Find answers to our most frequently asked questions about the AAT Q2022 syllabus here. If your query isn’t listed, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
On the 1st February 2022, the AAT will be launching their new bookkeeping and accounting qualification, Q2022.
Periodically the AAT updates their qualification as it needs to reflect the current and future business environment, and also the needs of employers and the industry.
This ensures that our students are prepared for these changes and the impact it has on accountancy.
The AAT will be introducing their new syllabus Q2022 on 1st February 2022. This means that students can register and start to sit their Q2022 exams from 1st February.
The good news is that AQ16 will continue for some considerable time, resulting in students having until 30th June 2023 to complete their qualification level.
The last day for students to register for AQ16 will be 31st January 2022.
The AAT has spent a considerable amount of time devising Q2022 so that it meets the needs of their students. They have also ensured that it is future proof for the evolving environment we work and live in, but more importantly, it prepares Accounting Technicians for the skills that are required within the workplace.
The AAT has introduced four key themes: Technology, Ethics, Sustainability and Communication which feature throughout the Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 qualification.
*There are now only four units under the Level 2 Qualification:
* Guided Learning Hours have increased from 240 (AQ16) to 255 (Q2022).
*There are now only four units under the Level 3 Qualification:
* Guided Learning Hours have increased from 390 (AQ16) to 400 (Q2022).
*There are now only three compulsory units under the Level 4 Qualification:
* Guided Learning Hours have reduced from 300 (AQ16) to 270 (Q2022).
*There are no significant changes with the five optional units.
*We are awaiting confirmation from the AAT that students who sit Business Tax, Personal Tax and Audit & Assurance will still receive exemptions from the ACA.
The key message from Eagle is that, for now, you should continue and complete your current level on the AQ16 version. You have until June 2023 to complete the qualification level.
If you are midway through your AQ16 level studies when Q2022 is launched, you can transfer over to the new qualification.
However, due to content changes with the qualification, there is no direct transfer between AQ16 and A2022. We recommend that you refer to transition rules to fully understand the implications involved if you do decide to transfer midway through your qualification level.
Whilst it’s not ours, nor the AAT’s, recommended course of action, students are able to transfer over to Q2022 whilst they are part way through their AQ16 qualification level. However, it’s important that you are aware of the following:
We are here to support you, regardless of the decision you make. We’re more than happy to discuss your options and the best decision for you.
If your annual membership is due whilst studying your AQ16 qualification, you will need to renew it in the normal way. Otherwise, you risk your membership lapsing and you won’t be able to sit your exams.
When you start a new level on the 2022 qualification, you will find annual membership no longer exists. Instead, there will be an upfront fee for each specific level which gives you membership for the duration whilst studying for that level. The AAT are still to confirm what the fees will be for each level. Assessment fees will still apply for each exam.