Business Planning: Tax (BPT)
We have devised the optimal exam technique for you to use in your BPT exam, which is the same technique that resulted in your tutor winning an ICAEW prize and several of our students scoring over 90%. Notably, our two highest BPT scores (95% and 96%) were both achieved by resit students, proving that our guidance and tutoring skills create a vast level of improvement in student exam performance.
All of our BPT tuition options teach the essential brought forward TC content as well as the frequently examined advanced areas (e.g. capital disposal planning, business acquisition and corporation tax). Tuition is extremely exam focused and once a technical subject has been taught, we will develop your exam technique by teaching you exactly how to read, interpret and analyse the exam paper, before showing you how to structure and type your answer for each type of BPT exam question.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
"Having failed BPT with 54%, Kieran helped me increase my mark to 96%! He explained everything so clearly and the exam technique sessions were particularly valuable. He went through past paper questions, advising how to approach them, where to pick up easy marks and how to lay out the answers. He also provided additional learning materials including open book notes which were very useful during the exam. The online webinars were great as extra tutoring outside the classroom. I would definitely recommend ACA Masters!"
Ella (BPT resit student who passed first time with us with a score of 96%)
"Would definitely recommend Kieran, following his tutorial my retake BPT mark increased to 95%. He effectively used the time during tutorials to go through the key concepts to clear up the trickier areas and focused the rest of the time on exam technique. This particularly helped me in transforming my mark as I felt I understood and knew the material well however was not getting the marks. During class we went through past exam questions and how to approach them and what should be included in the answers. He also provided a lot of additional learning materials to refer back to and some exam notes that were particularly helpful. I would definitely recommend his course to BPT students."
Poppy (BPT resit student who passed first time with us with a score of 95%)
"The course is an excellent pace, with early exposure to exam style questions, allowing you to practice the exam technique early on. Kieran is incredibly approachable, encouraging and has a unique ability to explain challenging concepts. I would highly recommend Kieran to any ACA students!"
Lucy (BPT student who passed all her exams first time with us, including 93% for BPT)
"After failing BPT twice, whilst studying at a different college, my confidence was massively knocked. Kieran was able to build my confidence back up, and made me believe that I could pass the exam. He taught me how to keep calm under pressure, which as someone who suffers from anxiety related to exams, was extremely important. I am a history graduate, and love writing. Turns out, BPT is not an exam for a beautiful essay. He consistently focused on exam technique, and writing simply to score marks. This encouraged me to cut out the additional information where I wasn’t scoring any marks, and was wasting time. Kieran was always on hand to answer any questions that I had related to the material, and also provided some very high-standard BPT notes. 5 classes with Kieran, and I secured 89% in BPT. Thank you so much!"
Devon (BPT resit student who passed first time with us with a score of 89%)
"ACA Masters helped me get 84 on my third attempt at BPT after getting in the low 50's two times in a row. The exam technique taught in the masterclass streamlined my performance and meant I had more time to write in the exam and made my points clearer instead of just constant ramblings.
I found the sessions useful because I learn better visually and audibly, so seeing a question being answered meant I could re-perform the style on my own. The focus on the more common areas of the technical content during tuition, as well as some tricky bits, was a really good balance.
The summary notes provided were the most useful tool provided, I used these as a base throughout question practice and added my own notes on top of them, it meant I was confident working from 50 pages instead of the 700 my college provided and I knew them inside and out.
The webinars were great because I could watch them on the go, so no revision time was lost throughout my normal working day, they were very handy to come back to if I didn't understand a practice question. At college we were taught to do one question at a time and mark it, this often left me discouraged if I under performed on a question, Kieran insisted on sitting each past paper under exam conditions, this meant I was doing at least 3 questions at a time, getting a wide coverage of the syllabus, and stormed through the question bank before the exam.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to other people as, especially for BPT, it is not the easiest to get to grips with because it is the first exam without a distinct mark system and to be fully open book (a testament to how hard it is!)"
Owen (BPT resit student who passed first time with us with a score of 84%)
"Just wanted to let you know my result – I PASSED! I got 80 and needless to say am over the moon. Just could not have done it without you. I fully intend on coming back to you, you were fantastic every step of the way. I won’t be sitting the final stage until post May 2019 so I really, really hope that when I come back and move onto the final set you are still around. Thank you SO much for everything, no prize winning here but so grateful that I actually passed – a huge relief off my shoulders. And such a great mark! The best I have gotten to date from professional upwards!"
Sophia (BPT student who passed first time with a score of 80%)
"I had failed BPT in two consecutive sittings and was wondering how I was going to gain the motivation to go at it a third time. A few lessons, six weeks and a third BPT exam later, I went from a 49 to a 74! The change really was drastic. The sessions were set up with a small group of students which provided a great balance. It was personal enough that I felt that Kieran could give me the attention I required, whilst also allowing me to gain a perspective of other people's struggles in some of the harder topics of each exam. Kieran even provided simplified open book exam notes that broke down the key areas of the exam into more manageable parts and pro-formas for many of the tougher areas, saving me time creating my own, and allowing me to quickly open these in the exam."
Josh (BPT resit student who passed first time with us with a score of 74%)
"This was my fourth attempt at BPT and by using ACA Masterclass I was able to really understand exam technique and breakdown the technical areas and mark allocation. By attending weekly two hour sessions , I was able to improve my timing and technique and the the added online webinars really cemented the knowledge required."
Zaynab (BPT fourth attempt student who passed first time with us)
To get you through your BPT exam, we offer live tuition, video tuition and one-to-one tuition. It is possible to combine different methods of tuition.
BPT Live Course
Our BPT course comprises six classes which are held on Saturdays. Each class focuses on a set of frequently examined topic areas and you will be taught: the key technical concepts; the most effective way to read, analyse and work through the exam paper; how to allocate your time to each part of the question; the key things to look out for in exam questions; how and when to use your open book notes; and most importantly, the specific technique you should use when generating points and typing your answer in the exam.
Tuition is extremely exam focused and we will work exclusively with past paper questions from recent exams, covering each type of BPT question to ensure that you get up to the required standard as soon as possible – rather than wasting time with ‘warm-up’ questions. Our unrivalled student success is very much due to the fact that our tuition predominately focuses on exam technique.
Our BPT Master Plan categorises all the past exam questions by topic, so that after each class you can go and practice your newly acquired exam technique skills on similar questions and watch your marks drastically improve (hopefully you will join our growing list of prize winners!)
You will also be coached on how to study effectively, how to structure your revision and be guided as to what you need to do to pass your ACA exams with strong marks.
The classes are structured as follows:
Income Tax, CGT and IHT
Corporation Tax - UK Aspects
Corporation Tax - International Aspects
Buying a Business and Exiting a Business
Mixed Topic Questions and Final Exam Technique Guidance
In advance of the course, you will be sent access to our online TC revision classes which cover the essential brought forward content from Professional Level. This enables class time to focus on the advanced areas and exam technique development.
There are two payment options for the BPT live course.
Option 1: Pay As You Go
Tuition fees are £150 per class.
Option 2: Full Course
For students attending all 6 classes, the tuition fee is reduced to £130 per class.
Therefore, the full cost of the course is £780.
The full course includes:
- Access to our BPT video classes which are used as a preparatory and revision resource (see below).
- Access to our online TC classes as most need a refresher on the brought forward content.
- Our Open Book Notes for use in the exam (see below).
- Our BPT Master Plan: a detailed step-by-step study plan (see below).
Tuition is held online. Online tuition operates in exactly the same way as face-to-face tuition. Our online classroom uses video conferencing (Zoom), virtual whiteboards and electronic study materials. Many students prefer online tuition as they feel more comfortable asking questions using the chat function and because it saves travel costs and time. Classes are recorded so that you can watch each class as many times as you need before your exam.
BPT Video Course
Our prize-winning Senior ACA Tutor Kieran Doe has recorded a BPT video course. The video course teaches the same content and exam techniques as the live course so offers a lower cost option whilst yielding the same benefits.
Each class focuses on a frequently examined topic and explains the key technical concepts in a simplified way, before demonstrating the optimal exam technique by tackling recent past exam questions in full. You will be taught the most efficient way to read, interpret and analyse the exam paper and most importantly, the specific technique you should use when generating points and typing your answer in the exam. This includes advice on how to allocate your time to each part of the question and how to make effective use of the open book notes.
Having understood the technical content and exactly how you should be approaching a particular type of BPT exam question, you can then go and attempt similar past exam questions to put these prize-winning exam technique skills to the test and watch your marks drastically improve - hopefully you will join our growing list of prize winners! Our BPT Master Plan (see below) categorises all the past exam questions by topic to make it easy for you to practice similar questions after each class. This enables you to conquer BPT by mastering one area at a time.
The course is structured so that it covers each examinable area and each type of BPT exam question. As there is a substantial amount of assumed knowledge for every BPT topic, we have included our TC tutorials as part of the course. We suggest that you watch the classes in the order set out below. However, if you are already comfortable on a particular topic then you may want to skip the TC revision class.
You can watch the course introduction and one of the classes below.
The course structure is as follows:
TC: Basics and Business Structures
TC: Income Tax - Employment and NI
BPT: Income Tax - Employment and NI
BPT: Employment Intermediaries (Personal Service Companies)
TC: Income Tax - Trading and NI
TC: Income Tax - Partnerships
TC: Income Tax - Trading Losses
BPT: Income Tax - Trading Losses
TC: Income Tax - Pensions
BPT: Income Tax - Pensions
BPT: Venture Capital Investment
TC: Income Tax - International
BPT: Income Tax - International
TC: CGT - Basics
TC: CGT - Reliefs
BPT: CGT - Reliefs
TC: CGT - International
BPT: CGT - International
BPT: IHT - GWROB and Will Variation
BPT: CGT, IHT and Trusts - Interaction and Planning
BPT: Advanced Topics - IFA, R&D, Patent Box
TC: Losses and Groups
BPT: Losses, Groups and Consortia
BPT: Close Companies
BPT: International Structure
BPT: PE Incorporation and Migration
BPT: International Anti-Avoidance
Common Exam Scenarios
Starting a Business
Changing Business Structure (sample class below)
Buying a Business
Exiting a Business: Unincorporated Sale
Exiting a Business: Incorporated Sale
Exiting a Business: Liquidation
Exiting a Business: Company Repurchases Shares
Mixed Topic Questions
VAT and Stamp Duty Revision
VAT - Basics
VAT - International
VAT - Groups
VAT - Property and Capital Goods Scheme
You can watch the course introduction and one of the classes below.
You can purchase an individual BPT class for £30 by clicking on the 'rent' icon below. You can then watch the class as many times as you need to ensure that you have understood the technical principles and mastered the exam techniques taught during the class. You can stream the classes directly below and view them on any device which has internet connection within the 72 hour viewing period. If you require access for longer than 72 hours, we suggest that you opt for the Full Course Offer - see below for details.
Full Course Offer
Please note that our study materials are sold separately - see below.
If you are struggling with a particular area, then one-to-one tuition is also available. We suggest that one-to-one tuition is used to supplement the tuition provided during the live or video classes to address any specific areas where you require intensive support.
Tuition fees are £95 per hour.
Please contact us here for availability.
Study Materials and Open Book Notes
Our prize-winning ACA tutor, Kieran Doe, has developed our unique BPT materials which include technical notes specifically designed for use in the exam, master plans and exam technique guidance.
BPT Technical Notes
Our BPT technical notes concisely summarise the technical content so that you can quickly look up the information you need in the exam. The notes include a 'Common Exam Scenario' section which has reminders of the points to consider including in your answer for the most frequently examined scenarios e.g. capital disposal planning, incorporation, buying a business.
A small sample can be found at the bottom of this page. Student feedback can be found at the top of this page.
BPT Master Plans
To ensure that you use your study time as effectively as possible, we have broken the syllabus down into examinable topics so that you can allocate your time to specific examinable topics. For each topic, we have listed the recent past exam questions which examined the topic. There is also a reference to how frequently the topic is examined, the extent to which it is examined and the BPT video class which demonstrates the exact exam technique to use for that type of question.
Exam Technique Guidance
We have included our valuable exam technique guidance which contains detailed advice on how you should approach each exam question in order to score top marks.
Kieran has worked through the December 2020 exam in full so you see exactly what you can realistically produce within the time limit and under exam conditions. The ICAEW Question Bank answers are not what students are expected to produce. You can watch Kieran work through an exam question in the sample class from the video course (above).
Payment and Delivery
The price for the full package of our BPT materials is £45. You can purchase below; if you wish to use another payment method then please contact us.
Once payment has been received, you will receive the materials via email within 48 hours. Please ensure that you check your junk mail in case your email settings divert our email to junk.