03 August 2015

How to apply for the BPTC

Please note that the online application system is not managed by the Bar Standards Board. 

Applications for a place on the BPTC must be made through the online application system BarSAS

If you experience any difficulties please contact  technical@barsas.com

 

 

Entry requirements

1.  To be considered for a place on the BPTC, applicants must 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 Law.

2.  A key entry requirement is that all 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 to

  1. a minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the IELTS academic test; or
  2. a minimum score of 73 in each part of the Pearson Test of English (academic). 

This score must be achieved across all sections in the same sitting.

3.  Candidates must pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT).

4.  Any candidate enrolling on the BPTC must be a member of one of the  Inns of Court.

Please note: Individual Providers may impose additional selection criteria over and above the minimum requirements specified in requirment 1 and 2 above. Please check the prospectus of the Provider you wish to apply to.

 

 

Make an application

 

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

Applications for the BPTC can be made via the BarSAS Online application system on www.barsas.com

Once your application is submitted, the BPTC Providers make the decision on whether you will be offered a place. 

Please note that the online application system is not managed by the Bar Standards Board.  If you experience any difficulties please contact technical@barsas.com


BPTC places

 

There is heavy competition for places on the BPTC. In the region of 2,500 candidates apply for approximately 2,164 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.

 

Fees

 

Please note that there is a non-refundable one off fee of £58 to submit an application. Payment information is available on the BarSAS website. 

Course fees for the 2015/2016 intake range from around £12,000 to around £18,000 including all fees/deposits. Please check the websites of indvidual Providers for current course fees.