Coronavirus updates

Last updated: 22nd September 2020

Ensuring the safety of our students and staff

Accessing online resources
Computer Based Exams

Qualification and course updates

AAT institute advice for Coronavirus
ACCA institute advice for Coronavirus
CIMA institute advice for Coronavirus
ACA (ICAEW) institute advice for Coronavirus

Who is best to contact for help and advice?

Students
Clients
Safeguarding and Mental Health

Accessing online resources

"What equipment do I need to access Kaplan online learning resources?"

MyKaplan is a fully responsive site which means it will optimise for any device whether that be a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Within MyKaplan we have three main types of learning that you may wish to access but which may have some limitations:

  • Our OnDemand and Flexible Online content has not been optimised for consumption on small devices but it will adapt to the size of your screen. You can zoom in where the content appears too small. Your learning experience will be better on a tablet compared to a smartphone.
  • Our Live Online ‘live’ sessions need to be viewed in the ‘Zoom meetings’ app which can be downloaded from Apple’s App store and Google’s Play store. For more information on system requirements please visit our FAQs launch.
  • Our ‘recorded’ Live Online delivery will work on all devices where they have MP4s. We have a small number of recorded sessions that are not MP4s and therefore not available on mobile devices.
  • For both live and recorded sessions we recommend using a minimum of an A5 sized screen so that you can properly view the tutors notes.

Online assessments, such as Knowledge Checks, are fully responsive and will work on any device. PDFs can also be viewed and can be made available offline in our associated app - Brightspace Pulse launch.

Computer Based Exams

“Will exams go ahead as planned at my local exam centre?”

This will depend on your country of residence. We advise you to check on the institute websites for full details. Accountancy and Tax Institutes have either moved the exam window or found remote proctoring solutions which will enable students to sit exams safely from home.

AAT: https://www.aat.org.uk/about-aat/coronavirus-update launch

ACCA: https://www.accaglobal.com/ca/en/student/exam-entry-and-administration.html launch

CIMA: https://www.cimaglobal.com/Studying/Exams/ launch

ACA (ICAEW): https://www.icaew.com/for-current-aca-students/~/link.aspx?_id=26647AD327A7425285742B4491A81505&_z=z launch


Qualification and course updates

The institutes have issued advice and information about exams and assessments going forward, and any adjustments that have had to be made.

AAT institute advice for Coronavirus

AAT Assessments are now available to students again. The AAT’s revised synoptic calendar window is as below:

Foundation Certificate in Accounting - Level 2 Synoptic:
Week commencing 17th August

Advanced Diploma in Accounting – Level 3 Synoptic:
Week commencing 13 July, 20 July, 17 August, 14 September, 12 October, 7 December

Professional Diploma in Accounting – Level 4 Synoptic:
Week commencing 6 July, 13 July, 24 August, 21 September, 19 October, 14 December

Please note that AAT have now decided NOT to offer remote invigilation from August onwards. Sitting assessments in physical locations is therefore the only option for students for the foreseeable future.

ACCA institute advice for Coronavirus

Applied Knowledge and Law

Institute news

The ACCA has a remote invigilation solution which will allow students to sit Applied Knowledge and Law exams from home. Students will be able book the exam online, directly with the ACCA. Further details on how the remote exams will work, important pre exam information, and the process for enrolling for the exams can be found on the ACCA website launch. Please ensure you are up to date with the rules for your country as these may vary.

Impact on courses

We will continue to deliver courses via Live Online. We also have OnDemand subscription and Distance Learning options available for all Applied Knowledge subjects and law.

Applied Skills (Excl Law) and Strategic Professional

Institute news

The ACCA cancelled the June 2020 sitting, however exams are expected to run as planned from September 2020 onwards in usual exam venues. The ACCA do have a remote invigilation solution should any lockdown restrictions mean that exams cannot be run in a particular location. Please ensure you check the institute website for up to date information in your country as this may vary.

Impact on courses

We are currently delivering our ACCA courses via Live Online. These courses, as well as OnDemand and Distance Learning can be booked via the Kaplan Learning website.

CIMA institute advice for Coronavirus

Assessment information

CIMA’s exams are available for assessment. Students will be able to sit this assessment at home using established Pearson Vue remote testing software for both objective tests and case study assessments.

Some Pearson Vue test centres may also be open with socially distanced exams taking place. More information on where these centres are and what this could mean for you can be found on the Pearson Vue website launch. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the region that applies to you.

Case Studies

Institute news

The exam weeks for November are the same as originally planned:

  • Operational case study exams: 11, 12, 13 November 2020
  • Management case study exams: 18, 19, 2 November 2020
  • Strategic case study exams: 25, 26, 27 November 2020

Please note that results for the August sitting have been delayed by CIMA for 2 weeks and will be released as per: OCS 8th October, MCS 15th October, SCS 22nd October.

Impact on courses

We will continue to offer Live Online courses. Students can also study for the Case Study using our award winning OnDemand or Distance Learning products.

More information about remote exams

You can book your exam in the usual way through My CIMA launch. This applies to Certificate of Business Accounting and the Professional Qualification.

Before booking we recommend you test the equipment you plan to take your exams on with a system test launch. You must do a system test before your exams so please check this out as soon as you can, before you schedule.

The exam format will stay the same, but the presentation is very slightly different. Take a look at one of the new practice tests launch (please note: you will need to sign in or create an account and then you can select the free practice test).

CIMA has added more FAQs launch including technical specifications, room requirements, how to test your computer and more.

CIMA will be using Pearson’s OnVUE system for the Objective Tests. For more information watch this short video launch (note: a proctor is the same as an invigilator).

Please ensure you contact CIMA directly to check the rules for your country and they may vary.

ACA (ICAEW) institute advice for Coronavirus

ACA Certificate/CFAB

Institute news

The ICAEW are offering Certificate Level CBEs via remote invigilation through Pearson VUE. For more details about availability, exam booking process and more please visit the ICAEW’s webpage (link is included below). Please ensure you are up to date with the rules for your country as these may vary.

Impact on courses

We will continue to deliver ACA Accounting and Assurance Certificate courses via Live Online. We also have flexible online options available for all Certificate subjects.

Please visit the ICAEW website launch for ongoing updates regarding the Certificate Level.

ICAEW exam booking windows

Students taking Advanced exams in August who subsequently need to resit their exams in November will have an opportunity to book their resits on 6th and 7th October. The ICAEW will be contacting the relevant students about this resit booking window in due course.

Should you wish your students to sit their exams via remote invigilation, they will need to complete a system check launch. The system check can be used to establish if remote invigilation will work on their computer.

For more detail please see the ICAEW's Coronavirus Hub launch.

ACA 2020 Student Pathways

The cancellation of June Professional sitting and the postponement of the July Advanced sitting has led to many students having to defer their exams to later in the year. Understandably, this has raised questions about the ways in which students will progress with their ACA studies once they make use of the forthcoming September and August Advanced sitting. The table below outlines how we intend to support our clients and students to maintain the impetus of their study pathways.

The two main methods we have used to optimise progression are:

  • Looking at delaying start dates of the next courses to allow for delayed exams to be sat before the next courses commence (“AFTER EXAMS” courses)
  • Creating a more intensive option for those who would prefer exam results to be known before progression commences (“AFTER RESULTS” courses)

In some cases, where the timings are simply too tight, our advice is to sit subsequent exams in 2021 and we have designed courses to ensure that momentum is not lost (“DELAY”).

September Professional Progressions

Papers sat in SeptemberPreferred progression in DecemberKaplan Solution
FAR/AATC/FM

AFTER EXAMS: We have ensured that all December classroom based TC/FM/BST/BPT courses commence after the September exam sitting to allow for student progression.

AFTER RESULTS: For those who want to wait for results release before starting their next course to the December sitting, we will also deliver intense live online variants of TC/FM/BST/BPT that commence after the September results release date.

FAR/AA/TCFM/BST/BPT
TC/FMBST/BPT
FM/BST/BPTCR/SBM

AFTER EXAMS: Given the short time period between the September exam sitting and the subsequent November exams, we will be delivering some intensive November CR/SBM courses that start after the September exams.

Please note that in order to facilitate this, the Knowledge and Application course phases will be delivered live online followed by the delivery of Exam Preparation in your location of choice.

August Advanced Progressions

Papers sat in AugustPreferred progression in NovemberKaplan course support provided
CR/SBMACSAFTER EXAMS: In order to facilitate progression, we will be delivering a comprehensive suite of November ACS courses that commence after the Advanced August exam window.

Deferral Arrangements

We recognise that some of the course solutions outlined above involve students commencing their next course before they have received their September exam results. If a student does not subsequently achieve a pass in their Sep exams we will honour any required course deferrals to the March Professional / July Advanced sitting.

Exam papers - summary of abbreviations

Professional Level

FAR: Financial Accounting and Reporting IFRS
AA: Audit and Assurance
TC: Tax Compliance
FM: Financial Management
BST: Business Strategy and Technology
BPT: Business Planning: Taxation

Advanced Level

CR: Corporate Reporting
SBM: Strategic Business Management
ACS: Advanced Case Study


Who is best to contact for help and advice?

Students:

For accountancy and tax students, please be aware that we are experiencing high call volumes throughout this period. You can call us on 0161 259 7400 or email us at kaplanlearning@kaplan.com and an advisor will assist you as soon as possible.

If you would like some support with technical questions while you are studying don't forget about our Academic Support team. They are available 7 days a week via email and live chat through MyKaplan.

Clients:

Please reach out to your dedicated account manager.

Safeguarding and Mental Health

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact us via Safeguarding@kaplan.co.uk during working hours. It is a confidential email account.



Last updated: 22nd September 2020