Before the implementation of new Bar Qualification Rules which went live on 1 April 2019, the BPTC was the usual way for students to complete the vocational component of studying to become a barrister. It equips students with the skills, knowledge and capabilities required for a career at the Bar. 

Chart showing enrolment on vocational bar training courses over time  

* From 2019/20 there was no longer a centralised system for applications in place for vocational training to become a barrister, and so applicant numbers from this point are not available.

We publish a lot of additional information about students who study on a vocational Bar training course. You can view our latest statistics.

Date of next update

July 2024

Source of data

This data is sourced from BarSAS and providers of vocational Bar training.