Bar Professional Training Course - BPTC

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Entry requirements: Applicants must have a Law degree (generally a 2:1 or above) from a UK university, or have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) following a non-law degree.

  • All BPTC students where English or Welsh is not their first language must have achieved a minimum of 7.5 in each part of the academic IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section
  • You must join one of the four Inns of Court by 31 May in the year your course starts

Fees: Our 2014/15 are frozen at £17,350 and include:

  • all textbooks 
  • course manuals
  • first-take examinations
  • Bar Standards Board registration fee £475
Location: London Bridge

Scholarships: Available

Next steps:


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BPTC course overview 

The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), formerly known as the BVC, is a postgraduate professional course which forms the second (vocational) stage of training for barristers in England and Wales. Passing the BPTC is an essential step for students wishing to practice at the Bar.

The purpose of the BPTC, as prescribed by the Bar Standards Board, is to ensure that students intending to become barristers acquire the skills, knowledge of procedure & evidence, and competence in preparation for pupillage (the third stage).

At Kaplan Law School, we run the Nottingham Law School (NLS) BPTC whilst the syllabus is set by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).





Entry requirements: Applicants must have a Law degree (generally a 2:1 or above) from a UK university, or have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) following a non-law degree.

  • All BPTC students where English or Welsh is not their first language must have achieved a minimum of 7.5 in each part of the academic IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section
  • You must join one of the four Inns of Court by 31 May in the year your course starts

Fees: Our 2014/15 are frozen at £17,350 and include:

  • all textbooks 
  • course manuals
  • first-take examinations
  • Bar Standards Board registration fee £475
Location: London Bridge

Scholarships: Available

Next steps:


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Why study your BPTC at Kaplan Law School?

On our London law courses we work hard to provide a collaborative and social learning experience to give you the best possible chance of law exam success.

  • Careers service: Our first class Careers Service has an excellent success rate of proactively assisting our students to gain mini pupillage and pupillage.
  • Employability: 58% of our 2013 BPTC graduates have a Pupillage.
  • Personalised approach: We have a rigorous selection and interview process, accepting a small number of students on to our BPTC course. Our tutors know each student by name before they arrive and offer an open door policy. The emphasis at Kaplan Law School is on excellence and the provision of strong careers guidance to ensure the best possible chance of pupillage.
  • Taught by legal professionals: All Kaplan BPTC tutors are barristers and most retain a court practice.
  • Fees frozen for 2014: We understand that further study costs more than ever and that's why we've frozen our fees at £17,350 (including the £475 BSB fee) for September 2014 start. 
Find out more about why you should study your BPTC at Kaplan Law School.

Entry requirements: Applicants must have a Law degree (generally a 2:1 or above) from a UK university, or have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) following a non-law degree.

  • All BPTC students where English or Welsh is not their first language must have achieved a minimum of 7.5 in each part of the academic IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section
  • You must join one of the four Inns of Court by 31 May in the year your course starts

Fees: Our 2014/15 are frozen at £17,350 and include:

  • all textbooks 
  • course manuals
  • first-take examinations
  • Bar Standards Board registration fee £475
Location: London Bridge

Scholarships: Available

Next steps:


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Modules

The Kaplan Law School Bar Professional Training Course is delivered by way of seven briefs, lectures and small group sessions. The course combines ten core subjects followed by two chosen electives studied in the third term. The syllabus is prescribed by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Core modules Elective modules
  • Criminal & Civil Litigation
  • Evidence
  • Sentencing
  • Remedies
  • Ethics
  • Resolution of Disputes
  • Opinion Writing
  • Conference
  • Drafting
  • Advocacy*
  • Advanced Crime
  • Advanced Civil
  • Commercial
  • Family
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Employment

*Advocacy sessions are taught to groups of no more than six and makes up three of the summative assessments; the skills of Examination in Chief, Cross Examination and Civil Advocacy are separately assessed.

The electives span a period of six weeks in the third term. The nature of the final assessments varies according to the subject.

Entry requirements: Applicants must have a Law degree (generally a 2:1 or above) from a UK university, or have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) following a non-law degree.

  • All BPTC students where English or Welsh is not their first language must have achieved a minimum of 7.5 in each part of the academic IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section
  • You must join one of the four Inns of Court by 31 May in the year your course starts

Fees: Our 2014/15 are frozen at £17,350 and include:

  • all textbooks 
  • course manuals
  • first-take examinations
  • Bar Standards Board registration fee £475
Location: London Bridge

Scholarships: Available

Next steps:


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Teaching & assessment

The Kaplan Law School BPTC is offered on a full-time attendance mode, running from September to June. Summative assessments start in December and continue until June. It should be noted that the Bar Standards Board (BSB) requires a minimum 90% attendance throughout the course.

The course typically requires 40 hours of study per week including private study. Students are taught over a four day period with either Mondays or Fridays free of teaching wherever possible but there are evening guest lectures and evening Advocacy Committee and Careers events. Some assessments are timetabled for Fridays. There are a number of Inns events and dining in hall must be undertaken throughout the course of the year.

The BPTC is delivered by way of seven briefs (three civil and four criminal) along with lectures and small group sessions covering the teaching of both knowledge and skill based subjects. The BPTC at Kaplan has its own virtual learning environment which serves as a repository for materials and contains specific information such as events, moots, competitions, BSB announcements and assessments regulations.

Assessment methods

The ten core assessments are taken between December and April, three of which are centrally set by BSB. There are two further assessments in May/June.  The assessments take the following formats:

  • Litigation papers are three hours long, Professional Ethics and ReDOC (Resolution of Disputes out of Court) are two hours
  • Opinion writing is an unseen exam that lasts for four hours and Drafting is an unseen exam that is three hours
  • Advocacy assessments are 15 minutes with 75 minutes preparation time for cross examination. Conference is twenty minutes and like each of the criminal advocacy summative assessments is undertaken with an actor playing the role of client.
  • Electives have a range of assessments including advocacy, conference and opinion writing

Term dates

Term dates for 2014/15 have not yet been confirmed. For reference the 2013/14 term dates are as follows: 

Autumn Term: 12 September – 19 December 2013
Spring Term: 6 January – 8 April 2014
Summer Term: 23 April – 13 June 2014

Once term dates are confirmed they will be available here. 

Entry requirements: Applicants must have a Law degree (generally a 2:1 or above) from a UK university, or have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) following a non-law degree.

  • All BPTC students where English or Welsh is not their first language must have achieved a minimum of 7.5 in each part of the academic IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section
  • You must join one of the four Inns of Court by 31 May in the year your course starts

Fees: Our 2014/15 are frozen at £17,350 and include:

  • all textbooks 
  • course manuals
  • first-take examinations
  • Bar Standards Board registration fee £475
Location: London Bridge

Scholarships: Available

Next steps:


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Course materials

All materials for completion of the course are provided to enrolled BPTC students, this includes:

  • Seven core briefs
  • Small group session student instructions
  • Core textbooks including a copy of Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice and the White Book Civil Procedure Volumes I & II and supplements
  • Student instructions, self study sessions and practice questions are made available via the Online Workshop
  • Practice questions and answers are provided at the time of the mocks and before the summative papers 
  • Recordings of Conferences and Civil Advocacy assessment performances are available to watch online with accompanying downloadable skeleton arguments.

Entry requirements: Applicants must have a Law degree (generally a 2:1 or above) from a UK university, or have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) following a non-law degree.

  • All BPTC students where English or Welsh is not their first language must have achieved a minimum of 7.5 in each part of the academic IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section
  • You must join one of the four Inns of Court by 31 May in the year your course starts

Fees: Our 2014/15 are frozen at £17,350 and include:

  • all textbooks 
  • course manuals
  • first-take examinations
  • Bar Standards Board registration fee £475
Location: London Bridge

Scholarships: Available

Next steps:


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BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) Funding, Scholarships and Bursaries

There are a variety of funding and scholarship options open to students who are looking to study their BPTC with us which we have outlined below.

Professional Career & Development Loans

For self-funding students, fulfilling your career ambitions of becoming a lawyer can be an expensive business. At Kaplan Law School we understand that finances are a big issue but you may be eligible for financial support.

The Professional Career & Development Loan (PCDL) is intended to support your studies. You make an agreement with a participating bank to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000 then pay it back once you've stopped studying.

The Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) pays the interest on the loan while you're studying and for one month afterwards. You will pay interest at the fixed rate when you have finished studying.  Professional Career & Development Loans are currently available from Barclays and Co-op.

PLEASE NOTE THE PCDL IS NOT AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS INTENDING TO STUDY THE GDL.

Can I get a loan?

What costs can the loan help with?

IMPORTANT NOTICE
If you are considering making and application for a PCDL loan please let our admissions team know so they can ensure your received the relevant administrative support required from Kaplan Law School to successfully complete your application. You can contact us here.

Kaplan Law School BPTC Scholarships

Our 2014/15 Scholarships have not yet been announced. In 2013/2014 we offered:

Scholarship Number
available
Fee
reduction
Criteria
Master/Mistress of Moots Scholarship 1 £7,500 Awarded to the person who can demonstrate a proven track record in organising and leading to successful student activity in mooting, debating or advocacy. The award will be made to someone who also demonstrates excellence in advocacy at the Selection Event.
Advocacy Scholarship Up to 10 £2,000

Awarded to those with a track record as an advocate by way of debating, mooting, public speaking and speaking at work and an impressive advocacy performance at the Selection Event.

How to Apply

Inns of Court Scholarships

The four Inns of Court, Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple, Middle Temple and Gray's Inn between them award around £4 million of bursaries to their students each year.

BPTC scholarships from the Inns typically range up to £15,000. The closing date for applications is normally the first Friday in the November before you start the BPTC course. You can only apply to one Inn for an award, and if you are successful you will be required to join that Inn. The amount of money available varies between the Inns – as does the number of applicants for each scholarship.

Part-time work

Previous BPTC students have completed temporary work during the vacation periods between the conversion course and the BPTC or part time work during term time.

Local Authority grants

Local Education Authorities have the discretion to make awards for the conversion course and the BPTC. It is relatively rare for such awards to be given but you should contact your local authority to find out their policy.

Pupillage draw-downs

If you secure a pupillage before you start the BPTC course, your pupillage provider may allow you to 'draw-down' some of your pupillage award as an advance during your BPTC course year. This obviously means that you will receive less money during your pupillage year, and the option is therefore only available for students with relatively well-paid pupillages.

Entry requirements: Applicants must have a Law degree (generally a 2:1 or above) from a UK university, or have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) following a non-law degree.

  • All BPTC students where English or Welsh is not their first language must have achieved a minimum of 7.5 in each part of the academic IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section
  • You must join one of the four Inns of Court by 31 May in the year your course starts

Fees: Our 2014/15 are frozen at £17,350 and include:

  • all textbooks 
  • course manuals
  • first-take examinations
  • Bar Standards Board registration fee £475
Location: London Bridge

Scholarships: Available

Next steps:


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Entry requirements: Applicants must have a Law degree (generally a 2:1 or above) from a UK university, or have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) following a non-law degree.

  • All BPTC students where English or Welsh is not their first language must have achieved a minimum of 7.5 in each part of the academic IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section
  • You must join one of the four Inns of Court by 31 May in the year your course starts

Fees: Our 2014/15 are frozen at £17,350 and include:

  • all textbooks 
  • course manuals
  • first-take examinations
  • Bar Standards Board registration fee £475
Location: London Bridge

Scholarships: Available

Next steps:


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Applying to a Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Kaplan Law School

We select our BPTC students through a rigorous selection and interview process. The number of BPTC places are kept small so that students receive a highly personalised course.

All applications for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) are processed through the Bar Standards Board centralised application system.

Application process

You can apply for your place on the Bar Professional Training Course course from November. You can check the full application timetable (including all deadlines) on the Bar Standards (BSB) website.

The closing date for first round applications was 9 January 2014 and has now passed. As places are limited and competition intense, we suggest applicants apply during the first round. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection event in February.

The clearing round opened in early February. Late applications for the BPTC also go through the BSB process. Whilst we welcome applications until the course is full, we can not guarantee we will have places available for those applying during the clearing round.

Once you have accepted a place at Kaplan you are encouraged to use the Careers Service to help with pupillage applications.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Kaplan Law School's admissions team or call us on 020 7367 6455.