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Bar Professional Training Course

The Bar is not simply a career; it is a vocation. No two days are alike, and the diverse nature of cases and clients require the successful barrister to possess a range of practical and intellectual skills. Northumbria's Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) will equip you with the skills and attitude required for a highly successful career - not only at the Bar - but across the legal profession, business and politics.

We teach skills in small groups, enabling great student-staff contact. The teaching team for our BPTC course is composed mostly of experienced barristers and solicitors. You will therefore benefit from the highest quality of practice-informed teaching, as well as feedback tailored to your individual developmental needs.

Northumbria Law School's outstanding facilities, including our mock courtrooms and extensive IT provision, will enhance your learning experience. You will also have the unique opportunity of applying to study in our award-winning Student Law Office, delivering real legal representation, in real cases to real clients.

Northumbria Law School has close links with the Bar and judiciary of the North East, which provides excellent opportunities for mini-pupillage and marshalling. Additionally, students on our BPTC course have the opportunity to compete for our excellent overseas legal placements.

Your career is our priority. We will prepare you for job interviews (pupillage or otherwise) with mock interviews, an exercise which has yielded notable results. In all respects, you will leave our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) as a highly accomplished and highly attractive employment prospect.

Entry requirements

Successfully completed the Law Society Finals Examination, Legal Practice Programme, Bar Finals Programme, Bar Vocational Course/Bar Professional Training Course or their equivalent.
Or have enrolled on Northumbria's Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC), and be expected to successfully complete either the BPTC/LPC within before they can be awarded the LLM Advanced Legal Practice.
International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications
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. Applicants 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 applicants 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 applicants must achieve a minimum standard as specified by the BSB.
For more information please visit www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Course modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at www.northumbria.ac.uk

Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time September 2018 2 2 Years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2018 1 1 Years

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