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PG Dip Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Course Description

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

All BPTCs enable you to study resolution of disputes out of court (REDOC) as a taught and assessed subject. On our BPTC, you will have the opportunity to go an important step further by becoming an accredited mediator at no additional cost (run by our partners ADRg, a leading provider of alternative dispute resolution services and training, this course would usually cost you over £3,000.)

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Study facilities

Bristol Law School has excellent, state-of-the-art facilities, including:
- Dedicated study rooms exclusively for the use of BPTC students
- Mock law courtrooms, with equipment to record advocacy sessions for later analysis
- A 24-hour dedicated chambers library, giving you access to a vast range of legal resources
- A nationally recognised online learning system

A £50m project is also underway to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building. Located in the heart of the campus, the building will provide innovative teaching spaces, including two showcase law courts, flexible social learning spaces and an external business engagement space. Find out more: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/visionandmission/uwenewcampus/businessandlawbuilding.aspx

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

Visit the PG Dip Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)


‘During the course I undertook 2 mini pupillages and participated in the civil advocacy competition and reached the final, making submissions to a High Court judge, which was an amazing experience. These experiences benefitted me hugely, as they gave me a real-life flavour of life at the Bar.’


Entry Requirements

See our web site for further information

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