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.barprofessionaltraining.org.uk
where you will find an online application form. Admission for the
BPTC is only through this method. The 2014/15 application system
(for a place on a 2014/15 course) opened in November 2013. The full
timetable can be found on www.barprofessionaltraining.org.uk
in addition to the BPTC page of this section.
May I apply
directly to the Bar Professional Training Course
No. All applications must be made through our centralised
applications system, on www.barprofessionaltraining.org.uk
Can I study for the BPTC
by Distance Learning or P/T?
There is currently one provision for partial Distance Learning of
the BPTC at UWE Bristol. There are five other BPTC Providers
offering the course on a part-time basis (the part time course
takes two years to complete):
• BPP Law School
• College 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 judged 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 do have
different fees for home and overseas students, so check the
prospectus of the institution where you wish to study.
We also suggest that overseas students wishing to apply for a
place on the BPTC should check with the jurisdiction where they
wish to practise that the BPTC is recognised in that
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
All students for whom English or Welsh is not their first
language might be required to demonstrate that they have
attained a minimum 7.5 IELTS standard in all sections of the
academic test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section.
Candidates will be required to achieve a pass result
BCAT (Bar Course Aptitude Test).
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, as there are often delays in
processing applications during August/September. If you are not a
member of an Inn when BPTC registration starts, you will not be
able to register on the course.
Students are advised that they should apply for Inn membership
as early as possible in case there are delays in the processing of
said application by the chosen Inn. 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 BPTC Online costs £40, which is
2014/15 fees vary between £12,000 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
What is deferral of
Call and how does it affect BPTC graduates?
The Bar Standards Board has completed the consultation stage with
regard to the issue of whether or not it is in the public interest
to defer the stage at which a person is called to the Bar (and
thereby acquires the title of Barrister), from the end of the
vocational stage of training until the person is qualified to
practise. Click on the following link to see the final report:
Where can I study the
Please follow Course Contact Information 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 the need to withdraw from
the course. You should be sure that you are able to make such a
Applicants with disabilities that may prevent them fulfilling
this requirement are able to discuss possible alternate
arrangements with their provider.
If you have been unable to find the answer to your query please
- BPTC queries
- Academic Stage Queries