The University of Law

University of Law

Law (BPTC)

This course has been designed to resemble practice as closely as possible. Study follows a logical, realistic process from initial instruction to final appeal and learning is based around the 7 core skills and 3 knowledge areas stipulated by the Bar Standards Board. Students will take part in regular advocacy sessions, with the University offering 32 sessions, which is nearly 3 times more than required by the Bar Standards Board. Most learning will be in small groups and students will have plenty of opportunities to put their learning into action through: practitioner evenings, mock trials, court visits, mooting, negotiating and advocacy competitions, and pro bono.

Entry requirements

Students require either a qualifying law degree (2.2 minimum) or an undergraduate degree in any other subject (2.2 minimum) and a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE. Applicants are required to pass the Bar Standards Board aptitude test (known as the Bar Course Aptitude Test - BCAT). Students with overseas degrees should discuss their eligibility with the Bar Standards Board. Non-EEA students also require a visa covering the full duration of their course. Applicants must be fluent in English. Applicants should therefore be able to demonstrate that their oral and written English language ability is at least equivalent to: IELTS a score of 7.5 or above in all subjects or Pearsons academic a score of 73 in all 4 areas. Applicants must join an Inn of Court before they can start the BPTC.

Course modules

Civil litigation; evidence and criminal litigation and sentencing. In the final term, students choose to study 2 specialist options which typically includes: advanced criminal litigation; alternative dispute resolution (mediation); chancery; international commercial practice; employment tribunal practice; family practice; immigration and asylum practice; judicial review; personal injury and clinical negligence practice.

Assessment methods

There are 12 assessments in total. Practice assessments are held for all subjects, which include advocacy, opinion writing, drafting, conference skills, resolution of disputes out of court, civil and criminal litigation, evidence and professional ethics.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2016 - 10 months
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2016 - 10 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Birmingham centre Birmingham B18 6AQ West Midlands
De Broc School of Business (London Bloomsbury) WC1E 7DE

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