University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Bar Professional Training Course

City Centre Campus
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Rank: 52 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: City Centre Campus


Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2019/09/09

Duration: 12 months

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The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is the vocational stage of training for those who wish to become a barrister in England and Wales. It acts as the bridge between the academic study of law and the practice of law, enabling you to move from the classroom to the courtroom. As the largest law school in the North East region we pride ourselves in offering excellent training to help you to secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. Throughout your course, you’ll use outstanding facilities including a dedicated legal practice library a suite of mock courtrooms and access to an impressive range of options, including the Student Law Office*, winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize By the end of the BPTC you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career at the Bar. *Please note that the Student Law Office option is limited to 12 BPTC students per year.


Entry requirements

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 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 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

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5 (5.5 in each component)

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

Professional bodies

  • The Bar Council

About this university

International students

Students from over 100 countries travel to study at Northumbria and there is plenty of support and assistance on hand to help them adapt to their new home. To start with there is country specific information for applicants on the website as well as information about immigration and visas. Once in Newcastle, there is plenty of help and assistance including English language courses and assistance with those trying to find employment between their studies. The union is responsible for the organisation of various volunteering and charity work opportunities in the larger community and further afield. In addition, there are more than 100 societies to get involved with based around interests, cultures, sports or arts to name a few. Societies are a great way to meet people with similar interests or learn about something completely new. Students even have the chance to start up their own club or societies if they find a gap and have a shared interest with others. The Student Union is the representation of students attending the university as well as organising various services and the clubs and societies for outside the classroom. Within the student union building are a number of social venues including three bars.

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