Average price of bar course rises by more than £1,000 in two years

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. 

BPTC fees

 
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, Leeds £13,885 0% £13,905 6% £14,740
BPP, London £16,540 5% £17,350 3% £17,925
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
Average  £14,003 4.5% £14,621 3% £15,095

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