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PSRAS: Route 2

These PSRAS packages (route 2) are suitable for those with little or no legal training or background, or those who are not exempt from the written examination.

If you already hold the LPC, BTC or CILEX level 6 Diploma in Law including criminal law and criminal litigation, you should look at our PSRAS route 1 packages for those exempt from the written examination.

Please note, we are obliged to charge a £20 SRA levy for each new registration. If you have already paid this, you will not be charged. Further details are available at the shopping basket stage.

All inclusive package

This package includes all three assessments that are required to gain the PSRAS qualification, as well as four related training courses designed to help you pass the assessments. When you choose this package, you'll be issued with a voucher which includes £310 off against the cost of purchasing all elements separately.

Once you have purchased your voucher, you'll be able to see all the available dates and book your courses and assessments.

The all-inclusive package contains:

The written examination assesses your understanding of the role of the police station advisor, together with the skills necessary to fulfil this role, and your knowledge of criminal law and procedure.

The written exam is presently an online proctured assessment. It is an open book examination in that you can refer to two texts during the examination for reference purposes.

All candidates must complete and submit a portfolio of cases involving attendance at a police station for interview.

The purpose of the Portfolio is to:

  • Enable us to assess your competence to give advice in police stations
  • Encourage you to consider and reflect upon your performance in the police station
  • Encourage your supervising solicitor to review your competence and to take steps to address any deficiencies.

The portfolio of cases is submitted in two parts.

Part A consists of four cases provided in two separate submissions, in the following order:

  • Detailed reports of two cases where you have observed your supervising solicitor advising a client
  • Detailed reports of two cases where you have given advice to a client and have been observed by your supervising solicitor.

These cases must be in chronological order and must be less than three months old.  Part A of a portfolio may be submitted at any time.

Part B consists of a submission of:

  • Detailed reports of a further five cases where you have advised a client alone.

Please note: you cannot book the CIT until you have successfully completed both the Written Examination and your Portfolio Part A, and received your PIN from the Legal Aid Agency.

The purpose of Critical Incidents Test is to assess your effectiveness in advising and assisting clients at the police station. The CIT takes the form of a role play assessment under exam conditions.

All candidates must undertake the Critical Incidents Test.

This assessment is a live role-play test. The test aims to recreate a police station interview and uses audio recordings to provide information. You can intervene during set pauses to respond to information, request further information or to advise the client. The whole of the test is recorded for assessment purposes. The test is conducted on an individual basis and lasts a maximum of 45 minutes.

This test assesses whether your responses are appropriate, with reference to police station practice and procedure. It also allows for key skills to be assessed (for example communication, negotiation and assertiveness).

You can choose whether to attend a face-to-face or an online CIT.

This is an introductory course for those who have little or no knowledge of criminal law. This course is suitable if you are a complete novice or if you have worked in the criminal justice system but want to learn law from a different perspective.

This course could also act as a useful refresher course if you have some knowledge of criminal law.

It is however, a fundamental law training course, which will cover basic criminal law concepts with particular reference to the needs of the professional advisor in the police station. There are references to PACE and police station practice and procedure throughout the course.

This course is primarily designed to complement the Written Examination training course, and in turn to help you prepare for the Written Examination.

CPD hours: 7

This course is intended to prepare you for the written examination.

You will find it useful to have basic knowledge of criminal law and procedure - and especially police station practice (we recommend those who have little or no experience attend the Introduction to criminal law course before taking this course).

This course provides practical advice in relation to exam techniques and approaches. It also provides useful information about the structure of the exam and the relevant regulations. Practice questions are provided and you have the opportunity to undertake a mock assessment under examination conditions.

CPD hours: 7

This course is designed to assist you in the preparation of your portfolio of cases.

By the end of the course you will be familiar with the PSRAS regulations in relation to portfolios, including the requirements to ensure that your portfolio is technically compliant. You will be given guidance to ensure that the format and content of your portfolio is satisfactory.

This course also gives you the opportunity to consider a number of sample cases and receive advice on the strengths and weaknesses of each case’s presentation and substance.

Please note that this course also deals with the preparation of portfolios by solicitors seeking to attain the Police Station Qualification.

CPD hours: 4

We strongly recommend that you do not book the CIT training course until you have completed 10 or more solo police station visits, as the content assumes you have this level of experience. If you have any queries, please email law-pdu@cardiff.ac.uk.

This course aims to prepare you for the Critical Incidents Test (CIT). The unusual nature of the CIT assessment makes this course particularly helpful.

It addresses the style of the test itself and the marking scheme. It will provide guidance on how to avoid making common mistakes.

You will have the opportunity to undertake some parts of a CIT in small online groups with other probationary representatives and solicitors.

The make-up of this course prompts discussion of police station practice and procedure and can assist you in improving your police station skills and technique generally.

CPD hours: 3

Buy all inclusive package

All testing, portfolio training course and CIT training course package

This package includes all required testing (written examination, Critical Incidents Test, Portfolio) and two supporting training courses (CIT and portfolio).When you choose this package, you'll be issued with a voucher which includes £120 off against the cost of purchasing all elements separately.

Once you have purchased your voucher, you'll be able to see all the available dates and book your courses and assessments.

This package contains:

The written examination assesses your understanding of the role of the police station advisor, together with the skills necessary to fulfil this role, and your knowledge of criminal law and procedure.

The written exam is presently an online proctured assessment. It is an open book examination in that you can refer to two texts during the examination for reference purposes.

All candidates must complete and submit a portfolio of cases involving attendance at a police station for interview.

The purpose of the Portfolio is to:

  • Enable us to assess your competence to give advice in police stations
  • Encourage you to consider and reflect upon your performance in the police station Encourage your supervising solicitor to review your competence and to take steps to address any deficiencies.

The portfolio of cases is submitted in two parts.

Part A consists of four cases provided in two separate submissions, in the following order:

  • Detailed reports of two cases where you have observed your supervising solicitor advising a client
  • Detailed reports of two cases where you have given advice to a client and have been observed by your supervising solicitor.

These cases must be in chronological order and must be less than three months old.  Part A of a portfolio may be submitted at any time.

Part B consists of a submission of:

  • Detailed reports of a further five cases where you have advised a client alone.

Please note: you cannot book the CIT until you have successfully completed both the Written Examination and your Portfolio Part A, and received your PIN from the Legal Aid Agency.

The purpose of Critical Incidents Test is to assess your effectiveness in advising and assisting clients at the police station. The CIT takes the form of a role play assessment under exam conditions.

All candidates must undertake the Critical Incidents Test.

This assessment is a live role-play test. The test aims to recreate a police station interview and uses audio recordings to provide information. You can intervene during set pauses to respond to information, request further information or to advise the client. The whole of the test is recorded for assessment purposes. The test is conducted on an individual basis and lasts a maximum of 45 minutes.

This test assesses whether your responses are appropriate, with reference to police station practice and procedure. It also allows for key skills to be assessed (for example communication, negotiation and assertiveness).

You can choose whether to attend a face-to-face or an online CIT.

This course is designed to assist you in the preparation of your portfolio of cases.

By the end of the course you will be familiar with the PSRAS regulations in relation to portfolios, including the requirements to ensure that your portfolio is technically compliant. You will be given guidance to ensure that the format and content of your portfolio is satisfactory.

This course also gives you the opportunity to consider a number of sample cases and receive advice on the strengths and weaknesses of each case’s presentation and substance.

Please note that this course also deals with the preparation of portfolios by solicitors seeking to attain the Police Station Qualification.

CPD hours: 4

We strongly recommend that you do not book the CIT training course until you have completed 10 or more solo police station visits, as the content assumes you have this level of experience. If you have any queries, please email law-pdu@cardiff.ac.uk.

This course aims to prepare you for the Critical Incidents Test (CIT). The unusual nature of the CIT assessment makes this course particularly helpful.

It addresses the style of the test itself and the marking scheme. It will provide guidance on how to avoid making common mistakes.

You will have the opportunity to undertake some parts of a CIT in small online groups with other probationary representatives and solicitors.

The make-up of this course prompts discussion of police station practice and procedure and can assist you in improving your police station skills and technique generally.

CPD hours: 3

All testing, portfolio training course and CIT training course package

All testing and CIT training course package

This package includes all required testing (written examination, Critical Incidents Test, Portfolio) and the supporting CIT training course. When you choose this package, you'll be issued with a voucher which includes £100 off against the cost of purchasing all elements separately.

Once you have purchased your voucher, you'll be able to see all the available dates and book your courses and assessments.

This package contains:

The written examination assesses your understanding of the role of the police station advisor, together with the skills necessary to fulfil this role, and your knowledge of criminal law and procedure.

The written exam is presently an online proctured assessment. It is an open book examination in that you can refer to two texts during the examination for reference purposes.

All candidates must complete and submit a portfolio of cases involving attendance at a police station for interview.

The purpose of the Portfolio is to:

  • Enable us to assess your competence to give advice in police stations
  • Encourage you to consider and reflect upon your performance in the police station Encourage your supervising solicitor to review your competence and to take steps to address any deficiencies.

The portfolio of cases is submitted in two parts.

Part A consists of four cases provided in two separate submissions, in the following order:

  • Detailed reports of two cases where you have observed your supervising solicitor advising a client
  • Detailed reports of two cases where you have given advice to a client and have been observed by your supervising solicitor.

These cases must be in chronological order and must be less than three months old.  Part A of a portfolio may be submitted at any time.

Part B consists of a submission of:

  • Detailed reports of a further five cases where you have advised a client alone.

Please note: you cannot book the CIT until you have successfully completed both the Written Examination and your Portfolio Part A, and received your PIN from the Legal Aid Agency.

The purpose of Critical Incidents Test is to assess your effectiveness in advising and assisting clients at the police station. The CIT takes the form of a role play assessment under exam conditions.

All candidates must undertake the Critical Incidents Test.

This assessment is a live role-play test. The test aims to recreate a police station interview and uses audio recordings to provide information. You can intervene during set pauses to respond to information, request further information or to advise the client. The whole of the test is recorded for assessment purposes. The test is conducted on an individual basis and lasts a maximum of 45 minutes.

This test assesses whether your responses are appropriate, with reference to police station practice and procedure. It also allows for key skills to be assessed (for example communication, negotiation and assertiveness).

You can choose whether to attend a face-to-face or an online CIT.

We strongly recommend that you do not book the CIT training course until you have completed 10 or more solo police station visits, as the content assumes you have this level of experience. If you have any queries, please email law-pdu@cardiff.ac.uk.

This course aims to prepare you for the Critical Incidents Test (CIT). The unusual nature of the CIT assessment makes this course particularly helpful.

It addresses the style of the test itself and the marking scheme. It will provide guidance on how to avoid making common mistakes.

You will have the opportunity to undertake some parts of a CIT in small online groups with other probationary representatives and solicitors.

The make-up of this course prompts discussion of police station practice and procedure and can assist you in improving your police station skills and technique generally.

CPD hours: 3

Buy all testing and CIT training course package

Pay as you go

If you prefer, you can buy each element individually:

Written examination (online)

Portfolio submission

Critical Incidents Test (CIT) (online)

Please note: you cannot book the CIT until you have successfully completed both the Written Examination and your Portfolio Part A, and received your PIN from the Legal Aid Agency. Please email us at law-pdu@cardiff.ac.uk to provide proof of these qualifications and we will send you the correct booking link(s).

  • 23 January
  • 25 January
  • 29 February
  • 4 March
  • 25 April
  • 7 May
  • 17 July
  • 23 July
  • 3 October
  • 9 October
  • 21 November
  • 26 November

Critical Incidents Test (CIT) (face to face)

Please note: you cannot book the CIT until you have successfully completed both the Written Examination and your Portfolio Part A, and received your PIN from the Legal Aid Agency. Please email us at law-pdu@cardiff.ac.uk to provide proof of these qualifications and we will send you the correct booking link(s).

  • 23 July

An introduction to criminal law training course (online) - 2 day course

Written examination training course (online) - 2 day course

Portfolio training course (online)

Critical Incidents Test (CIT) training course (online)

We strongly recommend that you do not book the CIT training course until you have completed 10 or more solo police station visits, as the content assumes you have this level of experience. If you have any queries, please email us at law-pdu@cardiff.ac.uk.

Contact us

If you would like further information about these packages or anything else, please contact us and we'll be happy to help you:

Professional Development Unit