How to Become a Barrister
Stage 2 - Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
Please note: the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) was renamed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in 2010.
- One-year academic course (two years for part-time students)
- Taught at one of the 11 validated BPTC Institutions
- A skills-based course designed to prepare students for their 12 months of pupillage and to lay the foundations for future practice
During your BPTC Year
You must complete 12 Qualifying Sessions with your Inn in order to be Called to the Bar. These include advocacy weekends, education days, lectures and dining. Please see Qualifying Sessions section for more details.
You may find the following useful in preparation for pupillage interviews:
- Mock interviews - arranged by the Inn
- Mini-pupillages (Pupillage Handbook available from the Inn or at Pupillage Gateway)
- Pupillage Advice Evenings - arranged by the Inn
- Alternative modes of pupillage (e.g. Employed Bar)
Once you have successfully completed your BPTC course and Qualifying Sessions, you can be Called to the Bar. Call Night is the graduation ceremony for students and takes place four times each year. For more information please visit the Call to the Bar section.