Student panic as bar school application website crashes on deadline day

Bar school applications website Bar Student Application Service (BARSAS) has experienced severe technical difficulties during the final days before deadline day.

The portal, which was newly instated this year, cost students £58 to use.

Many used social media to vent their frustration at having to pay for a service which had ceased to work, while others wrote that they had been up all night attempting to make the system work.

Freelance journalist, medical secretary and would-be bar student Greg Baker (@greg_baker) tweeted: ”Just what I need having to take the day off work as the barsas website is still down!” while student Rifat Rahman said: ”Sleepless Night, and the regret for last minute reshaping of the application. #BARSAS down! Sitting on the computer for more than 24hrs now.”


The portal processes applications to BPP, Cardiff, City, Manchester Metropolitan, Northumbria and Nottingham Trent universities as well as the University of Law and University of West England and is run by learning services provider Tribal Group, which is currently working to fix the portal. A tweet by Tribal Group stated that the deadline has been extended from today until noon on Wednesday 14 January; this has now been confirmed.

In a statement, the Bar Standards Board said: ”Please be aware that Providers manage their own application processes and so any questions about extensions to the deadline should be directed to them.”