Applications made through the system go straight through to the training provider, and it is their responsibility to make the decision on whether the applicant is offered a place.


The online application system is called BarSAS. Applications for a place on the BAR Practice Course (Bar Practice Course(BPC)) must be made through BarSAS system. It is important to note that the system is not managed by the Bar Standards Board.

Who should study BPC?

The BPC is designed for aspiring barristers. It attracts students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. Students will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

From recent graduates to doctors and front bench opposition MPs, the programme caters both for those who have always been dedicated to a professional legal career as well as people seeking a career change, and those who are able to make use of the training together with a professional legal qualification in business, management or administration.

In particular, the course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as advocates, and those who want to research and apply the law to help clients in presenting legal cases in court. Bar students often have a deep commitment to helping those who need assistance in protecting their legal rights.

Course Details

The Bar Practice Course is a rigorous programme designed to reflect the modern working Bar. The programme mainly taught in the UK by professionally-qualified experts and covers three essential areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Written and oral advisory skills
  • Drafting skills.

Underpinning all of these areas is a foundation of analysis and legal research, combined with the need to set priorities and organise your work in order to meet deadlines.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for a place on the BPC, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Have completed the academic requirements. Typically this would entail gaining a minimum of a 2:2 in their qualifying law degree, or a 2:2 in a non-law degree and a pass in Graduate Diploma in Law.
  • Be fluent in English. This rule applies regardless of the student’s first language. From the first day of the course and at all subsequent times, students must be able to demonstrate that their oral and written English language ability is at least equivalent to a minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the IELTS academic test or a minimum score of 73 in each part of the Pearson Test of English (academic).
  • Have passed the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT). Prospective students may apply for a BPC place via BarSAS before they have taken and passed the BCAT.
  • Be a member of one of the Inns of Court. Note that the deadline for joining an Inn is 31 May before commencing the course in September of the same year.

*Please note that providers may impose additional selection criteria over and above the minimum requirements specified above. Please check the website of the provider you wish to apply. You can check your eligibility by filling up the form below. We will reveiw your details and give you call back.

Fee range



  • The university of Law offers Bar Practice Course scholarships and awards
  • Scholarships are available in Middle temple
  • BPP university provide schoparships
  • Manchester Met University scholarships
  • Lincoln’s Inn scholarships
  • Gray’s Inn Scholarships


A barrister is a respected person who earns an attractive salary in the UK. About 80% barristers are self-employed and their earnings depend on their experiences and field of expertise. The salary range of these advocates is £25,000 to £100,000. A final stage of bar student also earn minimum £12,000 per year. A UK graduate barrister have respect in all over the world.  So, there is no worry with employment after this vocational meaningful training.


What is the Bar Practise Course (BPC) in the UK?

The Bar Practise Course (BPC) is a professional training programme in the UK designed for individuals who wish to become barristers. It is the final stage of training required to qualify as a barrister in England and Wales, following the completion of a qualifying law degree or conversion course.

What are the entry requirements for the Bar Practise Course?

To be eligible for the Bar Practise Course, you must have completed a qualifying law degree (LLB) or a conversion course such as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

What does the Bar Practise Course involve?

The Bar Practise Course is a vocational training programme that focuses on developing the practical skills and knowledge required to become a barrister. It typically covers subjects such as advocacy, legal research, drafting, opinion writing, conferencing, and professional ethics. The course combines classroom-based teaching with practical exercises, simulated trials, and assessments.

How long does the Bar Practise Course take to complete?

The duration of the Bar practise Course varies depending on the mode of study. For full-time students, it typically lasts for one year, while part-time programmes can take up to two years to complete. Some institutions may offer accelerated or flexible study options, so it's advisable to check with the specific institution offering the course.

Can international students enrol in the Bar Practise Course?

Yes, international students can enrol in the Bar Practise Course in the UK. However, it's important to note that completion of the course does not automatically grant the right to practise as a barrister in all jurisdictions. International students should research and understand the requirements and regulations of the country in which they intend to practise law.

How is the Bar Practise Course assessed?

The Bar Practise Course is assessed through a combination of written assignments, practical exercises, oral advocacy assessments, and examinations. The assessments are designed to evaluate your ability to apply legal principles, demonstrate advocacy skills, and exhibit professional ethics.

What career opportunities are available after completing the Bar Practise Course?

Upon successful completion of the Bar practise Course, individuals can proceed to undertake the final stage of training known as pupillage. Pupillage is a period of apprenticeship under the supervision of an experienced barrister, providing practical experience in the legal profession.

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