In Ealing

£ 2,960 + VAT


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    21 Months


The CAT scheme is designed by the internationally recognised accountancy body, the 'Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' (ACCA) to equip students with all the necessary technical skills and knowledge required to fulfil a support role in accountancy.




Ealing (London)
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43-47 New Broadway, W5 5AH


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No formal academic qualifications are required to register as a student. (Overseas students must be at least 18 years of age when applying to LSM and must have an IELTS score of 6 or above).

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Course programme


This scheme not only offers the chance to obtain a recognised qualification in its own right, but also provides a perfect stepping stone into the ACCA professional scheme

CAT Scheme:

The CAT syllabus is divided into three levels - Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced.

The Introductory and Intermediate levels each comprise two papers. The Advanced level comprises three compulsory papers and three optional papers (choose any two) making nine papers in total.

Introductory Level

  • Paper1 Recording Financial Transactions
  • Paper2 Information for Management Control

Intermediate Level

  • Paper3 Maintaining Financial Records
  • Paper4 Accounting for Costs

Advanced Level


  • Paper5 Managing People and Systems
  • Paper6 Drafting Financial Statements
  • Paper7 Planning, Control & Performance Management

*Options (two from three)

  • Paper8 Implementing Auditing Procedures
  • Paper9 Preparing Taxation Computations
  • Paper10 Managing Finances


Students have the choice of sitting either computer-based or paper-based exams at both Introductory and Intermediate levels but paper based at advanced level. Computer based examination can be taken at any time during the year however, paper-based exams are held twice a year - in June and December. The London School of Management (LSM) is an ACCA approved centre for CAT computer-based exams (CBE).

Entry Qualifications:

No formal academic qualifications are required to register as a student. (Overseas students must be at least 18 years of age when applying to LSM and must have an IELTS score of 6 or above).


  • On completion of the Introductory level, students progress to Intermediate level.
  • On completion of the Intermediate level, students progress to Advanced Level.
  • On completion of the Advanced level, students require one years training to achieve CAT Professional status.

ACCA Registration for CAT Scheme:

Students must be registered with ACCA before taking CAT exams. Students may be eligible to claim exemptions on the basis of previous academic qualifications or relevant work experience.

Closing dates for submitting ACCA registration are as follows:
For June exams - 31 December (of the previous year)
For December exams - 15th August (of the same year)

These deadlines do not apply for computer-based exams (CBEs), which are available for papers 1 to 4. CBEs can be taken at any time of the year, although students require their ACCA student registration number before they can sit the exam.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to register with ACCA as soon as possible. Enrolment on a course at LSM does not automatically register you with ACCA.

Course Delivery :

Students who meet the minimum entry requirement commence their studies from the introductory level and are expected to sit computer-based exams in papers 1 & 2. Students who have successfully completed the introductory level will progress to the intermediate level and then to advanced level.

All students will first complete papers 1 & 2 at the introductory level before taking papers 3 & 4 at the intermediate level.

Thereafter, students will be offered papers 5, 6 & 7 at the advanced level before progressing to papers 8 & 9. Alternatively students may choose to take papers 6 & 7 first, before progressing to the remaining papers 5, 8 & 9. Please note that paper 10 is only offered if there is sufficient demand.
Please Note: Students may enrol for individual paper subjects.
(Terms & Conditions apply)

Course Commencement :

  • CAT Introductory level courses commence four times per year - January, April, July and September.
  • CAT Intermediate and advanced level courses commence twice per year - January & July

Duration (Full-time)

LSM offers both full and part time tuition and students may select one of the following schedules:

  • Daytime Classes (full time) - Monday to Friday, 1000 - 1700 hrs
  • Evening Classes (part time) - Monday to Friday, 1730 - 2030 hrs
  • Weekend Classes - Saturday & Sunday, 0900 - 1700 hrs
  • Introductory & Intermediate level courses are both one academic year in duration.
  • Advanced level course is one year duration.

Disclaimer: Weekend classes availability is subject to student demand.

All full time students attend classes for 15-18 hours per week.

Revision Classes

LSM also offers revision classes to those students who require additional support in preparing for their exams. These revision classes are normally offered during April/May for June examinations and October/November for December examinations. Classes can be arranged on weekdays, evenings or weekends depending on the level of demand.

Additional information

Payment options: Introductory & Intermediate 1480 Advanced Level 1480


£ 2,960 + VAT