Professional Skills Course

Professional Skills Course

The Professional Skills Course is the final, compulsory part of your training before you qualify as a solicitor. Usually 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



SCHOOL: School of Law and Social Science

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

Course Content

3 Core modules and the equivalent of 12 hours of taught electives (+ 12 hours distance learning)

Key skills – relevant to specific types of practice and areas of law
Full qualification on completion

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.

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


You are required to study the equivalent of 24 hours of electives. Half of this may be distance learning suitably supervised or assessed. We offer most electives in ½ day modules (½ day face-to-face teaching with a further ½ day of supervised/assessed 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.


Learning Environment & Assessment

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

There is an examination in 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.

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Academic Expertise

Beverley Cullen – Course Director | Stephanie Jones | Martin SalisburyWendy BackhouseFiona Bledge | Zanele NyoniLinda Chadderton | Monalisa Odibo

Learning outcome & aims

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

Course Dates 2020/21

ZZP002 - Advocacy & Communication Skills – Day 1

13 November 2020

ZZP002 - Advocacy & Communication Skills – Day 2

20 November 2020

ZZP002 - Advocacy & Communication Skills – Day 3

27 November 2020

ZZP001 - Financial & Business Skills – Day 1

22 January 2021

ZZP001 - Financial & Business Skills – Day 2

29 January 2021

ZZP001 - Financial & Business Skills – Day 3 + Exam

5 February 2021

ZZP003 - Client Care & Professional Standards - Day 1

5 March 2021

ZZP003 - Client Care & Professional Standards - Day 2

12 March 2021

ZZE007 – A Practical Introduction to Employment Practice

19 March 2021

ZZE006 – Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

19 March 2021

ZZE008 – Negotiating Skills for the Commercial Lawyer

26 March 2021

ZZE011 – Practical Conveyancing Skills

16 April 2021

ZE012 – Practical Skills for Leasehold Flats

16 April 2021

ZZE014 – Practical Skills for Family Law

23 April 2021

ZZE010 – Intellectual Property – Essential Skills

30 April 2021

ZZE001 – A Beginners Guide to Arbitration Techniques

14 May 2021

Industry links & professional accreditation

Legal Practice

The School of Law and Social Science has links with many local legal practices and in-house lawyers within various industries, and local government departments.

Professional accreditation: Solicitors Regulation Authority

Graduate Careers

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

Progression Routes

Students progress to become qualified solicitors following successful completion of their training contracts.

We also offer a range postgraduate legal practice qualifications including a Professional Doctorate. Contact 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 892440
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 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

To apply, contact the PSC Course Director, School of Law and Social Science at for your booking form.
For further information, please telephone +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 (3 hours)                                                                                 £180

Individual Electives (6 hours)                                                                                 £360


About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400