Manchester Metropolitan University


If your goal is to become a barrister, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Manchester Law School is designed to provide you with the best possible skills, experience and training to prepare you for a successful career. We offer advocacy training and group sessions that offer true-to-life mock trials, assessments, 'mini chambers' and real-life legal work experience opportunities. Manchester Law School offers excellent Pro Bono opportunities, allowing students to undertake voluntary legal work with our partner organisations.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on the BPTC, you will normally have to satisfy two criteria: You will hold an LLB degree or have completed the GDL programme. You will have obtained a pass in the Bar Aptitude Test. A 2:2 at first degree level, or international equivalent, although factors such as commitment to the profession, motivation and other skills will also be considered. All BPTC offers are subject to the condition that students successfully complete the academic stage of their training to the Bar Standards Board's satisfaction and have enrolled as a student member of one of the Inns of Court.
This course requires IELTS of 7.5 in all elements of the test.

Course modules

Core Units: Year 1: Advocacy Skills; Civil Litigation; Conference Skills; Criminal Litigation Sentencing and Evidence; Drafting; Opinion Writing; Professional Ethics; Resolution of Disputes out of Court. YEAR 2: The part-time course is two years in length so you will cover all of the subjects listed for the full-time one year course but over a period of two years. You will be required to attend one day per fortnight.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice examinations, short answer questions, practical skills assessments, and written examinations.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Bar Registration Fee £550

Prior to enrolment you are required to be a member of an Inn of Court £100 joining fee. Whilst studying the BPTC you are required to complete 12 qualifying sessions at you Inn in order to be called to the Bar. You need to book these sessions through your Inn. There are fees for these sessions depending on the nature of the event - you can check these by contacting your Inn. Most qualifying sessions will take place in London so you will need to pay for travel to London - we provide a one off £60 towards the total cost of your travel. There will usually be around 2 to 3 qualifying sessions in Manchester each year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time September 2017 6,965 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2017 13,930 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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