PSRAS Written Exam

Police Station Accreditation Written Exam

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Course Overview


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The PSRAS Written Exam is a two hour 'open book' assessment which will assess your understanding of the legal adviser's role in the police station and the skills that are needed to perform that role effectively.

The Written Exam will assess your understanding of, and ability to, explain to a client relevant law and procedures drawn from the major areas listed below:

  • Substantive criminal law
  • The treatment of persons in custody
  • The conduct of police interviews
  • The evidential significance of facts or of things said or not said
  • Police powers outside the police station
  • The criminal process

The assessment is 'open book'. You may take any bound and published text books into the assessment or on-line materials purchased from Datalaw. These support materials can be highlighted and/or underlined but cannot be annotated.

On registration, you will be issued with a copy of our Regulations which will provide written guidance on the format, content and assessment criteria for the Written Exam.  

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What are the requirements?

  • The Written Exam is a two hour assessment which consists of five questions. Each question is worth 25 marks. You will be required to attempt four questions of the five questions set. In order to pass the Written Exam you must score at least 50%.

Learning Outcomes

  • • The Written Exam must be passed by those who are not exempt prior to completion of Part A of the Portfolio and registration with the Legal Aid Agency (LAA).

What is the target audience?

  • The PSRAS should be undertaken by anyone who wishes to become an accredited police station representative and give advice in the police station for which payment is claimed from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA)
  • Exemptions from the Written Exam are available to:
  • • Those who have completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • • Fellows or members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) who have passed the level 6 criminal papers (formerly level 4)
  • • Those who have completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)


About Instructor - Assessment Board

Datalaw’s Assessment Board is comprised of current and former duty solicitors, academic lawyers and a qualified external moderator. It is the Assessment Board’s role to ensure that accreditation assessments are conducted in a consistent manner and are marked to an appropriate standard having regards to the SRA Standards of Competence.

The Assessment Board have also developed a series of online support courses to assist candidates pass each stage of the accreditation.

Course Curriculum


  • PSRAS Regulations
    50 Page
  • SRA Standards of Competence
    11 Page


  • Written Exam Timetable
    1 Page

Controlled Remote Assessments

  • Controlled Remote Assessments
    8 Page