2012 BTEC Course

BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration – May 2012

The BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration is a unique qualification designed specifically for chambers clerks. The award is a professional qualification which certifies competence as a junior barrister's clerk. Developed by Central Law Training (CLT) in consultation with the Institute or Barristers' Clerks (IBC) and validated as a BTEC qualification by Edexcel the levels of competence for the award have been set nationally.

The role of a barristers' clerk is extremely important and crucial to the smooth running of chambers. It is therefore essential that clerks are trained to a very high standard to ensure that they are able to work to the best of their ability and to reach their full potential.

The course is designed for junior clerks within the first 5 years of their career and is suitable for clerks from large or small chambers in all practice areas.  No formal qualifications are needed to start the qualification.  However, clerks will need a senior clerk to mentor them throughout the programme.

Junior clerks undertaking this award will:

  • Enhance their career profile.
  • Become more proficient at what they do.
  • Provide a better service to clients and members of chambers.
  • Secure a transferable qualification.
  • Enable progression to a higher level of qualification.

The programme is mostly conducted online via a dedicated website.  The qualification consists of four units and for each unit there is a set of materials.   There is a half day face to face lecture at the start of the programme to introduce clerks to it and then after six months a second half day on communication skills.

The course structure is:

  • Unit 1 – Barristers Clerks: their work in context
  • Unit 2 – Understanding the English Legal System 
  • Unit 3 – Communication Skills
  • Unit 4 – Practical Clerking

Provided all four units are successfully completed, clerks will get a BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Chambers Administration and will be issued with a certificate to confirm this.

A brochure providing further detailed information and a registration form is also available for download here


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