Gain up to 50 hours of advocacy training: test your skills in front of real barristers and judges at mooting competitions and also at mock trials in court.
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The Bar Practice Course (BPC), previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), is the qualifying postgraduate course allowing graduates to prepare and practise as barristers in England and Wales. It is the vocational stage of training, which you’re required to pass before you can go on to complete the final, practical stage of training; pupillage. Give yourself the best chance to secure pupillage and prepare for life as a barrister with our high quality tutoring, designed and delivered by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experiences in delivering advocacy.
A Qualifying Law Degree at 2:1 or above
GDL/CPE or MA LawFull requirements
September 2020See all Start Dates
Our law programmes will be available in September. That's our guarantee.
We pride ourselves in offering the best legal training, and our Bar Practice Course (BPC) is no exception.
It is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. You'll receive dedicated support from our specialist careers service from the moment you accept your place, giving you the best chance of securing pupillage and acquiring as much varied experience as possible. This is why 58% of our students secured pupillage within one year of successfully completing their course**.
When you study the Bar Practice Course with us you will receive:
**58% of our full-time UK/EEA Bar Practice Course (BPC) students graduating in 2018 secured a pupillage within one year of successfully completing their course. Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
Our rigorous Selection Process allows us to identify the brightest and most able students, creating a stimulating learning environment for all. As a result, when you undertake our BPC you can guarantee that you will be studying alongside committed, focused and intelligent students, which in turn will push you to succeed.
Important notice: Due to the circumstances around Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have currently postponed all of our face-to-face Selection Events until the end of April 2020. To keep up with demand, we have released extra Skype interviews on our online portal.
For students looking to study with us in September 2020, you must book and attend a Selection Event before the dates below -
The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.
Please see important information issued by the Bar Standards Board for those wishing to study for the Bar of England and Wales.
Progression for September 2019 and January 2020 students (GDL and MA Law)
Please note: If you require a visa to study in the UK and wish to progress on to one of our on-campus vocational courses, please refer to our UK visa requirements page for information about Tier 4 visas and progression.
These documented explain the demands of the course in order to assess your ability for the course.
We give you as many opportunities as possible to hone your essential advocacy skills and put what you learn into practice:
Choose to study this award and you will have the opportunity to add an internationally recognised LLM qualification to your CV and pupillage applications.
You can complete your Master of Laws (LLM) qualification via three routes:
If you study our Bar Practice Course LLM, you could also be eligible for a SLC Postgraduate Loan.
You can choose to study the Bar Practice Course full-time or part-time. Get a full break down of how these different options work throughout the year.
Please note: These documents are still being developed, please check back at a later date to get a full breakdown of the dates for this course.
There are 10 assessments in total with practice assessments held for every module spread across the course. Some prizes, sponsored by chambers, are available for the highest-scoring student in each subject.
Our Bar Practice Course has its own structure, with different assessments to suit.
We care about your career, which is why we offer support with job applications and other work experience opportunities as soon as you accept your place.Discover more
Applications for this course are now open. If you’d like to study full-time or part-time you can apply directly with us.
The application deadline for our September 2020 course are as follows -
Don't forget - you must be a member of an Inn of Court before you start our BPC. The deadline for applying is at least 12 weeks before you start the course. For more information about joining an Inn and the role of the Inns can be found in the Bar Qualification Manual.
Total fees (including BSB fee of £870)
Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham £11,750
London Bloomsbury £13,000
Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham £14,450
London Bloomsbury £16,000
With a range of scholarships, bursaries and advocacy awards available, studying with us is more affordable than ever. Plus, if you choose to study the Bar Practice Course LLM you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan.
We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.