Training Course.

For further details regarding the BCAT please visit the Bar Standards Boards website: barstandardsboard.org.uk .

BPTC selection criteria

  • Strong academic profile and achievement
  • Evidence of good written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to a career as a barrister
  • Demonstrated commitment to studying with BPP
  • Any special circumstances revealed in your application
  • Academic or other references

Please see important information issued by the Bar Standards Board for those wishing to study for the Bar of England and Wales.

How to apply

You apply to the Bar Professional Training course via the central admissions system run by the Bar Standards Board .

If you wish to discuss your application to the BPP BPTC programme, call us on 020 3131 4701 or email admissions@bpp.com

International students

For more information:
Tel: +44 (0)207 430 7065
Email: internationaladmissions@bpp.com

Study locations

You can study the BPTC full-time in London, Leeds or Manchester OR part-time in London or Leeds.

For the full-time option, classes are held four days per week, with one day a week reserved for research and preparation.

For the part-time option, there is a three-day induction programme followed by one weekend of classroom study per month.

For both full-time and part-time students most assessments will take place on weekdays.

View BPTC start dates and locations.

Awards & Scholarships

There are a number of awards & scholarships available to BPTC students for September 2014. To find out more about the latest awards and how to apply please click here.

Paying for your BPTC

UK and EU students can study part or full-time, and we offer several interest free instalment plans to spread the cost of your BPTC. Download a full list of fees and payment plans for 2014-2015 (PDF, 222KB).

Law Loan

A Law Loan, from Investec, of up to £25,000 is available exclusively to BPP's full and part-time BPTC students

Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by telephoning 03332 209 864, emailing admissions@bpp.com or by visiting the Investec website

BPTC - September 2014 start

Full-time programme

Location Fees (incl. £500 deposit) BSB Fee Total
London Holborn £17,450 £475 £17,925
Leeds £14,265 £475 £14,740
Manchester £14,265 £475 £14,740

Part-time programme

Location Fees (incl. £500 deposit) BSB Fee Total
London Holborn £17,450 £475 £17,925
Leeds £14,265 £475 £14,740
Manchester £14,265 £475 £14,740

A deposit of £500 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800
Amounts payable to professional body for registration £475 to BSB

Funding your studies

You can contact the Student Finance Office for more information:

BPP University
236-240 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9JY

Tel: +44 020 7061 1301 
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7404 1389
Email: studentfinance@bpp.com