Professional Skills Course

Professional Skills Course
The Professional Skills Course is the final, compulsory part of your training before you qualify as a solicitor. Undertaken during your training contract, it is made up of three compulsory core modules covering key areas of practice, and four days of elective module training to suit your areas of interest. Together this totals 12 days (72 hours) of training.

Entry and Admissions


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Full time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

12 days in short blocks


Lancashire Law School

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

At any point. Start in November to complete all blocks in the shortest time possible (Nov to March)

Entry Requirements:

You should be a trainee solicitor to complete the PSC. Individual elements available as CPD for any legal professional

Course Content

Course Outline:
Our courses are delivered in face-to-face sessions.

Completion of the PSC is a compulsory SRA requirement for all trainee solicitors undertaking a training contract.

Therefore, you are only entitled to undertake the PSC if you have successfully completed your Legal Practice Course.

The individual elements can, however, be taken as CPD – just contact us for details.`

Why Choose Us?

Law has been taught at the University of Central Lancashire and its predecessor institutions since 1970.

Lancashire Law School has developed and expanded a wide range of law courses at undergraduate, post-graduate and non-degree level. At present it comprises 1 Head of School, 5 Professors, 47 academic staff; 2 school administrators and 3 clerical assistants - all located in one place.

Our tutors are also encouraged to develop a publication profile and it is pleasing to note that a number are succeeding in doing so, for example in the Journal of Business Law, the New Law Journal, the Conveyancer & Property Lawyer, Solicitors Journal and the Journal of Social Security Law, to complement their professional and practical expertise - making them current and relevant to today's legal arena.

Highly Competitive Rates . We offer the most competitive range of packages available – all fully inclusive of learning and support materials and exam fees.

As our staff are full time university academics, readily available feedback and learning support away from the class room!

You can personalise your PSC with our wide range of regularly-updated elective modules.

Financial and Business Skills
18 hours (3 days) of study plus 1.5 hours exam

Advocacy and Communication Skills
18 hours (3 days) of study including a skills appraisal

Client Care and Professional Standards
12 hours (2 days) NO assessment

4 free-choice Electives from current list
Our electives are delivered in ½ day sessions plus a further ½ day of distance learning. You need to completes 4 topics

Learning Environment & Assessment:

In fully equipped boardrooms or small classrooms. Some electives are in computer rooms.

There is an examination is Financial and Business Skills and an Appraisal in Advocacy. No other elements are examined or assessed. This is common to all SRA validated Professional Skills Course.


Learning outcome & aims

This course is regulated and validated by the Solicitors regulation Authority, therefore the learning outcomes and aims are ass stipulated by this body, and may vary from time to time.

Industry links & professional accreditation

Legal Practice

The Lancashire law School has links with many local legal practices and in-house lawyers within many industries, and local government departments.

Professional accreditation: Solicitors Regulation Authority

Work experience and international opportunities

Not applicable. 

Graduate Careers

Solicitors in a wide range of private practices; In house solicitors; Local Government Legal Department; Chief Executives; Judges; Crime fiction writers etc.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

Student's progress to be qualified solicitors following successful completion of their training contracts.

A further course – the Stage 1 ( & 2) Management Course is offered on a modular basis and must be undertaken during a newly qualified solicitors first 3 years in practice.

We also offer a range postgraduate legal practice qualifications including a Professional Doctorate. Contact for more details.

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Apply direct to Lancashire Law School at UCLan or Viv Ivins (PSC Course leader)  

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400