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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bar Professional Training Course

  • Location

    City Centre Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Overview

The Bar Knowledge Course is the first step in Northumbria’s alternative barrister training route. The Bar is a demanding profession, and our Bar Knowledge Course and Bar Skills Course give you the flexibility to break your learning down into two separate stages, while still receiving the very best possible legal training.

The Bar Knowledge Course focuses on giving you the opportunity to acquire all of the knowledge you need to prepare you for the rigours of the Bar.

Taught largely through realistic case studies, or briefs, you will study the two centralised assessment modules, Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation.

You will benefit from the highest quality of practice-informed teaching, taught by staff who are professionally qualified as either barristers or solicitors with strong staff-student contact and tailored feedback.

You will also benefit from generous contact hours throughout the course – including dedicated exam-focused teaching sessions – in which the teaching team will share their expertise to support you in preparing for the Bar Standards Board (BSB) centralised assessments.

The programme makes the best use of facilities such as Northumbria’s extensive IT provision and dedicated legal practice library. Close links with the Bar and judiciary enhances networking opportunities and employment prospects.

Successful completion (40 credits) will mean you are eligible to move on to the Bar Skills Course, which aims to help you build on the knowledge you've acquired and develop the skills necessary for you to practice as a barrister.

Successfully completing both stages (120 credits) is equivalent to completion of the Bar Course and leads to a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Training and means you will ultimately possess the attributes set out in the Professional Statement for Barristers and be eligible for Call to the Bar of England and Wales (subject to meeting the qualifying requirements of your Inn of Court).

The Bar Knowledge Course and the Bar Skills Course ultimately prepare you for pupillage and training as a barrister, but also a highly successful career not only at the Bar, but across the legal profession, business and politics.

Our flexible suite of Bar Courses offers you the opportunity to learn in the way that suits you best, with part-time, LLM and PGDip options available.

Career Edge

The Bar Knowledge Course allows you to build on your existing legal knowledge and take the first step to pursuing a career as a barrister.

At Northumbria, we aim to ensure that you are prepared in every way for pupillage selection and life as a barrister. Choosing this alternative barrister training route, gives you a more flexible way to gain the knowledge set out in the Professional Statement for Barristers, so that you can move on to develop the skills and attributes needed to practice as a successful legal professional.

Tuition fees

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£ 3,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Northumbria University, Newcastle

  • University League Table

    52nd

  • Campus address

    Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 8ST, England

Students from around the world come to Northumbria for its reputation in law, design, engineering, business and architecture, amongst others.
Northumbria has an international community of students from over 130 countries, and decades of experience in welcoming students to the city of Newcastle.
Northumbria is one of the leading new universities in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    50th out of 103 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    136 62%

    38th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%

    68th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    29th

    21

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