The Bar Practice Course (BPC) is the postgraduate course you must take to qualify as a barrister. It is the second stage of the three you must complete to qualify as a barrister. First is the academic stage; you must have an undergraduate law degree, or a non-law degree with a law conversion course. The minimum grade requirement is a 2:2, but it will put you in better standing if you achieve at least a 2:1. Next is the vocational stage, which is the postgraduate Bar course.

The final stage is pupillage, in which you spend a year practicing as a pupil barrister at a chambers or other qualifying organisation. Additionally, prospective barristers must join one of the four Inns of Court and complete 12 qualifying sessions, which take place in between the academic and vocational stage. You must also complete the BCAT (Bar Course Aptitude Test) before beginning the BPC.

Bar courses are sometimes named differently depending on which provider you study with (such as the ‘Bar Practice Course’ or ‘Barrister Training Course’) but all bar courses are assessed in the same way and lead to the same qualification needed to be ‘called to the Bar.’

Name of University

Course Name


Course Fees

Course Start

Entry Requirements


Special Features

University of Law

Bar Practice Course

Full-time and part-time

£13,400 – London £12,100 – Outside London

July, September, January

Minimum of 2:1 from LLB OR 2:2 in non-law degree and commendation in PGDL

Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, London Bloomsbury

50 hours of advocacy training with real barristers and judges in mock trials

The University of the West of England

Bar Training Course

Full-time and part-time

£15,500 with LLM


Minimum 2:2 in LLB or non-law and PGDL, pass BCAT, membership of Inn of Court

Frenchay Campus, Bristol

Strong emphasis on personal and academic support, well established link to local and national chambers, mock pupillage interviews, pro-bono opportunities

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy

Bar Course

Full-time, flexible two part programme

£13, 481

September, January

Minimum 2:1 in LLB or non-law with commendation or distinction in PGDL, pass BCAT, membership in Inn of Court

Kings College London

Course is split into two stages; first is virtual with interactive learning techniques, second part taught within the Inns of Court. Emphasis on advocacy and strong links to the profession.

Nottingham Trent University

Barrister Training Course


£14,800 (launch award – reduction of £1000 for 2021 start as the course is new)

September, March

Minimum of 2:1 from LLB, 2:2 with evidence of exceptional achievement elsewhere, pass BCAT, join an Inn of Court.


Small class sizes, mock courtrooms, multi-award-winning pro-bono programme through Legal Advice Centre.

Northumbria University

Bar Course

Full and part-time



Minimum 2:1 LLB and non-law with commendation in PGDL, 2:2 considered exceptionally on individual basis, pass BCAT and membership in Inn of Court.


Vulnerable witness training, practitioner advocacy masterclass, mentoring scheme, international mooting.

Manchester Metropolitan

Bar Training Course

Full-time, part-time, part-time flexible



Minimum 2:2 in LLB OR non-law with PGDL, pass BCAT


Supportive community, professional lecture series, legal hub, flexible study, pro-bono network, specialist Bar facility

City, University of London

Bar Vocational Studies

Full-time, part-time

£16,500 £19,500 with LLM


2:2 in LLB or non-law with PGDL, pass BCAT, membership in Inn of Court

Northampton Square, London

Small class size, one-to-one feedback sessions, advice on CV’s, mock interviews, practitioner panels and networking events

Cardiff University

Bar Training Course




Minimum 2:1 degree, 2:2 considered on individual basis, pass BCAT, membership of Inn of Court.


Only Russell Group University to offer the BTC, all tutors are barristers or solicitors, highly regarded training, significant face to face support.

BPP Law School

Barrister Training Course

Full and part-time

£14,870 – London £13,870 – Outside London

September, January

Minimum of 2:1 from LLB or 2:2 with extenuating circumstances. Satisfactory video evidence, pass the BCAT, membership of Inn of Court, satisfactory reference.

Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, London Holbury,

Specialist career advice, well-being support, employability week and pro-bono opportunities

By Lauren Kelly