28 May 2016

Bar Professional Training Course

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 Training Course.

Please read the Health Warning  about prospects on the course, before proceeding.

You may also find it helpful to look at our latest BPTC Key Statistics document


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.

The Course - FAQS

How to apply