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Financial planning process

AF5 (30 Advanced Diploma credits)

The objective of this unit is to develop an understanding of the financial planning process when giving advice to clients.

AF5 candidates should note: A case study workbook is not offered for this unit as it draws together and tests your knowledge gained through study of the other AF units. You will, however, receive a 'fact find' two weeks before the exam which you will use to draw up a financial plan in the exam. More information and the fact find (when released) can be found in our supporting exam documents page.

To help you prepare for the AF5 examination a FREE AF5 Examination Technique Guide is available.

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Revision aids

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£12.00
Non-members
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Examination guide (October 2016)

These comprise a past paper, examiners' comments on candidates' performance and key points for inclusion in your answers. These are supplied as PDF files for you to print off as and when required for your own use.

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

Examination guide (October 2016)

These comprise a past paper, examiners' comments on candidates' performance and key points for inclusion in your answers. These are supplied as PDF files for you to print off as and when required for your own use.

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

Members
£12.00
Non-members
£13.00
Examination guide (April 2017)

These comprise a past paper, examiners' comments on candidates' performance and key points for inclusion in your answers. These are supplied as PDF files for you to print off as and when required for your own use.

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

Examination guide (April 2017)

These comprise a past paper, examiners' comments on candidates' performance and key points for inclusion in your answers. These are supplied as PDF files for you to print off as and when required for your own use.

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

Exam entry

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£130.00
Non-members
£180.00
Unit AF5 exam
 

Introduction

CII qualifications involve the completion of one or more units, each covering an individually assessed topic. Assessment methods vary and depend on a unit's level and subject matter.


Study and assessment methods include:

  • Multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam - Study is based on a specified enrolment period, from 01 January – 31 December. MCQ exams are available weekly at UK and select non-UK online exam centres, or twice-yearly in April and October at non-UK paper-based exam centres.
  • Written exams - Study is based on a 12 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. Written exams are held twice-yearly in April and October, with the exception of unit R06 which is tested four times-yearly, at UK and non-UK exam centres.
  • Coursework assessment - Study is based on a 12 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. Three written assignments, each typically between 2,000 - 3,000 words, need to be passed.
  • Mixed assessment - Study is based on a 18 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. A combination of a single coursework assignment must be passed within the first six months and a MCQ exam passed within 18 months.
  • Dissertation assessment - Study is based on a 18 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. A dissertation, typically between 10,000 - 11,000 words, on an agreed subject must be submitted.

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It is essential that candidates familiarise themselves with the guidelines and instructions. Candidates should also familiarise themselves with the coursework and dissertation policies as well as exam policies before the assessment, and notes to results post-assessment.

Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning units

Learning solutions update

These updates are Learning Solutions updates for study purposes.

Please note that for Financial Planning examinations in the 2016/17 tax year will be examined from 1 September 2016.

2016-17 edition

Pdf icon small Autumn Statement 2016

Pdf icon small Budget summary March 2016

Other information

Pdf icon small Budget Summary Autumn 2017

Pdf icon small Budget Summary Spring 2017

Pdf icon small Update to budget summary 17-03-2017

Pdf icon small Study text current editions

 

Qualification update

Testing Position

  • Examinations are based on the published syllabus. Syllabuses are available free of charge on the CII website www.cii.co.uk or on request.
  • It is important that you keep yourself informed of any changes which may occur affecting the units you are studying by using material suggested in the reading lists on the syllabuses in the relevant qualification section of this website.
  • The CII will do all it can to provide students enrolled on a study programme with updated materials as soon as legislative changes become known but it cannot guarantee this in time for any particular exam. Candidates should refer to the CII update website www.cii.co.uk/updates for the latest information on changes to law and practice and when they will be examined.
  • Candidates will be examined on the basis of law and practice in England unless otherwise stated.
  • Candidates must keep up to date with legislative and industry changes that occur within the tax year.
  • The general rule is that the new tax year and changes arising from the Finance Act will be examined from 1 September each year. Other changes not related to the Finance Act will be examined three months after they become legally effective.

Tax year

  • The tax year 2017/2018 will be examined from 1 September 2017 until 31 August 2018.

EU Referendum

  • On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU).
  • The UK Government invoked 'Article 50' of the Lisbon Treaty on 29 March 2017. In doing so, the two-year negotiation period which will result in Britain leaving the EU began. This means that, at the time of publication, the UK's membership of the EU will cease on 29 March 2019.
  • Until this final 'withdrawal agreement' is entered into, the UK will continue to be a full member of the EU, compliant with all current rules and regulations, and firms must continue to abide by their obligations under UK law, including those derived from the EU, and continue with the implementation of all  legislation that is still to come into effect.
  • The longer term impact of the decision to leave the EU on the UK's overall regulatory framework will depend, in part, on the relationship agreed between the UK Government and the EU to replace the UK's current membership at the end of the 'Article 50' negotiation period.
  • Please note: The UK decision to leave the European Union will have no impact on the 2017- 2018 CII syllabuses or exams. Changes that may affect future exam syllabuses will be announced as they arise.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on 25 May 2018 and examinations will be reflective of the regulation from 25 May 2018.

MiFID II 

MiFID II comes into effect on 3 January 2018 and examinations will be reflective of the directive from 3 April 2018.

Stamp Duty

On the 22 November 2017, it was announced that first-time buyers would be relieved of Stamp Duty Land Tax for purchases up to a specified amount.  Examinations will be reflected of this change from 22 February 2018. 

Please note that the tax tables and lender’s criteria provided in the examination will state the thresholds and rates for purchasers who are NOT first-time buyers.

 

Assessment information

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