Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

The Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is seen as the gold standard for tax professionals. During the course, you'll develop a thorough knowledge of taxes and have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your specialist area.

BPP Professional Education prepares you for exams that are assessed and awarded by The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

Key Information

  • Develop practical skills and knowledge on all aspects of taxation
  • Ongoing support whether you are taking a taught course or distance learning
  • Expert tutors dedicated to helping you pass your exams
  • Choose from nine state-of-the-art training centres across the UK
  • Flexible options allow you to study how, when and where you want - now including BPP Online Classroom Live
  • Pass rates consistently higher than the national average
To book call admissions:020 3131 4331

Mark of excellence

The CTA is the highest level of tax qualification available in the UK – a mark of excellence in tax advice. At BPP, we're leaders in the field of accountancy and tax training, achieving pass rates which are consistently higher than the national average.

Why study CTA with BPP?

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Simply put, no-one gives you a better chance of passing your CTA exam. No other provider has a better combination of full time tutors, national locations, online options and supporting materials than BPP.

Students qualifying for our Pass Assurance Scheme achieve exceptional pass rates and, unlike other CTA providers who charge for materials separately, our Pass Assurance Scheme also includes all of the study materials for that course – so you don’t need to buy a new set of materials even if there has been a change of Finance Act.

Fully flexible study

No other provider offers the CTA qualification in more centres in the UK and no other provider has more CTA study options than BPP. Our flexible study options mean you can fit the CTA course around your business and personal life.

BPP are the only tuition provider to offer integrated online CTA taught and revision courses, the only provider to offer Saturday courses in addition to weekday courses and distance learning options and the only provider that gives all of its students access to the online "enhanced classroom" which contains online lectures and exam debriefs. Plus, you can now study via Online Classroom Live. See the 'Ways to study' tab for more detail.

Tutors

No other provider has more full time CTA tutors in more locations than BPP. Our CTA qualified tutors are experts in their field and some of them have been teaching CTA for longer than some CTA providers have been in business. They are dedicated to helping you pass your exams and will be there at every stage for progress updates, phone and email support.

Our CTA tutors are employees based in local offices so the face to face support offered by BPP is unmatched by other providers.

Materials

Only by studying with BPP will you gain access to the following market leading range of resources – all specifically targeted to the CTA qualification. We are the only tuition provider to include ALL of our materials in the price of the course you buy – so if you are booking courses for exams in 2013 you don’t need to buy any of these separately:

  • Course Notes
  • Online lectures covering ALL chapters of the course notes
  • Study Texts
  • Question Banks
  • Course exams
  • Online debriefs of each course exam
  • Revision Notes
  • Passcards
  • Practice and revision kit (contains at least 10 exams worth of question practice – more than any other revision kit available)
  • Online debrief of selected revision kit questions
  • Mock exams
  • Online debrief of mock exams

If you missed out this time, don't give up. At BPP we have a range of online and face to face revision courses, all supported by an experienced tutor team and a market leading range of online support.

CTA resit revision options

Awareness

  • OCR Live*, 6 evenings
  • Classroom, 3 days

Advisory OMB

  • OCR Live, 6 evenings
  • Classroom, 4 days

Advisory Individuals

  • OCR Live, 6 evenings
  • Classroom, 4 days

Advisory ACT

  • Classroom, 4 days

Application and Interaction

  • OCR Live**, 5 evenings
  • Classroom, 3 days

OCR Live

Our OCR Live revision courses run in the evenings from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, so they are ideal for re-sit students who don't have much holiday or study leave available. They are delivered live over the internet at scheduled times and they are fully interactive - you can see your tutor in real time, ask questions, get instant tutor feedback, interact with your fellow students via online forums and re-watch or catch up on any live lectures you miss – just a few of the reasons BPP's OCR Live was voted "study resource of the year" by PQ Magazine.

The interactive and engaging live lectures will briefly recap on the key syllabus subjects. The main focus of the course is to utilise past exam questions to help you develop the critical skills required for exam success. You'll be fully supported by your tutor and our revision-focused study materials as you work together through questions and you'll also be able to check your progress using our pre-recorded online debriefs.

Our OCR Live revision course contains two new exam standard mock exams. Mock exam 1 covers the first half of the syllabus, and Mock exam 2 is a full syllabus exam. You won't have seen these before (we change them each sitting) which makes the course ideal for re-sit students.

Free online lectures bolt-on for all re-sit students

BPP students have access to over 180 online lectures to support them throughout their CTA studies. If you have attended a revision course with ANY provider in the previous two sittings, then we will also bolt on to your revision course, free of charge, all of the pre-recorded lectures from the taught phase for that paper.

These online lectures are pre-recorded by BPP expert tutors who know their paper inside out (who better?) and there's an online lecture for every single chapter of the taught course (including the Advisory papers and the Application and Interaction papers) so this is an ideal option for those who want to get their revision started right away.

Application and Interaction

BPP's Application and Interaction courses are different.

There are 22 higher skills marks available so the key to passing this case study paper is exam technique. This is why we set, mark, and provide you with personalised feedback on the exam standard questions you attempt during the revision course. Because the course is tailored to each individual, it can add up to 10% to your total marks***.

*Available for VAT, Corporation Tax and IHT Modules only

**OMB paper only

***This is the average increase in marks on the CTA OMB Application and Interaction revision course held in London in April 2013.

CTA modules

The CTA course is broken down into a series of modules, which means you can pick and choose the papers you want to study – and spread them over a period of time. Alternatively, with our fast-track option you can take all four papers in one sitting.

The CTA exam has four levels – E-assessment, Awareness, Advisory and Application and Interaction – and six exams.

Our pathway document shows the three typical direct tax routes through the CTA exam.

CTA E-assessment modules

Law and Ethics are assessed via computer-based exams (one hour per module). Depending on your prior qualification, you may be exempt from either or both of these assessments. You’ll find guidance and more information on computer-based testing, including syllabus, exemptions and practical arrangements, on the CIOT website.

CTA Awareness module options

This module is examined via a three-hour, paper-based exam. You will need to answer questions on three out of the five modules (three of seven if taking exams in 2013). Modules answered at Awareness level cannot be the same as those answered at Advisory level (you should pick your advisory papers first, and take the other options as your Awareness papers).

The Awareness module options taught by BPP are: 
  • Corporation Tax 
  • VAT 
  • Taxation of Individuals 
  • Taxation of Unincorporated Businesses 
  • IHT, Trusts and Estates

CTA Advisory modules

You will take two papers at Advisory level. These will be examined via paper-based exams, which are 3 ¼ hours each.

The Advisory modules taught at BPP are:

  • Taxation of Individuals 
  • Advanced Corporation Tax 
  • Taxation of Owner Managed Businesses 
  • IHT, Trusts and Estates

CTA Application and Interaction modules

One paper is to be taken at this level. This will be examined via a 3¼-hour, paper-based exam, in the form of a case study. Candidates will choose one module, which should be on the same areas that have been covered at the Advisory level.

Exemptions from this paper are available to ICAEW, ICAS and ACCA students who have passed paper P6 – Advanced Taxation. See the CIOT website for more details.

The Application and Interaction questions cover:

  • Q1 – Taxation of Individuals, Inheritance, Trusts and Estates
  • Q2  – Taxation of Companies
  • Q3  –  Taxation of Owner Managed Businesses

Dates and prices

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Free pass assurance scheme

Should you fail a CTA exam, you can choose any equivalent taught or revision course for that unit for the next sitting free of charge – subject to availability. Pass Assurance is available on all courses for Awareness, Advisory and Application and Interaction exams and includes the full cost of the course, including all course materials.

In-centre courses

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Full and punctual attendance on all taught and revision courses in any BPP UK training centre
  • Submission of all course and mock exams on or before the date specified on the submission table
  • A score of at least 35% in each course exam and 40% in each mock exam

If you qualify for Pass Assurance having studied entirely in-centre, you can book any Online Classroom, Online Classroom Live or in-centre course for that paper for the next sitting free of charge.

Online Classroom Live courses

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Full and punctual attendance on all OCR Live taught and revision courses or full and punctual attendance on taught and revision courses studied via a combination of OCR Live and in-centre courses in any BPP UK training centre
  • Submission of all course and mock exams on or before the date specified on the submission table
  • A score of at least 35% in each course exam and 40% in each mock exam

If you qualify for Pass Assurance having studied wholly or partly via OCR Live, you can book any Online Classroom or Online Classroom Live course for that paper for the next sitting free of charge – subject to availability. If the Online Classroom course for the next sitting begins before you get your results, then you can book on the next available Online Classroom course for that paper free of charge.

Online Classroom courses

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Submission of all course and mock exams on or before the date specified on the submission table
  • A score of at least 35% in each course exam and 40% in each mock exam

If you qualify for Pass Assurance having studied via BPP’s Online Classroom Courses, you can book any Online Classroom or Online Classroom Live course for that paper for the next sitting free of charge – subject to availability. If the Online Classroom course for the next sitting begins before you get your results, then you can book on the next available Online Classroom course for that paper free of charge.

Unique, market-leading study materials

At BPP, all of our study materials are included in the cost of the course so, unlike other providers who tell you to buy their study materials in addition to their courses, when you book courses at BPP you receive all of the materials you need to pass your exam.

Face to face courses

All our face to face courses include access to the “Enhanced Classroom” for your chosen course. If you haven’t studied with BPP before, you will receive an email with login details shortly before the course starts. The Enhanced Classroom looks a lot like our online classroom in structure and contains similar resources such as online lectures covering the full course and course exam debriefs (see the online classroom learning materials section for more information). If you’ve studied with us before, the course is automatically added to your existing learning plan before the course starts.

Awareness

On the first day of your taught course, you will receive in hardcopy all of the following:

  • Course notes
  • Study text
  • Question Bank
  • 2 full length course exams (but not solutions – you get these when you submit your exam!)

On the first day of your revision course you will receive:

  • Revision notes
  • Practice and revision kit (our revision kits contain at least 10 full exams worth of questions – more than any other provider)
  • Passcards (hand held notes and diagrams ideal for revision on the move)

You’ll also sit a mock exam (included in the cost of the revision course) and you’ll get access to the revision phase of the Enhanced Classroom. This contains online debriefs of questions from the revision kit, and an online debrief of the mock exam

Advisory

On the first day of your taught course, you will receive in hardcopy all of the following:

  • Course notes
  • Study text (includes question bank)
  • 2 full length course exams (but not solutions – you get these when you submit your exam!)

On the first day of your revision course you will receive:

  • Revision notes
  • Practice and revision kit (our revision kits contain at least 10 full exams worth of questions – more than any other provider)

You’ll also sit a mock exam (included in the cost of the revision course) and you’ll get access to the revision phase of the Enhanced Classroom. This contains online debriefs of questions from the revision kit, and an online debrief of the mock exam

Application and Interaction

On the first day of your taught course, you will receive in hardcopy all of the following:

  • Study text (includes question bank)
  • 2 full length course exams (but not solutions – you get these when you submit your exam!)

Our revision courses are question based, so on the first day of your revision course you will receive your practice and revision kit (our revision kits contain at least 10 full exams worth of questions – more than any other provider). You’ll also sit a mock exam (included in the cost of the revision course) and you’ll get access to the revision phase of the Enhanced Classroom. This contains online debriefs of questions from the revision kit, and an online debrief of the mock exam

Online Classroom Live

Our award winning Online Classroom Live is ideal if you like the discipline and motivation of a structured and timetabled course and can commit to scheduled sessions delivered by one of our expert tutors. You can study wherever you have internet access and as the live, interactive sessions are all recorded you can watch any you miss. You are also supported by a library of online content which includes a comprehensive suite of online lectures.


Unique, market-leading study materials

At BPP, all of our study materials are included in the cost of the course so, unlike other providers who tell you to buy their study materials in addition to their courses, when you book courses at BPP you receive all of the materials you need to pass your exam.

Online Classroom

If you book on our online classroom, your study materials will be made available to you online as well as being sent to you in hardcopy. Have a look at our online classroom here . As an illustration, the following materials are included in the price of the CTA Awareness online classroom:

  • Introductory online lecture
  • Course notes
  • 2 full length course exams
  • Study text
  • Question bank
  • Final Mock exam
  • Revision kit
  • Passcards
  • Online lectures of course notes
  • Online copy of course notes
  • Online copy of study text
  • Online copies of course exams (including answers, which are revealed after the exam submission dates)
  • Online debriefs of course exams (revealed after the exam submission dates)
  • Online copies of taught stage guidance documents (these tell you how the course is structured, what lectures to look at and when, what questions to attempt etc.)
  • Online lectures of selected revision kit questions
  • Online copy of revision notes
  • Online copy of revision kit
  • Online version of question bank
  • Online copy of revision stage guidance (like the taught stage guidance, but for the revision stage)
  • Online copies of final mock exam questions
  • Online copies of final mock exam answers (revealed after the exam submission date)
  • Online debrief of final mock exam (revealed after the exam submission date)

Distance Learning

If you choose to study via distance learning, the “BPP Basics” product includes the following material in addition to tutorial support

  • Course exams
  • Study text
  • Question bank (Awareness only)
  • Final Mock exam
  • Revision kit
  • Passcards
  • i-Pass CD

Flexible learning

We understand that it can be difficult juggling work and home life with studying, so we offer a flexible range of CTA course options to fit around your business and personal life. Our CTA courses are highly flexible, enabling you to study in the way that's most convenient and effective for you.

You can study Face-to-Face at specific times in one of our conveniently located centers or choose our interactive award-winning Online Classroom Live and study via your laptop, tablet or smartphone. With Online Classroom Live, you’ll still have full interaction with your tutor – as well as the chance to re-watch live lectures. You can also study in your own time via Online Classroom or via Distance Learning.

Online Classroom Live

Our award winning Online Classroom Live is ideal if you like the discipline and motivation of a structured and timetabled course and can commit to scheduled sessions delivered by one of our expert tutors. You can study wherever you have internet access and as the live, interactive sessions are all recorded you can watch any you miss. You are also supported by a library of online content which includes a comprehensive suite of online lectures.

Online classroom

A dynamic study experience that combines the flexibility of distance learning with the support of a traditional classroom. Available for all papers from May 2013, it's ideal if you can't, or don't want to commit to fixed study sessions. Free Pass Assurance is included. Learn more about BPP Online Classroom.

Face-to-face

This is an ideal solution if you:

  • want to study at a steady pace
  • can commit to specific study times
  • enjoy the dynamics of a classroom
  • want the best chance of exam success.

 

Our expert tutors bring their passion and enthusiasm to the classroom making sessions highly engaging and motivational. Classes run on weekdays, or weekends. You may also be able to mix and match your sessions, subject to availability.

For each CTA paper we run:

  • Taught course (includes course exams)
  • Revision course (includes mock exam)

 

Each face to face course comes with free access to the “Enhanced Classroom”. The taught course gives you access to online lectures covering all of the chapters in the course notes and course exam debriefs, and the revision course gives you access to debriefs of practice and revision kits questions and mock exam debriefs.

At BPP, we use our experience to focus on the core areas of the syllabus in class and supplement this with guided self-study using the online lectures.

All CTA face to face courses are eligible for Free Pass Assurance*

 

Distance learning

Our Basics package reflects BPP’s uncompromising quality and expertise whilst offering you a very cost-effective ways to study. You can start whenever you want and work at your own pace. You need to be confident about studying on your own with limited support.

With our 'Basics' package you can:

  • start whenever you want
  • plan and organise your study time with a Study Programme
  • work at your own pace towards your target exam date
  • access exam-focused learning materials and study tools
  • test your syllabus knowledge with our renowned Practice and Revision kit
  • contact BPP tutors with any technical queries

Entry requirements

You will usually be eligible to sit the CTA exams if you have passed one of the following prior qualifications:

  • The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • The Institute of Indirect Taxation (IIT)


Students who have passed various Inland Revenue or HMRC internal training examinations will also be eligible. In addition, there are a number of other examinations or courses which provide eligibility. For further information, see the CTA prospectus on the CIOT website for further information.

Complete an application form or call 0845 075 1100.

Key dates

The following dates are the key dates for the CTA exams.  Further details are available in the prospectus which is available from the CIOT website.

May exams
Registration with CIOT End of October
Exam entry End of February
Exam May
Results July







October exams
Registration with CIOT End of April
Exam entry End of August
Exam November
Results January

Study locations

You can study for your CTA face-to-face at any one of the following study centres:


Each centre offers state-of-the-art facilities and comfortable, high-quality classroom environments. But remember, if you prefer to study from home or overseas, we also offer distance learning and online classroom options.