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Bar Practice Course (BPC)

The Bar Practice Course (BPC), previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), is the qualifying postgraduate course allowing graduates to prepare and practise as barristers in England and Wales. It is the vocational stage of training, which you’re required to pass before you can go on to complete the final, practical stage of training; pupillage. Give yourself the best chance to secure pupillage and prepare for life as a barrister with our high quality tutoring, designed and delivered by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experiences in delivering advocacy.

Our Bar Practice Course provides an ideal environment for developing the confidence, communication skills and leadership you’ll need to thrive at the Bar. With our experienced academic team and advanced learning technology, you will gain the expertise and experience needed to start your career as a barrister.

International Students: we are no longer accepting applications from people who need a Student Route visa for full-time courses that start before July 2023.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Qualifying Law Degree at 2:1 or above


A postgraduate law conversion course

Full requirements

Next start date

June 2023

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Apply for this course directly with the University of Law.


Gain up to 50 hours of advocacy training: test your skills in front of real barristers and judges at mooting competitions and also at mock trials in court.

65% of our full-time UK/EEA 2018/19 BPC students graduating in 2019 have successfully secured or completed pupillage (based on student data collated summer 2022).

Increase your chances of pupillage with a Master of Laws (LLM): add an internationally recognised LLM qualification to your CV and pupillage applications.

Course Details

Bar Practice Course (BPC)

We pride ourselves in offering the best legal training, and our Bar Practice Course (BPC) is no exception.

It is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. You'll receive dedicated support from our specialist careers service from the moment you accept your place, giving you the best chance of securing pupillage and acquiring as much varied experience as possible. This is why 65% of our students graduating in 2019 have secured or completed pupillage.**

When you study the Bar Practice Course with us you will receive:

  • Up to 50 hours advocacy training, so you're fully prepared for the Bar: test your skills in front of real barristers and judges at prestigious mooting competitions organised by our Advocacy Committee and also at mock trials in court.
  • Tuition in small classes alongside the brightest students: we require all students to undergo a live selection process before being offered a place.
  • Access to an engaging and innovative online learning environment, plus face-to-face tutor and peer support when you need it most.
  • Flexible study options to suit you: choose to study with us full-time or part-time at a number of locations across the UK.
  • Success in pupillage applications and beyond with our Future Pupil Programme, part of our award-winning Careers and Employability Service, available from the moment you accept your place.
  • A choice of three pathways to success with our Bar Practice Course LLM: complete real-life legal work experience via our Pro Bono clinics, write a dissertation or study additional modules and sit the exams after you finish your Bar Practice Course.
  • Exclusive access to our Synap learning and revision tool: complete multiple-choice questions to monitor and review your progress.
  • All of the course materials you need: hard copies of the White Book (Civil Procedure) and Blackstone’s (Criminal Practice) are included in your course fee.

**65% of our full-time UK/EEA 2018/19 BPC students graduating in 2019 have successfully secured or completed pupillage (based on student data collated summer 2022). Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Benefits of our selection process

Our virtual Selection Process allows us to identify the brightest and most able students, creating a stimulating learning environment for all. As a result, when you undertake our BPC you can guarantee that you will be studying alongside committed, focused and intelligent students, which in turn will push you to succeed.

  • Gain confidence in knowing whether a career at the Bar is right for you
  • Practise your advocacy skills in a 5-minute "plea in mitigation"
  • Take the opportunity to compete for Advocacy Scholarships
  • Get vital practice for pupillage interviews

Important Information

The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.

Please see important information issued by the Bar Standards Board for those wishing to study for the Bar of England and Wales.

Go to Important BPC Information ➔


Progression for full-time PgDL and MA Law (Conversion) students

Due to the projected end date of our full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PgDL) and Master of Arts in Law (MA Law Conversion) courses, you may not be eligible to commence our Bar Practice Course (BPC), LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) or SQE1 Preparation Course in September 2023.

Please note: If you require a visa to study in the UK and wish to progress on to one of our on-campus vocational courses, please refer to our UK visa requirements page for information about applying for a Student Route visa.

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Programme Demands

These documents explain the demands of the course in order to assess your ability to undertake the course.

BPC Full Time and Part Time Programme Demands ➔

Course Structure

  • Civil litigation, evidence and resolution of disputes out of court
  • Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
  • Advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and civil applications
  • Conferencing
  • Drafting
  • Opinion writing
  • Professional Ethics
  • Legal Research

We give you as many opportunities as possible to hone your essential advocacy skills and put what you learn into practice:

  • Participating in mock trials in real courtrooms with real judges and senior barristers
  • Online advocacy skill demonstrations with feedback from practising barristers
  • Visits to the High Court, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and County Courts

Choose to study this award and you will have the opportunity to add an internationally recognised LLM qualification to your CV and pupillage applications.

You can complete your Master of Laws (LLM) qualification via three routes:

  1. Complete real-life work experience via our Pro Bono clinics - you will advise, manage and represent clients on a variety of cases in legal areas. You will also be paired with a Master’s Supervisor, who will guide you through a reflective learning process so that you can complete your reflective assessment and obtain your Master’s Degree.
  2. Study additional modules** - increase your knowledge of legal practice areas which are of interest to you and can help shape the direction of your career. You will sit the exams once you’ve finished your Bar Practice Course.
  3. Write a dissertation - immerse yourself in an area of law and become expert in it, allowing you to demonstrate your knowledge in your applications to chambers and beyond.

If you study our Bar Practice Course LLM, you could also be eligible for a SLC Postgraduate Loan.

**Students studying additional modules at our Liverpool campus in 2022/23 will have to attend regular sessions (1-2 days per week) at our Manchester campus for a single semester. Students studying additional modules at our Newcastle campus in 2022/23 will have to attend regular sessions (1-2 days per week) at our Leeds campus for a single semester. International students cannot study the additional module route in Liverpool or Newcastle, as they must complete all of their studies at one campus.


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Get help financing your BPC

We have a variety of funding options available for our BPC.

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Course Start Dates

  • Bar Practice Course (BPC)
    • Full-time: London Bloomsbury
  • Bar Practice Course (BPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham
    • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury
  • Bar Practice Course (BPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury

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Course Information


You can choose to study the Bar Practice Course full-time or part-time. Get a full breakdown of how these different options work throughout the year.



There are 10 assessments in total with practice assessments held for every module spread across the course. Some prizes, sponsored by chambers, are available for the highest-scoring student in each subject.

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Our Bar Practice Course has its own structure, with different assessments to suit.

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We care about your career, which is why we offer support with job applications and other work experience opportunities as soon as you accept your place.

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Fees and Applying


Applications for January 2023 are open. If you’d like to study full-time or part-time you can apply directly with us and must attend a Selection Event.

If you would like to compete for our BPC Awards and Scholarships for January 2023, you must attend a Selection Event by Wednesday 9 November 2022.

Alternatively, our last Selection Event before our January 2023 intake is Wednesday 14 December 2022.

Don't forget - you must be a member of an Inn of Court before you start our BPC. The deadline for applying is at least 12 weeks before you start the course. For more information about joining an Inn and the role of the Inns can be found in the Bar Qualification Manual.  

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2022/23 Course Fees

  • Outside London (excl. Newcastle) - £12,700 (BPC), £15,300 (BPC LLM)
  • Newcastle – £12,500 (BPC) includes a £200 introductory discount, £12,550 (BPC LLM) includes a £2,750 introductory discount
  • London -  £14,000 (BPC), £16,900 (BPC LLM)


We are also offering a £500 Newcastle Postgraduate Award to all students studying our BPC at Newcastle University in September 2022. Please read our terms and conditions.

If you’re a ULaw alumnus, you may be eligible to receive our £500 General Alumni Discount. 


Total fees (including BSB fee of £870)

With a range of scholarships, bursaries and advocacy awards available, studying with us is more affordable than ever. Plus, if you choose to study the Bar Practice Course LLM you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan.



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

If you are an international student and are coming to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa. In most cases you will need to obtain a Student Route visa. In order to apply for this visa you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the UK Home Office.

The Home Office has also introduced a Graduate Work visa which allows Graduates to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career in the UK for 2 years post completion of a UK degree. The Graduate route is an unsponsored visa, meaning students will not need a job offer to apply for this visa.

Please note that the University does not currently provide visa sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students for online courses due to Home Office regulations.

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