VAT Compliance Diploma

Our training programme for the VAT Compliance Diploma helps you to prepare thoroughly. Study with our proven study programmes and benefit from our expertise in tax and training.

  • Features & Benefits
  • The Qualification
  • Timings
  • A first qualification in VAT

    Diplomas are online examinations, designed to build on little, or no, previous knowledge and develop your expertise in specific areas of tax. They are ideal if you work in tax, in industry, commerce or the professions. And they are perfect if you have an interest in tax and are looking for an entry-level qualification.

    Professional development, personal speed

    The modular format splits each diploma into four manageable chunks of learning and testing, followed by a final full diploma exam. So you can work at your own pace.

    With Tolley Diploma Training you get:

    • Successful tax exam training from tax specialists
    • A mix of online and distance learning courses
    • Targeted study packages to help focus your studies
    • The Tolley Online Academy & App, so you can study wherever you are
    • Support from our dedicated tutorial and client services team

    Easy online application

    Sign up today, using our online application form. It's straightforward and so much simpler than paper forms.

  • The VAT Compliance Diploma is accredited by The Association of Taxation  Technicians

    These are the examination details:

    The Qualification

    Diplomas consist of four modular tests and a final full diploma exam. All of the modular tests and final full diploma exam are carried out online via the Tolley Online Exam Centre available through Tolley Online Academy. The modular tests are one hour long and the final full diploma exam is 90 minutes with all questions being a multiple choice style. You can sit the exams at any time that suits you.

    Whilst it is only the result of the final full diploma exam that entitles students to receive the actual Diploma certificate, you must pass all of the four modular tests before you are allowed to sit the final full diploma exam.

    VCD Renewal Exam

    The VAT Compliance Diploma is offered by the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and is valid for two years. After this period you will need to contact the ATT to apply for a renewal. You will need to confirm with them that you have kept up-to-date with your Continuing Professional Development requirement. This is done through an online multiple choice exam accessible through the Online Exam Centre. The Association will inform you that you need to take the online test roughly 2 months before your renewal is due.

    The renewal exam consists of 24 questions, and you need to answer 12 correctly to pass. Should you not pass at the first attempt, you can sit again. You only pay one fee, regardless of the number of attempts at the renewal exam.

    For further details and to register with the Association please see the Association's website at http://www.att.org.uk/students/att-vat-compliance-diploma

    Study Material

    To study for your Diploma you will receive the following study package:

    • Study manual written on the basis of no prior knowledge in an easy to follow style. With worked illustrations and examples for you to try
    • Question bank for you to practice what you have learnt in the study manual and consolidate your understanding
    • Audio visual lectures that follow your study manual to view via the Tolley Online Academy or replayed as MP3 files
    • Access to the Tolley Online Academy, which contains all your study material online to help you study when it suits you. You also have access to student and tutor forums
    • Tolley Online Exam Centre with mock assignments for you to try plus the modular tests and the final full diploma exam
    • Tutor support to answer your queries either via the forums on the Academy or via email 
    • How to Pass booklet explaining how to start your studies and the best way to study to achieve success in your diploma exams

    Modular tests

    The chapters in your study manual are split into modules A, B, C and D. This is clearly detailed on the contents pages of your manual.

    After studying the chapters within a particular module you will have the technical knowledge to attempt the online mock assignment followed by the modular test.

    You can access the online mock assignments and modular tests on the Online Exam Centre through the Online Academy. The online mock assignments comprise 30 multiple choice questions for each module. You should attempt these before attempting the modular test. The online mock assignments replicate the modular test environment.

    We recommend you study the modules in the correct order and only proceed to the next module once you have successfully completed both the online mock assignment and the modular test of the particular module you have been studying.

    Each modular test is one hour long and comprises 30 multiple choice questions. The questions only test the material in the chapters for the module being examined. It is important that you allocate an uninterrupted hour to the examination as you will be "timed out" at the end of the hour.

    If you fail to achieve the required mark we recommend you revisit your study manual and consolidate your knowledge further. You may take a modular test as many times as you wish, but not within 4 weeks of an unsuccessful attempt.

    Full final diploma examination

    After successful completion of all four modular tests you are entitled to sit the final full diploma exam.

    The final full diploma exam is also an online multiple choice exam that you access from the Online Exam Centre.

    The final full diploma exam is 90 minutes long and comprises 45 multiple choice questions. The questions can cover any of the material examined within the four modules. It is important that you allocate an uninterrupted 90 minutes to the examination as you will be "timed out" at the end of that time.

    If you fail to achieve the required mark in the final full diploma exam we recommend you revisit your study manual and consolidate your knowledge further.

    You may only take the final full diploma exam three times and these attempts must be within two years of passing the fourth modular test. The 45 questions are selected at random from a bank of questions. If you sit the exam a second time it will be quite different to your first attempt.

    There is also an online full mock exam as a final practice before sitting the final full diploma exam. You can access the full mock exam from the same Online Exam Centre. The full mock exam covers all four modules and comprises 30 questions. You should attempt this before attempting the final full diploma exam.

    Registration

    For the VAT Compliance Diploma you must register as a Diploma student with the Association as well as with Tolley Exam Training. For further details please see the Assocation's website http://www.att.org.uk/students/att-vat-compliance-diplomaa

    Exam entry 

    Once you are registered as a student you are entitled to sit the modular tests.

    Once you have passed all four modular tests, you will need to pay an exam entrance fee of £40 direct to the Association to be able to sit the final full diploma examination.

    You will be emailed full details of the exam entry procedure once all modular tests have been passed.

    Permitted texts

    You may use certain publications for the VAT Compliance Diploma exams such as the Tolley's Yellow and Orange Handbooks.

    Publications brought into the exams must be original bound copies. Students may use "post-its" and write on these what is being flagged – i.e. the name of the Act, Section etc

    Students can also underline, sideline and highlight, plus they can write their names in the books. No other markings may be made and no additional material can be inserted into the books.

    Students are not allowed to make any markings other than those detailed above, nor use adhesive labels, nor insert any material.

    This information is detailed in the Statement of Practice available on the Online Exam Centre  and the Association's website

    Your How to Pass booklet contains detail about how to use the Tolley Tax Handbooks (or "legislation" as it is commonly referred to).

    Pass Mark

    To pass a modular test you need to get 18 out of the 30 questions correct.

    To pass the final full diploma exam you need to get 30 out of the 45 questions correct.

    At the end of the modular tests and final full diploma exam the computerised system will calculate your mark and inform you whether you have been successful.

    You will not be told which questions you have got right – you either pass or fail.

    Results

    You will be informed of your result immediately after the end of each modular test or final full diploma examination. You will not be told which questions you have got right – it is either a pass or fail.

    When you have passed all four modules and the final full diploma exam, you will receive an email inviting you to apply for your formal diploma certificate.

  • Study and revise for your VAT Compliance diploma with Tolley Exam Training. You choose the timing of your study and your examinations.

    It's easy to enrol on line here.

    Key Dates

    Sit each of the four modular exams and the final exam at a time to suit you.

    You may take a modular test as many times as you wish, but not within 4 weeks of an unsuccessful attempt.

    You may only take the final full diploma exam three times and these attempts must be within two years of passing the fourth modular test.

    The FA2016 Study Material will be examined throughout the calendar year 2017. The earliest sitting of the FA2016 Diploma exams on the Online Exam Centre will be mid January 2017.

    In early January 2018, the Online Exam Centre will be closed whilst the question bank is updated to FA2017. You will no longer be able to sit the Diploma exams under FA2016 from this date. Updated Study Material will be available in November 2017 to purchase for those wishing to sit the Diploma exams in calendar year 2018.

How to Apply Online

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