Bar Professional Training Course
The Bar Professional Training Course or BPTC (previously known as Bar Vocational Course, or BVC) is a postgraduate course which allows graduates to be named and practise as barristers in England and Wales. The eight institutes that run the BPTC along with the four prestigious Inns of Court are often collectively referred to as Bar School.
This academic stage is the first of the three stages of legal education, the second being the vocational stage and the third being the practical stage. Only those who have successfully completed the course and obtained the pupillage can be called to the Bar and practise as a barrister.
In addition to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), the minimum entry requirements for the BPTC is a qualifying a LL.B with no less than upper second-class (2:1) honours or else a non-law related academic degree with First-class honours alongside the Graduate Diploma in Law.
Besides, applicants for the BPTC should also demonstrate excellent extracurricular activities. Additionally, a suitable candidate should provide strong evidence of a commitment to the English Bar. It is important for a student to have Common law reasoning and European law as subjects during their course of studies as LLB students.
- 3,540 students applied for the BPTC,
- 1,449 received a place,
- 732 passed the BPTC,
- 405 received pupillage,
|Institution||Location||Circuit||Approx. course fees||Report||Website|
|City Law School (one of the seven schools of City University)||London||South Eastern||£17,500||Report||City|
|The University of Law||Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, London, Manchester and Leeds||South Eastern||£18,500||Report||ULaw|
|BPP Law School||London||South Eastern||£18,000||Report||BPP|
|BPP Law School||Leeds||Northern||£13,785||Report||BPP|
|BPP Law School||Manchester||Northern||£13,785||First intake Sept 2013||BPP|
|University of the West of England||Bristol||Western||£12,500||Report||BILP|
|Cardiff University||Cardiff||Wales & Chester||£13,000(local) £15,000(International)||Report||Cardiff|
|Nottingham Trent University||Nottingham||Midland Circuit||£13,000||Report||Nottingham|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||Manchester||Northern||£12,500||Report||MMU|
|Northumbria University||Newcastle upon Tyne||North Eastern||£12,350||Report||Northumbria|
- Fiona Cownie (2010). Stakeholders in the Law School. Hart Publishing. p. 267. ISBN 978-1841137216.
- "BPTC fees to increase again in 2015-16, while the Bar recruits fewer than 500 new barristers a year". LawCareers.net. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- Adam Kramer (2007). Bewigged and Bewildered: Pupillage and a Career at the Bar. Hart Publishing. ISBN 1-84113-651-4.
- Entry Requirement, BPTC
- Gary Slapper and David Kelly (2013). The English Legal System. Routledge. p. 798. ISBN 978-0415639989.
- Bar Standards Board statistics