Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

What you learn



The types of skills that are developed include those that relate to casework, legal research, written and interpersonal communication, opinion writing, conference (ie, interviewing clients), drafting, negotiation and advocacy (ie, court work).


Students take modules in civil litigation and remedies, criminal litigation and sentencing, evidence, professional ethics plus two optional subjects chosen from a selection of at least six (which will vary from course to course).

Assessment techniques vary from college to college, but it is common to have a mixture of multiple choice, practical exercises (including videoed performances) and written papers. Since 2012, three examinations are set by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). These are civil litigation, criminal litigation and professional ethics.

When and how to apply

Candidates are advised to submit their application as early as possible. For the 2015-16 academic year, the application will be opened on 17th November 2014 and the deadline for first-round applications is January 2015, with a clearance pool for new applicants opening in April and closing at the end of August. Exact dates for future years should be checked well in advance on the timetable, found on the BSB website.

Applications for a place on the BPTC must be made through the BSB’s central applications system at As well as the additional criteria of individual providers, candidates must satisfy new BSB admission requirements. First, students must hold at least a 2.2 degree (either in law or non-law plus a pass in the GDL). Second, if English is not their first language, students must gain a score of at least 7.5 in all subjects of the British Council’s IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section.

In addition, since 2012 candidates must take the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), designed to examine an applicant’s chances of success at the Bar. The BSB has made a practice test available here BCAT Practice Test.

BPTC Course Providers

The institutions in England and Wales validated to provide the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) are –

NEC is the Authorised Representative of the following Universities –

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Study in Canada from Bangladesh | Canada Student Visa information for Bangladeshi Students

Study in Canada must be an incredible experience to the students of Bangladesh. The United Nations has ranked Canada one of the best countries in the world to live and to study. Canadian Schools, Colleges and Universities are ready to welcome international students irrespective of nationalities or caste and creed.  Students of Bangladesh are allowed to study at Canadian Schools, Colleges or Universities under numerous full or partial scholarship schemes, self financed schemes etc.

Canada is also a country of diverse geography, and there is much to experience in its great outdoors of provinces or territories like Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundlandand Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan.


Education & Maintenance costs in Canada

Tuition fees in Canada:

It is difficult to estimate actual tuition fees because it differs institutions to institutions and provinces.

However student may estimate rough tuition fees in between CDN$ 5000 to 28,000 per year depending on the enrolled programs.The best option is to check the update fees through the institutions website.

The URL u may  help guide through the university fees.    

The URL  may help to calculate  study costs in Canada.

Maintenance Costs in Canada:

Maintenance costs also differ by provinces. However, average maintenance costs can be calculated as CDN $ 10,000 – 15,000 per year for international students. Please ask education provider to know the actual maintenance costs.


Enrollment process to Canadian Institutions 

The admission application process can take considerable time; student should start at least one year in advance to compile the necessary information and documentation.

The best way is to contact the admission office of the selected institution directly for the admission. Alternatively student may contact the authorized representative of the institution if there is any.

Most of the institutions in Canada require demonstration of proficiency in their language of instruction (either English or French), usually through the achievement of a certain minimum score in a standardized language test. Student should check the detail of the language requirement from the office of international admissions of the university.

This is a sample system for international students.

  • Download the application form of the selected institution
  • Fill up the form very carefully
  • Attach prescribed documents along with the application from
  • Pay necessary application fees
  • Courier out the package to the admission department of the Institution
  • If your application fulfill the requirements of admission, you will receive a letter of admission
  • Pay necessary tuition fees and collect the unconditional admission letter.


Bangladeshi students are allowed to work in Canada during studentship if they comply one of the following:

On-campus work:

Bangladeshi students are eligible for on campus work if they hold a study permit and enrolled for a full time study program at College or University level at a public funded or accredited private funded college. For detail follow the link:

Off-campus work:

Bangladeshi students are eligible for weekly 20 hours off-campus work but they must be a full-time student enrolled at a participating publicly funded post-secondary educational institution or in an approved program at an eligible privately funded institution.

To work off campus, student must apply for a work permit. Do not begin to work off campus until you have received your work permit. Follow the link for further detail:

Please remember, student must enroll one the institution listed on the link below to qualify for off-campus work permit.

Work facilities for the spouse:

Accompanying spouses or common-law partners of foreign students are eligible for an open work permit, which means they do not need a job offer or a labor market opinion from Service Canada.

Spouse or common-law partner may apply for a work permit if student are entitled for off campus work permit during studentship.  Follow the link for further detail:


Upon receiving an unconditional enrollment / admission letter from approved Canadian Institutions applicant must follow the steps below to lodge an entry clearance or visa application. Bangladeshi students should check whether the institute is in the list of approved Canadian Institution or not.

  • ·         Fill up necessary application forms electronically to receive necessary verification (Forms can be download from the URL )
  • ·         Affix document checklist
  • ·         Affix family and student questionnaire forms
  • ·         Affix representative form if applicant apply through a representative
  • ·         Affix a photograph. Click the URL for picture specification
  • ·         Affix a letter of intention/motivation
  • ·         Affix a non criminal record or police clearance certificate
  • ·         Pay necessary non refundable application fees. Click the URL to check latest application fees.
  • ·         Affix a notarize affidavit of financial declaration from applicant’s sponsor showing he/she has enough access of money to cover applicant’s entire costs for the proposed study program. Hence note the sponsor must be 1st blood and attach necessary documents to proof the relation. Failing to do so your application likely to be refused. You must satisfy a Visa Officer that you are a bona fide student and your intention is solely for the study purpose in Canada.  Also note, any affidavit showing proof of relation is not acceptable in case of third party / distance relation sponsorship.
  • ·          Your sponsor must demonstrate entire source of income for past two years along with necessary Tax Assessment Documents.  For a smooth procedure of assessment any documents attached with application forms must have minimum contact number and e-mail of the issuing authority.
  • ·         Failing to proof necessary source of income your application likely to be refused
  • ·         Lodge your visa application to VFS, Canada Application Center,


Facilities available to settle in Canada after study

Post-Graduation Work Permit Program:

Post-Graduation work permit program is available for the Bangladeshi students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. But a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program is limited to same duration of your full time study period. Suppose, if you have studied a 4 years bachelor program you can expect to get a Post-Graduation work permit for 3 years. For further detail click on the URL:

Apply for permanent residence (PR) in Canada:

Bangladeshi students who graduated in Canada are eligible to apply for Permanent Residence (PR) in Canada under Canadian Experience Class (CEC). To apply for the same student must have required level of language proficiency and work experience. Please follow the link for further detail:  


Bangladeshi students with very strong academic background may apply for partial or full funded scholarship under numerous schemes. However, student must comply with the enrollment criteria for the scholarship schemes. Click on the URL for further detail:

Some university directly accepts scholarship application from the students. If you are looking for scholarship opportunities in Canada, you may book an appointment with us to know the entire process.

Resources for Canadian Scholarships:

For further information please contact –

NHP Education Consultants

152/2A-2, Rowshan Tower (2nd Floor),

Panthapath, Dhaka – 1205,


Tel: +8801971554455, +8801681888880,


Australian leisure and education say new onshore visa fees are ‘a disaster’

Australian industry bodies have criticised the Australian government for its decision to impose hefty new visa fees from 1st July 2013. They say that the new fees are unfair and may damage the Australian education and tourism industries. The government announced in 2011 that it intended to introduce new visa charges to try to raise $613m over four years but the level of the new fees was not revealed until 14th June 2013.

Among the changes are

  • A $900 extra fee for any dependent partner brought to Australia by 457 visa applicants
  • A $225 fee for each dependent child under 18 brought to Australia by 457 visa applicants
  • A $700 additional fee for people applying for a second visa of any sort (such as student or tourist) from within Australia
  • An extra $80 fee for lodging a paper rather than an online application

Both the major changes; the introduction of additional fees for 457 visa applicants and the imposition of additional fees for people applying for a second visa in Australia have caused protests from Australian industry figures.

New fees are an unfair tax on migrants

Angela Chan of the Migration Institute of Australia said that the new fees for 457 visa holders were an unfair tax on migrants. She said that the changes would mean that a 457 worker visiting Australia and bringing his wife and four children with him would now have to pay fees of $6,120 just for the family’s visas. Ms Chan said that this would discourage genuine migrants.

A spokesman for Australian immigration told the Irish Echo that the increase in the 457 visa fees was a deliberate attempt to reduce the attractiveness of employing foreign workers on 457 visas. He said they were intended to ‘strengthen the integrity of the subclass 457 programme’ and to ‘encourage employers to seek skilled employment locally before seeking to sponsor workers overseas’. This is likely to cause disquiet across Australian industry.

Spokesmen for the Australian educational and tourism industries complained that the introduction of the $700 fee for those applying for a new visa from within Australia are likely to damage the Australian education and tourism industries.

New fees will impact on desire of visitors to stay in Australia

Australian Tourism Export Council representative Peter Ovenden said that the fee increase might dissuade people from visiting Australia on working holiday visas. He said that the changes ‘may dissuade these visitors from coming to Australia in the first place and will definitely impact on their desire to stay on and enjoy what the country has to offer’.

Peter Holden, a director of TAFE (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Directors Australia said that the changes were ‘a disaster’ and said ‘it puts us at a distinct disadvantage with other countries’.

Another education industry figure protested that the industry had not had been consulted about the level of the new fees. Sue Blundell of English Australia, a body for English language schools, said ‘We have been absolutely blind-sided’.

Impact on Australian economy likely to be limited

A spokeswoman for the Australian immigration minister Brendan O’Connor said that the changes were designed to transfer the costs of the system from the taxpayer to applicants and added that most people would be unaffected because the new $700 charge only applies to people who are applying for their second Australian visa from within Australia. She said that the impact on the Australian economy was therefore likely to be extremely limited.

But Sue Blundell of English Australia told The Australian that, in the nine months to March 31 2013, 44,528 former student visa holders applied for a tourist visa or a second student visa from within Australia. She said that the students were ‘important to the international education and tourism industries’ and were ‘threatened by the new punitive regime’. She said that the new fees would ‘do incalculable damage to international education…and to local tourism’.

Phil Honeywood of the International Education Association of Australia said the fees were ‘another impediment to international students seeing Australia as a competitive destination’.


UK immigration minister says ‘UK visa process is good and getting better

Mark Harper, the UK Immigration Minister, has said that it is ‘a misconception’ that Chinese visitors to the UK ‘have a hard time getting a UK visa and it’s time to stop knocking the system’.

Writing in UK travel magazine Travel Weekly, Mr Harper wrote ‘I believe we are running a good visa service – and our customers disagree’ though he conceded that ‘we should do more’. He conceded that there had been ‘reports’ that the UK was not running a good visa service in China but said that they were false. ‘The facts speak for themselves’, he wrote ‘almost 300,000 visas were issued in 2012 with the vast majority processed in 15 days and around half in just five days’.

He continued ‘Our customers in China are happy, with 99% of those surveyed saying they were satisfied with the service and telling us that it compares well with their experiences with other visa services’.

However, Jason Yap, a travel agent who helps Chinese tourists and businesspeople to travel to the west disagrees. He says ‘the reality is that the UK visa application process remains far more complicated than in neighbouring EU countries such as France’.

Chinese passport applicants find EU visa process easier and quicker

Mr Yap says that

  • Applicants for UK passports have to attend an embassy in person to get a visa so that their thump print can be taken
  • The application must be filled out in English. French visa forms come in Chinese
  • UK visas take, on average 15 days whereas French visas take ten.
  • UK visas are 50% more expensive than French visas and French visas allow their holders to visit the 25 other nations in the EU’s borderless Schengen Area.

Mr Yap says that this explains why, in 2012, 1.15m Chinese people visited France whereas only 180,000 visited the UK.

Mr Yap says that the number of applicants for French visas has risen by 49% in the last year. He says that the UK is missing out on the opportunity to attract a great deal of tourist revenue.


Obama says US immigration reform wold add $1.4trillion to economy

President Obama has attempted to keep up pressure on Congressional opponents of immigration reform by making the economic case for reform. The President told the country that the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in June would add $1.4trillion to the US economy in the next 20 years.

The bill will only become law if it is also passed by the lower house of Congress, the House of Representatives, with at least 60% support. The House of Representatives (known as ‘the House’) is controlled by Republicans and many Republican Representatives are opposed to the current bill because it proposes a ‘pathway to citizenship’ for many of the 11.5m illegal immigrants currently living in the US.

The President promised to make comprehensive immigration reform a priority in his second term and so is attempting to pressurise the House to pass the bill. He said that Congress has been debating the matter for more than a decade and must act now. The last time a similar bill was introduced was in 2006 under President Bush but this too failed to become law.

‘Foreign companies are more likely to invest’ in the US after reform – Obama

The President used his weekly address to the nation on Saturday 13th July to say that ‘immigration reform would make it easier for highly skilled immigrants and those who study at our colleges and universities to start businesses and create jobs right here in America’. He said that ‘foreign companies are more likely to invest here. The demand for goods and services would go up creating more jobs for American workers’.

He added that additional tax revenue, largely paid by the former illegal immigrants who would pay taxes once they were able to work legally, would enable the government to reduce the US budget deficit by up to $850bn over 20 years.

It is unlikely, however, that these economic arguments will have very much effect on the hard core opponents of the bill. For them, it is the creation of ‘a pathway to citizenship’ for illegal immigrants that makes the bill so offensive.

Pathway to citizenship would reward criminality

Many Republicans say that to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants would be to reward criminal behaviour.

After a meeting of House Republicans last week, it became clear that a vote in the House is now unlikely before September. Until it happens, supporters of reform will intensify their lobbying campaign. They believe that they successfully lobbied Republicans in the Senate to support the bill at the Senate’s vote on 28th June 2013.

The current bill is called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act 2013. It seeks to totally upgrade the US immigration system which politicians of all parties agree is failing the country.

Main points of proposed law

If the Act becomes law

  • Spending on border security along the Mexican/US border would be massively increased
  • A ‘pathway to citizenship’ would be established for most of the 11.5m illegal immigrants living in the US. They would have to pay $500 fine for illegally immigrating, pay back taxes, learn English and wait for at least ten years before they could acquire citizenship.
  • The number of H-1B ‘specialty occupation’ visas granted to Bachelor’s degree students would rise immediately from 65,000 to 130,000 per year and could rise to 180,000 in times of high demand. The cap on H-1B visas for PhD and Doctorate students, currently set at 20,000, would be removed altogether.
  • Graduates of US universities with doctorates and PhD degrees would be able to apply for US permanent resident visas (or ‘green cards’). There would be no cap on the number of applications allowed.
  • US businesses would be required to check all new employees against the E-Verify computer system to check that they are entitled to work in the US.
  • There would be a new ‘w-visa’ for unskilled workers in agriculture and construction.


Diplomats warn that Canada visa requirements deter applicants

Diplomats serving in Canada have warned that international visitors are avoiding Canada because the application for Canadian temporary resident visas is so complicated.

While visitors from the US, the UK and many EU countries do not need Canadian visas, citizens of most other countries do. There are fears that the over-complex visa forms are damaging Canadian trade by encouraging potential business investors and entrepreneurs to go elsewhere.

Robert Tripes of the Czech Republic said ‘Canada is a beautiful country with excellent and friendly people and I can recommend it to every Czech tourist but the truth is the application process is really complicated. A lot of people prefer to choose another destination’.

Four sections, numerous questions

Applicants must fill in forms with four sections and numerous questions. They are required to give information about their marriages, previous marriages and about their partners and children, even if the children and partner are not intending to travel to Canada.

They are also asked to report on their affiliations to any political party that has ever advocated violence as the means to a political end. The Globe and Mail points out that many western democratic governments have advocated invasion of other countries for political purposes so applicants would have to record their membership of mainstream political parties.

Applicants are also asked to say if they have ever witnessed the ill-treatment of prisoners or civilians. Applicants from some countries must record any occasion on which they were employed by their own governments. They are also asked where their parents died. The new Mexican ambassador to Canada, Francisco Suarez Davila, told the Globe and Mail ‘They’re dead. Twenty Years Ago. Why do I have to give information?

‘A lot of useless information that goes against common sense’

Mr Davila says that the application forms request ‘a lot of useless information that goes against commons sense’ and advised Canada to ‘get rid of the useless information’. He says that Canada should also take steps to make its visa application more similar to the US process so that visitors could easily apply to visit both countries at once. He suggests that Canada should radically cut the number of questions.

Another Latin American diplomat told the paper that the forms are so complex that applicants often make errors and the forms are then returned with requests for further information. Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail says that many applicants are unsuccessful including many important South American industrial and banking figures. The paper expresses concern that this has the potential to damage Canada’s economy.