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Pensions administration

FA2 (10 Certificate credits)

The objective of this unit is to develop an understanding and knowledge of life and pensions issues, together with detailed guidance on the administration of these classes of business.

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Study material testing period

2017–18 editions are applicable to exams sat from 01 September 2017 to 31 August 2018.

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Enrolment – 2017–18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

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Enrolment for FA2 includes: study text (printed + ebook) with updates, RevisionMate, exam guide and exam entry

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Enrolment for FA2 includes: study text (printed + ebook) with updates, RevisionMate, exam guide and exam entry

This includes a printed study text and ebook (available on RevisionMate) with electronic updates. Updates will be made available for the examination period to which the study text relates (further details are included on the title page of the study text). Developed to assist you in understanding and learning the exam syllabus, the text breaks down the syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly defined learning outcomes and a series of self-test questions.

RevisionMate
You will have access to an unrivalled suite of online services to support your studies through our RevisionMate study tool. Please note: Access is granted until 31 Aug 2018 when this study text enrolment expires.

Support typically includes a study planner, a knowledge check (multiple-choice test) facility covering each chapter, student discussion forum, the latest examination guide and hints and tips on how to pass the exam. Full details will be provided with your study text.

Exam entry
Exams can be booked at the point of enrolment or at a later date.

ebooks ebooks are compatible with most portable electronic devices including Android tablets/smart phones, Kindles and iPads/iPhones. They can also be viewed on desktop and laptop computers using appropriate EPUB/Kindle reader software (required).

ebooks are not pdf files and cannot be printed. The reading experience will depend on the portable device used or the reading software installed, if viewed on a computer.

Please note:

  • ebooks are not pdf files and cannot be printed.
  • the reading experience will depend on the portable device used or the reading software installed, if viewed on a computer.

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Key fact booklet (printed and ebook) – 2017–18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Summarising the key information contained in the study text, key fact booklets and e-key fact booklets are perfect for studying when travelling to and from work or in situations when reading a study text is impractical. As part of your purchase a free ebook version of this key fact booklet is included on RevisionMate.

e-key fact booklets
e-key fact booklets are compatible with most portable electronic devices including Android tablets/smart phones, Kindles and iPads/iPhones, using appropriate ereader software.

They can also be viewed on desktop and laptop computers using appropriate EPUB/Kindle reader software (required).

Please note:
• e-key fact booklets are not pdf files and cannot be printed.
• the reading experience will depend on the portable device used or the reading software installed, if viewed on a computer.

Sample chapter download
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• Free sample chapters

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Upgrade your study text (printed and ebook) to the next edition

We offer the option for you to extend the life of your enrolment once your course has expired and receive the next edition of the study text together with electronic updates. This option is renewable on an annual basis.

Introduction

CII qualifications involve the completion of one or more units, each covering an individually assessed topic. Assessment methods vary and depend on a unit's level and subject matter.


Assessment methods include:

  • Multiple-choice exams - the assessment method for Award, Certificate, and financial services 'R0' Diploma units assessed in the UK. Exams are delivered on-screen at a network of over 40 public centres across the UK. Sittings are available year-round, often on a weekly basis.
  • Written exams - the assessment method for some Diploma and Advanced Diploma units and all units examined outside the UK. Sittings are typically available twice-yearly in April and October at over 50 public centres throughout the UK and over 100 public centres outside the UK.
  • Coursework assessment - available for a select number of Advanced Diploma in Insurance units and the financial services unit (J09) Paraplanning, coursework assessment involves the completion of three written assignments during a 12 month period.
  • Mixed assessment - Initially introduced for unit (P92) Insurance business and finance, this has been extended to units (P05) Insurance law, (P80) Underwriting practice, (P81) Insurance broking practice and (P85) Claims practice from April 2015 and and will be extended to all Diploma in Insurance units by April 2018 (unit codes begin with the letter M). This involves the successful completion of both a coursework assignment and a multiple-choice exam. This has an 18 month enrolment period.
  • Dissertation assessment - available for the Advanced Diploma unit 991 London market insurance specialisation. This involves the submission of a dissertation proposal and an 11,000 word dissertation. This has an 18 month enrolment period. This unit should only be taken by those who have access to the necessary information and people in the London Market.

Find out more

It is essential that candidates familiarise themselves with the guidelines and instructions which are shown on the CII website under the relevant units. In addition candidates should familiarise themselves with the coursework and dissertation policies as well as exam policies (before the assessment) and notes to results (after the assessment).

Certificate in Regulated Financial Services Operations units

Learning solutions update

These updates are Learning Solutions updates for study purposes.

2018-19 edition

Chancellor's Budget/Statement and tax table updates:

Pdf icon small Spring Statement 2018

2017-18 edition

Pdf icon small FA2 2017-18 edition changes

Pdf icon small Finance No. 2 Act 2017 Summary

Study text updates:

Pdf icon small FA2_2017_18_Web_update_03_14-02-2018

Pdf icon small FA2_2017_18_Web_update_02_24-10-2017

Pdf icon small FA2_2017_18_Web_update_01_18-08-2017

Chancellor's Budget/Statement and tax table updates:

Pdf icon small Budget Summary Autumn 2017

Pdf icon small Budget Summary Spring 2017

Pdf icon small Update to budget summary 17-03-2017

 Other information:

Pdf icon small Financial services current editions

 

Qualification update

Testing Position

  • Examinations are based on the published syllabus. Syllabuses are available free of charge on the CII website www.cii.co.uk or on request.
  • Candidates will be examined on the basis of law and practice in England unless otherwise stated.
  • The FA2 examination consists of 50 multiple choice questions (MCQs). 1 hour is allowed for this examination.
  • The general rule is that the new tax year and changes arising from the Finance Act will be examined from 1 September each year. Other changes, not related to the Finance Act, will not be examined earlier than 3 months after they come into effect.
  • Candidates must keep up to date with legislative and industry changes that occur.

Tax year

  • The tax year 2017/2018 will be examined from 1 September 2017 until 31 August 2018.

MiFID II 

MiFID II comes into effect on 3 January 2018 and examinations will be reflective of the directive from 3 April 2018. Questions will be tested on the non-MiFID position unless otherwise stated.

EU referendum

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU).

The UK Government invoked 'Article 50' of the Lisbon Treaty on 29 March 2017. In doing so, the two-year negotiation period which will result in Britain leaving the EU began. This means that, at the time of publication, the UK's membership of the EU will cease on 29 March 2019.

Until this final 'withdrawal agreement' is entered into, the UK will continue to be a full member of the EU, compliant with all current rules and regulations, and firms must continue to abide by their obligations under UK law, including those derived from the EU, and continue with the implementation of all legislation that is still to come into effect.

The longer term impact of the decision to leave the EU on the UK's overall regulatory framework will depend, in part, on the relationship agreed between the UK Government and the EU to replace the UK's current membership at the end of the 'Article 50' negotiation period.

Please note: The UK decision to leave the European Union will have no impact on the 2017- 2018 CII syllabuses or exams. Changes that may affect future exam syllabuses will be announced as they arise. 

Money Purchase Annual Allowance

The Government has announced that the second 2017 Finance Bill to be introduced in the autumn will legislate for policies, such as the reduction of the Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA), that have already been announced as applying from the start of the tax year 2017/2018.  The dates of application will be retained and applied as originally announced.  Examinations from the 1 September 2017 onwards will, therefore, test on the basis that the reduced MPAA applies for the 2017/2018 tax year.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018.  Examinations will be reflective of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 from 25 May 2018.

 

 

Exam guide update

The FA2 Examination Guide for exams from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018 was first published in June 2017. Any questions which have been amended since the examination guide was first published will appear below.

 

Question 45 - amended 11.09.17

 

Assessment information

It is important that candidates entering for a CII assessment familiarise themselves with our service, in particular the rules and procedures that are in place.