For information about how to apply to become an AETO, see Part 4 of the Bar Qualification Manual.

Our 2020 AETO Factsheet shows the AETOs which have been authorised to deliver the vocational component of Bar training from 2020. It contains some basic information about the different routes, modes, start dates and fees at each AETO. However, for more information on exactly what each AETO will offer and how to apply, you should contact the AETOs individually or visit their website. There is no longer a central application system. 

These Bar training courses are what will replace the BPTC from September 2020. As there are now several different ways for people to train for the Bar, there is no longer one common course title. However, you can be reassured that all of the AETOs you see listed on this webpage and on our Factsheet have been authorised to deliver courses that lead to Call to the Bar.

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The following organisations have been authorised to deliver Bar training from September 2020, subject to conditions which need to be met before the start of the course:

  • There are currently no AETOS of this status.

The following organisations have been authorised to deliver Bar training from September 2020, subject to signing an agreement with the BSB which all AETOs must do:

  • BPP University – to deliver:
    • the vocational component (in one part) of the three-step pathway;
    • the vocational component (in two parts) of the four-step pathway, and
    • the integrated academic and vocational components of the integrated pathway.

          You can read more about BPP's authorisation here.

          You can read more about Cardiff's authorisation here.

  • Northumbria University – to deliver:
    • the vocational component (in one part) of the three-step pathway;
    • the vocational component (in two parts) of the four-step pathway, and
    • the integrated academic and vocational components of the integrated pathway.

          You can read more about Northumbria University's authorisation here.

           You can read more about Nottingham Trent University's authorisation here.

           You can read more about City Law School's authorisation here.

          You can read more about the Inns of Court College of Advocacy's authorisation here.

  • The University of Law – to deliver:
    • the vocational component (in one part) of the three-step pathway.

          You can read more about The University of Law’s authorisation here.

         You can read more about UWE’s authorisation here.

More details about the courses offered by these organisations, including how to apply, can be found on their websites.


We publish below a list of providers and organisations who have agreed to our publishing their contact details having engaged in dialogue with us and have submitted, or expressed an intention to submit, their plans to offer vocational Bar training from 2020 subject to our authorisation under the Authorisation Framework:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

BPTC@mmu.ac.uk