QLTS OSCE Training Courses

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The OSCE assessment is a unique assessment, with students required to demonstrate a high level of legal knowledge and well-honed practical skills in a carefully-designed assessment environment against a strict marking criteria. QLTS School's OSCE preparation rises to the challenge, equipping you to succeed by offering 125 mock exams complete with model answers for self-assessment, succinct yet accessible practice area summaries, extensive and customised online resources together with one-on-one simulated practice stations with tutor feedback. We are the only training provider that offers tutor-marked mock practice stations, a crucial element to any person taking the OSCE assessment.

Enrolling on our OSCE course will help you become well-prepared to pass the final stage of the QLTS assessments on your first attempt. We are now preparing lawyers for the June 2017 assessment, the 13th time we have been offering our OSCE course since the introduction of the QLTS in 2010. We have the knowledge, experience and proven track record of many candidates who studied with us and are now dual-qualified English solicitors. Our course also incorporates feedback and tips passed to us by our former candidates, which lends us incomparable insight.

About the OSCE Assessment

The practical assessment: The OSCE forms the practical aspect of the QLTS assessments. As a candidate, you will be examined on Parts C (transactional and dispute resolution skills), D (legal, professional and client relationship knowledge and skills) and F (professional values, behaviours, attitudes and ethics) of the SRA's Day One Outcomes. The OSCE tests several skills: interviewing, advocacy/oral presentation, online legal research, drafting and writing. osce advocacyThe assessment tests these skills in the context of three areas of legal practice: Business Law, Litigation (Civil and Criminal), and Property Law (Conveyancing, Wills and Probate).

Assessments style: The OSCE assessment tests the knowledge, understanding and skills which together form part of the syllabus taught to domestic candidates taking the qualifying law degree/Graduate Diploma (GDL) and/or the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the latter constituting the vocational education stage of the domestic route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales. But as QLTS candidates do not subsequently complete a two year training period in which to hone their practical legal skills, and eligible candidates are already qualified in a previous jurisdiction, the standard expected of those who take the OSCE assessment is higher. The marking criteria are designed for outcomes-focused regulation.

Preparation for a Practical Assessment Requires a Practical Approach

A higher level of legal knowledge and understanding is required: While the Multiple Choice Test (MCT) part of the QLTS assesses your knowledge and understanding of academic law, the OSCE practical assessment demands considerably more from you: your ability to accurately advise clients using a variety of skills, including drawing on and applying the law to a very specific set of circumstances.

Medical assessment methodologies: As a future doctor cannot rely on reading a book in advance of a practical assessment that involves taking a blood sample, so an aspiring English solicitor cannot rely only on reading about practical legal skills in advance of a practical assessment that tests their skills as a lawyer advising the public.

Why we can help you: With our OSCE preparation course, we work with you to develop, master and demonstrate both law and skills, which is what the SRA is looking for. The law includes the significant and relevant legal knowledge required in the three legal areas. The skills are those expected of a practising solicitor who is able to accurately and competently advise clients.

Assessing Your Legal Skills

How the five skills are assessed: The five skills are assessed through simulated legal environments known as OSCE 'stations'. The techniques to create these stations include the use of actors as interview clients, as well as a live research exercise through the use of professional online legal databases used by practising solicitors.

Simulation of a solicitor - client interaction: Using ‘standardised clients’ – trained actors who play the role of a client with whom you interact during a station, the OSCE assesses your ‘soft skills’ as much as your formidable legal knowledge. During an interview assessment, for example, an actor playing a client may ask you to advise them on transferring shares of their company to a third party. In another station, you may be asked to interview the client, then, following their instructions, complete or interpret Inheritance Tax forms, oaths for executors or review their will. Or you may be advising a client about how best they can sell their property in order to minimise tax liability. The syllabus is vast and the possible scenarios are many!

A sample role-play OSCE advocacy exercise is available in this video:

You can also download a suggested analysis of this exercise, which is a good indication of the type of tasks you will be expected to complete in an advocacy station of the OSCE assessment.

A sample exercise on conducting an online legal research on LexisLibrary is available in the following video:

What Are You Expected to Demonstrate?

The SRA has set a Descriptive Narrative of Competency for the QLTS Assessments, which defines the level of competences expected of all newly qualified solicitors:

"You are expected to demonstrate a level of knowledge, professional skills and understanding of legal practice and the law, similarly to a competent newly qualified solicitor, that is likely to avoid a negligence claim.

In simple cases you can identify a client's problem and the main legal issues raised. You should be able to recognise and respond appropriately to common situations which raise issues of professional conduct. You will normally know your limits when ignorant; know to what sources to refer for information; and ask for help when the problem is too difficult to deal with.

The advice you give a client will demonstrably progress the client's matter and be clear enough for the client to understand. It will rarely be wrong. You can communicate in a professional and appropriate (though not necessarily sophisticated) way with others including clients, courts, colleagues and other solicitors. Your use of English is readily comprehensible to clients of any background. Following a meeting most clients will have some confidence in you and your ability to deal with their legal problem.

You can make a reasonably persuasive presentation of your case and defend it at least to some extent. You can draft simple legal documents effectively and with few mistakes, can review and make an initial judgment about some aspects of more complex legal documents and can progress routine legal transactions."

In short, you should know and understand the relevant legal principles and foundation law, be able to explain those to the client using accurate and timely advice, know which documents to use and also to draft various documents yourself when needed.

Download our OSCE Toolkit: a comprehensive document which covers everything you need to know about the OSCE assessment.

How We'll Prepare You to Meet and Exceed the SRA Standards

Effective Preparation Courses with Everything You Need: Would you prepare for a practical driving test only by reading the theory book beforehand, without taking a single driving lesson with an instruction? Probably not. The same applies to preparation for the QLTS practical assessment. The SRA's Descriptive Narrative of Competency clearly shows that preparation for the OSCE assessment requires more than simply rqlts osce trainingeading through textbooks or attending a course (although some providers may offer you to purchase textbooks for hundreds of pounds while similar textbooks including access to online resources can be purchased at a fraction of the cost at any legal bookshop). The assessments are completely unlike anything you will have encountered during your undergraduate education. We therefore designed the QLTS School’s OSCE preparation course with these factors and your requirements in mind. The course will help you bridge the gap between academic study of the three practice areas and developing practical legal skills, which can only be gained through constant practice, and reinforced through work experience. We work with you so that you can demonstrate that you possess the knowledge and skills of a newly qualified English solicitor on the first day of the job – the standard required by the SRA.

Saving You Money and Time: The total costs of the OSCE assessment are substantial when you factor in assessment fees, travel and accommodation costs. Add in the time costs, and the fact that and you only have limited number of opportunities to take the assessment (currently offered only twice a year) and the professional stages are really high. You will put yourself in the best possible position to save time and money by properly preparing yourself for the practical assessment. You can do this by choosing the preparation course which will provide you with all the tools to succeed and allows you to prepare according to your own already busy schedule.

Structure of the OSCE Course

Personalised approach from the very beginning: You and your fellow candidates have different skills, educational and legal backgrounds and personal circumstances. This means each candidate’s requirements of the preparation course are different. We understand that and have designed the OSCE preparation course with your needs in mind. We consult with you at the outset to identify your level of legal experience, work and life commitments, so that together we can work out what you need to focus on and how much time you can realistically devote to your preparation efforts. The result is a personalised preparation course just for you for the OSCE assessment preparation. You will follow this course under the guidance of a dedicated expert tutor, who will take you through this customised programme with deep knowledge of the law, the assessments and your personal preparation plan.

Highly qualified tutors: Our expert tutors are drawn from Qualified Solicitors and Barristers, Senior University Law Lecturers and Lead SRA External Examiners on The Legal Practice Course. With this unique approach and breadth and depth of expertise, you and your tutor can develop a personally-tailored study plan to suit your strengths and weaknesses and individual circumstances. The interaction with the expert tutor and the tutor-marked mock practice stations on the five skills are the most beneficial components of our course.

Why is it Crucial to Practice Mock Stations with an Experienced Tutor before the Assessments?

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A core component of your preparation course is the opportunity for you to practise simulated stations with your dedicated tutor, covering each of the five skills in the various practice areas. Your tutor will provide you with feedback on your mock practice stations based on Kaplan and the SRA Marking and Moderation Policy (we advise that you carefully review this document). For example, after attending the live Interviewing mock station, under the section "Client-focused", your tutor may mark your mock as "C", which means: "Marginal pass: on balance, just meets the competency requirements of the assessment". In addition, the tutor will provide you with a detailed explanation and feedback for the reasons of your grading (law and skills will be weighted equally).

The mock practice stations are designed to successfully prepare you for the practical assessment and are regarded by successful candidates as the most effective way to genuinely assess your level of knowledge, professional skills and understanding of legal practice to a level that meets the SRA assessment requirements. The mock stations will also help you turn your weaknesses into strength, improve your overall legal skills base and enhance your legal knowledge before you take the formal assessment. 

During the OSCE assessment themselves, the five skills will be assessed in 15 simulated stations. The nature of the assessments means that detailed feedback from an experienced tutor is crucial and cannot be obtained by simply self-assessing your performance, reading textbooks, watching videos or even from peer feedback.

Please feel free to download and review a sample tutor-marked paper for a mock practice station to understand yourself why you cannot accurately mark yourself nor rely entirely on self-assessed mock tests without tutor involvement for a practical exam such as the OSCE.

We recommend that you take the time and watch the interviews we obtained from many of our successful former candidates who passed the assessments on their first attempt (available on the Success Stories page on this website). There is unanimity among these candidates that the tutor's marked mock stations for the OSCE assessment were the most beneficial part in their preparation.

QLTS School is the only training provider to offer you mock practice stations with personal tutor feedback based on the SRA Marking Criteria, on each of the five skills of the OSCE.

While other providers may offer you mock exams as part of their offering, these mock exams are for self-assessment only – and are entirely different than one-on-one mock practice stations with personal tutor feedback that QLTS School will provide you with. Our tutor-marked mock practice stations are absolutely necessary for an objective and genuine assessment of your performance before the formal assessment.

We will of course also provide you with mock exams for self-assessment in addition to the personal mock stations with our tutors (25 or 125, depending on your course package). 

Course Features

QLTS School's preparation course for the OSCE includes the following:

  • Your initial interview and consultation with your dedicated tutor to assess your experience, level of tutoring required and to discuss any initial questions that you may have with regards to the practical assessment and the course
  • Your detailed, tailor-made study plan prepared by your dedicated tutor designed specifically to meet your agreed personal needs and requirements
  • Course Guide – covering the structure, methodology and marking criteria of the practical assessment, study guides, and test administration procedures, protocols and policies – everything you need to know about what is expected of you and how you will be assessed
  • OSCE practice area summaries (about 200 pages in total) – these distil the essential elements of the law and practice areas are summarised and divided into sections, covering the main topics tested in the OSCE assessment. The summaries are excellent for revision purposes and save you the time and hard work in preparing your own notes. These summaries offer all the information needed to enable you to work through the various practice areas with ease and refer back to them final during mock and assessment preparation. The summaries cover Property Law & Probate, Civil & Criminal Litigation, and Business Law
  • Expert guidance and direct contact with your personal tutor and response to general academic enquiries
  • Legal research videos which provide a detailed walkthrough of attempting an OSCE legal research task, from research task through to research memo. These videos provide examples of using both LexisLibrary and Westlaw to conduct the required research, across the three areas of law assessed on the OSCE. Demonstrating invaluable research tips along the way, these videos will help you become familiar with the layout and content so you can use the two research systems effectively
  • 125 mock exams with suggested solutions for self-assessment - covering all legal practice areas and skills tested on the OSCE assessment (check the OSCE matrix to see the topics/skills covered by each of the 125 tasks). The mock exams provide ample opportunity for you to deepen your legal knowledge and hone your practical skills. Points to note or proposed submissions for each mock enable you to understand what is required of you and identify areas of development during your preparation. The scenarios cover a wide spectrum of the OSCE syllabus, with supporting documents to many of the questions, such as shareholders’ agreements, statements of claim, wills, lease extracts, defence statements, etc. The interviewing skill exercises include instructions for both interviewer and interviewee to enable role-play for a more realistic assessment environment, together with scripts which simulate a real interview and oral presentation. View these sample OSCE mock exams on Civil Litigation/Advocacy and on Business Law/Interviewing (links open in a new window)
  • Mock practice stations with one-to-one tutor feedback for the five skills (e.g., 1 mock station in interviewing, advocacy/oral presentation, drafting, writing and research). Each mock practice station will be personally marked by one of our senior tutors, who will give you substantive feedback based on the SRA marking criteria to help you prepare for the assessment
  • QLTS Skills Online (Advantage and Premium packages only) – see below for more details
  • Free periodic updates for the course materials
  • Networking opportunities and online interaction with your fellow candidates

Selected LPC and skills textbooks from Oxford University Press are used during the course, which include access to online resources including video and audio lectures and interactive tutorials. 

QLTS School and Oxford University Press have reached an agreement that provides all QLTS School's candidates with an exclusive 20% discount off all OUP titles required for the OSCE course. You will also benefit from exclusive access to OUP lecturers resources, such as case studies, test banks and video clips, which otherwise may not be available.

Your dedicated tutor will review this questionnaire which will form the base of your initial interview with them. You will also be provided with your unique login details to access our online training system. 

QLTS Skills Online – an Innovative and Interactive Online Tool to Prepare for the OSCE Assessment

QLTS Skills Online is a great support tool for learning the skills required on the OSCE assessment. This innovative, interactive and enjoyable tool will prepare you for the OSCE assessment with increased confidence.

Covering legal writing and drafting, advocacy, interviewing, and legal research, QLTS Skills Online complements and builds on the existing course materials provided to you by QLTS School and your tutor. You are also given the chance to put the skills into practice in a realistic case study.

Key benefits:

  • More than 60 interactive exercises covering all of the skills required on the OSCE in the context of litigation, business law, and conveyancing ensuring that you gain genuinely transferable knowledge of the five skills
  • Video and audio material complements the exercises to provide a varied and interesting resource that engages you and provides immediate feedback, making it an easy tool to use to improve your legal skills
  • A 100-page accompanying book viewable online ensures that you are familiar with the principles behind each skill and provides examples taken from day-to-day practice
  • Video interviews with legal practitioners, offering you an insight into how the skills you are learning will be used throughout your professional career

The online format of the resource ensures that you are able to practise the skills stipulated on the OSCE, rather than merely reading about them, enabling you to feel more confident during your simulated practice stations and ultimately, during the formal practical assessment.

QLTS Skills Online is included in the Advantage and Premium courses as standard.

To give you an idea of what to expect, we have created a demo version of QLTS Skills Online. The demo includes one exercise per skill area. You can also download a sample chapter of the accompanying book.

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Do You Need to Come to the UK to Take the OSCE Course?

No - you can study anytime, anywhere: You can work through your personalised curriculum from any location in the world. Online mock exams and suggested answers will be available to download through our QLTS online training system, so that you can assess your own development and progress. Your personal mock practice stations with the tutor will be conducted over a period of several weeks at agreed times.

Specifically tailored for working lawyers: The nature of the course promotes flexible learning. You can practise the skills required whenever it suits you - making it ideal if you work full-time and allowing you to balance the many demands for your time and attention.

Course Requirements

You must have access to the full, electronic version of both LexisLibrary and Westlaw. This is an essential component of the online legal research module and assessment. You can gain access either through your law firm, a local library or university. If none of these options is available to you, please contact us as we have made special arrangements with both LexisNexis and Westlaw to exclusively allow our candidates remote access to LexisLibrary and Westlaw content, with your PC from anywhere in the world. The arrangements provide you with the opportunity to benefit from 6 months’ access for £200 (VAT is not applicable) for each of the databases (£400 in total for LexisLibrary and Westlaw).

You must also have Internet access as well as a Skype account, web camera and microphone for the online interviewing and advocacy/oral presentation mock assessments.

To help you better understand the features and benefits of our offerings, and learn how preparing with QLTS School will save you time, money and effort, we invite you to watch a video presentation of the OSCE preparation course:

How Much?

We offer three packages for the OSCE preparation course. Fees vary according to the number of personal and tutor-marked mock practice stations you purchase, the number of mock exams for self-assessment, while QLTS Skills Online comes as standard in both the Advantage and Premium courses. For the purpose of the breakdown below, Part I of the OSCE means mock stations on interviewing and advocacy/oral presentation, and Part II refers to mock stations on legal research, legal writing and legal drafting:

  • Basic Course (5 mock stations - 2 on Part I and 3 on Part II, 25 mock exams for self-assessment) - £1,590 
  • Advantage Course (5 mock stations - 2 on Part I and 3 on Part II, 125 mock exams – plus access to QLTS Skills Online) - £1,990
  • Premium Course (7 mock stations - 3 on Part I and 4 on Part II, 125 mock exams – plus access to QLTS Skills Online) - £2,390

The more mock exams for self-assessment and mock practice stations you have with your tutor, the better your preparedness and chances of success are. You will be tested in 15 simulated stations in the formal OSCE assessment – so make sure you select the package with the number of mock exams and personal mock stations that is most suitable for your needs, considering your previous legal experience and knowledge of English law. QLTS Skills Online will also provide the platform to develop your practical skills and legal knowledge in between the practice mock stations with your tutor.

For deeper insight, we recommend that you take the time and watch the video interviews we recorded with nearly 100 of our successful former candidates who passed the assessments on their first attempt (available on our Success Stories Page). There is unanimity among our candidates that the tutor's marked mock tests and practice stations for the OSCE assessment were the most beneficial and crucial part in their preparation, as it gave them true and valuable feedback as to their ability to use the five skills in real time. 

There is an additional cost of selected LPC textbooks (£170 plus delivery, payable directly to OUP). Our materials will be available online so there is no delivery fee. OSCE course fees do not include any fees payable for LexisLibrary/Westlaw access. If you are exempt from one or more of the skills, you may be entitled to a discount in your course fees.  

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How to Apply?

There are three packages available for the OSCE preparation course:

OSCE Basic Course
Our most-popular
OSCE Advantage Course
OSCE Premium Course
An initial interview with one of our senior tutors
Tailor-made study plan
OSCE Course Guide
Expert guidance and direct contact with your tutor
OSCE practice area summaries
Free periodic updates for the course materials
A series of legal research videos
Access to the content of OUP lecturers' resources
Access to QLTS Skills Online
Mock exams with suggested solutions for self-assessment  25  125  125
Mock practice stations with personal tutor feedback  5 mock stations
(2 on Part I and
3 on Part II)
 5 mock stations
(2 on Part I and
3 on Part II)
 7 mock stations
(3 on Part I and
4 on Part II)

Alternatively, download our OSCE course application form and return to us once completed either scanned by email or via fax + 44 (0) 207 900 2935.

If you have any questions about the OSCE preparation course, please contact us today.

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