18 January 2019

How to apply for the BPTC

The online application system is called BarSAS. Applications for a place on the BPTC must be made through this system. It is important to note that the system  is not managed by the Bar Standards Board. 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.

If you experience any technical difficulties please contact  technical@barsas.com. If you have any other queries, please contact the provider where you wish to study.

Please do not contact the BSB with any queries about BarSAS.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on the BPTC, applicants must:

  • 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 BPTC 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 to.


Course fees for the 2017/2018 intake ranged from around £13,000 to around £19,000, including fees/deposits. Please check the websites of individual providers for current course fees. 

Any student who accepts an offer on a BPTC commencing in September 2019, or who commenced a BPTC earlier than that date but has yet to complete it, needs to be aware that changes to some assessments will commence from September 2020. Further details will be provided on this site shortly of exactly how this will affect

  • part-time students who commence in Sept 2019
  • full-time students who commence in September 2019, or
  • any student who commenced before September 2019 but who still has resits to take. Intending students for academic year 2019-20 should check back to this website before accepting an offer.