The BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration is a unique professional qualification designed specifically for barristers’ clerks by Central Law Training in conjunction with the Institute of Barristers Clerks.

It is aimed at barristers’ clerks with up to three years’ experience. You will need to be working in Chambers under the guidance of a mentor, who should be a senior clerk with at least 8 years’ experience.

The qualification is studied by distance learning over 12 months and requires attend-ance at 2 half-day courses. It is assessed by way of written assignments and the sub-mission of a written portfolio. Throughout the study period your mentor will support you generally in finding resources and time to study for the qualification and will also provide support in completing the assignments.

Upon successful completion of all 4 modules, you will achieve a BTEC Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Chambers Administration. This BTEC qualification is awarded by Pearson, the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and bench-marked. The qualification certifies competence as a junior barrister’s clerk.

BTEC Chambers Admin Frequently Asked Questions

The qualification will:
• Provide you with knowledge and skills that support you in your day to day work as a barristers’ clerk;
• Give you insight into the English legal system and your role within it;
• Enable you to provide a better service to clients and members of chambers;
• Allow you to grow in confidence;
• Enhance your profile;
• Enable you to build a network of peers and
• Provide a transferable qualification that allows you to progress within Chambers or move on to another set.

The programme is not regulated by any qualification regulatory bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are no formal entry requirements for the programme but you will need basic IT skills.

You will need to complete and be successfully assessed on four modules:

Barristers’ Clerks - Their Work in Context
This requires you to study the way barristers and their clerks organise their work and the professional context in which they operate. You will attend a half day introductory course and will also study online. We will assess your knowledge and understanding in this unit by way of written assignment.

English Legal System
In this module, you will learn about the aspects of the English Legal System that most closely relate to your day to day work. You will study this online and will be assessed by way of written assignment.

Communication Skills
This module focuses on developing your oral and written communication skills. You will attend a half day course and will also study online. Assessment of your communication skills will be by way of written assignment.

Practical Clerking
This module focuses on developing your ability to carry out the range of tasks and duties of junior clerks in chambers. You will learn about the core work of Chambers and submit a portfolio of work to demonstrate your competence.

You can book your place at any time and begin to study immediately. The face to face courses are held twice yearly in May and November.

You may re-take one module or re-submit an assignment once but if after the second attempt you are not successful you will need to re-register and begin the course again.

To allow for a review of the current programme we are no longer offering a November 2019 cohort.  The programme will relaunch again in May 2020.

If you need further information or guidance please call us on +44 (0)121 362 7526.

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