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Postgraduate Diploma
Bar Professional Training Course (full-time)

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About this course

  • Entry year: 2016/17
  • Course code: M30D12
  • Applications: Bar Standards Board
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Department: Bristol Law School
  • Campus: Frenchay
  • Duration: One year
  • Delivery: Full-time, starts September
  • Programme leader: Delyth James
  • Key fact: We equip our BPTC students with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to shine in a highly competitive pupillage market.


The UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. Rigorous and demanding, yet stimulating and rewarding, the course will equip you with the advocacy, research, conference and mediation skills you need to excel at the Bar and beyond.

We aim to be as supportive of your pastoral care as we are of your academic progression, and alongside the teaching, the course provides excellent opportunities to help secure a pupillage.

Outstanding quality of teaching

The quality of teaching on the BPTC is nationally and internationally renowned, with tuition provided by a dedicated team of barristers, solicitors and judges and an unrivalled range of facilities to enhance your study experience. Our high student satisfaction rates are testament to the high quality of tuition on the course; and 85% of students would recommend our BPTC to other (BPTC, Bristol UWE, Full time student evaluation survey December 2014).

Employability-enhancing opportunities

To increase your chances of obtaining pupillage and improve your employability generally, you will also have the chance to:

  • participate in our award-winning pro bono Law Court Clinic
  • hone your mooting skills in our Bristol Chambers sponsored mooting competitions
  • appear in the Bristol Crown Court or in the Civil Justice Centre before real life judges in our Chambers sponsored family, criminal and civil commercial advocacy competitions
  • teach legal skills to LLB undergraduates.

Alternative dispute resolution training

At the end of the BPTC Course (and included in your fee) students can undertake commercial mediation training provided by an external Commercial Mediation Training organisation. This provides students with the opportunity to become an accredited Civil Commercial Mediator (this course would usually cost over £3,000).

You can also choose to study the BPTC part time.

Read the Chambers Guide review of our BPTC and this Lawyer2B's article on Bristol's thriving legal sector.

Hear more about what it's like to study law at UWE Bristol - watch about Sarah's film about putting learning into practice and Sophie's film about her experiences becoming a Barrister.

You can also come along to one of our law events and taster sessions.

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