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Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

10 months (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is a mandatory professional qualification prior to a Pupillage and becoming a barrister.

Cardiff Law School has delivered a high quality and highly regarded Bar Professional Training Course/ Bar Vocational Course since the course was first introduced by the Bar Council in 1997.

Our BPTC will bridge the gap between your academic study of law and your practice as a pupil. It will also provide you with a solid foundation in knowledge and skills for your early years of tenancy. The course aims to foster a professional and ethical approach to practice as a barrister, whilst
giving you an informed view of a barrister’s working life.

Special Features

Course Description

The BPTC programme is a skills-based intensive full-time 10-month course to prepare a prospective Barrister for pupillage.

Students will experience a carefully designed course in a highly supportive learning environment. Learning will mostly take place in small groups of 12 or 6 students and will focus on practical knowledge and written and oral skills. The Course focuses on the development of Advocacy skills, by providing you with 2 hour classes in groups of 6 or less almost every week across all three terms. Students will be expected to develop practitioner skills and copies of practitioners’ texts will be provided.

Course Structure

Up to spring break, students study the Knowledge Areas of:

together with the Core skills:

After Spring break students continue with the Core Skill of Advocacy 2 + 3 and the optional subjects (students choose 2 subjects) Sample options include:

Entry Requirements

The BPTC course is suitable for graduates in Law or any other subject with CPE/GDL. Applicants should show a commitment to the profession (e.g. via placements, mooting competitions, public speaking).

To enrol on the course students need to have:

Applications must be made via the Bar Student Application Service. More information about the course and application procedure is also available on the School's website.

You can download a copy of the Bar Student Application System Guide here.

For more information on annual application deadlines, please see the Bar Standards Board website.

Course fees do not include the Bar Standard's Board registration fee which is expected to be £550 for 2015-16. This is payable in respect of each student registered on the BPTC and which we collect on behalf of the BSB when you enrol in September

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    Plus £900 deposit/materials fee, payable prior to starting
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    Plus £900 deposit/materials fee, payable prior to starting

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: BPTC Administrator, Cardiff Law School  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6106 



School Website:

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