BPP University, Bristol (Barrister Training Course)

The Legal Cheek View

Described as “a cyclist’s dream”, Bristol is known for its west country charm and hilly cityscape. It happens to have a budding legal sector, but until recently aspiring barristers have had to go out of town to study the BTC at UWE. Since its introduction this year, the BTC course at BPP’s Bristol Study Centre has brought with it fresh winds of competition to the city. BPP’s BTCers are now the new kids on the block.

BPP is the pricier alternative to UWE’s BTC. Indeed, one BTC graduate we heard from thinks that “a pretentious wine bar is a far better investment”. Another adds: “So is a pint to be honest”. But although it is expensive, another BTCer tells us that BPP “helped me get pupillage – so I’d say it’s excellent value”.

You’ll also be paying for BPP’s central location. Students cheer that the campus is “only five minutes away from the next Wetherspoons”. It’s also a ten-minute walk from the historic Temple Meads train station. The Bristol Bar Society, where you can find out which chambers offer mini-pupillages, is just down the road.

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While it’s not the fanciest building, the BPP Bristol campus is small, so “you won’t feel like a tiny fish in a big pond”. The comparatively lower student to teacher ratio ensures BPP students get “a lot of individual attention”. Recent graduates say that it’s “easy to get to know everyone”, and that the campus has a more relaxed feel than its London counterpart. It’s also worth noting that the BPP BTC does have its fair spread of optional modules, which range from company law and international trade, to public, advanced criminal litigation, asylum and family law.

It may be relaxed, but that’s not to say that it’s quiet. Bristol does attract party animals to its unique nightlife, where trainers are widely accepted as appropriate footwear. Motion, a warehouse-style club on the city’s outskirts, has made it to the list of top 20 nightclubs in the world. Bristol isn’t short of cultural perks either, and is often the backdrop for movies and TV series. One BPP student says that “if you aren’t careful, you could walk straight into a film set on your morning commute!”

Scholarships

Chancellor's Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info For students who demonstrate a unique and inspiring legal career journey - overcoming obstacles or providing outstanding contributions to charitable causes

Dean of the Law School Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info For students who demonstrate an outstanding standard of academic achievement and commitment to a legal career

Future Leader BTC Excellence and Advocacy Scholarship

Scholarship value £1,000
Application info To be eligible, students must have a 1st class honours degree (including predicted) and/or demonstrate exceptional aptitude in their BTC video application

International Postgraduate Bursary

Scholarship value £1,000
Application info Available to international students with a 1st class honours degree

Career Commitment Scholarship

Scholarship value £2,000
Application info For the most promising future legal professionals

Future Leader Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info For students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills or innovation ability, with the drive and ambition to become a future leader within the legal profession

Key Info

Full time fees £11,750
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places Undisclosed
Part time places n/a
Contact time 12 hours/week

Entry onto the BTC is subject to candidates passing the Bar Aptitude Test.

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Posted by BPP on Monday, 22 July 2019