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Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Bar Vocational Studies

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.

Course overview

You will learn how to advise and represent a range of clients and prepare for the demands of a career at the Bar through this rigorous course, which is designed to reflect the work of the modern Bar.

You will develop skills and gain knowledge through interaction with professionals and peers. As lawyers and educators, our staff ensure you receive a high quality of education and personal support.

Our impressive record of helping students to secure pupillage is supported by an award-winning Pupillage Advice Service.

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 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)

£ 16,500per 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

    61st out of 104 14

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    136 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66.0 66%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.57 71%



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