ACA/CTA Joint Programme

Achieve both the ACA and the CTA in three to four years with the ICAEW and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) Joint Programme. Ideal for students who want to specialise in one of three areas of tax.

  • Optimised study time reducing overlap of topics
  • Cost effective way of gaining two highly valued qualifications
  • Guaranteed Pass Scheme

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Important notice: Coronavirus

In light of the current situation, all tuition courses for the May 2021 ATT and CTA exams will be run as Online Tuition Live (OTL).  We will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether it is safe to run a reduced number of face to face revision courses from April 2021 onwards.

All 2021 ADIT tuition and revision courses will now be run as Online Tuition Live (OTL).

See our FAQS for further information


Students and employers usually decide to enter the Joint Programme at the start of their studies. However, ACA students can join the Joint Programme, provided they have not yet sat the Business Planning: Taxation module.

  • You must register first as an ACA student before you can apply for the Joint Programme
  • When you have received your ACA student number, you can register with the CIOT

Tolley are the only tuition provider to offer material and courses for all  CTA Advanced Technical papers, Application and Professional Skills papers, and ADIT paper 2.09.  All of which can be taken as part of the ACA/CTA Joint programme.

If you have any queries about any aspect of your studies, please give us a call.

Telephone: 020 3364 4500

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Study options

One of the reasons for our students’ excellent exam results is the wide range of study options that we offer.

Guaranteed Pass Scheme

Ensuring you have the ability and confidence to pass first time with Tolley.
The scheme combines our tuition and revision courses. All eligible students enrolled on this programme will be given one free distance learning and revision course, if, in the unlikely event, they fail their examinations.


Distance learning and revision course

Distance learning

Study in your own time, at your own pace. When you sign up for a distance learning course, you will receive a wealth of targeted material written by our own tutors.

Taught classes

Kick start your studies by attending our taught classroom courses. Presented by experienced tutors, these classes explain technical topics in a straightforward way, focusing on the key areas for the examination.

Online Tuition Live

Benefit from live tuition from our expert tutors from the comfort of your own home or office. This covers the same content as our classroom sessions and is delivered online in half-day sessions for some of our taught courses.

Revision courses

Fine tune your technical knowledge and practice your exam technique with our question-based revision. Maximise your knowledge with a course that focuses on question practice and best approach.

Pass rates

We are confident our pass rates will continue to significantly surpass the national average and our wide range of study options help to achieve this.

Our CTA May 2019 pass rates

Tolley Exam Training*National Average
Awareness91% 76%
Technical69% 49%
Application74% 56%

* Pass rates for those enrolled on the Guaranteed Pass Scheme

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I do the joint programme, rather than pass the qualifications individually?

The programme cuts down the number of papers, saving you time while allowing you to achieve both qualifications. It also allows you to specialise in tax from the start of your studies.

When do I become an ICAEW/CIOT member?

The rules around becoming a member of the ICAEW and CIOT remain the same, regardless of the route chosen. Students can apply for membership once they have three years’ relevant professional experience and have passed the relevant papers.

What modules do I need to study?

You need to study 14 out of the 15 ACA modules and choose one specialist CTA Advanced Technical Paper. The CTA Specialist paper is sat instead the ACA Professional Level Business Planning: Taxation module. You then take one further CTA paper together with the Ethics computer based exam to gain the CTA qualification.

How long does the Joint Programme take to complete?

Students can take as little as three to four years to complete the Joint Programme, depending on work load, course dates and exam results. Less time is spent out the office and more on studies relevant to your employment.

For more information about the Joint Programme qualification and examinations, visit the Institute’s website at