Applying for Professional Skills Course exemptions

Updated 24 March 2020

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Criteria

This is an application for exemption from any or all three of the core modules of the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

You will need to complete the electives at an approved PSC provider.

Pre-requisites

You must be able to evidence the following in order to make an application:

Advocacy and Communication Skills

You need experience of both civil and criminal advocacy which should have been gained over a period of 5 years or more.

Client care and Professional Standards

You need to have experience of the issues in the subject areas at an appropriate level, over a period of 8 years or more.

Financial and Business Skills

You must have been successfully examined on a similar syllabus recently.

And send:

References from your supervisors to corroborate your application and supporting evidence.

Important information

For work-based learning1, your evidence will need to confirm the work carried out and how it meets the requirements of the core PSC modules. This must be corroborated by your supervisor. They should be a solicitor or another individual who has knowledge of the PSC written standards and legal practice.

For certificated learning we will only recognise academic credit that has led to a qualification or certificate.

If you are claiming an exemption based on an award obtained outside the UK, the awarding body must be recognised by UK NARIC.

Completion of the CPE/QLD, LPC or PRT cannot be used as a basis to apply for the PSC exemptions. There is a progressive element as the PSC is designed to build on these.

Making your application

The application fee is £210.

We aim to provide you with a decision within 90 days of receiving your application.

You must keep a copy of your application and evidence.

Section 1 and 2 – Personal details

Enter your personal details including:

  • First name/middle name/last name
  • Telephone (Day/Mobile)
  • Email address
  • Home address (for our records)
  • Correspondence address (if different from your home address)

Section 3 – Degrees and diplomas

Enter details of degrees, diplomas and other qualifications you have been awarded.

If you are applying for exemption from the Financial and Business Skills core module you must ensure that you provide certified copies of the: syllabus, module descriptors, award certificate and transcript for the course you have been recently examined on, which covers the same areas as this module.

Section 4 - Professional examinations and courses

Enter details of other professional qualifications or completed courses. For example, relevant qualifications you have undertaken within your employment. If you are using these to support your application include certified copies of your certificate(s), transcript(s) and module descriptor(s).

We do not grant exemptions based on study you have completed on the CPE/LPC.

Section 5 – Professional experience and employment

If you are applying for exemption from the Advocacy and Communications Skills core module, you need to demonstrate experience of both civil and criminal advocacy which should have been gained over a period of five or more years.

If you are applying for exemption from the Client Care and Professional Standards core module, you need to demonstrate work experience in the subject areas, at a suitable level, over a period of eight years or more.

Tell us where you completed your experience including:

  • The organisation's name, address and SRA ID (if applicable)
  • Job title
  • Average number of hours worked per week
  • Start and end date in this role
  • Supervisor's name, qualification and SRA number (if they have one)
  • If your supervisor is not a solicitor, describe their skills, experience and qualifications.

Section 6 – The assessment table

This is a key part of your application. You must complete this table.

To grant your application, we must be satisfied that you have achieved all the outcomes listed against each of the core modules you claim.

We recommend that you read the Professional Skills Course – Written Standards before completing this section.

When completing the assessment table:

  • set out specific, detailed examples showing how you achieved each outcome
  • specify where you gained your professional experience
  • cross reference your evidential documents to the outcomes
  • every page must be numbered, and an index must also be provided
  • all evidence must be corroborated by references from your supervisor(s) in each period of experience claimed.

We do not accept successful completion of the CPE or LPC as evidence in support of your application.

We only recognise other academic credit that has led to a qualification or certificate.

Supporting evidence

While everyone's experience is unique, you must include the following evidence within your application:

  • detailed references from your supervisors to corroborate your claim for work experience
  • redacted samples of your work
  • certified copies of your syllabus, module descriptors, award certificate and transcript if you are applying for exemption from the Financial and Business Skills module. 

Guidance for referees

You must ensure that your referee(s) have read this information. References must:

  • be provided for each period of experience claimed
  • be written for the purposes of this application and be dated within the last 3 months
  • be submitted on letterheaded paper.

Referees must:

  • have read your application and reviewed all supporting evidence before corroborating your experience and confirm that they have done so in their reference.
  • familiarised themselves with the Professional Skills Course – Written Standards and refer to these when providing their reference(s).
  • confirm that they have supervised your work.
  • include examples from their direct observation of you and your work.

If your referees are not solicitors, ask them for a statement outlining their skills, experience and qualifications.

Section 7 - Declaration

  • Read the declaration and tick all relevant boxes.
  • Give your full name, signature, SRA number and the date.

Section 8 - Returning the form

Follow the instructions for making payment and sending your application.

Section 9 – Declaration

  • Read the declaration and tick all relevant boxes.
  • Give your full name, signature, SRA number and the date.

Section 10 – Returning the form

Follow the instructions for making payment and sending your application.

Professional Skills Written Standards

Find out more information about the Professional Skills Course Written Standards.

  1. 1. Certificated learning is learning which has led to a qualification or certificate. Whilst work-based learning is objectively assessed workplace experience.