Frequently asked questions about the Bar Professional Training
• How do I apply for a place on
• May I apply directly to the
• Can I study for the BPTC by
distance learning or P/T?
• May I make an application if
I am an overseas student?
• Can I make an application on
behalf of someone else?
• What are the selection
• Do I have to be a member of an
Inn of Court?
• What sources of financial
support are available to BPTC Students?
• How much are the fees for the
• What is deferral of Call and
how does it affect BPTC graduates?
• Where can I study the
• What if I am unable to attend
part of the course?
How do I apply for a place on the BPTC?
Go to www.barsas.com where you will
find an online application form. Admission for the BPTC is only
through this method.
May I apply
directly to the Bar Professional Training Course
No. All applications must be made through the centralised
applications system: www.barsas.com.
Can I study for the BPTC by Distance Learning or
There are currently six BPTC Providers offering the course on a
part-time basis (the part- time course takes two years to
complete). Of these, one, University of the West of England,
also offers a partial Distance Learning programme.
• BPP Law School
• University of Law
• City Law School
• Manchester Metropolitan University
• University of Northumbria
• University of the West of England
May I make an
application if I am an overseas student?
Yes. Applications are assessed on merit.
A place on the BPTC does not mean that overseas students may
practise in England and Wales. The BPTC confers the qualification
of Barrister but without rights of audience. Students without
rights of employment and residency in the UK may not practise in
the UK. Please note that some institutions have different fees for
home and overseas students, so please check the prospectus of the
institution where you wish to study.
Can I make an
application on behalf of someone else?
No. A person's application must be their own.
What are the
To be considered for a place on the BPTC, applicants need to
satisfy the Academic Stage requirements. Usually this would entail
gaining (or being predicted to gain) a minimum of a 2:2 in their
Qualifying Law Degree or a 2:2 in a non-law degree and a Pass in
the Common Professional Examination, or Graduate Diploma in
One of the entry requirements for the BPTC is that students are
fluent in English. This rule applies regardless of the student's
first language. From the first day of the course and at all
subsequent times, students must be able to demonstrate that their
oral and written English language ability is at least equivalent
- a minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the IELTS academic
- a minimum score of 73 in each part of the Pearson Test of
This score must be achieved across all sections in the
Candidates will be required to achieve a pass result
on the BCAT (Bar Course Aptitude
*** The opening of the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)
for students starting in 2016 will be deferred until at least March
2016. This is to allow time for completion of an important
evaluation of the test in its first years of implementation. Please
read this press release for further
Any candidate wishing to start the BPTC must be a
member of one of the
Inns of Court.
Please note: Individual Providers may impose
additional selection criteria above these minimum requirements, so
you should check the prospectus of the places you wish to apply
Do I have to be a
member of an Inn of Court?
You must have joined an Inn by the 31 May of the year in which
your BPTC is due to commence to ensure that your application will
be processed before the start of the course. If you are not a
member of an Inn when BPTC registration starts, you will not be
able to enrol on the course. You cannot start a course if your
membership is not confirmed in time for enrolment.
What sources of
financial support are available to BPTC students?
The Inns offer a wide range of scholarships. The closing date for
such awards is usually November in the year before the BPTC starts.
Some chambers give awards towards the BPTC or allow students to
draw on pupillage awards during the BPTC. Please consult the Bar
Council Website for further information on funding.
The majority of students have to depend on bank loans and/or
other forms of support. Many banks offer loans for vocational
courses but their terms and repayment rates vary, so you should
study all options before making any commitment.
How much are the fees for
Applying for the BPTC through BarSAS costs £50, which is
2014/15 fees vary between £12,500 and £18,000 for the year. The
BPTC Institutions require a non-refundable deposit upon acceptance
of a BPTC place, which will be deducted from your course fees upon
Where can I study the
Please follow BPTC Providers to see where you can
study the BPTC.
What if I am unable to
attend part of the course?
You will be expected to attend and prepare thoroughly for all
classes and there is a strict minimum 90% attendance requirement.
Failure to adhere to this may result in you being asked to withdraw
from the course.
Applicants with disabilities who may require reasonable
adjustments to enable them to complete the course must discuss this
in advance with their Provider.
If you have been unable to find the answer to your query
Technical difficulties with your BPTC application - email@example.com
Academic Stage queries - firstname.lastname@example.org
BCAT queries - email@example.com
BPTC general queries - firstname.lastname@example.org