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The Clock is Ticking for AAT AQ2010

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A lot of students have recently received letters from the AAT about the need to complete their outstanding AQ2010 units by 31 December 2014. However, there still seems to be a lot of confusion from students about this, including a lot of enquiries from students who have completed some of their AAT units on the old 2003 syllabus.

To make matters worse, quite a number of providers are no longer offering support for students wishing to complete their AAT qualification under the AQ2010 syllabus.

Good News!

The good news is that we do still support the AQ2010 syllabus, and we can do this on an individual unit basis. But you really must hurry as time is beginning to run out …

Transitional Arrangements… if you are currently studying under the AQ2010 syllabus:

AAT Level 2:

At AAT Level 2, all units map directly across to AQ2013 except:

  • Basic Costing (BCCG)
  • Work Effectively in Accounting and Finance (WEAF)

So, if you don’t quite finish everything in time, it’s not the end of the world as you will be able to transfer across to the AQ2013 syllabus in January.

However, if you do end up doing this, you will need to complete a transitional assessment (a ‘top up’ assignment) for BCCG and WEAF. This will take the form of writing a short report which will be assessed by your tutor and questioned (written or verbal) until the work is competent. The work will then be uploaded to LearnPlus (or SecureAssess from 1 September 2014).

So, the key units to complete first will be BCCG and WEAF, so that you can transition to AQ2013 with a ‘top up’ if need be. If you don’t complete these 2 units before 31 December, then you’ll need to complete the new AQ2013 versions. However they are really very similar to the AQ2010 versions – just a bit more in them.

AAT Level 3:

At AAT Level 3, all units map across to AQ2013 except:

  • Professional Ethics (PEAF)

So, again, if you don’t quite finish in time, you will need to complete a transitional assessment (a ‘top up’ assignment).

The key unit to complete first therefore, will be PEAF, so that you can transition to AQ2013 with a ‘top up’ if need be.

If you don’t complete PEAF, then you will have to complete PETH under the AQ2013 syllabus (which is a CBP and much harder that the current PEAF unit).

AAT Level 4:

At AAT Level 4, all units map across to AQ2013 except:

  • Internal Controls and Accounting Systems (ICAS)

So, again, if you don’t quite finish in time, you will need to complete a transitional assessment (a ‘top up’ assignment).

You therefore need to complete ICAS first so that you can transition to AQ2013 with a ‘top up’ if need be.

If you don’t complete ICAS, then you will have to complete ISYS under the AQ2013 syllabus (there isn’t a huge amount of difference between the two versions – just some additional work to complete). Because of the nature of ICAS/ISYS as a report, there won’t be a lot of difference in workload whether you do ICAS with a “top-up” Transitional Assessment or you simply do ISYS.

Transitional Arrangements… if you are currently studying under the AAT 2003 syllabus:

This is going to be much more of a challenge, because at all three AAT levels, none of the AAT 2003 syllabus units map across to AQ2013. Many of the key units do map across to AQ2010, but this cannot then be carried over to AQ2013.

You will therefore have to complete all outstanding units on the AQ2010 syllabus by 31 December 2014. Probably easier to talk it through over the phone.

If you are still confused by any of this, do please contact us and we’ll be happy to explain everything in more detail.

You can contact us by:

Phone: on 01392 311 925

Email: study@accountancylearning.co.uk

Twitter: @AccountancyL

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P.S. Please don’t leave this to December and then panic! There will be precious little time left then to deal with the transition properly. Also, don’t forget that the Level 4 exams can take up to 6 weeks for the results to come through, to find out if you have passed or need a resit.

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