Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)- Introductory

In Reading

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Reading (Berkshire)
12 Friar Street, RG1 1DB


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Course programme

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. Upon completion, students will receive an internationally recognised technician level qualification awarded by ACCA.

The CAT qualification comprises a combination of exams and practical experience.

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

Recording Financial Transactions

Information for Management Control


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. University Tutorial College (UTC) is an ACCA approved centre for CAT computer-based exams (CBE).

Entry Qualifications:

The CAT scheme is open to anyone over 16 years of age. No formal academic qualifications are required to register as a student. (Overseas students must be at least 18 years of age when applying to UTC and must have an IELTS score of 6 or above).


* On completion of the Intermediate level, students progress to Advanced Level.
* On completion of the Introductory level, students progress to Intermediate 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 UTC does not automatically register you with ACCA.

Course Commencement:

CAT Introductory level courses commence four times per year - January, April, July and September.

Duration (Full-Time):

UTC offers both Full-Time and Part-Time tuition.
Introductory & Intermediate level courses are both one academic year in duration.

Home Fee - £1,020

Overseas Fee - £1,220

Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)- Introductory

Price on request