Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)




The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is the vocational stage of training for those who wish to become a barrister in England and Wales. It acts as the bridge between the academic study of law and the practice of law, enabling you to move from the classroom to the courtroom. As the largest law school in the North East region we pride ourselves in offering excellent training to help you to secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. Throughout your course, you’ll use outstanding facilities including a dedicated legal practice library a suite of mock courtrooms and access to an impressive range of options, including the Student Law Office*, winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize By the end of the BPTC you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career at the Bar. 

Fees and Funding 2018/19

Full UK Fee: £14500

Full EU Fee: £14500 

Full International Fee: £14500 

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A Qualifying Law Degree, have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law, or have satisfied the Bar Standards Board requirements to embark on the vocational stage of training. Applicants must also have joined an Inn (usually by no later than 30th March in the year in which they intend to join the BPTC) and must also pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) which is administered by the Bar Standards Board.

All applicants are required to join one of the four Inns of Court before they commence the BPTC, and applicants must pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) introduced by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) in 2012. The test is compulsory and applicants must achieve a minimum standard as specified by the BSB. For more information please visit

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with 7.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

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