Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

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How long you will study
1 year

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GBP 18500 per year

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GBP 18500 per year

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About Bar Professional Training Course at City, University of London

Who is it for?

The BPTC is designed for aspiring barristers. It attracts students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. Students will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

From recent graduates to doctors and front bench opposition MPs, the programme caters both for those who have always been dedicated to a professional legal career as well as people seeking a career change, and those who are able to make use of the training together with a professional legal qualification in business, management or administration.

In particular, the course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as advocates, and those who want to research and apply the law to help clients in presenting legal cases in court. Bar students often have a deep commitment to helping those who need assistance in protecting their legal rights.

The course offers two possible routes:

1) Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training (the BPTC) - If you successfully complete the compulsory taught elements (150 credits) you will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma and will be certified as having completed the Bar Professional Training Course. This is the compulsory vocational qualification required to be eligible to be Called to the Bar of England and Wales.

2) LLM in Bar Professional Training - This is the BPTC together with either an additional 30-credit practice focused dissertation based on a research project or (for full-time students only) a 30-credit analytical report based on supervised clinical legal work with one of our external partners. If you choose this route, the submission deadline for the dissertation/journal will be in September. You will need to do research and preparatory work on your dissertation and /or undertake clinical legal work during the taught part of the BPTC.


The Bar Professional Training Course is a rigorous programme designed to reflect the modern working Bar. We replicate life in chambers, so you learn how to represent a range of clients and to prepare for the demands of court.

Studying at Gray's Inn Place, in the heart of legal London, City Law School students achieve impressive academic success. In 2015, our students represented half of the national BPTC cohort achieving a grade of ‘outstanding’* – the most prominent indicator of success in securing future pupillage.

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  • The awardBPTCHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 18500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 18500 per year

Entry requirements

One of the entry requirements for the BPTC is that students are fluent in English. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their oral and written English ability is equivalent to at least one of the following:

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the test.

Pearson Test of English: A minimum score of 73 in each part of the test.

If you are completing your qualifying law degree overseas (even if at a UK university) you will need to provide IELTS or Pearson results meeting the minimum scores required by the Bar Standards Board as proof of English language proficiency. If you are made an offer further details will be provided.

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