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Bar Professional Training Course

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.

The programme is taught by a team of professionally-qualified experts who are the authors of the BPTC manuals in use across the country. Internationally renowned and highly skills focused, City's BPTC provides a bridge between academic legal study and professional practice and covers three essential areas:
Advocacy;
Written and oral advisory skills;
Drafting skills.

Underpinning all of these areas is a foundation of analysis and legal research, combined with the need to set priorities and organise your work in order to meet deadlines. 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.

Entry requirements

The BPTC is a postgraduate course with basic entry requirements prescribed by the BSB. Most applicants should have a UK honours degree in law, normally with a minimum standard upper second-class award. However, it is possible to apply with a degree in another subject and a further qualification in law, such as the Common Professional Examination, the Graduate Diploma in Law, or the Graduate Entry LLB. The Bar Standards Board can advise on non-standard qualifications.

Additional requirements laid down by the BSB are:

  • Lower second-class honours degree
  • Passing the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)
  • Applying for membership of one of the four Inns of Court by the last working day of May 2017 (you can check with your chosen Inn to confirm this).

Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)

The Bar Course Aptitude Test is designed to assess your critical reasoning skills, which are an essential attribute to success as a lawyer. It is taken before the BPTC, and is a pre-condition to starting the BPTC.

It is administered by the Bar Standards Board. The test opens in April each year, with a closing date usually about the end of August.

Course modules

Core Modules:
Advocacy Cross Examination (10 credits);
Advocacy Examination in Chief (10 credits);
Advocacy Addressing the Court (10 credits);
Civil Litigation, Evidence & Remedies 12 credits);
Conference Skills (6 credits);
Criminal Litigation, Evidence & Sentencing (12 credits);
Resolution of Disputes out of Court (ADR) (6 credits);
Drafting Skills (12 credits);
Professional Ethics (six credits);
Opinion Writing Skills (12 credits).

Elective modules:
Advanced Criminal Litigation (12 credits);
Commercial Law (12 credits);
Company Law (12 credits);
Domestic Violence (12 credits);
Employment Law (12 credits);
Family Law (12 credits);
Fraud & Financial Crime (12 credits);
Free Representation Unit (12 credits);
Landlord & Tenant (12 credits);
Professional Negligence (12 credits);
Social Security (12 credits).

Other important areas covered within the context of the main subjects:
Costs;
Human rights;
Risk analysis.

Assessment methods

There are eight skills assessments and four multiple choice/short answer question tests. The assessments are a combination of 'unseen' and 'take away' papers. Skills assessments are based on realistic exercises reproducing the demands of practice and reflecting the work done on the course.

Advocacy and conference assessments are recorded with actors playing the role of client and/or witness. Written skills assessments require you to write an opinion or prepare a piece of drafting.

Multiple choice tests/short answer questions will also be used to assess your competence level in Criminal Litigation, Sentencing and Evidence; Civil Litigation, Civil Evidence and Remedies; ADR; and Professional Ethics.

Fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

What your fee includes

Full-time and part-time fees are inclusive of:

  • Course deposit
  • Bar Standards Board fee
  • Textbooks, including: practitioner books in civil practice and criminal practice, The City Law School BPTC manuals (published by OUP as the ‘bar series’) and textbooks in civil procedure, evidence and alternative dispute resolution.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2018 GBP 18,500 (Year 1) England 1 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2018 GBP 18,500 (Year 1) International 1 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2018 GBP 18,500 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 1 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2018 GBP 18,500 (Year 1) Scotland 1 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2018 GBP 18,500 (Year 1) Wales 1 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2018 GBP 9,250 (Year 1) England 2 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2018 GBP 9,250 (Year 1) International 2 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2018 GBP 9,250 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 2 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2018 GBP 9,250 (Year 1) Scotland 2 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2018 GBP 9,250 (Year 1) Wales 2 Years

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