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  • What is an AAT synoptic assessment?

    by User Not Found | Jul 01, 2016

    A synoptic assessment tests the knowledge you have gained throughout the level, covering multiple (but not all) units. It is a computer based exam that you will attempt once you have completed the other core units within the qualification.

    It should demonstrate your knowledge of core accountancy skills, your ability to apply them in the workplace and further show employers your status as a Qualified Accounting Technician - beyond just passing exams.

    Synoptic assessments for the Level 3 Advanced and Level 4 Professional qualifications will be available to sit at 6 fixed times of the year, but our tutors will help you plan your studies around this.

    How long are the synoptic assessments?

    The duration of the synoptic assessment will vary depending on the qualification:

    • Foundation synoptic assessment is 2 hours
    • Advanced synoptic assessment is 3 hours
    • Professional synoptic assessment is 3 hours

    What does a synoptic assessment look like?

    Synoptic assessments are not trying to catch you out and therefore the style and the look of these questions will be similar to what you have already seen in the individual units assessments. Each synoptic assessment examines new content, so the whole exam itself is not based purely on the other units.

    When will I get my marks for the synoptic assessment?

    All synoptic assessments for each qualification have an element of human marking, so it will take up to six weeks for the results to be available.

    More information about Synoptic Assessments

  • Kaplan wins AAT ‘Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year’ award for second year running

    by User Not Found | Jun 08, 2016

    Kaplan is delighted to have been named AAT Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year for the second consecutive year.

    The win was announced at a gala dinner, during the AAT 2016 Training Provider Conference in Birmingham, held to celebrate the outstanding contributions of AAT training providers.

    Kaplan was picked from 100 training provider applicants from around the world, and was one of 14 winners on the night.

    The judging panel for the awards consisted of former AAT President Henry Cooper, AAT head of product development Rachel Kellett, editor of PQ Magazine Graham Hambly, and AAT centre support team manager Ross Grange.

    We were thrilled to win this award, recognising our work in an area which is becoming an increasingly complex one to navigate, with many new issues to consider, such as the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and Trailblazers.

    At Kaplan, we pride ourselves on helping our employers and partners understand these upcoming changes and working out what they mean for you. 

    We have a dedicated team of experts who follow and keep on top of the most recent developments through our blog and helpful factsheets. Moreover we are passionate about Accountancy and Finance Apprenticeships; we’ve been delivering them for over 10 years and currently train over 3,000 Apprentices in this sector every year.

    To speak to one of our Apprenticeship experts about any questions or concerns you have in this area please contact: Cassandra MacDonald, Head of Professional Apprenticeships –

  • Kaplan Business Challenge a success in Abu Dhabi

    by Sharon Cooper | May 26, 2016

    Kaplan Leadership and Professional Development launched their business simulation - the Kaplan Business Challenge - to over forty business professionals at an event in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 24th May. The event kicked off with introductions by Martin West, business development executive for LPD in the Middle East, followed by Giovanna Ramazzina, Head of Kaplan LPD International, who spoke about the need to tie in behavioural development alongside technical programmes to increase effectiveness of the learning experience.

    Giovanna also gave an introduction to LPD’s programmes and the benefits of investing in development that is contextualised, emergent, challenging and underpinned by rigorous science.

    Sarah Cordwell, Head of Client Relationships, demonstrated the key aspects of the Kaplan Business Challenge. Attendees divided into six teams, adopted team names and worked on team objectives. Attendees were offered an insight into the delegate experience, such as understanding the far-reaching financial impact of decisions taken and the importance of delivering value to stakeholders, as well as the range of behaviours and team dynamics resulting from working in a pressurised environment that aims to turn a failing business around.

    Kaplan LPD, in partnership with Genesis Institute, is keen to work with Middle Eastern Businesses to deliver KBC programmes within the region. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about how the KBC can be used to develop teams from graduates to senior leaders, should get in touch with Martin West on 971 5 6874 6596 or email

  • Kaplan Shortlisted for the AAT Training Provider Awards

    by User Not Found | Apr 08, 2016

    Kaplan are delighted to be nominated in 3 categories at this year's AAT Training Provider Awards.

    We’ve been shortlisted for:

    • Apprenticeship Training Provider of the year for excellence in AAT accounting apprenticeship delivery, which we also won in 2015
    • Best use of e-learning for excellent use of e-learning within AAT courses
    • AAT Champion which is based on demonstrating excellence in all areas of delivering AAT qualifications.

    The awards will be held on 5th May at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, fingers crossed!

    Find out more about our AAT courses.

  • PQ Magazine Awards 2016

    by Kaplan News | Mar 15, 2016

    On 23rd February 2016, Kaplan was proud to attend the annual PQ Awards in London, and we’re happy to announce we won the following awards:

    Best use of Social Media: Kaplan School Leavers campaign driven by Cassandra MacDonald

    Tutor of the year: Julia Falvey

    Distance Learning Student of the year: Mathura Atputhalingam

    We were also shortlisted for the following:

    • Private Sector College of the year: Leeds
    • Online College of the year: Kaplan Distance Learning
    • Tutor of the year: Alison Dundjerovic
    • Study Resource of the year: Malaysia Free revision classes (Based on ACCA & CIMA classes run by Jim Hinchcliffe & Tanya Worsley)

    Congratulations to everyone nominated and involved, and a massive thank you to all our students for your continued support!

  • Kaplan endorsed by the Skills Funding Agency

    by Kaplan News | Mar 15, 2016

    The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) met yesterday for their annual conference and apprenticeships were high on their agenda. Peter Lauener, CEO of the Skills Funding Agency talked about the challenge of creating an additional 3 million new apprenticeships over the next 5 years.

    It was great to see Kaplan highlighted as one of three successful providers having placed 1856 new learners into an apprenticeship this year to date. This endorsement reflects Kaplan’s commitment to helping young people build a successful career without going to university.

    See Peter’s full presentation.

    Find out more about how Kaplan’s supporting apprentices across the country

  • Celebrating the success of our Kaplan Accountancy Scholarship Winners

    by Kaplan News | Mar 15, 2016

    On Friday 26th June we were pleased to celebrate the success of our 2015 Accountancy Scholarships winners with our annual awards day at the Birmingham centre.

    Each year Kaplan awards a £15,000 Accountancy Scholarship, giving six 16 -18 year olds the opportunity to kick-start their career in accounting or finance with an Apprenticeship followed by the opportunity to study professional qualifications up to chartered status (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA or CTA).

    The process for candidates is rigorous and involves an online application, submitting their CV and telephone interview before facing a Dragons Den-style panel made up of Kaplan staff and clients – no easy feat when it’s your first job interview!

    Winners on the day were joined by their friends and family and members of the Apprenticeships team from Kaplan to recognise their achievements with their award presented by Ian Hancocks, Director of Client Solutions.

    Dominic Morgan, one our Scholars said:
    I always knew I didn’t want to go to University, so I researched other options and discovered that you could do an accountancy apprenticeship. I wanted to learn more about the profession so got in touch with Kaplan and registered for the Scholarship, and was delighted when I found out I had won! I hope from doing my accountancy apprenticeship to work for a good firm and become a chartered accountant

    Congratulations to all of our 2015 scholars and good luck for the future!

    If you’re an employer looking to hire an apprentice and want to find out more, click here.

    Alternatively if you’re a young person looking to find out more about our apprenticeships visit our website.

  • Kaplan launches partnership to deliver computer-based QLTS exam

    by Kaplan News | Mar 15, 2016

    Global education company Kaplan has entered into a new partnership with computer-based testing (CBT) leader Pearson VUE to deliver the first part of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) exam globally.

    Kaplan is the sole authorised provider for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) of the QLTS assessments.  They provide a route for lawyers from other jurisdictions and barristers of England and Wales to become solicitors of England and Wales. The QLTS comprises two exams: the Multiple Choice Test (MCT) and the Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE). Until now candidates have had to travel to London to take the exams. But now Kaplan, in partnership with Pearson VUE, will run the MCT test online and worldwide.  Candidates will still have to travel to London to take the OSCE.

    Peter Houillon, CEO, Kaplan Professional, said: “The MCT content remains unchanged.  Relying on Kaplan’s expertise and Pearson VUE’s highly secure test environment, the exam will continue to provide an extremely rigorous and psychometrically sound assessment of applied legal knowledge.

    “This new partnership with Pearson VUE will reduce unnecessary barriers to entry into the profession for international lawyers and help to increase the global competitiveness of the English and Welsh jurisdiction.”

    Julie Brannan, SRA Director of Education and Training, said: “We welcome the introduction of computer-based testing for the QLTS. It will further enhance the security procedures for the assessment, will reduce travel and accommodation costs for international and UK candidates based outside London and reduce any barriers for a wider range of people hoping to qualify as English and Welsh solicitors through this route.”

    Bob Whelan, managing director of Pearson VUE, added: “This new agreement with Kaplan will have a positive impact on the lives and careers of those practicing law around the world.”

    The MCT exam will now be available in the USA, Asia, India, and Europe. Registration with Kaplan opens this week.

  • Kaplan launches daytime tax Live Online courses

    by Kaplan News | Mar 15, 2016

    The May 2016 ATT and CTA course diet will see Kaplan launch a comprehensive suite of daytime Live Online courses for both ATT and CTA.

    The course structures have been designed to make the learning experience as productive, enjoyable and flexible as possible:

    AM Live Online

    Each LIve Online day will comprise of a full morning’s Live Online tutor led session. During this time, the tutor will cover the technical aspects of the course in detail, working through live examples to provide students with a good understanding of key topics.

    PM Self-Managed Learning

    The afternoon session will allow students to consolidate the knowledge gained in the morning by working through a scheduled programme of related questions. The trickiest questions in the programme will be accompanied by tutor recorded debriefs. The tutor will also be providing live support via the Online Community, and be on hand to answer any questions our students may have.

    This structure provides our students with maximum flexibility as the self-managed segments of the course can be completed at any time. The courses will also offer a new wealth of recorded resources which students can watch, pause and rewind at anytime during their study course.

    Find out more about studying ATT with Kaplan and CTA with Kaplan.

  • Kaplan partners with CIPS

    by Katy Thomason-Stewart | Mar 01, 2024

    We are proud to announce the launch of our exclusive partnership with CIPS.

    We recently partnered with the largest organisation in the world that represents procurement and supply professionals - the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

    What does the Kaplan and CIPS partnership mean?

    The exclusive partnership was launched to develop a new CIPS OnDemand guided online course, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Pairing Kaplan’s award-winning content creators with CIPS’ excellent subject experts, the online course delivers internationally-recognised qualifications in a powerful, innovative new learning format, making it easier than ever to follow the qualification pathway to Chartered status and professional success.

    The partnership will see us working together to develop smart study options for aspiring procurement and supply professionals. With efficient learning, we’re hoping to raise ethical standards, propel sustainable innovation within the procurement and supply industry, and be part of the journey that lifts learners to the next step of their career ladder.

    CIPS OnDemand

    We are happy to announce that CIPS OnDemand is now available, providing learners with a structured learning environment by combining the organisation of a tutor-led course with the flexibility of interactive online study.

    Learners will gain access to additional support from Academic Tutors and advisors during their studies. The high-quality guided content follows the CIPS Level 4 Diploma syllabus, delivered through engaging interactive study modules - which is a new way of learning for CIPS students.

    What levels are included?

    We have initially offered the CIPS OnDemand course for the Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply. This level is a go-to option for those new to the profession.

    However, there are plans to roll out this method of learning onto the Level 5 Advanced and Level 6 Professional Diploma courses for those seeking more senior procurement roles in their career.

    About CIPS

    CIPS is the leading international body representing procurement and supply professionals. They have over 60,000 members in 150 countries, making them the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply management issues.

    The activities of procurement professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisations. CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability.

    What do the experts say?

    Amanda Boustred, CIPS Group Director of Professional Development, spoke about the new partnership:

    “New technologies and flexible ways of working are opening up exciting new ways in which people can build learning and professional development around their busy work and home lives.

    Through this collaboration with Kaplan, CIPS is aiming to maximise the success of ambitious procurement and supply professionals around the world, with a learning pathway that offers an alternative way to study.

    Our students will benefit from Kaplan’s expertise in developing user-focused training courses which, for years, have led to outstanding pass rates that exceed global averages. CIPS OnDemand supplements our other ways of learning enabling students to study around the clock, if they choose. And, as the profession continues to grow in stature, we hope this opportunity will empower more individuals to take the opportunity to embrace our qualifications - and make an even greater impact on the issues that matter.”

    Michael Smith, Managing director at Kaplan Publishing and Director of Business Growth Development, said:

    “We are delighted to be partnering with CIPS, who have an unparalleled reputation as the leading global procurement and supply institute. Together, we have produced a truly unique, engaging, and flexible learning experience that is fully aligned with the Global Standard and tailored to qualification learning outcomes for procurement and supply professionals seeking to advance their careers.”

    Kaplan and CIPS share a long history of success, since 1938 for Kaplan and 1932 for CIPS. Both organisations are leaders in their respective fields: CIPS is the world’s largest and most established procurement institute with over 60,000 members and 27,000 learners studying annually. Kaplan is a leading global education company and one of the largest professional training companies in the UK, training over 48,000 finance and accounting professionals each year.

    Interested in developing your career in procurement and supply?

    Our brand new CIPS OnDemand course is now available to purchase. The Level 4 Diploma will grant you the best starting point when seeking a new career in procurement and supply.

    Interested in developing your career?

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