1. Postgraduate Applicants: BPTC
  2. What next?

What next?

Congratulations on receiving your offer for postgraduate study at City, University of London.

Having received an offer to study at City, we hope that you will find the information on this site helpful as you make preparations to embark on your study with us.

Located in the heart of legal London, The City Law School was the first in London to educate students and practitioners at all stages of legal education. At the postgraduate level the School's high quality courses for law and non-law graduates are highly regarded by the profession.

We are delighted both that you applied to City and also that your application was successful. Our courses are highly competitive and we aim to attract the very best applicants to our postgraduate degree programmes.

We hope very much that you will take up the offer of your place at City, and we very much look forward to meeting you in September!

Receiving your offer

Offers will be notified by email and online via the application portal (BarSAS). All offerees will also receive an offer pack by post which contains further information about the course and an acceptance form. The standard entry conditions are below but you should check your offer letter to see your specific conditions.

  • Obtaining a minimum lower second class honours in a Qualifying Law Degree OR at least lower second class honours in a non-law degree AND a Pass in the CPE/GDL.
  • Being confirmed as a member of one of the four Inns of Court. Please note that the application deadline for Inn membership is usually the last working day of May. Please consult the website of the Inn you wish to join as soon as possible to confirm their deadlines.
  • Passing the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT). Details of how to register and schedule the test are available at BCAT Registration. We encourage you to take the test as soon as possible after it opens to ensure you pass it before the deadline. Please note the deadline to pass the test has not yet been confirmed but it is usually mid to late August.
  • Being able to demonstrate that your 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 section of the Pearson Test of English. You will be asked to sign a declaration to this effect before commencing the course. Please note if you have completed your LLB entirely outside the UK you will be required to show evidence of having met the English language requirement.

You will not be able to register for the course if you cannot provide evidence that these conditions have been met.

Your offer will also be valid for either the Bar Professional Training Course (Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training) or the LLM in Bar Professional Training.

Responding to your offer

Accepting the offer is a two-stage process. Firstly, please ensure you have accepted our offer online via the BPTC application portal. Secondly, please complete the acceptance form and return it to us along with two passport photographs and your deposit payment (or evidence of payment) of £400 by the deadline on your offer letter.

Deposit payment can be made by cheque or online. If you are paying the deposit by cheque please send the cheque, made payable to City, University of London, together with your Acceptance Form, to the Admissions Office at 4 Gray's Inn Place, Gray's Inn, London WC1R 5DX. If you are paying your deposit online you will need your student number which can be found on your offer letter. Please send a copy of your receipt together with your Acceptance Form.

An offer will not be considered to have been formally accepted until we receive the paperwork and the offer has been accepted online.

At the time of acceptance you will indicate whether you wish to study the Postgraduate Diploma or the LLM.

Please note that, in accordance with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations, you have 14 days from the time we receive your acceptance and deposit in which to cancel your acceptance. After such time your deposit will become non-refundable.

Extensions to accept offers

The School is willing to be flexible with regards to acceptance deadlines. We understand that it is a big commitment to train for the Bar and we want to be sure you are convinced that it's the correct thing for you to do, so if you need some extra time to consider please get in touch with our Admissions Officer (bptc@city.ac.uk). We cannot guarantee that a place will be held for you if you do not contact us.

Paying your deposit/tuition fees

The total fee for the course is £18,500. This is payable in two instalments for full timers; the first upon registration and the second by the end of January. Part-time students pay in four instalments across the two years.

The fee includes the deposit, course fee, the Bar Standards Board fee (£550) and key text books including: Practitioner books in Civil Practice and Criminal Practice, The City Law School BPTC Manuals (published by OUP as the "Bar Series") and text books in Civil Procedure, Evidence and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Please note that students who have already completed a course at City, University of London are eligible for City's Graduate Loyalty Discount which is a 10% reduction off your fees.

Students with a First Class degree will also qualify for an automatic £1,500 scholarship (a fee waiver deducted from the second instalment of fees).

Further information about scholarships and funding can be found on the BPTC course page.

International students & organising your visa

In order to register for any course at City students must provide evidence of an immigration status permitting them to study in the UK. If you are an international student, you may therefore need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to study at City, University of London. It is important you read the online guidance carefully in order to start to prepare for this.

City has a team of International Student Advisers who can help with the Tier 4 application process. You can contact the team directly if you have further questions by emailing visaadvice@city.ac.uk.

Please note: if you are holding a Tier 4 visa sponsored by a different institution or for a different course at City, University of London, you will have to make a new visa application before you will be able to complete your registration and start studying with us. If you have undertaken previous study in the UK as a Tier 4 student which you have not previously informed us of this may affect your eligibility for a Tier 4 visa and therefore you should contact us immediately with further information.

City offers further advice to international students on a range of topics, which you can read on our International Students pages.

What happens after you accept your place?

All acceptances will be acknowledged by email. We will contact you at various points over the summer by post and email, so it is important to inform us if you change either address. Please see the section on registration for further information.

Would you like to meet or visit us?

We regularly host Open Days/Events which give you the opportunity to find out more about your preferred course and postgraduate study at City. For details visit the Law events webpage.

Alternatively you can arrange an individual tour of the Law School ahead of accepting your place by emailing the Admissions Officer (bptc@city.ac.uk) to arrange it.

Our administrative staff are happy to speak to you at any time during office hours either by email (bptc@city.ac.uk) or by telephone on (020 7040 0332). If you would prefer to speak to an academic please email your details and availability to the above address and we will arrange for someone to call you.

Students with a disability/specific learning difficulty

If you have indicated on your application form, or consider that you have any disability or specific learning difficulty which may impact upon your studies then you must agree any adaptations or special arrangements before enrolment (you don't need to do this prior to accepting the offer). If you would like to discuss any special arrangements you might require you may contact the BPTC DSLD co-ordinator Lisa Laurenti (L.Laurenti@city.ac.uk).

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