The Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship is a comprehensive programme lasting 40 months. There are two phases of the apprenticeship: On Programme Learning and End Point Assessment.
On programme learning
During the On Programme Learning, you will work toward the ACA / CTA qualifications and demonstrate a range of Skills and Behaviours essential to all successful Accountancy and Tax Professionals, such as communication, leadership and continuous improvement.
End point assessment
At the end of your Apprenticeship you will take an End Point Assessment (EPA) in which you will demonstrate everything you have learned over the course of the programme and complete the ACA qualification. The EPA includes completion of your final case study exam, and a 4,000 word project report.
This guide is designed to tell you everything you need to know about your Apprenticeship.
On programme learning
The on programme element will enable you to develop the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship standard and prepare you to attempt the End Point Assessment.
It will include:
- Completion of your relevant technical exams.
- Work based professional development which will enable you to meet the requirements of the ICAEW and CIOT.
- Learning and development provided by Deloitte.
- On the job experience.
The ACA / CTA Joint Programme Qualification is split into three Levels – Certificate, Professional and Advanced.
The Certificate Level consists of 6 papers to introduce the basic concepts around key topics
such as Accounting, Assurance and Tax. They are tested via computer based exams, predominantly multiple choice while some papers have longer questions. The pass mark is 55%.
You will complete five out of the six ACA Professional Level papers which build on your
knowledge from Certificate Level, and start to test your ability to apply knowledge to client scenarios. The pass mark is 55% at the Professional Level.
You will also complete a CTA specialist paper in one of three areas – Taxation of Major Corporates, Owner-Managed Businesses or Indirect Tax. These papers have a pass mark of 50%.
At the Advanced Level, there are three papers: Corporate Reporting, Strategic Business
Management and Advanced Case Study. The pass mark is 50%.
The Advanced Case Study exam acts as the End Point Assessment (EPA) and is the final stage of your Level 7 Apprenticeship, along with a 4,000 word Project Report.
In order to complete the ACA-CTA Joint Programme Qualification, you will be expected to sit two further CTA papers:
- Professional Responsibilities and Ethics computer based assessment (60% pass mark)
- Final CTA paper (50% pass mark).
Kaplan talent coach
You will be allocated a Kaplan Talent Coach whose role is to support and guide you throughout your programme and ensure you are prepared and ready for the End Point Assessment (EPA). At the start of your programme, you will have an “Kaplan Apprenticeship Induction Call” to explain more detail about the Apprenticeship. They will then work closely with you to support you in progressing through your Apprenticeship, in particular providing the support and guidance you’ll need to ensure you have every opportunity to apply your learning effectively in the workplace.
Formal interactions between you and your Kaplan Talent Coach will vary but as a minimum there will be structured ‘check-ins’ either Face to Face or via video conference every three months.
Your Deloitte Coach is an internal mentor who will play an integral role in your Apprenticeship.
They will perform the following roles:
- Provide mentoring and coaching to you throughout the programme, helping you to embed your learning in your day-to-day work and develop your skills.
- Attend formal meetings with you and your Kaplan Talent Coach at least once per quarter to discuss progress and development.
- Support you in navigating current projects and clients to identify opportunities for skills and behavioural development.
Your Exam Manager will support you through your professional qualification.
They will perform the following roles:
- Monitor your performance in professional exams and at college.
- Ensure compliance with your professional qualification requirements.
Your Kaplan tutors are industry experts and will support you with any part of your professional qualification.
Outside of the classroom we also have our dedicated Academic Support team to support with technical subject matter related queries. They can be contacted via Live Chat, Request a Call-back or email. Contact details for tutors and Academic Support will be provided through MyKaplan at the start of your course.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)
If you require specific support due to a diagnosed condition Kaplan can support you with additional resources. If you need clarification on reasonable adjustments you may be eligible for or require support in your reasonable adjustment applications to any professional bodies for your exams, your Kaplan Talent Coach can put you in touch with our SENCo.
Your qualification learning materials are all accessed through the MyKaplan portal for your technical studies. You can access this system from home or work via your desktop, tablet or handheld device.
There are numerous resources you can access on MyKaplan, including:
- Introduction to study guides
- Course materials
- Recorded lectures
- Online tutorials breaking down the syllabus
- E-Learning segments
- Mini mock and full mock assessments
- Exam and revision technique
Learning My Way - Skills, Behaviours and Personal Development Microsite
We’ve created a Google microsite specifically for our apprentices. It has a range of content and bite size learning, such as Ted Talks, topical articles, short videos and challenge activities covering a range of Skills and Behaviours related to your Apprenticeship Standard. Dip in and out of the site, and explore the additional topics we've curated for you on Embracing our Diversity, Sustainability and Democracy and our Society.
For more information, please see our microsite for Level 6-7 Learning My Way and it's also located on MyKaplan for you.
Functional Skills provide you with a qualification showing you have the skills and understanding of how to apply Level 2 Maths and English within daily life and work.
- If you already have Maths and English GCSE grades A-C, 4 or above (or equivalent),
you will be exempt from completing the Functional Skills qualifications. However, you must submit your certificates to your Kaplan Talent Coach within 6 weeks of starting your Apprenticeship, and you still must complete the initial and diagnostic assessment from our provider BKSB (see below for more details)
- If you have not achieved a Maths and English GCSE or equivalent, or do not have the evidence to prove that you have passed them, you are required to complete the Functional Skills qualifications within the first 6 months of your programme. Your Talent coach will advise you to use the translation service if you have international certificates.
All apprentices are required to complete a Maths & English initial assessment (see Functional Skills, below). If it is identified that you require additional support we will provide you with relevant resources. This will be further discussed with your Talent Coach.
If you do need to achieve Functional Skills
After completing the your “Kaplan Apprenticeship Induction Call”:
- You will be assigned study modules and be supported to achieve the functional skills qualification
- You will be sent a mock exam to attempt after you have completed the study modules (it’s advisable these are sat under exam conditions)
- Then after your mock has been marked and you are ready to sit the actual exam, your Kaplan Talent Coach will discuss dates and a suitable Kaplan venue where these can be taken.
The functional skills assessments are:
- For English: a 70 minute English reading exam, an 80 minute English writing exam and an English speaking, listening and communication assessment for 30 minutes.
- For Maths: a two-hour exam.
Points to watch out for
The initial and diagnostic assessment information you receive for Functional Skills will be automated by the provider (BKSB). This should be completed prior to your “Kaplan Apprenticeship Induction Call”. Please check your spam for any emails from BKSB that will be about English and Maths for your apprenticeship.
When you're using the BKSB site:
- Under the option ‘Theme Settings’ you can change the size of the font that is displayed. It also provides the option to change the colour of the background and to change it to a light or dark setting.
- When you have answered a question, the box at the bottom of the screen turns green. You can only submit your test at the end once all the boxes are green, so you have to include an answer for everything.
Your results will be with you within six weeks.
As part of your Apprenticeship you will be given time to complete the required learning during working hours.
This time must equate to at least 20% of your working hours over the course of the Apprenticeship programme. This doesn’t mean it has to be one day a week and can be structured to suit the needs of your business area.
You will complete a number of mandatory internal training programmes at Deloitte whilst studying for your Apprenticeship. This training, along with other workplace activities will help you develop the relevant Skills and Behaviours, and will ensure you meet the 20% target.
What is OTJ training?
- Teaching of the Knowledge of the professional qualification and technical elements of the Apprenticeship e.g. lectures, on-line learning, assignments
- Developing practical Skills training e.g. shadowing, coaching sessions, developmental 1-to-1s, projects
- Understanding and developing the Behaviours identified in the Apprenticeship, assignments, practical opportunities, on-line learning.
In essence it includes any form of training relevant to the apprenticeship standard which enables you to upskill and further develop in your role and future role. You must keep a log of this training activity through your OTJ Training Record (see below). We will require you to state how many hours you have spent on different study or workplace learning activities, etc, so we have a total number of OTJ learning hours, to meet government apprenticeship rules. So it is worth getting into the habit of doing this early.
The Apprenticeship Checklist and Off-the-job (OTJ) Training Record
Throughout your Apprenticeship, you need to document your learning and development activities against your Apprenticeship Standard Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. It is important to keep these documents up to date as you will need to record the time spent on these activities (in the OTJ Training record) and reflect on your technical knowledge, skills and behaviours (in the Apprenticeship Checklist). This will also support you in compiling the evidence for your work-based portfolio at End-Point Assessment.
Your OTJ Training Record and Apprenticeship Checklist should form the basis of your discussions with your Kaplan Talent Coach. A template will be provided as part of your “Kaplan Apprenticeship Induction Call” so you can start to record this straight away. You should only use the templates provided.
End point assessment
End Point Assessment (EPA) is the final stage of your Apprenticeship. It’s your opportunity to showcase all your learning through a formal assessment. You must pass your EPA to complete your programme and receive your Apprenticeship certificate.
Gateway takes place at the end of your Apprenticeship when all on-programme learning
and training has been completed. It is at this point your Deloitte Coach and Kaplan Talent Coach (see below) make the decision as to whether you are ready to move forward to the EPA. A number of checks will be completed in order to determine and confirm that you are ready to start preparing for the EPA. These checks include making sure you have:
- achieved the required hours relating to 20% Off the Job training
- completed a signed off Apprenticeship Checklist
- completed your technical training in relation to your professional qualification
- completed your Functional Skills requirements (or evidenced relevant exemptions) – see below for more detail on functional skills.
There are two parts to the EPA for the Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship:
- The Advanced Case Study exam sat as part of the professional qualification you are completing.
- The Project Report: This is a 4,000 word assignment set by the ICAEW to critically
evaluate the key Skills and Behaviours you have developed over the course of your
Apprenticeship. It requires you to refer to situations in which you have demonstrated the
relevant Skills and Behaviours, and discuss lessons learned from these situations.
More detail on the EPA will be provided by your Kaplan Talent Coach as you move closer to the final year of your Apprenticeship.
As you are completing the ACA/CTA Joint Programme qualification, you will be required to also complete the following to comply with the ICAEW and CIOT’s requirements.
- You must accumulate and show evidence of at least 450 days of Practical Work Experience (one working day is seven hours). Practical Work Experience (PWE) is work experience of a financial, business and/or commercial nature
- Complete the ICAEW online Ethics Learning programme including the Ethics assessment which can be accessed from your online training file.
You will be required to send a screenshot of your updated training file to your Kaplan Talent Coach every 6 months.
Your wellbeing is of immense importance to us at Kaplan, your Kaplan Talent Coach is on hand should you have any concerns during your learning journey. We also have a range of supportive resources for you to use on our microsites. We can sign-post you to a range of organisations that can provide you with additional support should you need anything.
Finally, if you are experiencing any significant stress or concern, please contact our confidential safeguarding email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Information Advice and Guidance
Kaplan aims to support all its learners into meaningful careers, developing career-ready skills throughout their time with us. As professionals, it is also important to learn how to cope when something does not go to plan. If you find yourself in the position of needing careers advice, Kaplan offers a confidential and impartial service through our Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Google microsite for learners. Your Talent Coach may sign–post you to relevant resources on this site at different stages of your career journey however, we also hope that you use this site independently to grow in your career as and when you need it.
Your understanding of fundamental British Values will be developed as a requirement of the Apprenticeship.
These are defined as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith.
This learning will be embedded into other elements of your programme and will be developed and reinforced through regular discussions on how they are linked to your workplace and life. This will ensure you fully understand the importance of these and their place in life in modern Britain.
Before your start date, there are a few things you are required to do, so
please read the following checklist carefully and ensure you complete these tasks:
- Register with ICAEW/CIOT once you have received your actual grades (degree or A-level). You will receive guidance from Deloitte on how to complete your ICAEW/CIOT student registration via email. A webinar will also take place at the end of July / early August guiding you through the registration process. You will receive further information from Deloitte in due course
- Request the following from the ICAEW, if applicable:
- Exemptions/credit for prior learning, and/or
- Access arrangements.
Please refer to the Deloitte professional education (pre-joiner) inductions for details on how to do this.
- Complete the Application Pack forms. These include:
- the application form (using your predicted grades if not yet in receipt of your actual grades)
- the ID verification link, and
- the skills scan.
Please refer to your welcome email from Kaplan for details on how to do this (you will find a link to the relevant forms).
Once you have started at Deloitte, you will then attend a scheduled “Kaplan Apprenticeship Induction call” to discuss more detail about your Apprenticeship. You will be given details of the dates and times of this call closer to the time.
The most common questions that we get asked.
Your Kaplan Talent Coach will contact you within the first 6 weeks of your Apprenticeship being accepted, if you need to speak to them sooner you can email email@example.com
, and they will supply you with contact details.
You will need to provide your Kaplan Talent Coach with evidence of your equivalent qualification, and they will check if it meets the requirements for an exemption. Also, you still must complete the initial and diagnostic assessment from our provider BKSB. Your Talent coach will advise you to use the translation service if you have international certificates.
Unless you are able to prove exemptions, you may be required to complete Functional Skills. Speak to your Kaplan Talent Coach to discuss your options.
If you wish to enquire about your Kaplan Apprenticeship programme please email firstname.lastname@example.org