The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is the next part of
training after the academic stage, sometimes referred to as the
vocational stage of training.
The purpose of the BPTC is to ensure that students
intending to become barristers acquire the skills, knowledge of
procedure and evidence, attitudes and competence to prepare
them, in particular, for the more specialised training in the
twelve months of pupillage.
The full-time BPTC runs for one academic year; the part-time
course for two years. All students are required to be admitted to
an Inn of Court before registration on the Bar Professional
Please read the
Health Warning about prospects on the course,
The BPTC was born out of a review of the Bar Vocational Course
(BVC) which reported in 2008. The BPTC began in Academic Year
2010-11. You can download the report of the working group in the
Resources section of this page.