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CTA Application and Professional Skills

The objective of this written examination is for you to demonstrate that you have the higher skills expected of a Chartered Tax Adviser by way of a tax based case study.

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1. Structure

Entry requirements

Do note: from 2019, the Application-level exam will become compulsory. The Application exam itself will be revised with a pre-seen scenario released two weeks ahead of the exam. This will be assessed on a competency basis, with a stronger focus on advisory and writing skills.

In addition, from 2019 the question that used to incorporate Taxation of Individuals, Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates will be split into two questions; resulting in the following Application level question options (select one question specialism at the point of entry).


Syllabus

Application and Professional Skills paper

Choose one specialism from:

  • Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses
  • Taxation of Individuals
  • Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates
  • Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups
  • Human Capital
Optional
Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 3 days (tuition), 2 days (revision) + half day Live Online session (revision)
    Live Online daytime: 3 sessions(tuition), 2.5 sessions (revision)
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: written exam

You’ll learn the skills needed to apply the knowledge gained in sitting the Advanced Technical (formerly Advisory) Taxation of Owner Managed Businesses paper and the Awareness paper to a practical case study, and to demonstrate how the various taxes interact. You’ll learn how to interpret and explain complex tax matters and to provide relevant advice to a client. You’ll also gain an understanding of the presentation and writing skills needed to achieve the higher skills marks awarded in this paper.

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Optional
Taxation of Individuals
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 3 days (tuition), 2 days (revision) + half day Live Online session (revision)
    Live Online daytime: 3 sessions (tuition), 2.5 sessions (revision)
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: written exam

You’ll learn the skills needed to apply the knowledge gained in sitting the Advanced Technical (formerly Advisory) Taxation of Individuals paper and the Awareness paper to a practical case study, and to demonstrate how the various taxes interact. You’ll learn how to interpret and explain complex tax matters and to provide relevant advice to a client. You’ll also gain an understanding of the presentation and writing skills needed to achieve the higher skills marks awarded in this paper.

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£189.00 - £1,338.00 Buy now
Optional
Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 3 days (tuition), 2 days (revision) + half day Live Online session (revision)
    Live Online daytime: 3 sessions (tuition), 2.5 sessions (revision)
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: written exam

You’ll learn the skills needed to apply the knowledge gained in sitting the Advanced Technical (formerly Advisory) IHTTE paper and the Awareness paper to a practical case study, and to demonstrate how the various taxes interact. You’ll learn how to interpret and explain complex tax matters and to provide relevant advice to a client. You’ll also gain an understanding of the presentation and writing skills needed to achieve the higher skills marks awarded in this paper.

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£189.00 - £1,338.00 Buy now
Optional
Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 3 days (tuition), 2 days (revision) + half day Live Online session (revision)
    Live Online daytime: 3 sessions (tuition), 2.5 sessions (revision)
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: written exam

You’ll learn the skills needed to apply the knowledge gained in sitting the Advanced Technical (formerly Advisory) Taxation of Major Corporates paper and the Awareness paper to a practical case study, and to demonstrate how the various taxes interact. You’ll learn how to interpret and explain complex tax matters and to provide relevant advice to a client. You’ll also gain an understanding of the presentation and writing skills needed to achieve the higher skills marks awarded in this paper.

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£189.00 - £1,338.00 Buy now
Optional
Human Capital

You'll learn the skills needed to apply the knowledge gained in sitting the Advanced Technical (formerly Advisory) Human Capital Taxes paper and the Awareness paper to a practical case study, and to demonstrate how the various taxes interact. You'll learn how to interpret and explain complex tax matters and to provide relevant advice to a client. You'll also gain an understanding of the presentation and writing skills needed to achieve the higher skills marks awarded in this paper.

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£183.60 - £1,392.12

 Recommended pathways

There are four recommended pathways to achieving this qualification, depending if you’re exempt from the Awareness paper.

Do note: the CBEs must be passed before entering for your final written paper (n.b.there are transitional rules in place in relation to the new Accounting CBE). Also, as the Application paper technical knowledge is largely taken from the related Advanced Technical paper, it is advisable that, where possible, the related Advanced Technical paper is sat at the same sitting as the Application paper.

Exempt from the Awareness Paper:
Sitting 1 Sitting 2 Sitting 3
Pathway 1 1st Advanced Technical paper 2nd Advanced Technical paper & Application paper -
Pathway 2 1st Advanced Technical paper 2nd Advanced Technical paper Application paper
Not exempt from the Awareness Paper:
Sitting 1 Sitting 2 Sitting 3
Pathway 1 Awareness paper & 1st Advanced Technical paper 2nd Advanced Technical paper & Application paper -
Pathway 2 Awareness paper 1st Advanced Technical paper 2nd Advanced Technical paper & Application paper

2. Study methods

Do you prefer face-to-face learning? Online learning in your own time? Have family or work commitments? We have three study methods that suit different learning styles, to fit around your life. You'll benefit from award-winning tutors, practical learning methods, and ongoing support, right up until your exam.

Study methods available for this qualification

You can be confident in your exams whatever study option you choose, as we offer numerous practice questions and marked course exams. We provide expert support during evenings and weekends, and we have flexible study options and course start dates.

We offer both tuition and revision courses for the CTA papers. On tuition courses the focus is on learning the key areas of the syllabus covered in the course workbook, laying down a foundation of technical knowledge. Revision courses build upon this knowledge, focusing upon exam question practice and technique to prepare you for the real exam.

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Mix and Match available soon

If you would like to mix and match study methods for different CTA courses, you will need to select them individually, add them to your basket and build your bespoke course before you check out. We are working on an improved study method mix and match and it will be on the website shortly.

Classroom and Live Online are split into two different course types - Tuition and Revision. You can choose which study method and which course type you want. So, for example, you can choose Classroom Tuition, with Live Online Revision.

Distance Learning is a complete course so you do not need to choose the individual elements.


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Classroom ›

A traditional scheduled programme with face to face tutor led classes.

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Live Online ›

The same as classroom, but live interactive online classes at a set time.

  • Live lectures delivered online by a tutor
  • Re-watch and replay lessons through recordings
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Distance Learning ›

Self study online modules for you to work through at your own pace.

  • Study remotely with printed and online materials
  • Includes a variety of online resources and course exams

Timetables - Classroom and Live Online

Classroom courses are available in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London Islington, Manchester and Southampton.

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3. Exams and sittings

Timings and working towards a sitting

Sittings take place every six months, with exams in May and November.

Awareness Paper

The Application and Interaction Paper has been restructured and renamed and will be called Application and Professional Skills (APS) from the May 2019 exam sitting.

One question will be attempted in the exam between Taxation of Owner managed businesses, individuals, inheritance tax trusts and estates, larger companies and groups or human capital.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate competence in each of three skills:

  • The structure of the whole answer
  • Identification and Application
  • Relevant Advice and Substantiated Conclusions
  • Preseen information will be sent out 2 weeks before the exam. The pre-seen information will give background details relevant to the client in the question but it will not guide as to the actual examination question requirements. It is intended that the pre-seen information will better equip candidates to deal with the case study in the examination environment and makes the question more aligned to a client situation in which they may be involved. It will be provided two weeks in advance of the examination. Candidates will only receive the pre-seen information for the question they have registered for upon exam entry.

    Application Paper

    The Application Paper is in the format of a case study, and is three and a quarter hours long, including the 15 minutes of pre-examination reading time when you will be permitted to annotate the question paper. The Application exam paper will contain all the Application questions available, each worth 100 marks, and you must ensure that you select and answer the question you have entered. The pass mark is a weighted grade of 2.5 and above.

    How long does it take to pass?

    Students tend to take up to two years to complete the CTA qualification, but this depends entirely on your preferred way of learning and study pathways chosen. You must register with CIOT as a student at least four months in advance of taking your first exam.

4. Study materials and delivery costs

Study materials

All study methods include online and printed materials. These differ depending on which study method you choose.

Materials included in every course:

The following materials are included in every tuition course:

  • Study Programme

    The Study Programme provides you with detailed guidance on all the key aspects of your CTA course. It recommends how you should organise your studies to ensure you cover all of the content, and to use the resources in the best way to achieve exam success.

  • Study Manuals and accompanying Question Banks

    The Study Manuals cover the syllabus for each course and are the key source of your learning material. The Question Banks are designed to test your understanding of the fundamental principles covered in each chapter in the corresponding Study Manual.

  • Course Workbooks and Workbook Q&A

    The Course Workbooks are available if you’re a Classroom or Live Online student. These detail the core areas of the syllabus which will be covered during the Classroom and Live Online courses, incorporating worked examples. Additional questions to attempt in class are provided in the workbook Q&A section. 

The following materials are included in every revision course:

  • Revision question bank

    The revision question bank contains exam standard questions and recent past papers (all with answers updated to the relevant Finance Act), providing excellent final preparation for the exam. 


Delivery costs

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How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

Delivery fees are as follows:

UK and NI - £7 for the first package, £7 for subsequent packages
EU - £30 for the first package, £30 for subsequent packages
Rest of the World - £50 for the first package, £50 for subsequent packages

A package relates to all the materials for a specific subject, for example CTA Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses. If purchasing a course for more than one subject, the additional package charges will apply.

Delivery fees are capped at 3 x the cost, per single order. So, if you buy 5 courses for UK delivery in a single order, it will be £7 x 3, rather than £7 x 5.

Our standard delivery times are:

UK – 3 to 5 working days
EU – 5 to 7 working days
Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days*

*Subject to availability.

Delivery charges apply to all Distance Learning, OnDemand and Live Online courses which include printed materials, and selected Classroom courses. If delivery charges are applicable for your course they will be shown during the online checkout process, before you complete your payment details.

For May Tuition courses: Your hard copy tuition materials will be delivered via 2 separate deliveries as the content is produced by the ATT Approved publisher. If you have booked onto a Tuition and Revision course for May, your Tuition and Revision materials course materials will be delivered via 3 separate deliveries.

For November Tuition courses: Your hard copy materials will be delivered in a single delivery per the standard delivery times above. If you have booked onto a full Tuition and Revision course your Tuition and Revision material will be included within this single delivery.

If you’re completing a Classroom course, your course workbook will be provided on the first day of your course. If you're completing a Live Online course, you will need to download and/or print off a copy of the course workbook ahead of the first day of your course.

5. MyKaplan: online learning environment

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MyKaplan is an online learning portal with additional resources to help you prepare for your exams. Your MyKaplan account forms the core of your study experience with Kaplan and includes the following:

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    PDF versions of your study manuals and question banks
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    PDF versions of your Course Workbooks (Classroom and Live Online only)
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    Links to recordings of the tricky topic tutorials and the Live Online recordings (Classroom and Live Online only)
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    Your course exam question papers and returned marked scripts (unless you are required by your employer to sit these in centre/under pre-agreed arrangements) and the course exam model answers
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    Study calendar and reminders
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    Other additional learning resources

Online Features

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    View your online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
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    You can email a tutor or request a callback
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    See instantly when your assessments have been marked

Access duration

Your chosen study method determines how long you can access your content for.

Classroom
6 months from last course date

Live Online
6 months from last course date

Distance Learning
6 months from enrolment date

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6. Tutor support

We'll support you every step of the way throughout your CTA learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by Tutor Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

  • Email and request a callback (we'll get back to you within 48 hrs)

Please note request a callback is only available to UK based students and is available between 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday only.

Academic Support opening times

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9pm
Friday: 8am - 5:30pm
Weekends: 9am - 1pm

Ways to get support

If you think you'd benefit from additional tutor support while studying, we recommend the structured study methods provided through our Classroom and Live Online courses.

7. Testing and mocks

We have a wealth of materials to help you revise for and pass your exams.

For tuition, you’ll get the following:

Course exam
The course exam has been designed to test your understanding of the material covered during your studies. It is at a simpler level designed to test your knowledge as you work through the content.

Pre-revision mock
The pre-revision mock has been designed to be attempted after you’ve worked through the the pre-revision question bank. The pre-revision mock is harder than the course exam, designed to prepare you for the revision phase of your studies.

For revision, you’ll get:

Revision mock
The revision mock should be attempted after you’ve have worked through the revision question bank. This is an exam standard exam designed to prepare you for sitting the real exam.

8. Pricing structure

Subject prices can differ depending on your study option and subject you choose to study. Go to our study methods page to learn more about each option.

For CTA, subjects are priced individually, with full courses broken down into Tuition and Revision courses which you can book on. Where a full Classroom and/or Live Online course (i.e tuition and revision) is selected, there is a 10% discount available.

Scheduled Flexible
Classroom Live Online Distance Learning
from £1,338 from £1,138 from £189

Funding options

Apprenticeships ›

You may be eligible for an Apprenticeship through your employer, depending on your circumstances. For more information, speak to our Student Services team.

Employer sponsored ›

Your employer may fund the costs of your studies if you're already working in a related field and want to develop your learning. You'll need to speak to them to see if you're eligible.

Payment plans ›

Available for any course as long as the total cost is a minimum of £500 (before any discounts). Any available discounts can be applied, provided the terms and conditions of that discount have been met.

Classroom and Live Online course fees must be repaid over the duration of the course(s) purchased, up to a maximum of 12 months. The final payment must be made one month prior to the final date of the last course. Distance Learning course fees must be repaid over three months per subject purchased, up to a maximum of 12 months.

Why study CTA with Kaplan?

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

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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.

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