Overview - entry requirements

1) To be considered for a place on the BPTC up until the academic year 2019/20, applicants had to:

2) Please note that providers may have imposed additional selection criteria over and above the minimum requirements specified above. Please check the website of individual providers for more information about their entry requirements.

English language requirement

3) The Professional Statement describes the following Competence regarding English language, which should be demonstrated by students before they enrol on the BPTC.

Practical knowledge, skills and attributes

Barristers will:

1.8  Exercise good English language skills.

They will have an effective command of the language and be able to use it appropriately, accurately and fluently so as to handle complex and detailed argumentation. They will use correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Barristers should:

  1. Use correct and appropriate vocabulary, English grammar, spelling and punctuation in all communications.
  2. Speak fluent English.

4) Students must be able to demonstrate that their 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).

5) On entry to the course providers will require students to sign a statement that they are aware of the standard of English Language required, and that they consider that they have met it. If the course provider considers that any aspect of a student’s language ability is not at the required level after they have commenced the course, the provider must, as soon as the issue is identified, require the student to:

  • take one of the language tests above; and
  • provide a test certificate certifying that they have achieved the required scores within 28 days.

6) Certificates issued by an English language test provider verifying the score achieved by a candidate in one of the above tests must be current and valid by reference to the rules of that English language test provider.

7) If the student fails to provide evidence that they have achieved the required scores within 28 days of being asked to do so, the provider must require the student to:

  • withdraw from the course; or
  • intermit and improve their score prior to being admitted to a new vocational Bar training course (subject to meeting any additional entry requirements) in a subsequent year.

Making an application - BarSAS

8) The online application system for the BPTC was the Bar Student Application Service (BarSAS). For vocational Bar training courses starting in or after September 2020, BarSAS will cease to exist. Information on how to apply for new courses will be published on our website in due course. For information about Authorised Education and Training Organisations who will deliver vocational Bar training from 2020, see our page on AETOs from 2020.

BPTC Providers

9) The grid below includes contact details for the providers who deliver the BPTC. For information about Authorised Education and Training Organisations who will deliver vocational Bar training from 2020, see our page on AETOs from 2020.

BPP Law School - Birmingham 
34-36 Colmore Circus
Birmingham B4 6BN
T: 03331 228 179
BPP website


BPP Law School - Bristol
Grove Avenue
Bristol BS1 4QY
T: 0333 122 4347
BPP website


BPP Law School - London
68-70 Red Lion Street
London WC1R 4NY
T: 020 7430 2304
BPP website


BPP Law School - Leeds
Whitehall - 2 Whitehall Quays
Leeds LS1 4HR
T: 0113 386 8250
F: 0113 245 5177
BPP website


BPP Law School - Manchester 
St. James's Building
79 Oxford Street
Manchester M1 6FQ
T: 0845 077 5566
BPP website


Cardiff Law School
Cardiff University
Law Building
Museum Ave
Cardiff CF10 3AX

T: 029 2087 6705
Cardiff Website 


The City Law School (formerly Inns of Court School of Law)
4 Gray's Inn Place
Gray's Inn
London WC1R 5DX
T: 020 7404 5787
City Law School website


The University of Law - Birmingham
133 Great Hampton Street
Birmingham B18 6AQ
T: 014 8321 6080
University of Law website


The University of Law - London 
14 Store Street
London WC1E 7DE
T: 0800 289 997
University of Law website


The University of Law - Leeds 
15-16 Park Row 
T: 0800 289997
University of Law website


Manchester Metropolitan University
School of Law
All Saints West
Lower Ormond Street
Manchester M15 6HB
T: 0161 247 3053
Manchester website


Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street 
T: 0115 941 8418
Nottingham website


The University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Northumbria School of Law
City Campus East One
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
T: 0191 227 3939
Northumbria website


University of the West of England at Bristol
Faculty of Law
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS16 1QY

T: 0117 965 6261 x3769
Bristol website


10) For more information about each provider, please see the BPTC Provider Information Table or visit the provider’s website.

Monitoring visit reports

11) As part of the annual monitoring programme of the BPTC, the BSB may visit BPTC providers. Reports from past visits can be viewed on our website.

12) The overall aim of the review process is to secure a high quality of educational and academic experience for students. Its most important function is to assess the quality and standards of provision of the BPTC, by considering the academic management, content, teaching, learning, assessment and support for the BPTC.

13) This is based on a risk management approach, with a lighter touch where there is confidence in a provider, but there are mechanisms for 'triggered' visits if and when causes for concern arise. The review process also provides a mechanism for quality enhancement and the identification and exchange of good

Key statistics

14) The BPTC Key Statistics document contains data on the make-up and performance of BPTC students across all providers.

15) Previous key statistics reports are available on our website.

The BPTC Handbook and syllabus

16) The BPTC Handbook published by the BSB is available on our website.

17) The BPTC syllabus for 2019/20 is also available on our website.

September 2019

  • If you are currently on the BPTC or have yet to complete the course, then you will have the opportunity to complete the course as normal, with three attempts at each assessment.

September 2020

  • From September 2020, new approved training pathways will replace the BPTC. The process of authorising education and training organisations to deliver the new pathways commenced in April 2019 and courses will be advertised as "subject to authorisation" during this process. More information about new authorised pathways will be published in the Bar Qualification Manual and in our page on Authorised Educations and Training Organisations (AETOs) from 2020 in due course.

Spring 2021

  • If, after Spring 2021, you are a BPTC student and 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 on our website. All current and prospective BPTC students should read this statement to find out how they may be affected.