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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.
Our Bar Practice Course provides an ideal environment for developing the confidence, communication skills and leadership you’ll need to thrive at the Bar. With our experienced academic team and advanced learning technology, you will gain the expertise and experience needed to start your career as a barrister.
A Qualifying Law Degree at 2:1 or above
A postgraduate law conversion courseFull requirements
September 2022See all Start Dates
Apply for this course directly with the University of Law.
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 52% of our students graduating in 2019 have secured or completed pupillage.**
When you study the Bar Practice Course with us you will receive:
**52% of our full-time UK/EEA 2018/19 BPC students graduating in 2019 have successfully secured or completed pupillage (based on student data collated summer 2021). Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
Our virtual 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.
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 full-time GDL and MA Law students
If you started our full-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Master of Arts in Law (MA Law) in September 2021, you should be eligible to commence the Bar Practice Course (BPC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) in September 2022 on successful completion of your course.
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 applying for a Student Route visa.
These documents explain the demands of the course in order to assess your ability to undertake 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.
*Students studying the Pro Bono route at our Liverpool campus in 2021/22 will have to attend regular sessions at our Manchester campus for the entire programme.
**Students studying additional modules at our Liverpool campus in 2021/22 or 2022/23 will have to attend regular sessions (1-2 days per week) at our Manchester campus for a single semester. Students studying additional modules at our Newcastle campus in 2022/23 will have to attend regular sessions (1-2 days per week) at our Leeds campus for a single semester.
You can choose to study the Bar Practice Course full-time or part-time. Get a full breakdown of how these different options work throughout the year.
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 July 2022 and September 2022 are open. If you’d like to study full-time or part-time you can apply directly with us and must attend a Selection Event by the date below:
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.
2021/22 Course Fees (June 2022, full-time)
2022/23 Course Fees
Total fees (including BSB fee of £870)
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.
If you are an international student and are coming to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa. In most cases you will need to obtain a Student Route visa. In order to apply for this visa you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the UK Home Office.
The Home Office has also introduced a Graduate Work visa which allows Graduates to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career in the UK for 2 years post completion of a UK degree. The Graduate route is an unsponsored visa, meaning students will not need a job offer to apply for this visa.
Please note that the University does not currently provide visa sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students for online courses due to Home Office regulations.