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Bar Vocational Studies ( Specialism) PGDip

City, University of London

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Northampton Square

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    8 months

Course summary

Key information

Prepare for Call to the Bar of England and Wales by studying our Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) programme. Compulsory modules equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge of procedure and evidence, developing your abilities in advocacy and how to help clients present legal cases.

Who is this course for?

If you want to complete your vocational stage of training for the Bar of England and Wales, this course is ideal.

You will be committed to developing your skills in advising clients and representing them in court.

This course is the best option if you prefer a regular class structure with face-to-face learning.

The Vocational Component is accredited by the Bar Standards Board. The BSB sets out the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister, which means once you graduate, and provided you complete the Inns qualifying sessions, you are qualified for Call to the Bar.


The Bar Vocational Studies programme is designed to enable you to progress to pupillage and a career as a barrister.

Competition for pupillage is intense but you will have an advantage with our Pupillage Advice Service and its close links to the Bar. We have an impressive record of helping our students to secure pupillages.

You will have developed a range of transferable skills and might consider alternative careers in the following organisations and areas:

Government Legal Department
Crown Prosecution Service
in-house legal departments
local authority legal departments
regulation authorities and compliance roles
academic law
legal publishing
finance and banking.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,500per year

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

University information

City, University of London

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  • Campus address

    City, University of London, Northampton Square, City of London, EC1V 0HB, England

City is one of the most international UK universities. Students are from over 160 countries, creating a diverse, cosmopolitan university community.
City's supportive alumni network stretches across the globe. They help those thinking of moving to London and organise in-country events after graduation.
City's international student advice team give guidance on the application process, answers questions on visa and immigration issues and check visa documents.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    75th out of 103 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    143 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    63 63%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.65 73%



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