PSRAS Written Exam Support Course

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Course Overview

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The Written Exam is the first stage of the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme (PSRAS) and is designed to assess a candidate’s understanding of both the adviser's role in the police station and the skills that are needed to perform that role effectively. Developed by Datalaw's Assessment Board and accessible via any internet connected computer, mobile or other internet ready device for a period of 12 months, this course contains the following:

How to Pass the Written Exam

In the words of lecturer James Parry, in order to pass this assessment candidates must “start early and prepare well.” Whilst this may seem straight forwards, lack of preparation and uncertainty regarding what to expect can cause candidates to stumble at the first hurdle of the PSRAS.

This is a practical session; James will provide advice regarding how to structure your time during the assessment, the correct exam technique to use and the key resources required to ensure success.

The majority of this session will revolve around the dissection of a sample paper; James will offer an insight into what the questions are actually asking, the key indicators which you can use to determine this information and the level of detail expected by the Assessment Board.

Detailed notes accompany the recorded webinar and include a copy of the sample paper discussed above, along with commentary and model answers.

Sample Paper

The course also includes a separate sample question paper and marking matrix. We recommend that you use the sample as a mock assessment and attempt the paper under exam conditions in order to accurately assess your exam technique and knowledge, prior to taking the exam.

Book the Written Exam and Online Support Course Together and Save £65

For further information or to request an invoice, please contact the Accreditations Department on 0151 236 2024.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the detailed accompanying notes
  • Complete the Written Exam sample paper under exam conditions then mark your paper using the matrix provided

Learning Outcomes

  • • This course will provide you with the knowledge, exam technique and confidence required to get your accreditation off to a good start by passing the Written Exam on the first attempt

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)
  • • This online, samples based, support course has been developed to improve a candidate’s chances of passing the assessment; 75% of candidates who undertake this training pass the Written Exam first time.


About Instructor - James Parry

James is a partner at Parry and Welch Solicitors which speacialises in dangerous dogs cases.

James is a solicitor and high court advocate with 25 years experience in the criminal justice sector, ten of which were spent with the magistrates' court service, and ten in private practice. James is the author of "Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings" (Butterworths), and various published papers dealing with diverse aspects of the criminal justice system. James is a former chairman of the Law Society’s criminal law committee and an experienced and well-regarded CPD lecturer.

Course Curriculum

PSRAS Written Exam Support Course

  • Webinar - How to prepare for the written exam
  • Notes - How to Prepare for the Written Exam
    56 Page
  • Sample Written Exam
    20 Page