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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

Level:

Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Full time

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

12 days

School:

Lancashire Law School

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

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

Entry Requirements:

Completion of LPC (Legal Practice Course)

Course Content

Course Outline:
3 Core modules and the equivalent of 12 hours of electives (+ independent study)

Key skills – relevant to specific types of practice and areas of law
Full qualification on completion
Participants have to have completed their LPC

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

The PSC requires the equivalent of 12 days of full-time attendance, building on the vocational training provided in the legal practice course. It comprises three core modules and elective courses relevant to specific types of practice and areas of law.

Core 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

Electives

You are required to study the equivalent of 24 hours of electives. Half of this may be independent learning. We offer most electives in ½ day modules (½ day face-to-face teaching with a further ½ day of unsupervised activity). You will need to select 4 of these to complete your PSC.

We also offer one full day elective in ‘Arbitration’ -  if you choose the elective, then you will need only 2 further ½ day choices:

We also offer a 2 full days accredited ‘Mediation Representation’ training course – which would equate to all your elective choices.

 

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.

 

CORE - Advocacy & Communication Skills – Day 1 17/11/17 9.30am–5.00pm

CORE - Advocacy & Communication Skills – Day 2 (Criminal Trial) 24/11/17 9.30am–5.00pm

CORE - Advocacy & Communication Skills – Day 3 (Civil Trial) 01/12/17 9.30am–5.00pm

CORE - Financial & Business Skills – Day 1 26/01/18 9.30am–5.00pm

CORE - Financial & Business Skills – Day 2 02/02/18 9.30am–5.00pm

CORE - Financial & Business Skills – Day 3 + Exam 09/02/18 9.30am–5.00pm

CORE - Client Care & Professional Standards - Day 1 02/03/18 9.30am–5.00pm

CORE - Client Care & Professional Standards - Day 2 09/03/18 9.30am–5.00pm

ELECTIVE – Equality and Diversity in the Workplace 16/03/18 10am-1pm (3hrs)

ELECTIVE – A Practical Introduction to Employment Practice 16/03/18 2pm-5pm (3hrs)

ELECTIVE – Negotiating Skills for the Commercial Lawyer 23/03/18 10am-1pm (3hrs)

ELECTIVE – Planning for a Successful Career in Law 23/03/18 2pm-5pm (3hrs)

ELECTIVE – Mediation Representation Day 1 20/04/18 10am-5pm both days (12 hours)

ELECTIVE – Mediation Representation Day 2 27/04/18

ELECTIVE – Practical Skills for Family Law 27/04/18 10am-1pm (3hrs)

ELECTIVE – A Beginners Guide to Arbitration Techniques 04/05/18 10am-5pm (6 hrs)

ELECTIVE – Practical Conveyancing Skills 13/04/18 10am-1pm (3hrs)

ELECTIVE – Practical Skills for Leasehold Flats 13/04/18 2pm-5pm (3hrs)

ELECTIVE – Intellectual Property – Essential Skills 20/04/18 10am-1pm (3hrs)

ELECTIVE – Interviewing Skills 20/04/18 2pm-5pm (3hrs)

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.
 

Timetable

Course Start Date Time Venue
CORE – Advocacy & Communication Skills – Day 1

17/11/17

9:30am – 5:00pm

TBA

CORE – Advocacy & Communication Skills – Day 2 (Criminal Trial)

24/11/17

9:30am – 5:00pm

TBA

CORE – Advocacy & Communication Skills – Day 3 (Civil Trial)

01/12/17

9:30am – 5:00pm

TBA

CORE – Financial & Business Skills – Day 1

26/01/18

9:30am – 5:00pm

TBA
CORE – Financial & Business Skills – Day 2

02/02/18

9:30am – 5:00pm

TBA

CORE – Financial & Business Skills – Day 3 + Exam

09/02/18

9:30am – 5:00pm

TBA

CORE – Client Care & Professional Standards – Day 1

02/03/18

9:30am – 5:00pm

TBA

CORE – Client Care & Professional Standards – Day 2

09/03/18

9:30am – 5:00pm

TBA

ELECTIVES – Equality & Diversity in the Workplace

16/03/18

10:00am – 1:00pm (3 hrs)

TBA

ELECTIVES – A Practical Introduction to Employment Practice

16/03/18

2:00pm – 5:00pm (3 hrs)

TBA

ELECTIVES – Negotiation Skills for the Commercial Lawyer

23/03/18

10:00am – 1:00pm (3 hrs)

TBA

ELECTIVES – Planning for a Successful Career in Law

23/03/18

2:00pm – 5:00pm (3 hrs)

TBA
ELECTIVE – Mediation Representation – Day 1

20/04/18

10:00am – 5:00pm (6 hrs)

HB001 – Moot Courtroom

ELECTIVE – Mediation Representation – Day 2

27/04/18

10:00am – 5:00pm (6 hrs)

HB001 – Moot Courtroom

ELECTIVE – Practical Skills for Family Law

27/04/18

10:00am – 1:00pm (3 hrs)

TBA

ELECTIVE – A Beginners Guide to Arbitration Techniques

04/05/18

10:00am – 5:00pm (6 hrs)

HB001 – Moot Courtroom

ELECTIVE – Practical Conveyancing Skills

13/04/18

10:00am – 1:00pm (3 hrs)

TBA

ELECTIVE – Practical Skills for Leasehold Flats

13/04/18

2:00pm – 5:00pm (3 hrs)

TBA

ELECTIVE – Intellectual Property – Essential Skills

20/04/18

10:00am – 1:00pm (3 hrs)

TBA

ELECTIVE – Interviewing Skills

20/04/18

2:00pm – 5:00pm (3 hrs)

TBA

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.

Testimonials

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 lstudies@uclan.ac.uk for more details.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For competitive rates on the course, please see the 'How to Apply' section.

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

To apply, contact the Lancashire Law School at llsprofessional@uclan.ac.uk for your booking form.
For further information, please contact Mark Grundy on +44 (0)1772 893080

Our highly competitive rates offer the following prices for the given course:
 
Full course package (core & electives) booked and paid for in advance          £1,195
(Saving £560) over buying the elements individually)
 
Core only package (8 days)                                                                                     £980
 
Electives only package (24 hours total)                                                                 £495
 
Advocacy & Communication Skills (3 days)                                                          £475
 
Client Care & Professional Standards (2 days)                                                     £295
 
Financial & Business Skills Only (3 days)                                                             £395

Individual Electives (all 6 hours)                                                                             £180

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk