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info_outline From 29th October all our classroom courses will be delivered via Live Online until further notice. Our centres are open for Computer Based Exams (CBE) only, which are running with safety measures in place.

More information can be found on the institute advice pages ›

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ACA (ICAEW) institute advice for Coronavirus

Below is the latest and most up to date information from the Institute, regarding exams and assessments.

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ACA Certificate/CFAB

Institute news
The ICAEW are offering Certificate Level CBEs via remote invigilation through Pearson VUE. For more details about availability, exam booking process and more please visit the ICAEW’s webpage (link is included below).

Impact on courses
We will continue to deliver ACA Certificate courses via Live Online. We also have flexible online options available for all Certificate subjects.

Please visit the ICAEW website for ongoing updates regarding the Certificate Level.

How our ACA classes will run for the rest of 2020

After careful consideration we have taken the decision that all ACA courses in 2020 will be delivered remotely using Live Online.

To minimise disruption, the Live Online course dates we deliver will be the same as your classroom course dates, and classes will also be restricted to a maximum of 40 students.

ACA 2020 Student Pathways

The cancellation of June Professional sitting and the postponement of the July Advanced sitting has led to many students having to defer their exams to later in the year. Understandably, this has raised questions about the ways in which students will progress with their ACA studies once they make use of the forthcoming September and August Advanced sitting, The table below outlines how we intend to support our clients and students to maintain the impetus of their study pathways.

The two main methods we have used to optimise progression are:

  • Looking at delaying start dates of the next courses to allow for delayed exams to be sat before the next courses commence (“AFTER EXAMS” courses)
  • Creating a more intensive option for those who would prefer exam results to be known before progression commences (“AFTER RESULTS” courses)

In some cases, where the timings are simply too tight, our advice is to sit subsequent exams in 2021 and we have designed courses to ensure that momentum is not lost (“DELAY”)

September Professional Progressions

Papers sat in September Preferred progression in December Kaplan Solution
FAR/AA TC/FM AFTER EXAMS: We have ensured that all December classroom based TC/FM/BST/BPT courses commence after the September exam sitting to allow for student progression.
AFTER RESULTS: For those who want to wait for results release before starting their next course to the December sitting, we will also deliver intense live online variants of TC/FM/BST/BPT that commence after the September results release date.
FM/BST/BPT CR/SBM AFTER EXAMS: Given the short time period between the September exam sitting and the subsequent November exams, we will be delivering some intensive November CR/SBM courses that start after the September exams.
Please note that in order to facilitate this, the Knowledge and Application course phases will be delivered live online followed by the delivery of Exam Preparation in your location of choice.
London 2:2:2 and London Eve & Weekend FAR/AA London 2:2:2 and London Eve & Weekend PTX/MI/TC/FM Students on this pathway would normally sit their next set of Professional Level Exams in December 2020. This will not be possible as there is not enough time between the September and December exams to accommodate the course.
DELAY: We would recommend that students on this pathway sit their next Professional papers in March 2021 instead. We are running a course that starts in November 2020 to accommodate this pathway.
London Evening and Weekend BST/BPT London Evening and Weekend CR/SBM/ACS Unfortunately the time period between the September Professional exams and November Advanced exams is not sufficient to accommodate our usual London Evening and Weekend Advanced course.
There are two alternatives for students in this situation:
DELAY: Defer their Advanced studies until July 2021
AFTER RESULTS: Sit our intense live online CR/SBM course to the November 2020 exam sitting. Please note that this course is not evening and weekend in terms of structure but it does provide a more immediate progression opportunity.

August Advanced Progressions

Papers sat in August Preferred progression in November Kaplan course support provided
CR/SBM ACS AFTER EXAMS: In order to facilitate progression, we will be delivering a comprehensive suite of November ACS courses that commence after the Advanced August exam window.

Unless otherwise stated, we plan to deliver the courses in the classroom but ultimately, the course delivery method will be dependent on demand and how the UK government determines what social distancing measures are necessary. We will keep you updated should we need to convert the courses to live online delivery and trust that we have your support should we need to do so.

Deferral Arrangements

We recognise that some of the course solutions outlined above involve students commencing their next course before they have received their September exam results. If a student does not subsequently achieve a pass in their Sep exams we will honour any required course deferrals to the March Professional / July Advanced sitting.

Course dates and timetables

Please see our updated ACA timetables that reflect the course changes outlined above.

Exam papers - summary of abbreviations

Professional Level

FAR: Financial Accounting and Reporting IFRS (2)

AA: Audit and Assurance

TC: Tax Compliance

FM: Financial Management

BST: Business Strategy and Technology

BPT: Business Planning: Taxation (3)

Advanced Level

CR : Corporate Reporting

SBM: Strategic Business Management

ACS: Advanced Case Study (4)

Workbooks, open book texts and ICAEW textbooks

What will be sent in the post?
You will receive all the material you were expecting on the classroom course which includes a workbook, ICAEW textbook and any relevant Open Book Texts.

A large amount of our ICAEW textbooks were in centres waiting to be given out in class. We are in the process of getting these sent back to our warehouse but in the meantime you may find you get a partial delivery and the ICAEW textbooks will follow a week or so later.

How can I be sure you are sending material to the correct address?
We are asking all students to inform us of their current address before we can send out materials. Students are asked to complete this form. We will only use this data for the purpose of sending the materials.

Who is best to contact for help and advice?

If you would like some support with technical questions while you are studying don't forget about our Academic Support team. They are available 7 days a week via email, live chat and 'request a callback' through MyKaplan.

If you are worried about your progress through your Apprenticeship, please speak to your talent coach.

For any other questions please contact our Student Services team via +44 (0) 161 259 7400 or

Please reach out to your account manager or send us an email to

Safeguarding and Mental Health

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact us via during working hours. It is a confidential email account.

There are two very good charities who have out of hours support: NSPCC for concerns about young people 0808 800 5000 or the Samaritans 116123.

We can also signpost you to several helpful organisations - we have collated contact details of organisations such as Anxiety UK, Mind, CALM, and Young Minds.

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