The BSB’s Bar Qualification Manual generally requires students to have completed the academic component - i.e. obtained a Law Degree or completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE) - before enrolling on the vocational stage.
However, if you are awaiting final results for your degree or GDL or CPE on the day of our September enrolment (13 September), you will be permitted to enrol if, generally, you have a result outstanding in no more than one subject, will receive your final results by 1 October and you have applied to the BSB for early commencement of the vocational component. The BSB will charge you an administrative fee for this.
It is a requirement of the BTC that students are fluent in English. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their English language ability is equivalent to a minimum score of 7.5 in each element of the IELTS test.
International students will be required to produce a certificate evidencing the necessary IELTS scores or equivalents* unless they have:
- An actual or predicted degree classification of 2.1 or above in a degree undertaken in the UK and awarded by a UK institution;**
- An actual or predicted commendation or above in the GDL undertaken in the UK and awarded by a UK institution; or
- An actual or predicted commendation or above in a taught Masters undertaken in the UK and awarded by a UK institution.
*We currently accept the following as alternatives to IELTS:
- Pearson Test of English (Academic)
** 1 year of study in the UK will satisfy this requirement.
It is in your interests to take IELTS (or equivalent) and upload your certificate to the Applicant Portal by 31 July 2023, as we will be unable to issue a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) statement for visa purposes until we have received it.
The IELTS website provides further information regarding the test, together with details of the centres that are available to administer the test.
The Pearson Test of English (Academic) requires a minimum score of 73 in each section.
The TOEFL iBT requires minimum scores of Reading: 27; Listening: 27; Speaking: 24; Writing: 29