Passing the BPT Paper

Jenny Gilbert has some top tips on how to get through this tough exam As the final tax paper in the ICAEW qualification, BPT can seem pretty daunting. It’s designed (along with Business Strategy) as a ‘bridge’ between the Professional and Advanced stage, and involves developing your professional skills, along with learning significant amounts of more

Avoiding The Traps

Sally Chapman offers some top tips on passing the Advanced Taxation paper As BPP’s P6 Advanced Taxation subject matter expert I can’t actually sit your exam for you, but I can offer you my top tips for ensuring your success. Strong assumed knowledge Sadly, many students’ assumed F6 knowledge is simply not good enough. Perhaps more


Experienced senior tutor Nitin Rabheru offers some tips on passing the AAT Level 4 Business Tax Exam.   Many students find the Level 4 tax exams challenging. However, with an effective study and revision plan you can significantly increase your chances of passing. From the outset it is vital you familiarise yourself with the terminology more

Tax teacher Nitin feeling humble following ‘Lecturer of the Year’ PQ Magazine award success

A tax and accountancy tutor at BPP Professional Education says winning a 2017 PQ Magazine Award is the “pinnacle” of his career. Nitin Rabheru, 43, was awarded ‘Lecturer of the Year’ for the private sector at February’s winners’ ceremony, held in London. Admitting to feeling shocked to even be nominated, Nitin was completely overwhelmed to more

The New Insolvency Rules – Are You Ready?

The new Insolvency rules come into force on 6 April 2017 and will see the biggest change in the insolvency regime since 1986. Here Insolvency expert Charanjit Uppal examines the industry impact and outlines the five biggest changes. more

The new UK Financial Reporting framework

Update yourself with the new UK Financial Reporting framework. Significant changes are taking place in the UK with all current FRS and SSAP being replaced by a new accounting framework FRS 102. more

Leading professional services firms join together to enable more apprenticeships

Leading professional services and industry employers, professional bodies and training providers have come together to develop a new apprenticeship standard for the audit, accountancy and tax professions. The new standard has been developed to provide school leavers with a further route into the sector and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours that they need to more

Margins, not market share

A fascinating survey entitled ‘Maintaining Margins While Staying Vigilant’ was recently released by FERF and Protiviti. FERF is the non-profit research affiliate of Financial Executives International and Protiviti is a global consulting firm focusing on finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. These two organisation carry out insightful research each year as to what more

Leases on the Loose

Special report on leases concludes that the distinction between operating leases and finance leases that is required by present standards is arbitrary and unsatisfactory. The main deficiency being that they do not provide for the recognition in lessees’ balance sheets of material assets and liabilities arising from operating leases. Date: 1996 and published by the more

The new leases standard: IFRS 16 Leases Finally published.

After many years of waiting, IFRS 16 Leases has finally been published in January 2016.  The new leases standard will have a significant impact on those with major assets under operating lease. Assets under operating lease will be capitalised resulting in both an asset and liability being recognised in the financial statements.  This could impact more

Alan Rickman: a week to Die Hard (in bonds)

This week we mourn the loss of 69 year old entertainment great: Alan Rickman. An accomplished stage and film actor, he may be most remembered for some of his villainous roles such as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Perhaps his greatest role is as the foil to the hero, John McClane more

Financial Modelling Training at BPP

Financial Modelling Training at BPP Do you use excel? Most people whose jobs involve them sitting at a desk will use Microsoft excel from time to time. Many jobs require extensive use of excel, and the ability to use some of the more advanced functionality can be essential. It is a tool that has been more

Are you ready for FRS 102?

UK GAAP as we know it is changing. Any entity currently using UK GAAP now needs to transition to a new source of accounting guidance; the single standard FRS 102. BPP have developed a range of courses to help you develop knowledge of the topic, We are more than half way through the 2 year more

Accountants put the ‘fun’ in function

This time of year is full of Christmas parties, and the usual levels of mingling. After a while, small talk inevitably reaches the question ‘What do you do for a living?’, at which point not very many people are too excited to hear the answer accountant! Very rarely do I get a ‘Wow that must more

The right study environment? Study Tips #6

Week 6 of BPP's study tips series uncovers the importance of a comfortable study environment. Follow the conversation on twitter with #bppstudytips. The people and objects of your study environment have a massive impact on your productivity. more

Exercise for your mind – Study Tips #5

Exercise improves learning by increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain, enhancing energy production and waste removal. It also increases the level of brain chemicals known as growth factors, which help replenish brain cells and establish new connections that help us learn. more

The E-Business Generation

It would be hard to study for any professional qualification in modern times without encountering the wonderful term of e-business – defined as: ‘altering business processes through the use of internet technology’. When teaching I have always wondered why this, the most interesting of subjects to me, failed to provoke the same level of excitement more

Drink yourself smarter – Study Tips #4

What you drink can be just as important as what you eat and how well you sleep when it comes to enhancing brain activity, so next time you go to the kitchen to make a brew, we want you to consider what effects the liquids you consume will be having on your work performance. more

Which music should you study to? – Study Tips #3

Brew a pot of coffee, crank up the tunes, and knuckle down to some good ol’-fashioned studying. You may not be surprised to hear that many students actually prepare for their exams this way. However, is it the most productive method? Studies have shown that certain types of background noise can disrupt your concentration. This includes low-level noise in the home, people talking, your neighbour playing trance music at 3am… so it’s important to tailor your study environment to enhance your learning. more

Sleep your way to success – Study Tips #2

Studying. It's not always that much fun is it. There’s always something good on TV, some cleaning to be done, or friends wanting to try “the best burritos in town” at that new restaurant. Before you know it the evening has disappeared and you need to cram in a couple of hour's revision lest you fall behind. As a result, you end up getting five hours sleep, are exhausted and irritable the next day and ultimately too tired to study that evening. You sit and watch The Apprentice whilst worrying about how to cram all that information into your head. more