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
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?
The decision to grant you funding will be made by the loan provider based on your individual application and are not made by Kaplan Law School. We have added some of the general guidelines below but you should contact Barclays or Co-op directly for the most up to date information. Applicants should be:
- 18 or over
- Settled* in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the three years prior to the start of your learning programme
- Intending to work in the UK, the EU or the EEA when the course finishes
*Settled means that you have either indefinite leave to enter or remain or have the right of abode in the UK.
What costs can the loan help with?
You can use a Professional and Career Development Loan
- Pay towards your course fees
- Other course costs, like books, travel and childcare
- Living expenses
For more information access the Directgov website
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:
| Master/Mistress of Moots Scholarship
||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
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
All BPTC applicants who are shortlisted to attend a Selection Event once having applied for the BPTC, will be invited to apply for a Kaplan Law School Scholarship. Full details of this process will be given with the Selection Event invitations as part of the admissions process.
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.
Bar Loans Scheme
As part of the Bar's commitment to ensure that no one with the necessary talent is prevented from coming to the Bar solely by financial need, the Bar Council and the four Inns of Court have reached an agreement with HSBC Bank plc for the provision of loans to BPTC students who have applied to an Inn for a scholarship at favourable interest rates.
Other bank loans
Many of the other major high street banks offer special loan schemes for the BPTC. These loans typically have slightly lower interest rates than their normal loans and delayed repayment arrangements to allow you to start paying back after pupillage.
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.
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.