The University of Law

University of Law

Law (BPTC)

Our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) will help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life at the Bar.

  • Study in a small class alongside the brightest students – we’re the only BPTC provider requiring all students to undergo a selection process
  • Unparalleled advocacy experience: four times the training required by the Bar Standards Board
  • Numerous international and national mooting opportunities organised by our dedicated Advocacy Committee
  • Benefit from our Future Pupil Programme: specialist careers advice from the moment you accept your place

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

The BPTC is structured to follow the stages of litigation from the start of a case to its conclusion or appeal.

Knowledge areas

  • Civil Litigation, Evidence and Remedies
  • Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
  • Professional Ethics

Core skills

  • Opinion Writing
  • Drafting
  • Conference Skills
  • Resolution of Disputes Out of Court
  • Civil Advocacy
  • Examination in Chief
  • Cross Examination

Specialist electives

Two specialist options from a list typically including:

  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation
  • Chancery
  • Employment Tribunal Practice
  • Family Practice
  • Immigration and Asylum Practice
  • International Commercial Practice
  • Judicial Review
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Practice

Assessment methods

  • 12 assessments throughout the course, including the Bar Standards Board centralised assessments
  • Mock assessments in all subjects

Course fees

Course fees vary slightly depending on which campus you are studying at, or if you're studying online. Please visit for details.


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
Leeds centre Leeds LS1 5HD Yorkshire and the Humber
The University of Law London Bloomsbury London WC1E 7DE

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Key information

Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0800 289997