BPTC - Bar Professional Training Course




Our BPTC will also provide you with a solid foundation in knowledge and skills for your early years of tenancy.

We are the only Russell Group University to offer the BPTC and have been doing so since the BPTC (and its predecessor, the BVC) was first introduced by the Bar Council in 1997. Since then we have built a reputation for delivering a high quality, highly regarded course.

Our teaching style

  • You will experience a carefully designed course in a highly supportive learning environment.
  • All of our tutors have practised as professional lawyers and our ethos is one of friendly professionalism and mutual respect.
  • Your learning will mostly take place through small group sessions of 12 or 6 students to help support you through the intensive and practical nature of the course.
  • We offer a high level of face to face tuition. Opportunities to practise all skills exceed the BSB’s minimum recommended number.
  • You will experience a special focus on the core skill of advocacy.
  • Our high staff/student ratio ensures that you will receive substantial and worthwhile individual feedback and assistance in your performance of oral and written skills.

Reputation and enhanced employability

  • We offer a guaranteed period of two weeks’ placements giving you the opportunity to marshall with both a Circuit Judge and a District Judge in addition to undertaking a mini-pupillage.
  • The Law School runs a range of pioneering pro-bono projects in which student volunteers work on real cases under supervision from professionals. You can gain hands-on experience of the law in practice and possibly make a difference to people’s lives.
  • We hold a careers programme and provide support for pupillage and alternative progression.
  • We have excellent links with practice and the legal profession – our course is strongly supported by the local Bar and Judiciary.
  • We offer a good selection of optional subjects from which you can choose and tailor your learning to your areas of interest.
  • On passing the BPTC you will have the opportunity to convert your qualification into a Masters degree.

What will you study on the BPTC?

Enrolment takes place in mid- September. From then until spring break you will focus on the knowledge areas of:

  • Civil Litigation, Evidence and Remedies; and
  • Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing together with the core skills of: Advocacy, Conferencing, Opinion Writing, Drafting, Professional Ethics and Resolution of Disputes.

Advocacy continues after spring break and you will then also study two optional subjects of your choice. Please see our website for further details.

What are we looking for?

In order to enrol on the course you will need to have:

  • completed your academic stage;
  • obtained a 2:2 class degree or higher;
  • been admitted as a student member of one of the four Inns of Court;
  • satisfied the English language requirement; and
  • passed the Bar Aptitude test.

How to apply

All applications must be made to the Bar Standards Board applications system:


The system is open for applications in early November each year and the closing date is in early January. Please note these dates are indicative only and you should check the up to date information provided by the BSB:


Our fees are competitively priced and reflect the top quality support and resources that you can expect from an excellent BPTC provider:

  • UK&EU students: £12,100 plus a £800 materials fee;
  • international students: £13,500 plus a £800 materials fee.

If you are an International student you will be able to apply for a place in University accommodation if you are offered a place on the BPTC.

Visit the website to find out more: www.law.cf.ac.uk/courses/international

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