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About CTA

Studying towards the CTA qualification, you’ll develop an overall understanding of tax whilst being able to specialise in a particular tax area. Upon qualifying, you can apply to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and become a Chartered Tax Adviser. Access to the qualification is open to anyone and there is no requirement to have a prior qualification.

What's needed to complete CTA?

CTA is made up of four components and you must complete all of them to qualify.

In order to gain your CTA qualification you must:

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    Select and complete two Advanced Technical papers. The Advanced Technical papers require the most detailed knowledge and ideally reflect your chosen specialism.
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    Select and complete three Awareness modules. The Awareness modules selected must not be the same subject as the Advanced Technical Papers you select. Exemptions are available for certain qualifications.
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    Complete the Application and Professional Skills paper in your chosen specialism.
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    Complete Accounting, Law and Ethics Computer Based Exams. You are exempt from Accounting, Law and Ethics at CTA if you passed the CBE at ATT. Passing the old BTAP paper does not give an exemption from the new accounting CBE at CTA.

Recommended Paper Combinations

Advanced Technical Selections Awareness Selections Application and Professional Skills Selection Centre Availability
Taxation of Individuals

Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses
Corporation Tax
Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates

VAT and other Indirect Taxes
Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester, Southampton, Live Online
Taxation of Individuals

Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses
Corporation Tax

VAT and other Indirect Taxes

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates
Taxation of Individuals Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Live Online
Taxation of Individuals

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates
Corporation Tax

VAT and other Indirect Taxes

Taxation of Unincorporated Businesses
Taxation of Individuals Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Live Online
Taxation of Individuals

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates
Corporation Tax

VAT and other Indirect Taxes

Taxation of Unincorporated Businesses
Taxation of Inheritance Tax Trusts and Estates London, Live Online
Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses

Taxation of Major Corporates
VAT and other Indirect Taxes

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates

Taxation of Individuals
Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses Bristol, Manchester, London, Live Online
Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses

Taxation of Major Corporates
VAT and other Indirect Taxes

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates

Taxation of Individuals
Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups Manchester, London
Taxation of Individuals

Human Capital Taxes
Corporation Tax

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates

VAT and other Indirect Taxes
Human Capital Taxes Birmingham, London, Manchester

Recommended pathways

Depending upon whether you’re ATT, ACA or ACCA qualified you can take different pathways to complete your CTA qualification. Sittings take place every six months with exams in May and November. Choose a course that suits your learning style and check the timetable for course availability at your chosen centre.

ATT, ACA or ACCA* Qualified Pathways

Sitting 1 Sitting 2 Sitting 3
Pathway 1 Select 2 Advanced Technical Papers Select Application and Professional Skills Paper matching the Advanced Technical selection above -
Take this pathway if you want to complete the qualification as quickly as possible.
Pathway 2 Select 1st Advanced Technical Paper Select 2nd Advanced Technical Paper Select Application and Professional Skills Paper matching the Advanced Technical selection above.
Alternatively, spread your studies more evenly over three sittings.

*ACCA students must have passed the Advanced Taxation (P6) Paper.

You must pass the Computer Based Exams by the closing date for exam entries for the sitting at which you will sit your final written tax paper.

Why study CTA with Kaplan?

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Flexible

We have designed our courses to empower our clients and students, providing the opportunity to manage the journey to qualification flexibly within our supportive and responsive environment.

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Broad course offering

We offer classroom courses around the UK, and offer Live Online daytime and evening courses.

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Support

All of our students are given access to expert tutors through our dedicated Academic Support team who are available 362 days a year, including Sundays and Bank Holidays.

CTA courses

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CTA Advanced Technical

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£918 — £4,296

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CTA Awareness

Full level (all subjects):

£309 — £1,698

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CTA Application and Professional Skills

Full level (all subjects):

£756 — £5,352

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CTA Computer Based Exams

Full level (all subjects):

£1,137

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