Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Face-to-face training from autumn 2021

We know many students are keen to return to the classroom, but we are ever mindful of those who still have reservations about travel and the idea of mixing with others.

As such, we have devised an autumn programme that includes some optional face-to-face sessions, as well as online learning.

Which modules will have face-to-face sessions?

We will be offering a face-to-face option for the first day of classes for the modules listed below:

  • Management Accounting (MA)
  • Financial Accounting (FA)
  • Audit and Assurance (AA)
  • Company Financial Reporting (CFR)
  • Public Sector Financial Reporting (PSFR)
  • Strategic Public Finance (SPF)
  • Strategy and Policy Development (SPD)

The first four modules listed have been chosen because they are typically the first modules that students will tackle. Therefore, we want to give students the opportunity, should they wish, of meeting each other and their tutors and to generally ‘find their feet’ during those early days. The other three modules have been chosen due to their complexity; we want to ensure students have provision for in-person training and be able to build support networks.

We are also offering face-to-face revision options for all CIPFA PQ and Level 7 apprenticeship modules.

Where will the sessions be held?

The delivery locations are London, Birmingham and Manchester. The ‘day one’ module and revision sessions have been scheduled where we believe there will be the highest demand.

We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s preferences, but as it is difficult to predict demand, we may need to make changes if we have particularly low or high demand for certain days.

Booking sessions

Once your module group has been booked, you will receive an email with optional, alternative dates for the face-to-face sessions(s) and instructions for booking.

We will be allocating students to the face-to-face sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do our best to accommodate everyone.

The future

With many of us adjusting to new ways of working (and studying), we have taken this opportunity to review how we deliver our qualification.

We are actively reviewing how we teach, with a view to introducing some changes from 2022 to coincide with the launch of our updated syllabus. This means exploring hybrid learning, combining the benefits of improved remote learning with options for some face-to-face classes, to give you the best possible experience.

We will, of course, be seeking your feedback and input on all of this, so stay tuned for further updates from CETC and via the CIPFA Student Network newsletter.