Skip to main content

Award winning training provider

Award winning training provider

Excellent pass rates

Tutor support until late

Market leader

  • The Kaplan Siblings - an AAT family trait

    by User Not Found | Aug 30, 2018

    Meet the Qureshi siblings, or as we like to call them: The Kaplan Siblings.

    Tehreen, Bisma and Sahir are a close family. They get on well and live together, but there's an extra common thread: they all studied AAT with Kaplan.  

    At 25, 22 and 20 each has followed a similar path, and helped each other along the way. The eldest, Tehreen, takes credit for shaping her younger siblings’ careers "Yeah, I like to think they followed me".

    Watch the video for their unique story.

    A future you can count on

    AAT is a great stepping stone in the world of finance and accountancy, and can secure your future in a stable and growing industry.

    Everyone needs accountants, so you'll be spoilt for choice. Whether you're dreaming of a career in Football or Fashion, the opportunities are ripe. You just need the right qualification.

    Respected by businesses worldwide, an AAT course can help you to build a future you can count on. For more information visit our site.

  • Opening doors – AAT student story

    by User Not Found | Aug 28, 2018

    Charlotte Woodworth is a great example of an AAT student who discovered the perfect way to study. After gaining her qualification her career has gone from strength to strength.

    Discover for yourself

    Before I started, people also told me all sort of things that proved to be untrue, for me. “The books are expensive” It’s difficult”, “Classroom learning is what you need” were the things being said. So I followed their advice and booked myself into classroom learning.

    However, the advice did not reflect my experience. For me, I found fitting study time around home and work life was restrictive. After a long working day, sitting in a classroom for 4 hours was hard work. I felt like I was being rushed and taught only what I needed to pass exams.

    It was only when I decided to buy a Kaplan text book that I realised I'd been missing out on a much better, fuller, learning experience. With this, Kaplan provide context for work that's in the syllabus – you get the whole picture (the WHY as well as the HOW). The scenarios and questions really make you think and apply your knowledge.

    AAT is useful if you're not 100% sure what area of Accountancy you want to specialise in.

    I'm looking forward to studying with the "On Demand" study method later this year. Whilst it's pricier than classroom learning, I think I'll reap the rewards. I’ll get access to all the resources and be able to study at my own pace.

    A talent for numbers

    I studied the AAT qualification when I worked in retail banking. The more I learnt about teaching customers to manage their money, the more I realised how good I was with figures.

    It became clear that Accountancy would be the perfect profession for me. I even help my friends and family budget now, and work out ways for them to save  - my nickname is "Spreadsheet Charlotte".

    Kaplan provide a context for the work – you get the WHY as well as the HOW. 

    Beating the challenge

    I've had a few obstacles to overcome, whilst studying. Some have been in my personal life, but my main challenge has been managing time. I work a full day and two evenings a week I be at a local college, whilst also trying to revise in my spare time.

    I'm hoping the flexibility of OnDemand will alleviate that.  So far it’s been a bit of a balancing act, but I've managed it!

    A door opener

    Studying AAT has given me a "foot in the door" and kick started my Accountancy career. I had to take on minimum wage work at a Bookkeeper's for a while, but once I'd taken the course I had recruiters use it as a bargaining tool for employers.

    Ultimately it got me into my current role as an Accounts Assistant. The pay rise alone made it worthwhile.

    AAT has kick started my Accountancy career.  

    Advice for those considering AAT

    Go for it.  It's a great qualification, with real life applications, and it's still respected in the field. It's particularly useful if you're not 100% sure what aspect of Accountancy you want to specialise in, as it gives you a solid foundation across the board.

    If you can team it up with some work experience, even better - that's a winning combination!

    Kaplan is the UK’s largest AAT training provider - over 7,500 students study with us ever year. For more information on our AAT courses visit our site.

  • The perfect balance – AAT student story

    by User Not Found | Aug 22, 2018

    Joel Fraser is 26 and lives in Perth - whilst working for a small firm, run by his mother. After much consideration, he decided to combine full time work with further study. It appears to have paid off.

    I decided to study AAT after 3 years studying Physics. After the course, I was caught between wanting to either carry on with education or get a job. I wasn’t sure which path to take.

    Luckily, my mother invited me to work for her, as she knew I liked numbers. So that was the job sorted. But whilst I was there, I started to study AAT. I quickly found this was perfect as I could balance both really well.

    Kaplan was one of the first course providers I came across, and I could tell they were what I was looking for. The Glasgow centre was a great location, as I had been living there for 3 years.

    They offered day release courses, which was ideal for myself and our company. We had a meeting with one of the tutors, who was very helpful and explained the benefits of doing day release or evening courses over studying at University.

    Did you know?

    Kaplan has training centres in 24 regions across the UK.  

    Prepared for success

    For me, the easiest way to study was spending time after class making sure you understood everything. Simultaneously, working with my mum was great as she’d let me take study leave if I needed to. But this rarely happened. I kept on top of my course, and booked my exams as soon as I could. It hardly affected my social life at all.

    I enjoyed studying AAT. My tutor was fantastic, always contactable and happy to help - something you might not get at university. The exams are computer based, which suited me as my handwriting is terrible. The course materials were all easy to understand and gave you plenty of information and mock tests for revision.

    Confidence boosting

    I’m currently applying to study at ICAS this September. AAT helped me give confidence in applying to this, and also gives me some exemptions for the ICAS course.

    I would 100% recommend studying AAT to anyone considering it. I found that the course is accessible to almost anyone, as long as you’re willing to put the work in. Studying at Kaplan gives you a great support network too, so if you’re struggling someone will always help.

    Kaplan is the UK’s largest AAT training provider - over 7,500 students study with us ever year. For more information on our AAT courses visit our site. 

  • 10 ways we’re improving exam marking

    by User Not Found | Aug 22, 2018

    Over the past year, we’ve listened to feedback from students and clients about the quality and speed of our marking. We recognise it wasn’t up to the high standards we set out to deliver.

    So we’ve been working hard on a number of improvements to increase both our marking process, speed and quality. And whilst we know we still have some way to go to meet those high standards, we hope you and your trainees will be able to see a marked difference.

    Here’s a summary of the improvements we’ve made so far.

    1. We’re increasing the number of markers including more of our tutors taking on marking responsibilities, when it fits around their teaching.

    2. We’ve limited the number of scripts a marker can be assigned, so they can focus on improving the quality of what they mark to ensure they meet deadlines.

    3. We've increased the rates we pay our markers, so they are fairly remunerated for the time we expect them to spend marking scripts, to the quality level you expect.

    4. Most mocks are now completed online, so we’ve removed the time taken to post to / from the marker’s address. This also means scripts cannot be lost, although it has created new challenges using ICAEW software and uploading exams.

    5. Improved guidance for students on using ICAEW software (for mocks), and on how to upload the scripts onto MyKaplan. If followed, these ensure students cannot lose all their attempted scripts and they should be able to submit the correct file to the correct place in MyKaplan. This maximises the chances of students getting their scripts marked on time.

    Did you know?

    Kaplan is the UK's largest accountancy training provider - 50,000 students studied with us in 2017

    6. Markers return the scripts themselves when complete, again reducing the admin and waiting time for students.

    7. All new markers go through a new improved QA process, with set guidelines issued by us and the exam boards, and monitoring of complaints made against the marker.

    8. We can now see if  markers haven’t started marking scripts and are at risk of missing the deadline, so we can actively chase them and reduce the risk of delays.

    9. All our teams have got extensive detail on how to support students, offering advice on how to submit if the student is having technical issues. We also have extra staff in on Saturdays when weekend QBD’s are running to provide extra support if there are last minute emergencies.

    10. We now give automatic extensions to classroom ICAEW students if they miss a progress test exam day, with marking returned within the same service levels as if they had sat on the original date. That way they have an extra chance to submit and keep on track with their peers.

    Hopefully this shows our determination to improve the quality of our marking - in our drive for further student success. Please continue to give us your feedback so we can make further changes to improve your experience with us. Contact us to let us know what you think.

  • Webinar: What you need to know to pass the new SBR exam

    by User Not Found | Jul 27, 2018

    For students studying ACCA, the last P2 exam was just last month and that from September onwards students are required to take the new SBR exam instead.

    In response to this, we recently hosted a webinar on the new SBR (Strategic Business Reporting) exam. The content was aimed at those who failed their P2 exam or were due to take it, and forms an essential companion to this syllabus change.

    Delivered by SBR specialist Danny Beusch, the webinar covers all of the need to know areas. Highlighting the key differences between P2 and SBR, the new exam format and what resources students should use to prepare for it.

    At only 1 hour 15 minute, this Webex is a small investment of time given this exclusive insight.

    Danny’s position and experience makes him one of the most qualified experts on this change. He comments:

    “As a result of writing the new SBR material, we had meetings with ACCA along the way who told us a lot about the exam. We used this while writing the material,
    so we’re in a good place to talk about it.”

    Everything you need to know about the new SBR exam:

    Click here to playback the webinar.

    To learn more about our Strategic Business Reporting course, click here.

  • CIMA Renews Official Publisher Status With Kaplan

    by User Not Found | Jul 16, 2018

    Great news for CIMA students.

    Our CIMA Official Publisher status has been renewed for another 5 years.

    This continues our exclusive role as the only training provider to work with CIMA directly - in producing learning materials reviewed and approved by their faculty.

    CIMA are one of the main accountancy bodies in the world. Mike Smith, Director of Learning Solutions at Kaplan, explains the significance of this news:

    “What this means is that all our materials are examined by CIMA before we publish. This makes it certain that our learning resources are relevant and cover the syllabus. It’s a huge and unique benefit for our CIMA students.”

    This means students can be assured they are learning the key examinable topics, and they can be more confident going into the exams. So anyone who buys our materials, Kaplan student or not, they’ll have content that’s approved by CIMA. Mike was quick to highlight that:

    “We are the only publisher allowed to do this”.

    Our Kaplan Publishing materials are sold globally, from Sri Lanka to Poland. Giving the wider world of accountancy access to CIMA approved materials they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.  This renewal reflects the strength of our ongoing partnership. Mike comments:

    “It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement as CIMA aims to provide students with the best possible material. Ultimately they want pass rates to be as high as possible, and so do we.

    Here’s to 5 more years of CIMA success, for our students.

  • The most effective, and inclusive, way to study ICAEW

    by User Not Found | Jun 14, 2018

    We listened, we changed.

    Following feedback from our clients and students, we’ve redeveloped and enhanced our Knowledge phase of ICAEW courses to create the most effective and inclusive way to study.

    From 2019, each of our Professional Level Knowledge phases will comprise both classroom and personalised days.

    Starting with classroom days, the course will focus on new concepts where face to face learning can add most value. Innovative, adaptive online learning and testing after each day will direct students to content most relevant to them.

    Did you know?

    Kaplan students benefit from Academic Support by live chat, email and request a callback 7 days a week.

    This is followed by personalised days, which enable students to learn new content alongside testing and building on their existing knowledge. These personalised days contain market-leading “born digital” content that comprises a series of structured, tutor-led digital modules. With a clean and simple interface, they allow students to explore relevant content at their own pace. They can then focus on areas they need to work on and use their time more efficiently.

    The following principles have guided the design of our new approach:

    • The right topics studied in the right environment
    • Adaptive learning
    • Interactive, engaging content
    • Responsive, Expert Support
    • Diagnostic Client Reporting
    • Flexible Course Design

    These developments will ensure Kaplan continue to achieve market-leading success for trainees and clients. Continue reading to find out more about each concept, or check our timetables in the coming weeks to see the new courses.

    The right topics studied in the right environment

    Our Subject Matter Experts have used learning science to carefully select the topics that will be delivered on both classroom and personalised days in order to maximise learning efficiency.

    Adaptive learning

    Digital adaptive learning tests have been weaved into the fabric of the entire course structure, allowing students to test and consolidate their understanding of topics. They will then be directed towards extra supporting content if needed, or can move through topics more quickly if they’re well understood.

    Interactive, engaging content

    Our Personalised content is ‘born digital’ - designed specifically for remote learning.

    Each video is illustrated with key concepts and diagrams to aid understanding. Bite-sized clips help learners understand complex ideas faster, and keep them engaged.  Go at your own pace or spend more time on difficult areas.

    Responsive, expert support

    Students can contact our expert Academic Support team via LiveChat for an instant response, or request support through email or request a call back. This is available 7 days a week (8am-9pm Monday-Thursday; 8am-5:30pm Friday, 9am-1pm Sat-Sun).

    Diagnostic Client Reporting

    We’ll be reporting back student progress at regular intervals as the course progresses. The online consumption of content means we can provide improved visibility on student progress and performance, enabling the delivery of timely student interventions if appropriate.

    Flexible Course Design

    After consultation with clients we’ve decided to position the Personalised days at the end of the Knowledge phase.  This allows our clients to have the flexibility to move the Personalised days around to suit work demands, provided they have been completed by the time the Application Phase commences.

    We believe that these innovations in course design will lead to a more personalised experience for our students, thus affording greater student inclusivity regardless of background.

    Kaplan’s ACA Pass Rates v ICAEW’s average rate

    As the UK’s largest ACA training provider, we are very proud of the pass rates achieved by our students. And those studying the current Knowledge online route achieved on average a 3% higher pass rate than their classroom equivalents – furthering our belief that a redesigned Knowledge phase will not only enhance the student experience, but also improve student outcomes.

    2017 Exam Results

    Subject Kaplan Pass Rate ICAEW Pass Rate Variance
    Professional Level
    FAR (INT) 89.2% 80.5% +8.7%
    FAR (UK) 80.3% 79.8% +0.5%
    AA 89.0% 82.8% +6.2%
    TC 84.0% 80.9% +3.1%
    FM 87.2% 82.1% +5.1%
    BST 95.2% 90.6% +4.6%
    BPT 82.2% 79.7% +2.5%
    BPI 78.6% 78.2% +0.4%
    BPB 82.9% 74.6% +8.3%
    Advanced Level
    CR 91.4% 85.8% +5.6%
    SBM 91.9% 84.4% +7.5%
    ACS 86.6% 84.1% +2.5%

    (For some subjects, Kaplan’s market share is such that there is little scope for variation from the ICAEW’s pass rate e.g. for the BPI paper in 2017, 95% of students sitting the paper for the first time studied with Kaplan.)

  • Why study OnDemand?

    by User Not Found | Jun 06, 2018

    A few years after the launch of OnDemand as a study method for our CIMA, AAT and ACCA courses the results speak for themselves. It’s working, very well.

    Our remote learning platform, OnDemand, has produced some of the highest pass rates for the qualifications, with enrollment figures increasing every month.  Already, the number of students using OnDemand overall is reaching that of long established options, such as Distance Learning.

    We've invested millions into creating content that is easing the remote learning process for a growing number of students, and we’re proud to say that we’re leading the way.

    Leading pass rates

    Soon after its launch, our OnDemand pass rates proved to be significantly above the global average for ACCA, CIMA and AAT. They are also amongst the highest pass rates for any of our study methods (Distance Learning, Classroom, Live Online). 

    Why is it working?

    OnDemand’s tutor-led approach creates real impact with its combination of bespoke and structured learning. The content is largely tailored to the student and is specifically designed for remote study.

    OnDemand’s short bite-sized videos have been custom-made to make the courses as engaging and interactive as possible for the student.

    Did you know?

    OnDemand has now won three awards:
    • PQ Online College of the Year 2018
    • AAT Awards Best Use of E-Learning 2018
    • Learning Technology Awards 2019

    Created in response to feedback from our students, who had studied our courses, the study method merges ‘formal’ learning with activities and tasks to test your knowledge and consolidate the learning process.

    Not a complete departure from familiar territory, however, the course provides the same structure and content as Classroom and Live Online. This therefore allows a seamless transition for students who use more than one method of study.

    Despite being an online learning resource OnDemand doesn’t come without student support. Tutors are available when you need the support the most, whether it’s evenings or weekend you can request a callback or contact via Livechat or email.

    We’re proud to say that our OnDemand study method has won an AAT, PQ and Learning Technology award, for “Online College of the Year” and ‘Best Use of E-Learning’.

    It’s flexible: Our integrated programme clearly guides you through the whole syllabus, whilst giving you the freedom to work at your own pace.

    Online resources: From the MyKaplan online learning environment, to the digital study materials right through to the MyKaplan mobile app, there are numerous ways to learn on the move. Whether you’re on a train or at a coffee shop, you can study anywhere at any time.

    In depth exam preparation: Providing topic recap videos, question debriefs and mock exams to make sure you’re ready for exam success.

    An OnDemand success story

    One student who has made the most out of his OnDemand experiences is Jack. Setting himself the huge target of becoming CIMA qualified by 22, Jack chose the study method due to its flexibility.

    He deemed the classroom approach as not being intensive enough: ‘By the time I got to the exam, I’d forgotten everything’.  After choosing OnDemand for his CIMA studies, he never looked back.

    OnDemand offers a unique experience

    • Structured programme with flexible start times
    • Personalised feedback and guidance to keep you on track
    • Practice makes perfect: hundreds of mock exam questions
    • Online resources containing focused modules with tutor-led, bite-sized videos designed for online learning
    • It’s a new and multi-award winning study method
    • Recap Videos: revisit key topic areas, refresh your memory
    • Knowledge checks: reinforce your understanding, then move onto the next topic
    • Unrivalled guided tutor support, just like in the classroom: available 7 days a week with live chat
    • 365 start dates a year, choose the one that suits you and your staff

    It's available for CIMA, AAT, ACCA and soon for ACA.

    See OnDemand in action. For more information on the study method, and to see how this ground breaking approach can boost your career prospects, try our free demo.

  • Kaplan wins 2nd award for OnDemand study method

    by User Not Found | Jun 01, 2018

    We’re delighted to announce that our OnDemand study method has won the ‘Best Use of E-Learning’ award at this year’s AAT awards.

    Picking up the trophy were some of Kaplan’s finest, Zoe Robinson, Director of Accountancy Product, Sally Brummit, Kaplan National AAT Product Manager and Nicky Fisher, AAT President.

    Zoe, who has played an integral role in the development of the two time award winning study method, was overjoyed at the team’s success.

    She said: “It feels great to get this award. It’s been a significant investment for Kaplan and is a reflection of our commitment to delivering high quality online learning to create success. To have this recognised by external judges is amazing.”


    This isn’t the first time the study method has picked up an award. Back in February, OnDemand won ‘Online College of the Year’ at the PQ awards.

    But what is it that sets OnDemand apart? Zoe explains…

    “Three things:  the design, the quality and the support. Every single module has been through a detailed instructional design process – so for each topic we consider how best to explain it, the format of the content to ensure there is variety and the length so that everything is concise bite-sized.”

    Despite being a study method with bite-sized learning, it’s safe to say there’s nothing small about the effort that has gone into creating the stalwart study method.

    Every module is scripted beforehand, and animations are created to link to what the student sees in their integrated workbook.

    “This is so much more than a recording of a live session, or a tutor simply highlighting words from a textbook and talking over the top. Those techniques have their place but it isn’t in a high quality online learning course designed to help students learn in the best way” Zoe said.

    Outside of the content offering, it’s also the student support from the Kaplan team that has cemented OnDemand as an effective learning source.

    What’s next?

    OnDemand is already available for CIMA and AAT qualifications and our pass rates show what an amazing product it is. In the past year OnDemand has produced the highest pass rates for CIMA, out of all study methods. For AAT it produced the second highest - after distance learning.

    “We’re about to launch OnDemand for ACCA, starting next week for Applied Skills with Strategic Professional following later in the year. We’re also using the exact same concept around design, quality and support to introduce online elements to our ACA Professional Level Courses in 2019.”

  • ICAEW: The Financial Accounting and Reporting UK GAAP exam is changing

    by User Not Found | May 21, 2018

    The ICAEW introduced a UK GAAP variant of the Professional Level FAR exam from the March 2017 sitting, alongside the existing IFRS variant. This allowed you to be able to select the most relevant FAR exam that complemented what your trainees see in the workplace.  Kaplan supported the ICAEW launch of the UK GAAP variant by offering it in every one of our ACA centres, online and Live Online.

    The Audit Qualification (AQ) and Corporate Reporting (CR)

    If your trainee has sat the FAR: UK GAAP variant in 2017, in order to be eligible for the AQ they will have to sit the Advanced Level CR: IFRS exam.  The ICAEW will issue an extra supplement in 2018 to help such students prepare for the CR exam. We will be supporting this with online content built into the pre-course work and we therefore recommend that no extra study leave is required.  

    As a result of this AQ eligibility issue the ICAEW will not be running a CR UK GAAP variant and therefore all students will be undertaking the CR IFRS exam.

    Introducing: The new FAR UK GAAP exam

    To meet long-term FRC requirements the existing FAR: UK GAAP variant exam will be available in its current form until the September 2018 sitting.  A new FAR: UK GAAP exam will be available from March 2019. This new exam will cover micro and smaller entity accounting including FRS 105, in addition to the current syllabus content focusing on FRS 102.  As before students who sit and pass this new exam, will continue on to the CR: IFRS exam and be eligible for the AQ.

    This therefore means there will be no FAR: UK GAAP exam for the December 2018 sitting.  If you planned for your trainees to sit FAR: UK GAAP to the December 2018 sitting we would recommend either undertaking the IFRS variant or undertaking the new UK GAAP exam in either March or June 2019.

    If you plan for your trainees to sit the FAR: UK GAAP variant in September 2018 you may want to consider whether they sit instead under IFRS; this will allow them to resit more easily, if required, in December 2018.  A student who did sit FAR: UK GAAP in September 2018 and failed would either have to retake under IFRS in December 2018 or resit under the new UK GAAP exam in March 2019.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 259 7400 so we can help you to plan out your trainees pathway.

  • CIMA OnDemand: Efficient Learning, On The Move

    by User Not Found | May 14, 2018

    With OnDemand you can study anywhere, anytime.

    Working entirely to your schedule, the study time fits around you - the student.

    We recently spoke to former Kaplan Student and Financial Controller, Lina Dineikiene, about her experience studying with this method. For Lina, Finance is her passion; and her eagerness to progress has taken her to various roles throughout her career.

    With the highly structured and flexible CIMA OnDemand study method, she found the ideal way to progress further.

    I think CIMA OnDemand is a very good course for professional people who work full time. You can choose when and where you want to work.

    For the busy and ambitious

    A busy and ambitious professional, with a penchant for coffee, Lina was able to take full advantage of the options OnDemand provides. Its flexibility, hands on guidance, feedback, and structure enabled her to maximise time spent learning, while on the move.

    OnDemand gave her the enviable opportunity to create a bespoke study schedule. A morning person, Lina opted to study at 5am – 7am before leaving for work. With her unpredictable working hours, this meant that she could study around her workload.

    I can listen to pre-recorded classes whenever I want. 

    CIMA success, pass first time

    Like many ambitious Finance professionals, passing at speed had great appeal. This chimed with Lina’s desire to quickly progress her career.

    With the efficiency of this study method, she was able to achieve this and pass first time.

    I would definitely recommend the Kaplan OnDemand course to other CIMA students because it helps you get through the exams quicker.


    Did you know?

    From February 2017 – January 2018, CIMA OnDemand produced the highest pass rates compared to any other study method.

    For Lina, this approach to learning: remote teaching, pre-recorded content, mock tests, and personal tutor guidance, not only helped her to pass the CIMA papers quickly - but deepened her understanding.

    For more information on CIMA OnDemand, and how this ground breaking new study method can boost your career prospects, visit our site or try our free 5 day trial.

  • Top 8 Ways Teachers Have Gone Above And Beyond

    by User Not Found | May 09, 2018

    To celebrate national teachers’ day, we asked a selection of people for their favourite memories of a teacher who went that extra mile.

    Teachers and tutors are the bedrock of any civilisation. At Kaplan, they are the foundation of our business. Every day our tutors strive to put their students first, which is an admirable trait deserving of our gratitude.

    Knowledge, integrity, and support are some of our key values, and our tutors embody these Kaplan values everyday.

    Below are a selection of our top eight anecdotes, and they remind us of the sacrifices teachers  make. Not only at Kaplan, but across the world - in all professions.

    8. Liz, 33

    “On my 18th birthday my History teacher said to the class ‘I couldn’t be bothered marking your essays last night because I wanted to do something nice for two of our hard working students. I made a cake!’

    “Both of us went up to the front and everyone sang ‘happy birthday’. The cake was coffee and walnut - it was amazing! I still have a picture of it.”

    “I had a maths teacher who kindly gave up his lunch time to give me extra tuition, so I could pass my maths o level (GCSE). We were very poor and couldn’t afford private tuition; I was very grateful.”

    6. Finlay, 14

    “I get into trouble a lot at school, and many teachers don’t like me. But my maths teacher is really nice. She always gives me a chance. If I’ve had a bad lesson, and I don’t behave well, she always gives me another chance to be better in the next lesson. Maths is my favourite.”

    5. Crystal, 42

    “My English teacher gave me a book of poetry by Emily Dickinson when she found out I’d read Lord Of The Rings three times. She told me I should be as grown up outside the classroom as I was inside, because I was very immature. I felt very sophisticated the moment I opened the first page.

    “It was a book to read in my own time, and it gave me the kick I needed.”

    I cannot begin to think how much she was indulging our raw creativity.

    4. Jessica, 25

    “I was in secondary school, year 9/10 and was having drama with some horrible girls. I had the same form tutor for three years running and we had a good relationship.

    “I confided in her about the problem, and for two weeks she let my two best friends and I 'chill' during break time with her in her music suite (she was a music teacher). It meant we didn't have to deal with the aggro.”

    3. Lewis, 33

    “When I was 7 a group of us kids asked if we could put on a performance of Aladdin. Not only did our teacher allow this, but she arranged for it to be performed in front of the entire school (in place of the assembly).

    “The show lasted about an hour, and we improvised most of it. I cannot begin to think how much she was indulging our raw creativity.”

    2. Rosie, 26

    “When I was on my hen do my friends made a surprise video with my favourite teacher. She recorded a congratulations speech and it was really lovely. I had no idea they were going to do that, and I hadn’t seen her for about ten years.”

    1. Richard, 36

    “I was in bottom set for English. My English teacher wrote to the curriculum board asking if I could do my coursework on Sylvia Plath - rather than An Inspector Calls, arguing that it would improve my chances of getting a pass.

    “I ended up getting an A, doing English at college, then at Uni. I’m now a novelist.”

    Be that through classroom teaching, distance learning, Live Online, live chat, or OnDemand study methods, our tutors go above and beyond for their students.

    Who are they? Discover more about our tutors, qualifications and study methods here.

  • Simply The Best: Interview With Accountancy Training's Finest

    by User Not Found | May 09, 2018

    Kaplan provide the very best in accountancy tuition. Our tutors have extensive industry backgrounds, which is matched by their dedication and passion for student success. 

    Andrew Mower is a prime example. With a background in Forensic Services, he worked at PWC before embarking on a teaching career. After studying with Kaplan himself at our Leeds centre, it was his passionate and enthusiastic tutors that inspired him to pursue a career in teaching. The rest is history.

    Describe a day in your life, as an award winning tutor?

    When I’m teaching, I arrive into the centre around half an hour before class starts to set up the computer with the notes for the day. Some days I will teach a full day, then have an evening class straight afterwards - they’re the tiring ones!

    If it’s just a day class, I will usually leave the centre around 4.45 - 5pm, which is very pleasant compared to a lot of accounting practices.

    If I’m not teaching, I will usually be preparing classes at home. For the Case Study courses, there is a lot of time required as each case is different.

    Why did you choose to become a tutor?

    I studied with Kaplan when I was a student in Leeds, and really enjoyed my time there. I had very inspirational tutors who were so enthusiastic and passionate, they made it seem a fun and rewarding job. Fortunately, I have found it to be the same.

                                                                    And what did you do before?

    Andrew Mower Pic - formattedI worked in the Forensic Services department at PwC in Leeds, which involved looking into corporate fraud, commercial disputes and anti-bribery policies. The people at PwC were fantastic - I still have a lot of very close friends from my time there, including my wife!  

    How do you break down complex subjects into digestible information?

    I tend to think ‘How would I approach this topic if I were a student?’. If I fully understand it, then I can explain it in a few different ways. Not everyone’s mind works in the same way, so I try to cover topics from a few different angles.

    I also try to bring in real-life examples wherever possible. If I see something in the news that relates to a subject I teach, I will bring up BBC News in my next class and have a chat about it. I find this helps make the subjects more relatable and interesting to students.

    There’s a lot of praise for your ‘Kahoot’ quizzes. What are they?

    I’m a huge fan of Kahoot! It’s a website that allows students to play interactive quizzes in class. Their phones become a control pad, and I will then put questions relating to the subject on the screen.

    There is a class leaderboard, so it can get quite competitive amongst the students which is great.

    I find it helps them to remember topics, whilst also breaking up the day with a fun quiz.

    You’ve taught many ACCA and CIMA prizewinners – what’s the secret of their success?

    Most of the students I’ve taught who have won prizes have been interactive in class, and keep practising questions ahead of the exam.

    If students do a lot of question practice, and concentrate on their exam technique, they should perform well.

    What advice would you give to students who are falling behind?

    Kaplan have some amazing resources available for students - I would suggest making the most of them. The OnDemand videos on MyKaplan are brilliant, and students can access recordings of lectures if they’ve missed anything.

    There is now also Kaplan's Academic Support service, where students can contact dedicated support team with a technical query and usually get an answer within hours. This is a fantastic new resource for students.

     I love classes where they get involved, and we have a discussion about topics rather than me just teaching at them.  
    What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

    Seeing students progress through their qualifications - I enjoy teaching the same students again, having taught them for an earlier paper.

    Students enjoying classes is always nice as well. I love classes where they get involved, and we have a discussion about topics rather than me just teaching at them. Some students make lovely comments at the end of their courses.

    And finally, outside of the classroom how do you unwind?

    I have a 4 month old daughter, so when I’m not in the classroom she occupies most of my time! She’s great fun, despite having a huge dislike for sleep.

    I’m a massive football fan, and have a season ticket at Luton Town - who are currently flying high (relatively speaking).

    I also play football every week, and enjoy going to the gym and running. I find running a great way to relax.

    Kaplan combines 70 years of educational excellence with leading online learning technologies, award-winning study materials, and support from the industry’s most experienced tutors - who are dedicated to ensuring your success.

  • ACCA OnDemand: Your Progression, In Your Hands

    by User Not Found | May 02, 2018

    We know life can get busy.

    That’s why we devised our latest study method, OnDemand. Combining a tutor-led structure with the ability to study anywhere, it gives you full control over your study and your career.

    After rolling out the study method for CIMA and AAT qualifications, we proudly scooped PQ magazine’s  ‘Online College of the Year 2018’ for the innovation back in February.

    Fast forward three months, we’re delighted to announce that you’ll now also be able to study for the ACCA qualification by our award-winning OnDemand study method.

    From 5th June, you’ll be able to study the Applied Skills level (formerly F4 - F9) via OnDemand. If you want to give it a try, sign up to our free trial to have a taste of what it’s like.

    Why study ACCA with OnDemand?

    It’s an industry recognised new study method, designed around the student. Combining the structure of a tutor-led course, with great flexibility, OnDemand allows you to study anywhere, at any time and still be confident of success.

    Kaplan's OnDemand learning is a brand new way to approach the ACCA qualification, and the first to fully combine the best of structured, and flexible study. This revolutionary method was applied to both our CIMA and AAT courses, in 2017, and has been a huge success.

    From around the clock tutor support to tons of practice questions, there’s plenty of reasons to study OnDemand. Here’s just a few:

    • It’s industry recognised: Kaplan’s OnDemand study method won PQ Magazine’s 2018 “Online College of the Year”.
    • It’s tutor-led: Despite being an online course, it’s still tutor led. Meaning your more likely to stay motivated and progress quickly. You’ll be guided through the modules by a tutor so you’ll know exactly what you need to complete and when. Remember, progressing through your studies quickly means progressing in your career too.
    • You’ll get immediate feedback: You’ll get immediate feedback when you complete a practice test or mock exam so you know what areas you need to improve on.

    Like the sound of of that? Learn more about OnDemand.

    When will it be available to buy?

    ACCA OnDemand will be available as a study method from the 5th June. However, anybody can sample it now by signing up to our free trial.

    How has OnDemand been designed?

    By you. The student.

    Everything from the features to the design of the course, it’s all been shaped by the student. We asked hundreds of you what you wanted from your ACCA course and reacted to your feedback.


    I want flexibility but also to know there's still structure to keep me motivated.

    Did you know?

    88% of CIMA students who study through OnDemand pass first time

    With exams being available more regularly, there’s greater flexibility, allowing students to study when, and how, they want. However with more choice, some students explained that they found it difficult to stay motivated and on track.

    We took note and added the following features help you stay motivated and go into the exam feeling confident.

    • Tutors will explain each unit with a recorded video. Together with a thorough course programme, there’ll be a suggested order in which to complete the course.
    • Integrated workbook. This will allow you to keep course notes in one place and track progress. After each unit, there’ll be an assessment. These will help to build on learning, ensuring a student has mastered a topic before moving on to the next.
    • Quality Learning Material. You told us that the quality of learning resources was the most important factor when choosing a flexible course.

    If you choose to study ACCA via the OnDemand study method you’ll get:

    • A wide range of high quality and engaging online content. All created specifically for the OnDemand course and created by expert tutors. A mixture of tutor-led videos, worked examples, and interactive tests are designed as a form of guidance for every step of the syllabus.
    • Specifically designed online resources that teach the student efficiently and are accessible on a range of devices.
    • ACCA Approved study materials. Kaplan produce materials written by tutors who have had specific guidance and feedback from the ACCA exam faculty.

    And for even better news, we’ll be giving our Classroom and Live Online students access to these same learning resources from 5th June.

    Practice Practice Practice

    I want lots of question practice, but in a format that's like the actual exams. 

    Students told us that they want enough mock question experience so that they can go into the exam with confidence.

    Kaplan OnDemand assessments are designed to give a greater understanding of the areas that still need to be worked on, by providing personalised feedback and detailed model answers.

    Early-bird promotion

    Anyone who signs up to the demo by the 5th June will receive an exclusive 20% off F4-F9 OnDemand courses bought between 5th - 19th June.

    Like the sound of OnDemand? Learn more here or give us a call on 0330 041 7172 to speak to one of our advisers. 

  • Kaplan OnDemand wins big at 2018 PQ awards

    by User Not Found | Feb 22, 2018

    On Tuesday night, in the heart of Leicester Square, London, Kaplan’s OnDemand study method won PQ Magazine’s “Online College of the Year” award.

    Accepting the award were Ben Wilson and Andrew Mower (pictured), two Kaplan tutors involved in the creation of the innovative OnDemand learning resources.

    What made OnDemand stand out from the rest? It allows you to study when and where you want, using bite-sized, tutor-led online resources. These are designed to keep you motivated and the huge number of integrated practice questions make sure you stay on track.

    This is complemented by extensive tutor support 7 days a week, by LiveChat, email, or request a callback. It’s this flexibility to study when you want, combined with an easy to follow structure, that makes OnDemand so unique.

    OnDemand first launched for CIMA in September 2016, followed by AAT in May 2017, and has gone from strength to strength with over 3,700 students choosing it to date. And with pass rates for CIMA at a whopping 88%, it’s helping more students progress quicker and qualify faster.

    We recently interviewed Jack Conlan, a CIMA student who passed 8 of his exams in a year using OnDemand.

    I think the OnDemand courses are great and have allowed me to excel in my CIMA studies at a rate that would not be possible using other methods.

    If you’d like to try OnDemand for yourself, take our free 5 day trial for CIMA, ACCA or for AAT.

  • How to pass ACCA P3

    by User Not Found | Feb 06, 2018

    The March and June sittings will be your last chance to sit P3 under the current exam structure, before P1 and P3 become Strategic Business Leader as part of the ACCA’s Professional Level changes.

    The P3 exam requires some key skills and techniques that you’ll need to develop in order to be successful, so here are 5 techniques you’ll need to keep in mind if you’re planning to sit P3 before it changes.

    1. Use models to provide answer structure
    2. The P3 syllabus includes over 40 models and you will need to be familiar with all of them, knowing which model fits with each part of the syllabus and when to use them (the examiner does not always ask for them by name!). Using the syllabus guide and an official text can help you to understand where each model may be relevant.

      No marks are provided for explaining a particular model; at this level you are expected to use the models as a framework for your answer. Think of the models as a way to provide the subheadings in your answer. If you avoid using the models you will struggle to cover the depth and breadth required to score sufficient marks to pass.

    3. Make your answers relevant and specific
    4. To score the necessary marks for analysis your answer needs to include relevance and specifics. In order to make your answer relevant, use the scenario and apply your knowledge to this example.You also need to be specific though - simply identifying something important won’t score marks if you’re not able to provide some analysis. The “analysis”, the why, is essential for scoring marks.

    5. Include quantitative data when relevant
    6. Questions will often provide some numbers, such as financial statements or a table of data, and you are expected to use these numbers to help explain the point you’re making. By not using the data you will lose a considerable number of marks.

      You may have to create some of the numbers for yourself through calculations. But these shouldn’t be technically difficult and will have been studied in earlier papers. The test is whether you can calculate them quickly and use them to give advice or analyse an organisation.

    7. Ensure broad syllabus coverage
    8. Trying to guess what will come up in your P3 exam simply won’t work, as anything can be examined. You need to have a broad knowledge of the entire syllabus, or you might find that you can only sufficiently answer one part of a question. Before starting to write an answer to an optional question you must have read all parts of the requirement to ensure you can have a good go at all parts of the question.

    9. Manage your time well
    10. There are a few key rules to remember when it comes to managing your time:

      • Only answer the question that has been set. Although it can be tempting to demonstrate your knowledge, if it hasn’t been asked for you won’t score any marks so ultimately it’ll waste your time
      • Set a deadline for each question: 50 minutes for a Section B question and 100 minutes for Section A. When the time is up move on to your next question
      • Use the number of marks to understand how much you need to write. If a question is worth 15 marks then that’s all you can score, no matter how brilliant your answer!
  • ACCA Exam Evaluations September/December 2017

    by User Not Found | Jan 08, 2018

    Kaplan’s team of ACCA content specialists have cast their expert eyes over a selection of the papers we’ve received from ACCA from the September and December 2017 exams, and have given their views on the questions from those exams.

    If you’re about to receive your results this should give you an idea of how you performed. Reading over previous exams can also give you an idea of what may come up in the next exam, which can help focus your revision.

    Remember, these are debriefs for past exams – they don’t specify what is coming up in the future!

    As papers F1, F2, F3 and F4 are primarily Computer Based Examinations (CBE) there are no exam evaluations for these papers.

  • The Future of Accountancy

    by User Not Found | Dec 21, 2017

    We recently attended the Future of Accountancy conference at London’s Southbank University, joining key figures from the world of accounting education to discuss what the future may have in store for our industry. Against a backdrop of fast paced change, not only is it important that these conversations are taking place but that we, as a tuition provider, are present to consider how we will need to react in the years to come.

    Although all sort of topics were covered across the day - from Brexit to blockchain - key themes that came up consistently were the needs of employers, the shifting ambitions and aspirations of the next generation, and the dynamic nature of the environment in which all stakeholders currently find themselves in. Of course, these will also impact the professional bodies and tuition providers such as Kaplan.

    Challenging questions were asked as to what the future might bring, such as:

    • Will we still need financial statements in their current form, or could shareholders and governments not simply access accounting records directly?
    • Do we need changes in corporate reporting to help shareholders better understand how value is generated and sustained?
    • What is the value of trust in a business relationship? Is it not trust that wins contracts, generating cashflows leading to a more sustainable business?

    Of course, professional bodies are not immune to change, as we’ve seen recently with the merger between CIMA and AICPA to create the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) or the way in which all of the bodies have had to respond quickly to the developments of the Level 7 Professional Accountant Apprenticeships.

    Against a backdrop of increasing change and new challenges, professional bodies have to create an exam framework that will test the finance professionals of the future in subjects that will still be relevant 10 years from now, ensuring those who pass will be able to thrive in an uncertain world.

    We weren’t able to touch upon how training providers such as Kaplan will be able to better teach these new subjects on the day, but we are seeing changes here as well.

    It’s very encouraging to see a greater recognition of the importance of collaboration between the professional body, employer and tuition providers. Our expertise in the area of knowledge transfer and behavioural changes will be an essential component in creating better accountants of the future.

    We can’t predict exactly what the future will have in store, but as a tuition provider we can join the conversations as we look to the future with imagination and scepticism, asking what changes might happen and how will we respond to them to ensure that we continue to train accountants for the challenges they will meet in the years ahead.

  • Interview with Gail Ramiz, Head of Academic Support

    by Sharon Cooper | Oct 30, 2017

    Finding enough time to study can be a challenge, so when you do get to opening that textbook or logging on to MyKaplan, you want it to be as productive as possible. That’s why our Academic Support team is now open longer and guarantees that a subject specialist (CIMA, AAT, ACCA and ACA) will get back to you straight away with Live Chat or within 4 working hours by email or request a callback.

    We interviewed Kaplan’s Gail Ramiz, who heads up Academic Support to find out what’s changed and what you can take advantage of as a Kaplan student.

    Hi Gail. Could you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do at Kaplan?

    I’ve been with Kaplan for 10 years now, starting as an ACA Tutor before becoming Head of Tutors for London ACCA & CIMA. I’ve recently taken up my new role as Head of Academic Support, overseeing the team of expert tutors offering help to students.

    What does the Academic Support team do?

    We’re here to help our students with their studies and answer subject specific queries when they have them - just like they would ask a tutor in class. The team include dedicated subject specialists who have years of experience in the industry. For example, our tax expert Jenni Hudson has been a Kaplan support tutor for 13 years and our financial management expert Bill McCarthy has been with Kaplan for 26 years. They’re all available to speak to through live chat, email or request a callback when you need them. We also have discussion forums on MyKaplan where tutors will be there to respond to questions posted by students. We think having these experts on hand when you need them most really sets us apart from what anyone else in the market offers.

    And how has Academic Support changed recently?

    About 18 months ago, we did lots of research with students to understand what they liked about our tutor support, what was missing and what they found frustrating with their studies.

    One of the big things that came out was that students wanted a quick response to their problem. It’s great having your tutor’s mobile number or email address, but if they’re busy teaching or with another student, you could end up waiting days for a response, and this was frustrating. And when they did get through to someone, they wanted an answer there and then, without being passed around.

    So, we now have a team of subject specialists that are on standby to answer questions instantly via Live Chat. Because you're chatting to a specialist, you'll get the answer you need first time. And if you prefer to email or speak over the phone, someone will get back to you within 4 working hours. So you have the speed of response and the confidence that you'll get the answer you need.

    Apart from getting a quick response, how else do you think this helps students?

    Well, we also looked at a lot of research on the effect of response times on academic performance. Not surprisingly, getting an immediate response to a problem you have means you’re much more likely to perform better in the exam. If it’s fresh in your mind and you’re engaged with the subject, you’ll get more from the response. So for us, it’s really important that we offer this to our students.

    As part of the changes, Kaplan also introduced Learning Coaches. What do they do?

    A lot of students told us they found it hard to stay motivated and on track and would like more regular progress checks with Kaplan to see how they were progressing - particularly if they weren’t studying in the classroom.

    So our Learning Coaches were introduced to do just that. They’ll monitor a student’s performance and progression in the background, intervening if they see them struggling or falling behind. This allows them to then provide individual support and arrange tailored one-on-one coaching sessions to get them back on track.

    And how do Learning Coaches help improve a student’s performance?

    Learning Coaches can see a student’s individual progress through the course, test scores etc. So they can provide much more individual feedback and pointers on how to improve. They can also see at what point they should intervene, without a student being ‘too far gone’ to get their studies back on track.

    This all aids with motivation and helping them stay engaged with the course. Research we did with CIMA shows that students are much more likely to pass if they stick with the course, book their exam and sit it within a few weeks of completing their studies.

  • Kaplan partners with CABA to offer student well-being support

    by User Not Found | Oct 26, 2017

    Kaplan understand the balance between studying, working and finding enough space to unwind is complicated. Sometimes the pressure is exhilarating and drives you to perform your best. And at other times everything is just exhausting and overwhelming. The good news is that through Kaplan’s new partnership with CABA you’ll have support you can lean on when things gets tough - personally or professionally.

    CABA supports ACA students, past and present ICAEW members, and their families to improve their wellbeing. By accessing CABA’s practical online training and wellbeing tools you’ll learn how to build your resilience, deal better with stress, boost your personal effectiveness, and improve work-life integration.we’re holding free local events exclusively for Kaplan accountancy students over the next few months. You’ll learn how to build your resilience, deal better with stress, boost your personal effectiveness and improve work-life integration.

    Discover more at where you can chat online to us, email or call us 24 hours a day, every day on 01788 556366.

    Getting help

    ACA students can also access individual services from CABA.

    • Emotional support with trained counsellors on the phone, face to face or online
    • Telephone life coaching
    • Health and carer support
    • Legal advice
    • Debt advice
    • Benefits advice
    • Career and retirement courses

    Watch this short video to find out more about CABA and how they can help you.

    For help and advice:

  • The benefits of ACCA to employers

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Aug 04, 2022

    We often talk about the merits of studying ACCA from the perspective of potential learners, but why, and how, could it benefit employers and organisations as a whole? Read on to find out more.

    Firstly, what is ACCA?

    ACCA stands for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. It’s a globally recognised qualification and is ideal for those wanting to become a chartered accountant, or work in accountancy, tax or audit.

    Why should your employees do ACCA?

    By completing the ACCA qualification your employees will gain essential skills and knowledge needed to add value to your organisation. They will have extensive finance and business skills, adding knowledge to their teams. They will be able to take on higher level roles and responsibilities, and communicate effectively with important internal and external stakeholders on key business and financial matters.

    Is it just an accounting qualification?

    Not at all - there’s a lot more to ACCA than first meets the eye. It’s not just an accountancy qualification as it focuses a lot more on business as a whole. For example during Applied Skills the subjects include Corporate and Business Law in England and globally.

    Learners also study Performance Management, discovering techniques for planning, decision-making, performance evaluation and control. It’s not just spreadsheets and numbers.

    And at the Strategic Professional level, your employees will study ethics and professional skills, as well as business leadership, and advanced financial and performance management. They’ll get a lot more out of this, as will you, than if they did a low level accounting course.

    What is the ACCA approved employer programme?

    The ACCA Approved Employer Programme recognises employers’ high standards of staff training and development. The ACCA recognise and reward organisations that support the ACCA qualification, and set the highest standards of employee support. By becoming an approved employer your organisation will receive a number of benefits via ACCA, including free recruitment services, quality assurance, research and industry insights, discounts on courses, and support from ACCA themselves.

    How do I get my employees ACCA qualified?

    Have a look at our ACCA pages and see what the qualification involves. Most people can start Applied Knowledge with three GSCEs and an A-Level (or equivalent qualifications) - you can check on the ACCA website to see the various entry requirements.

    If any of your employees have already completed the AAT qualification, they can start at Applied Skills. They would have to apply for an ACCA exemption - more information can be found on the ACCA website.

    Need more information?

    If you’d like to speak to one of our team about getting your employees ACCA qualified, or any other qualification, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Latest Accountancy & Tax posts