Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) course at BPP University



BPP University offers Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) courses that is ideal for tax professionals.

The Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is seen as the gold standard for tax professionals. During the course, you’ll develop a thorough knowledge of taxes and have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your specialist area.

BPP Professional Education prepares you for exams that are assessed and awarded by The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT. The CTA course is provided by BPP Professional Education and is not a course provided by BPP University.

Key Information

  • Develop practical skills and knowledge on all aspects of taxation
  • Expert tutors dedicated to helping you pass your exams
  • BPP Online Classroom Live allows you to study when you want

What to study

Your choice of CTA papers depends on what you’re doing now and what you’re planning on doing in the future. Choose your advisory papers first – this will determine which modules to take at Awareness level.

The ‘General Practice’ Route

This is the most popular route through the qualification. It is particularly suited for those who are going to be advising businesses and their owners on all areas of taxation.

These are the papers you need to take if you choose this route:

The ‘Corporate Specialist’ Route

This is usually the preferred choice for those working in a corporation tax advisory role or those interested in group reorganisations or international aspects of corporate tax.

These are the papers you need to take if you choose this route:

Entry requirements

You will usually be eligible to sit the CTA exams if you have passed one of the following prior qualifications:

  • The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • The Institute of Indirect Taxation (IIT)

Students who have passed various Inland Revenue or HMRC internal training examinations will also be eligible. In addition, there are a number of other examinations or courses which provide eligibility

Key dates

The following dates are the key dates for the CTA exams.

May exams

Registration with CIOT End of October
Exam entry End of February
Exam May
Results July

October exams

Registration with CIOT End of April
Exam entry End of August
Exam November
Results January


The CIOT offer a number of exemptions depending on your prior qualifications.

Please see the CTA prospectus for further information on registration, exam entry, exemptions and details of the fees payable.

Resit Options

If you missed out this time, you don’t have to give up. You can keep coming back for a free course until you pass with Lifetime Pass Assurance.

“Some of our Online Classroom Live revision courses run in the evenings from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, so they are ideal for re-sit students who don’t have much holiday or study leave available. They are delivered live over the internet at scheduled times and they are fully interactive – you can see your tutor in real time, ask questions, get instant tutor feedback, interact with your fellow students via online forums and re-watch or catch up on any live lectures you miss – just a few of the reasons BPP’s OCR Live was voted “study resource of the year” by PQ Magazine. All of our Online Classroom Live revision courses are recorded for maximum flexibility”

Free pass assurance scheme

For added peace of mind, all CTA students and students attempting the CTA joint qualification paper are given free Lifetime Pass Assurance, meaning you can come back on as many courses as you need for the same paper until you pass.

To qualify you need to:

  • Attend a taught and revision course (mixing and matching between in centre and OCR Live is fine)
  • Submit your course exams, pre revision mock exams (if applicable) and revision mock exam(s) by their due date
  • Score at least 30% in the course exams and pre revision mock exams (if applicable) and at least 40% in your mock exam(s)