About the ICCA Bar Course

Taught by barristers with collectively 130 years’ experience at the Bar, the ICCA Bar Course is innovative, flexible, accessible and offers outstanding quality content.

The ICCA Bar Course is delivered in two parts using a combination of in-person teaching, e-learning, and self-study. Validated by King’s College London, the ICCA Bar Course is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and vital practitioner skills required for pupillage and beyond, preparing for life as a barrister.

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Course Structure

Part One

Part One is entirely online, learning is through self-study which you complete at your own pace. There are no timetabled sessions.

Module Mode Assessment
Civil Litigation, Evidence and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Self-study, online learning BSB centrally-set assessments

  • Part 1: Closed-book – multiple choice questions (MCQs) and single best answer questions (SBAs).
    Duration: 2 hours
  • Part 2: Open-book [White Book] – MCQs and SBAs, including rolling case scenarios.
    Duration: 2.5 hours
Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing Self-study, online learning BSB centrally-set assessments

  • 75 MCQs and SBAs.
    Duration: 3 hours

There are three opportunities per year to sit the BSB assessments: April, August and December. Assessments are generally taken online however alternative arrangements can be discussed if this is not suitable. If an in-person assessment is required outside the UK, there may be a cost to the student for this.

Part Two

Part Two is delivered in-person; teaching takes places in the Inns of Court (Gray’s Inn, Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn and Middle Temple). Sessions are timetabled.

Module Mode Assessment
All sessions are taught in small groups of 6 by experienced practitioners
In-person Internal exams

  • Examination-in-Chief – oral assessment (filmed).
    Duration: 15 minutes
  • Cross-Examination – oral assessment (filmed).
    Duration: 15 minutes
  • Submissions Advocacy – oral assessment (filmed).
    Duration: 15 minutes
Opinion Writing and Legal Research In-person Internal exam

  • Written assessment.
    Duration: one calendar week to complete a 4000-word opinion which incorporates an assessed legal research exercise.
Drafting In-person Internal exam

  • Written assessment (supervised).
    Duration: 3 hours
Conference Skills
All sessions are taught in small groups.
In-person Internal exam

  • Oral assessment (filmed).
    Duration: 25 minutes
Professional Ethics In-person Internal exam

  • Closed-book exam – MCQs.
    Duration: 2 hours

Course Award

On successful completion of the ICCA Bar Course, you will:

  • be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Bar Practice from King’s College London
  • be eligible to be called to the Bar of England and Wales (subject to meeting the qualifying session requirements of your Inn of Court and passing their ‘fit and proper person’ checks).

Course start dates

The ICCA Bar Course offers two in-takes per year with dates as follows:

Mode Start date anticipated Completion
First Cycle: September 2022
Part One Self-study, online learning September 2022 December 2022
Part Two In-person March 2023 July 2023
Second Cycle: January 2023
Part One Self-study, online learning January 2023 April 2023
Part Two In-person September 2023 January 2024

The anticipated completion dates above assume passing assessments at the first attempt and following our recommended structured learning pathway for Part One.

Commencing Part Two is conditional on passing all Part One assessments at the first or second attempt and joining an Inn of Court.

Hear what our students think

Decide if the ICCA Bar Course is for you. Listen to current and past ICCA students to find out what made them choose the ICCA; the differences between Parts 1 and 2; and what they most enjoyed about the course.

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More information

Academic Regulations 2020-2021

Cycle One Bar Course Year Planner 21-22

Cycle Two Bar Course Year Planner 21-22