The Curriculum and Assessment Strategy sets out the requirements for all three components of training for the Bar: academic, vocational and pupillage/work-based.

The version of this Curriculum and Assessment Strategy was published on 1 April 2019 and it is complete for the academic and vocational components of training for the Bar. Any new vocational courses delivered by Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs) from 2020 will need to adhere to this Strategy.

From 1 September 2019, any AETO delivering pupillage or work-based learning must adhere to this Strategy, and ensure pupils cover the relevant competences as outlined in the mapping at the end of this document.

From 1 September 2021, there will be some further changes to pupillage, including the introduction of a compulsory course in Negotiation Skills and a centralised assessment in Professional Ethics. More information about the compulsory courses and the Professional Ethics assessment will be added to the Strategy in due course.