AAT Q2022 Syllabus Update

The launch of AAT’s new syllabus, Qualifications 2022 (Q2022), replacing the current AQ2016 has been delayed until 1 September 2022.

What is Q2022 and what does the delay mean for you or your trainees?

AAT Q2022 Syllabus Update

AAT Q2022 Syllabus Update

The launch of AAT’s new syllabus, Qualifications 2022 (Q2022), replacing the current AQ2016 has been delayed until 1 September 2022.

What is Q2022 and what does the delay mean for you or your trainees?

What is Q2022?

‘Q2022’ or Qualifications 2022 is the new syllabus for AAT. Find more information about what is included in the new syllabus here.

Current syllabus: ‘AQ2016’.

The delay to Q2022

AAT’s new syllabus was originally planned for September 2021 (‘Qualifications 21’). This was delayed to February 2022 due to COVID-19 and became ‘Qualifications 22’. This has now been delayed again to September 2022 due to insufficient time to fully test their new assessment platform ATLAS cloud.

Key dates

AQ2016:
Last registration date for current AQ2016 – 31 August 2022
Last assessment date for current AQ2016 – 30 September 2023

Q2022:
First registration date for new Q2022 – 1 September 2022
First assessment date for new Q2022 – (4-6 weeks later?)

Transition considerations

  • Q2022 has fewer exam modules, but bigger individual units (Level 3 financial accounting and Level 4 management accounting)
  • No synoptics for Q2022 Level 3 and 4 (unless an apprenticeship where EPA exam still required)
  • Confirm AQ2016 assessment passes qualify for Q2022
  • Subscriptions fees AQ2016 are annual, Q2022 are per level, may cause overlap costs

What does the delay mean for you/ your trainees?

On the whole, the delay to the new syllabus will have very little impact on students studying AAT. However, if you were planning on transferring over to Q2022 in February 2022 to take advantage of no synoptic exams at level 3 and level 4 (synoptics are typically are seen as harder exams and students may want to avoid these), to learn the most up-to-date syllabus, or to not have a deadline of September 2023 to ensure you finish all your AQ2016 exams, you may need to rethink your timescales. You can find more information about the impact of moving over from Q2022 to AQ2016 here.

Existing students should:

  • Continue under the current AQ2016 syllabus – do not take a break in your studies until September 2022 to start on the new syllabus
  • Plan for AQ2016 exams (and potential resits), including synoptic assessment windows, to ensure you have time to complete them before the last AQ2016 assessment date of 30 September 2023
  • Consider transition from 1 September 2022 (depends on individual circumstances- subscription fees, pass credits – First Intuition will guide individuals on the most effective path based on their circumstances)

New Level students pre 30 August 2022 should:

  • Sign up to AQ2016 now (realistically can complete the whole level if signed up by March 2022)
  • Consider transition from 1 September 2022 (depends on individual circumstances- subscription fees, pass credits – First Intuition will guide individuals on the most effective path based on their circumstances)

New students post 1 September 2022 should:

  • Must sign up to Q2022

Find more information about the differences between AQ2016 and Q2022 as well as the implications here.

What First Intuition students can expect for their studies

  • Online material will remain for AQ2016 until September 2022
  • Classroom schedule will remain AQ2016 for the first half of 2022
  • Q2022 material release date TBC

Watch a discussion on what the delay to Q2022 means

For more information, you can catch up on a Q&A session with a representative from AAT.

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