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Paraplanning

J09 (30 Diploma credits)

This unit has been developed to help paraplanners develop and demonstrate their ability to understand the role of the paraplanner in providing financial services, and evaluate and analyse the customer's financial circumstances to provide potential solutions.

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Enrolment includes everything you need for a single fee: study text with updates, online study support and marking of coursework assignments.

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Members get access to a range of benefits, including quality CPD and discounts on CII exams.


Coursework assessment

Members
£408.00
Non-members
£496.00
Coursework with printed study text – 2017/18 edition

This is a self-study course developed to assist you in understanding and learning the exam syllabus. It includes the provision of a study text and electronic updates for 12 months from the date of purchase and marking of coursework assignments (see important note below for details of re-submission fees).

Have you read our guidelines and instructions? We recommended you do so before enrolling.

As part of your study enrolment you will gain access to the following study support:

  • Exam unit syllabus  - this sets out the learning outcomes that will be assessed in the coursework and lists other published material in the form of additional reading, reference works and periodicals.
  • Hardcopy study text  - this breaks down the exam syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly defined learning outcomes and a series of self-test questions.
  • Electronic study text  - an online version of your study text.
  • Study text updates  - updates for 12 months from the date of purchase.
  • Coursework guide - providing practical guidance on how to tackle assignments, the guide contains: 3 sample questions with direction on key syllabus areas to include in answers; and a sample question and full assignment answer which does not meet the minimum pass standard, with comments on how this could be improved.
  • Course chat and discussion forums  - discuss issues relating to the unit content with other students using the online chat and discussion forums.

Candidates must complete and pass three written assignments, including any re-sits, during the 12 month enrolment period to achieve a pass in the unit. Assignments are each up to 3,000 words in length and candidates must score a minimum of 65% in each.

Important notes

  • Should a candidate fail an assignment, a re-submission fee of £127 member/£174 non-member applies.
  • If all three assignments are not completed within the 12 month period, candidates will need to re-enrol and complete three new assignments.

Coursework with printed study text – 2017/18 edition

This is a self-study course developed to assist you in understanding and learning the exam syllabus. It includes the provision of a study text and electronic updates for 12 months from the date of purchase and marking of coursework assignments (see important note below for details of re-submission fees).

Have you read our guidelines and instructions? We recommended you do so before enrolling.

As part of your study enrolment you will gain access to the following study support:

  • Exam unit syllabus  - this sets out the learning outcomes that will be assessed in the coursework and lists other published material in the form of additional reading, reference works and periodicals.
  • Hardcopy study text  - this breaks down the exam syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly defined learning outcomes and a series of self-test questions.
  • Electronic study text  - an online version of your study text.
  • Study text updates  - updates for 12 months from the date of purchase.
  • Coursework guide - providing practical guidance on how to tackle assignments, the guide contains: 3 sample questions with direction on key syllabus areas to include in answers; and a sample question and full assignment answer which does not meet the minimum pass standard, with comments on how this could be improved.
  • Course chat and discussion forums  - discuss issues relating to the unit content with other students using the online chat and discussion forums.

Candidates must complete and pass three written assignments, including any re-sits, during the 12 month enrolment period to achieve a pass in the unit. Assignments are each up to 3,000 words in length and candidates must score a minimum of 65% in each.

Important notes

  • Should a candidate fail an assignment, a re-submission fee of £127 member/£174 non-member applies.
  • If all three assignments are not completed within the 12 month period, candidates will need to re-enrol and complete three new assignments.
Members
£408.00
Non-members
£496.00
Coursework assessment including ebook study text with updates

This is a self-study course developed to assist you in understanding and learning the exam syllabus. It includes the provision of an ebook study text and electronic updates for 12 months from the date of purchase and marking of coursework assignments (see important note below for details of re-submission fees). More information on ebook study texts can be found here.

Have you read our guidelines and instructions? We recommended you do so before enrolling.

As part of your study enrolment you will gain access to the following study support:

  • Exam unit syllabus  - this sets out the learning outcomes that will be assessed in the coursework and lists other published material in the form of additional reading, reference works and periodicals.
  • Hardcopy study text  - this breaks down the exam syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly defined learning outcomes and a series of self-test questions.
  • Electronic study text  - an online version of your study text.
  • Study text updates  - updates for 12 months from the date of purchase.
  • Coursework guide - providing practical guidance on how to tackle assignments, the guide contains: 3 sample questions with direction on key syllabus areas to include in answers; and a sample question and full assignment answer which does not meet the minimum pass standard, with comments on how this could be improved.
  • Course chat and discussion forums  - discuss issues relating to the unit content with other students using the online chat and discussion forums.

Candidates must complete and pass three written assignments, including any re-sits, during the 12 month enrolment period to achieve a pass in the unit. Assignments are each up to 3,000 words in length and candidates must score a minimum of 65% in each.

Important notes

  • Should a candidate fail an assignment, a re-submission fee of £120 member/£164 non-member applies.
  • If all three assignments are not completed within the 12 month period, candidates will need to re-enrol and complete three new assignments.

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

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.

An ebook provides the same benefits as the the printed study text, with the same enrolment period, updates to content and access to RevisionMate. The cost (incl.VAT) is the same as the equivalent printed study text.

Additional benefits include:
• Portability - study on the move and when using a printed study text isn't practical
• Reduced paper use - paperless study reduces your impact on the environment
• No postage fee - ebooks are delivered electronically through RevisionMate
• Fast delivery -we aim for same day delivery for orders before midday Monday to Friday(customers receive an email to confirm their ebook is ready to download).

Depending on the device used, ebook features can include:
• Annotation tools - these include the ability to add notes to pages and highlight key points
• Easy navigation - interactive contents page and search function help you pinpoint content
• Quick web link access - related articles and resources can be accessed with a single click
• In-built dictionary - definitions for unfamiliar words
• Read-aloud - available on supporting devices, allowing increased accessibility.

Find out more
Free sample chapters
ebooks FAQs and unit availability

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

Coursework assessment including ebook study text with updates

This is a self-study course developed to assist you in understanding and learning the exam syllabus. It includes the provision of an ebook study text and electronic updates for 12 months from the date of purchase and marking of coursework assignments (see important note below for details of re-submission fees). More information on ebook study texts can be found here.

Have you read our guidelines and instructions? We recommended you do so before enrolling.

As part of your study enrolment you will gain access to the following study support:

  • Exam unit syllabus  - this sets out the learning outcomes that will be assessed in the coursework and lists other published material in the form of additional reading, reference works and periodicals.
  • Hardcopy study text  - this breaks down the exam syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly defined learning outcomes and a series of self-test questions.
  • Electronic study text  - an online version of your study text.
  • Study text updates  - updates for 12 months from the date of purchase.
  • Coursework guide - providing practical guidance on how to tackle assignments, the guide contains: 3 sample questions with direction on key syllabus areas to include in answers; and a sample question and full assignment answer which does not meet the minimum pass standard, with comments on how this could be improved.
  • Course chat and discussion forums  - discuss issues relating to the unit content with other students using the online chat and discussion forums.

Candidates must complete and pass three written assignments, including any re-sits, during the 12 month enrolment period to achieve a pass in the unit. Assignments are each up to 3,000 words in length and candidates must score a minimum of 65% in each.

Important notes

  • Should a candidate fail an assignment, a re-submission fee of £120 member/£164 non-member applies.
  • If all three assignments are not completed within the 12 month period, candidates will need to re-enrol and complete three new assignments.

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

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.

An ebook provides the same benefits as the the printed study text, with the same enrolment period, updates to content and access to RevisionMate. The cost (incl.VAT) is the same as the equivalent printed study text.

Additional benefits include:
• Portability - study on the move and when using a printed study text isn't practical
• Reduced paper use - paperless study reduces your impact on the environment
• No postage fee - ebooks are delivered electronically through RevisionMate
• Fast delivery -we aim for same day delivery for orders before midday Monday to Friday(customers receive an email to confirm their ebook is ready to download).

Depending on the device used, ebook features can include:
• Annotation tools - these include the ability to add notes to pages and highlight key points
• Easy navigation - interactive contents page and search function help you pinpoint content
• Quick web link access - related articles and resources can be accessed with a single click
• In-built dictionary - definitions for unfamiliar words
• Read-aloud - available on supporting devices, allowing increased accessibility.

Find out more
Free sample chapters
ebooks FAQs and unit availability

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

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).

Diploma in Financial Planning units

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.
  • It is important that you keep yourself informed of any changes which may occur affecting the units you are studying by using material suggested in the reading lists on the syllabuses in the relevant qualification section of this website.
  • The CII will do all it can to provide students enrolled on a study programme with updated materials as soon as legislative changes become known but it cannot guarantee this in time for any particular exam. Candidates should refer to the CII update website www.cii.co.uk/updates for the latest information on changes to law and practice and when they will be examined.
  • Candidates will be examined on the basis of law and practice in England unless otherwise stated.
  • Candidates must keep up to date with legislative and industry changes that occur within the tax year.
  • 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 be examined three months after they become legally effective.

Tax year

  • The tax year 2016/2017 will be examined from 1 September 2016 until 31 August 2017.

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.

Inheritance and Trustees Power Act 

  • The changes to the Inheritance and Trustees Power Act become effective on 1 October 2014.
 

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.