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


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:

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


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.

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.




Day 1

Friday 16th Nov 2018

Day 2

Friday 23rd Nov 2018

Day 3

Friday 23th Nov 2018



Day 1

Friday 25th Jan 2019

Day 2

Friday 1st Feb 2019

Day 3

Friday 8th Feb 2019



Day 1

Friday 1st March 2019

Day 2

Friday 8th March 2019



4. ELECTIVE – Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

Friday 15th March 2019

5. ELECTIVE – A Practical Introduction to Employment Practice

Friday 15th March 2019

6. ELECTIVE – Negotiating Skills for the Commercial Lawyer

Friday 22nd March 2019

7. ELECTIVE – Planning for a Successful Career in Law

Friday 22nd March 2019

8. ELECTIVE – Mediation Representation Day 1

Friday 19th April 2019

9. ELECTIVE – Mediation Representation Day 2

Friday 26th April 2019

10. ELECTIVE – Practical Skills for Family Law

Friday 26th April 2019

11. ELECTIVE – A Beginners Guide to Arbitration Techniques

Friday 3rd May 2019

12. ELECTIVE – Practical Conveyancing Skills

Friday 12th April 2019

13. ELECTIVE – Practical Skills for Leasehold Flats

Friday 12th April 2019

14. ELECTIVE – Intellectual Property – Essential Skills

Friday 19th April 2019

15. ELECTIVE – Interviewing Skills

Friday 19th April 2019

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

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 Lancashire Law School at 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,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400