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Barrister Training Course (BTC)



What will I learn?

Course information

Taught by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience, our Barrister Training Course is highly practical and simulates your future working life in chambers. From day one, you’ll learn to think and act like a barrister.

You will apply your knowledge to realistic legal scenarios of the type you are likely to encounter within pupillage. By developing your advocacy skills throughout, you will focus on learning by doing, so you emerge confident and polished before you step into a courtroom. The Bar is a fiercely competitive profession. That’s why our training is designed to help you gain the extensive knowledge and consummate advocacy skills you need to secure pupillage and start your career as a barrister.

On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to be called to the Bar of England and Wales (subject to meeting the qualifying session requirements of your Inn of Court).

Who is this course for?

Graduates who have completed a law degree
Graduates who have completed a law conversion course
International students looking to study law

Regulatory body

Authorised by the Bar Standards Board

Award achieved

Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Bar) awarded by BPP University.

Course structure

Our Barrister Training Course (BTC) covers the integrated knowledge and skills necessary to pass all required assessments, including centralised assessments set by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), and commence pupillage.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods on our BTC, including:

Bar Standards Board (BSB) centralised assessments
Coursework (to test written and oral skills)
Examinations (including multiple choice and problem-based questions)
A professional portfolio

The programme features a variety of assessments, including coursework and examinations. Coursework is in the form of essays, reports or case studies, while group or individual presentations may be required to assess other competencies. Examinations will be with written elements or multiple-choice questions and may be unseen or part-seen, where assessment material is released in advance.

Enhance your employability

Our range of support options ensures you are prepared in the best possible way to launch a successful legal career.

Which department am I in?

BPP University

Study options

Full Time (8.5 months)

Tuition fees
£15,121.00 (US$ 18,437) Overall cost
Fees include BSB registration fee of £705.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2023


BPP Leeds

Whitehall 2,


LS1 4HG, England

Full Time (8.5 months)

Tuition fees
£15,121.00 (US$ 18,437) Overall cost
Fees include BSB registration fee of £705.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2023


BPP Bristol

Bpp House,

Grove Avenue Queen Square,


BS1 4QY, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have one of the following to apply for a postgraduate conversion course e.g. MSc Management all pathways or MSc International Marketing at BPP: Bachelor degree - when awarded by a regionally accredited institution with a general GPA of 2.8 or above depending on the course chosen. Students without a first degree but with suitable relevant work experience may be considered on for some masters programmes and also considered recognised Professional Qualification.

For international students

The entry requirements to study the Barrister Training Course (BTC), Barrister Training Course (Master's) and Barrister Training Course with SQE (Master's) at BPP University Law School are as follows : Qualifying law degree or non-law degree plus CPE/GDL (minimum 2:1 or 2:2 at BPP's discretion), Submission of satisfactory video evidence Fluency in English, Membership of an Inn of Court, A pass in the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), Receipt of a satisfactory reference. Students need an IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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