19 April 2014

How to apply for the BPTC

Applications for a place on the BPTC must be made through our central applications system; BPTC Online.

Entry requirements: In addition to Academic Stage requirements, candidates for the BPTC from 2013 must pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT).

View the timetable


Make an application


Applications can only be accepted by online submission and not by post or email.

Please note that once your application is submitted, the BPTC Providers make the decision on whether you will be offered a place. You should contact the Provider with queries regarding your application unless it is a technical matter


BPTC places


There is heavy competition for places on the BPTC. In the region of 2500 candidates apply for approximately 2164 places each year.


Submitting your chosen provider


You should note that all applications submitted in the first round will be considered at the same time after the closing date. It is important that if you wish to be considered for the second round as well, you ensure you make ALL choices relevant to you in the first round. Only the first three choices on your application form count towards the first round; the rest to the second. You cannot add any choices following submission and you cannot make more than one application per year.




To submit a completed application, there is a non-refundable one off fee payment of £40. This is payable upon completion of the form and must be paid online through BPTC Online. Neither the Bar Council nor the Bar Standards Board are able to accept cash and/or cheque payments. 

Course fees for the 2013/2014 intake range from around £12,000 to around £18,000 including all fees/deposits.