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Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

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Qualification type

Bar Professional Training Course

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Course type


Course Summary

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. Our teaching and learning strategies reflect the practical vocational nature of the BPTC with a strong emphasis on small-group experiential learning and ongoing reflection. This programme provides an excellent opportunity to develop your advocacy skills and develop your practice network.

Assessments are designed to encourage a deep and critical approach to learning. The assessments will allow you to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcomes required by the Bar Standards Board. On successful completion of the BPTC, you will be fully prepared for the demands of practice at the Bar and will be eligible for call to the Bar of England and Wales (subject to meeting the qualifying requirements of your Inn of Court). The Bar is recognised to be a demanding profession and there is extremely intense competition for pupillages. At Northumbria, we aim to ensure that you are prepared in every way for pupillage selection and life as a barrister.

Different course options

Full time | City Centre Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the nature of advocacy in relation to witness handling encountered in practice at the Bar before civil, criminal courts and other tribunals. On completion of the module, you will be able to prepare, present and respond to a case, , both orally and in writing, before a criminal or civil court or other tribunal, either formally or informally. You will deliver advocacy persuasively, fluently and clearly at a sensible pace, adopting an appropriate structure, and abiding by the rules of evidence and professional conduct. You will have self- reflected on your own advocacy skills and those of your peers, evaluating source material and suggesting alternative approaches to practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should 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. Students 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 students 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 students must achieve a minimum standard as specified by the BSB.