The average price of a Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) has risen by more than £1,000 in two years, from £14,003 in 2012/13 to £15,095 for 2014/15.
In London, the average price has increased from £16,245 to £17,612, a percentage change of 8.5 per cent. It is now impossible to complete a BPTC in the capital for less than £17,000, including BSB fees.
The University of Law’s London course is the most expensive option for would-be barristers at £18,175, followed by BPP’s offering in the capital at £17,925. Kaplan, which froze its prices this year, comes next with £17,350, while City University charges the least of any provider in London at £17,000.
The course is considerably cheaper outside London. Cardiff Law School charges the least expensive fees charge at £12,575 respectively, while at UWE’s Bristol Institute of Legal Practice the cost is £12,965.
In the Midlands, Nottingham Law School and the Birmingham campus of the University of Law have set their prices at £13,400 and £13,450.
For students in Manchester, MMU asks for £13,725 compared to BPP’s £14,740. BPP charges the same price in Leeds.
The BSB registration fee has risen by 37 per cent in this time, from £345 in 2012/13 to £475 in 2014/15. In addition, the introduction of the Bar Course Aptitude Test last year angered students, when the Bar Standards Board doubled the entrance fee and decided not to limit the number of times a candidate could sit the test (20 February 2013).
The full table of fees is below.
|Institution||2012/13||Percentage change||2013/14||Percentage change||2014/15|
|Bristol Institute of Legal Practice at UWE||£12,500||4%||£12,965||0%||£12,965|
|BPP, Manchester||Not offered||n/a||£13,905||6%||£14,740|
|Cardiff Law School||£12,180||3%||£12,500||0%||£12,575|
|City Law School||£16,500||0%||£16,500||3%||£17,000|
|Kaplan Law School||£15,800||10%||£17,350||0%||£17,350|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||£12,195||8.5%||£13,255||4%||£13,725|
|Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent)||£11,850||10%||£13,000||3%||£13,400|
|University of Law, Birmingham||£12,435||2.5%||£12,755||5.5%||£13,450|
|University of Law, London||£16,140||7.5%||£17,350||5%||£18,175|