Published on September 18, 2019 by Lauren Wade


BTC Course

BPP University Law School has announced details of its brand new, flexible Barrister Training Course (BTC). The BTC law course will reflect the changes made by the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) review of training for the Bar.

BPP is the first of existing BPTC providers to share details of how they will be preparing students to complete a new pathway leading to barrister qualification.

Taught by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience, this new eight-month course will be available to highly capable graduates from September 2020. 

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How will students be taught on the BTC?

Students on the two-part course will be taught face-to-face throughout. Aspiring barristers will gain new knowledge and skills in an integrated way. Learning will be more engaging and memorable with key professional skills, such as advocacy, developed and honed through extended practice.

Intuitive online tools will also be available to BTC students; they will receive instant feedback on their learning and they will be able to track their progress, understand their strengths and identify areas requiring improvement. This will mean BTC students have the best possible preparation for assessments and for barrister practice.

How will the BTC benefit me?

The second part of the BTC will allow students to choose between common law or commercial practice contexts. Students will able to boost their employability prospects through completing pro bono work and through BPP’s BTC internship scheme.

The structure of the course means that students will be given flexibility, so they can pause their studies after completing the first stage of the BTC. This extra time will allow students to keep up with other commitments, such as gaining work experience. 

Mark Keith, lead designer of the BTC course at BPP explains: “From day one, our students will learn to think and act like barristers. Students will get regular opportunities to apply their knowledge by tackling legal scenarios that will prepare them for the types of cases they are likely to encounter during their pupillage.

“Our course will ensure students gain both skills and knowledge throughout the entire time that they study with us, firstly because learning about law and practice in this way makes it more memorable, meaning students will be able to perform better in their assessments and secondly because it will allow an extended period of skills practice and development, as the more practice you have, the more skilled you will become.”

How can I fund the BTC?

The course can be built into an LLM Legal Practice (Bar), meaning that students will be eligible to access postgraduate funding.

Funding of up to £10,096 will be available to students who choose to complete a professional research project or, once the SQE draws nearer the ability to study areas of legal practice tested by SQE stage 1. 

The benefit is that BTC students can undertake and complete BPP’s LLM too, meaning they could achieve a dual qualification as a solicitor, which would be a major boost to their future employability prospects.

BPP have scholarships available for students to apply for, “The BSB has set out to make entry to the Bar more accessible through their changes in regulation around the new pathways to qualification.

“At BPP, we have more than £1 million in full and partial scholarship awards to academic high achievers, including students who display potential from under-represented backgrounds. A number of scholarship options will be specifically reserved for BTC students.”

Pricing for the new BTC will be confirmed in October 2019, along with all BPP’s other Law School programmes for 2020/21.

The course is still subject to approval by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

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