19 September 2019

How to apply for the BPTC

The online application system is called BarSAS. Applications for a place on the BPTC must be made through this system. It is important to note that the system  is not managed by the Bar Standards Board. Applications made through the system go straight through to the training provider, and it is their responsibility to make the decision on whether the applicant is offered a place.

If you experience any technical difficulties please contact  technical@barsas.com. If you have any other queries, please contact the provider where you wish to study.

Please do not contact the BSB with any queries about BarSAS.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on the BPTC, applicants must:

  • have completed the academic requirements. Typically this would entail gaining a minimum of a 2:2 in their qualifying law degree, or a 2:2 in a non-law degree and a pass in Graduate Diploma in Law;
  • be 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:
  • a minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the IELTS academic test; or
  • a minimum score of 73 in each part of the Pearson Test of English (academic). 
  • have passed the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT). Prospective students may apply for a BPTC place via BarSAS before they have taken and passed the BCAT;
  • be a member of one of the  Inns of Court. Note that the deadline for joining an Inn is 31 May before commencing the course in September of the same year. 

Please note that providers may impose additional selection criteria over and above the minimum requirements specified above. Please check the website of the provider you wish to apply to.


Course fees for the 2017/2018 intake ranged from around £13,000 to around £19,000, including fees/deposits. Please check the websites of individual providers for current course fees. 

If you are currently on the BPTC, have yet to complete the course, or are planning to start the BPTC in September 2019, then you will have the opportunity to complete the course as normal, with three attempts at each assessment as set out in the BPTC Handbook. However, if after Spring 2021 you have extenuating circumstances which means you have to defer sitting one of the centralised assessments, then you may be affected by the transitional arrangements which we have put in place for centralised assessments.

We have published a statement which sets out what the transitional arrangements will be for centralised assessments here. All current and prospective BPTC students should read this statement to find out how they may be affected.

For students who intend to start vocational training on one of the new approved pathways which will replace the BPTC from September 2020, more information will be published on the BSB website in due course. The process of authorising education and training organisations to deliver the new pathways will commence in April 2019 and courses will be advertised as "subject to authorisation" during this process.