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Bar Professional Training Course

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The reputable City Law School is one of the eight Universities to provide the BPTC.

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.

The BPTC is considered to be the most expensive legal course in Europe.[1] For the 2015-16 year, the London fees might exceed £1,900.[2]

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.[3]

Entry requirements

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.[4]

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.[5]

Numerous UK ministers took the BPTC from The University of Law.

In 2008/09:[6]

  • 3,540 students applied for the BPTC,
  • 1,449 received a place,
  • 732 passed the BPTC,
  • 405 received pupillage,


BPTC Providers
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

See also


  1. ^ Fiona Cownie (2010). Stakeholders in the Law School. Hart Publishing. p. 267. ISBN 978-1841137216. 
  2. ^ "BPTC fees to increase again in 2015-16, while the Bar recruits fewer than 500 new barristers a year". 1 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Adam Kramer (2007). Bewigged and Bewildered: Pupillage and a Career at the Bar. Hart Publishing. ISBN 1-84113-651-4. 
  4. ^ Entry Requirement, BPTC
  5. ^ Gary Slapper and David Kelly (2013). The English Legal System. Routledge. p. 798. ISBN 978-0415639989. 
  6. ^ Bar Standards Board statistics

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