Bar Professional Training Course UK
The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), including the Company Law module, is the intermediate training stage for prospective barristers, to be undertaken once you have completed university and prior to beginning a pupillage. The BPTC supersedes the bar vocational course which it replaced in 2010.
The Bar Professional Training Course consists of a compulsory element which is common to all students and is assessed by the Bar Standards Board. Also, there are a number of optional cases, allowing you to study areas of law which you intend to focus on in your future career.
The Company Law paper is one of the optional subjects and, as such, it is assessed by the course provider in a manner of their choosing. Assessment will take place in a number of formats including traditional timed written exams, oral examinations and coursework. Students will need to contact their preferred BPTC provider to find out the exact nature of how they carry out assessments.
Company Law Module
Company Law aims to give you a basic framework of the major aspects of company law, and assessment often takes the form of opinion writing, where you must give advice on a predetermined issue in a precise and accurate manner, completing paperwork correctly.
The exact syllabus will vary depending on which course provider you choose but typically includes; • the constitution of companies
• share capital
• decision making
• compulsory winding up
• shareholder protection
• advocacy in companies court proceedings
• just and equitable winding up and unfair prejudice, and
• is largely based on the Companies Act 2006
Company Law can involve working on cases involving The Bank of England, the Treasury, and the FSA, so students must have a clear idea of the way companies are financed, and the structure and nature of the UK legislature. As Company Law is an option, not all BPTC courses teach this part of the course. For instance, it is not taught on the BPTC offered at the University of the West of England.
BPTC Course Providers
There are BPTC courses available across England and Wales. Scotland has its own, rather different, legal training system. Providers of law courses in London include BPP Law School, The College of Law, City Law School and Kaplan Law School.
Nationwide there are a number of providers such as Nottingham Trent University, Manchester Metropolitan University and The Birmingham College of Law.
Most training organisations offer the BPTC as either a full time course starting in September which lasts for a year, or as a part time course, typically taking up around 15 weekends per year.
As a prospective student, you are advised to speak to LawTraining.co.uk’s course advisors for a full list of training providers and options for this course. Many of these training centres will ask applicants to complete a suitability test prior to acceptance onto the course to assess their likelihood of completing the BPTC successfully.