Entry requirements for the ICCA Bar Course

The ICCA Bar Course entry requirements are focussed on attainment, not status, as part of our Fair Admissions Policy. If you’ve completed a law degree or a Graduate Diploma in Law, are passionate about becoming a barrister and want an exceptional chance of securing pupillage, the ICCA’s Bar Course will allow you to stand out from the crowd.

To study on Part One of the ICCA Bar Course you must meet the following entry requirements by the time you enrol:

  • An acceptable law degree awarded at a minimum level of Upper Second Class (2:1); or a degree in any other subject awarded at a minimum level of Lower Second Class (2:2) together with a Graduate Diploma in Law with a Commendation or a Distinction
  • A pass in the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)*
  • Exercise good English language skills.

* Following a review of its effectiveness, the BSB decided on 31 March 2022 to seek approval from the Legal Services Board (LSB) to discontinue the BCAT.  An application will therefore be made to the LSB to remove the BCAT enrolment requirement. A timeline for the implementation of this decision is expected soon from the BSB.  The BSB has stated that, “For those thinking about enrolling on a Bar training course this summer or autumn [2022], July is likely to be the earliest the BCAT could be withdrawn as an entry requirement for their chosen course.” You can read more about this from the BSB here. Meanwhile, the BCAT remains a requirement for enrolment on a Bar training course. This page will be updated when more information is available.


To continue onto Part Two of the ICCA Bar Course you must meet the following additional entry requirements before enrolment:

  • Membership of an Inn of Court
  • A pass in the centralised BSB assessments (contained in Part One of the ICCA Bar Course).

Time limits and ‘stale’ qualifications

To be eligible for enrolment, students must commence the ICCA Bar Course within five years of 31 December of the year in which they completed their academic component (i.e. their undergraduate law degree or GDL). This is a BSB requirement designed to prevent students proceeding to Bar training with out-of-date legal knowledge.