Bristol, University of the West of England

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of the West of England, Bristol

Bar Training Course (Two-Part) (Taught)

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Course summary

Undertaking this training in two separate parts gives you added flexibility. You can manage your financial commitment, as you pay the tuition fee to complete part one first then, if successful, decide whether to continue. You can also test your abilities before committing to it fully. By undertaking and successfully completing the UWE Bristol Bar Training Course (BTC), you will develop, and be able to demonstrate, the competencies required to be called to the Bar, as set out by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). Flexible and accessible modes of study Part one of the training is delivered one day a week (on a Friday), from August to December, providing opportunities for you to work or undertake pro bono activities alongside your studies, or to study around your family commitments Part two is delivered over two days a week (Thursday and Friday), from February to June. Applicants are welcomed to join part two of our course, if they have studied and passed part one at another institution. Having successfully completed parts one and two, you will have the option to transfer onto our Bar Training Course (BTC), undertake extra options, project or dissertation modules, and graduate with an LLM. These modules are designed to reinforce your development as a reflective practitioner with responsibility for your own self-development. Why study the Bar Training Course (Two-Part)? The Bar Training Course provides the foundation to your career as a barrister. Part of the vocational stage of training for the Bar of England and Wales, it covers the advocacy skills, and detailed knowledge of the law, required to be able to confidently work with clients and present legal cases in court. Why UWE Bristol? Choosing to undertake your BTC (Two-Part) at UWE Bristol offers you the assurance of studying with a well-established education provider. Part one of the two-part course is not delivered online, but in face-to-face workshops. With the exception of occasional online lectures, you will benefit from the same quality of face-to-face tuition as students undertaking our BTC. You will be taught by highly experienced tutors, who are all qualified barristers or solicitors, and we will use substantial face-to-face teaching, feedback and formative assessments, to embed your learning, hone your skills and give you the strongest foundation for your legal career. Choosing this mode of study also means you can test your abilities to study at this level in stages, before committing to the full fees and course. You will first study the part one knowledge subjects; at which point you can decide whether to continue with the course. Both parts are taught face to face, to maximise your potential to succeed. We place a strong emphasis on personal and academic support, giving you regular contact with your personal tutor at all stages, to support you with the rigorous demands of the course, alongside access to extensive university-wide resources. Our well-established links to the local and national Chambers and Bar also open the door to significant career-enhancing opportunities, such as competitions, mock pupillage interviews, career talks, guest lectures and pro bono work, all designed to help you gain maximum value from your training. Where can it take me? The BTC prepares you for a successful career as a barrister, giving you the necessary skills, knowledge and network to maximise your chances of securing pupillage. Many of our graduates go on to work as barristers, while others take this sought-after qualification into careers as legal associates, managers or legal advisers, or into other sectors.

Course details


You will study: Part one - PG Certificate in Legal Knowledge: Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing Civil Litigation and Evidence. Part two - PG Certificate in Legal Skills: Civil Advocacy Drafting, Opinion Writing and Legal Research Criminal Advocacy Conferencing Professional Ethics. The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Assessment method

Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation assessments are set by the Central Examination Board, on behalf of the Bar Standards Board, and examined using multiple choice questions. Professional Ethics is set by UWE Bristol as an unseen assessment 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. In most assessments, you will be graded as either Outstanding, Very Competent, Competent, or Not Yet Competent. We use mock assessments with feedback to help you monitor and improve your performance, and prepare effectively. Our tutors have extensive experience of the centralised assessments, so are well placed to support you. For added flexibility, there is some choice about when you take your assessments, although we structure the teaching to allow you to complete them at the earliest opportunity.

Entry requirements

As stipulated by the BSB, you will need: to hold a law degree/conversion course, which meets the requirements for study of the foundations of legal knowledge subjects a degree classification (minimum 2:2) a pass in the Bar Course Aptitude Test membership of an Inn of Court English language ability (see below). Where students are offered a place on the BTC courses, this offer will be conditional on having satisfied these thresholds at the time of registering onto the courses. All students who apply for a place on the UWE BTC courses will be considered for the offer of a place by reference to the extent their application form demonstrates: the potential to fulfil the BSB Professional Statement Competences a commitment to a career at the Bar/in law a record of legal work experience or other law related activity during their studies. These criteria will be assessed by reference to a prospective student's answers on the online application form. We won't be able to accept your application for this course if you require a Tier 4 visa. Please apply for the full-time route instead. English Language Requirement All prospective barristers must be able to demonstrate that their English language ability is at least equivalent to: 7.5 in the IELTS academic test 73 in the Pearson test of English (academic). All applicants should have an effective command of the language and be able to use it appropriately, accurately and fluently so as to handle complex and detailed argumentation. Barristers should: Use correct and appropriate vocabulary, English grammar, spelling and punctuation in all communications Speak fluent English. The method for verifying that a prospective barrister has met this requirement will be determined by UWE Bristol. Potential exemptions Applicants have the opportunity to apply for an exemption and self-certify their English language skills, provided they meet the following criteria: Have completed a full degree through the medium of English Have graduated with good honours (second upper class honours or above) within a three year period prior to applying for the UWE Bristol Bar Training Course UWE Bristol reserves the right to require any candidates who successfully self-certify to undertake the IELTS academic test or Pearson test if they do not subsequently demonstrate the English language requirement set out above.

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Bar Training Course (Two-Part) at Bristol, University of the West of England - UCAS