Do you remember why you started AAT? Perhaps you wanted a promotion, or even a complete career change.
Whatever your situation, you began your studies for a reason. So don’t let your hard work go to waste – finish what you started before time runs out.
You have until 31st December 2017 to complete what you need to on AAT’s AQ2013 syllabus, before it will be fully replaced by AQ2016. Confused about what you need to do next? Just give us a call or send us a message for advice on your options.
The best option for you depends on where you are in your studies, and how much you’re able to complete before the deadline.
Finishing the level on AQ2013
If you’re able to complete the remaining units within the level before the December deadline, it’s a good idea to do this. If you do complete the whole level and wish to move onto the next, you’ll be able to start on AQ2016.
Completing further units on AQ2013
For consistency’s sake, you might want to complete as much as possible on AQ2013 while you can. If you don’t finish the level you’re on, you’ll be able to transfer certain units to AQ2016 (see details below), and sit a synoptic assessment to make up for others. Make sure you stick to units that can be transferred to AQ2016, so as to avoid having to do both the unit and the synoptic that replaces it.
Transferring to AQ2016
If you’re ready to pick up where you left off on the new syllabus, speak to us to get started. Keep in mind that if you began the level on AQ2013 and finish it on AQ2016, the highest grade you can be awarded is a pass.
Which units can be transferred?
Most units can be transferred from AQ2013 to AQ2016. The following units, however, will not carry over, and you would need to sit a synoptic assessment on the new syllabus instead:
• (Level 2) Working effectively in accounting and finance
• (Level 3) Professional ethics in accounting and finance
• (Level 3) Spreadsheet software
• (Level 4) Internal controls and accounting systems
What are the differences between AQ2013 and AQ2016?
The new syllabus includes synoptic assessments at the end of each level. This allows you to demonstrate your understanding of how knowledge from each of the units fits together. This is designed to better prepare you for professional settings, where you’ll need to see the bigger picture as well as diving down into the detail.
AQ2016 also introduces pass, merit and distinction; while you might be apprehensive about this, it can help you stand out from the crowd to employers if you work hard.
How do I transfer to the new syllabus?
If you’d like to transfer to AQ2016, you won’t be able to do this yourself, and will need a training provider to do it for you. If you’re ready to get started, find out more about our flexible and supportive AAT courses here, or get in touch below.