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.
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 mootingcompetitions; • 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.
The BPTC takes you from the initial stages in civil and criminal proceedings through to trial. You will firstly master the compulsory subjects within the criminal and civil areas, before moving on to two specialist options of your choice.
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).
• Civil Advocacy • Civil Litigation, Remedies and Evidence • Conferencing Skills • Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing • Opinion Writing • Drafting • Professional Conduct • Resolution of Disputes Out of Court • Criminal Advocacy
• Clinical Negligence • Criminal Law • Commercial Law • Employment Law • Family • International Trade • Landlord and Tenant • Refugee and Asylum Law
Highly experienced and supportive tutors, drawn from legal practice, as well as the academic side of law, will enable you to develop your knowledge quickly. Most of the course is taught through small group sessions, meaning you will benefit from substantial face-to-face contact with your tutors.
Certain subjects are also supported with online resources (for example, recorded lectures, MCQ tests and recorded demonstrations) to enable you to supplement your work and knowledge remotely at a time to suit you.
Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Professional Conduct assessments are all set centrally by the Bar Standards Board and examined using multiple choice and short answer questions. Opinion Writing and Drafting are set locally as unseen assessments in controlled conditions. All other assessments are also set locally and are either completely seen or partially seen, in that you will receive information in advance to research the relevant areas of law.
Mock assessments with feedback will also be given to help you monitor and improve your performance, and deal effectively with all forms of assessment.
Careers / Further study
The BPTC prepares you for a successful career as a barrister and is designed to give you the necessary skills, knowledge and network to secure a pupillage.
Many of our graduates have gone on to secure work as barristers, while others are working as legal associates, managers and legal advisers.
- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.
Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.