What does this mean for me, as a student?
The key message from the AAT and Kaplan is that for now, you should continue and complete your current level on the AQ16 version. You have until June 2023 to complete the qualification level.
If you are midway through your AQ16 level studies when Q2022 is launched, you can transfer over to the new qualification.
However, due to content changes with the qualification, there is no direct transfer between AQ16 and A2022. We recommend that you refer to transition rules to fully understand the implications involved if you do decide to transfer midway through your qualification level.
What does it mean for me, as an employer of AAT students?
The key message from the AAT and Kaplan at this early stage, students should continue and complete their current level on the AQ16 version. For example, if your employee is midway through their AQ16 Level 2 when Q2022 is launched, they should complete Level 2 via AQ16 and progress onto Q2022 for Level 3.
Students will have until June 2023 to complete their level, and Kaplan will continue to support your students so that they can successfully achieve the level and progress onto the next level.
What if I am an apprentice student?
The advice is the same, from Kaplan and AAT: you should complete the level you're on with AQ16, and then when you progress to the next level apprenticeship (if that's after February 2022) you would move onto the new Q2022.
It is possible to transfer whilst midway through a level, but we don't advise this because only a maximum mark of 70% from AQ16 is transferable to Q2022. However, should you still wish to pursue transition arrangements, please see the transfer information below. And if you need more advice, contact our Student Services team. You must also notify your Talent Coach if you are intending to switch to the new Q2022.
What does it mean for my apprentices?
We encourage you, as the employer, to discuss the syllabus change with our client services team, so that you know what the new syllabus will entail from February 2022. But there's no need for you to hold back on commencing apprentices on AQ16 in the months before February 2022. We advise students to complete the level before taking up Q2022 on their next level.
There may also be differences in membership fees for some levels, which have yet to be confirmed by AAT.
What are the transition rules?
Whilst it's not our, nor the AAT's, recommended course of action, students are able to transfer whilst they are part way through their AQ16 qualification level over to Q2022. However, it's important that you are aware of the following:
- Not all units are transferable so despite successfully completing them you will simply lose them once you have transferred over e.g. UACS and FSYA do not have equivalents in the new Q2022
- Of those units that are transferable to Q2022, the maximum mark you will be awarded is 70%. For individuals aiming for a distinction under Q2022, this is not ideal as you would need to sit the equivalent unit to gain the higher mark.
- The AAT student annual membership will no longer exist under Q2022 as you will need to pay a one off up front fee for each level. There is no dispensation for students who transfer over from AQ16 whilst mid way through their annual membership.
Kaplan is here to support you regardless of the decision you make, and we are more than happy to discuss the various options available to you to help you make the right decision for you. Contact Student Services for advice and your options going forward.
What will happen to my AAT membership?
If your annual membership is due whilst studying your AQ16 qualification, you will need to renew it in the normal way. Otherwise you risk your membership lapsing and you won't be able to sit your exams.
When you start a new level on the 2022 qualification, you will find annual membership no longer exists. Instead, there will be an upfront fee for each specific level which gives you membership for the duration whilst studying for that level. The AAT are still to confirm what the fees will be for each level. Assessment fees will still apply for each exam.