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Pensions and retirement planning

R04 (10 Diploma credits)

The objective of this unit is to develop knowledge and understanding of and ability to analyse pension and retirement planning issues.

Download 2017-2018 syllabus »

Study material testing period

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

 

 

Membership

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


Study package 17/18 edition

Members
£263.00
Non-members
£338.00
Blended learning and exam package - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Blended learning offers supported and structured learning, combining printed materials with online learning tools that can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any device.

Please note: Access is granted until 31 Aug 2018 when your enrolment expires.

The blended learning package includes a 20% discount on individual member and non-member prices, and includes the following:

  • Study text with updates
    Covering the unit syllabus in a straightforward and user-friendly format.
  • RevisionMate
    A host of online study support services including a study planner, quiz questions, specimen exam and a series of valuable hints and tips.
  • Key fact booklet
    Pocket-sized booklet summarising key points from the study text, great for use while on the move.
  • Learn interactive tutorial
    Online tutorial providing highly interactive study, backed by a revision assessment tool to check understanding as you progress with your studies. 
  • Audio revision  MP3 material covering the key elements of each subject, perfect for using while travelling.
  • Question pack
    An online bank of 300 questions, providing comprehensive self-testing of the unit syllabus.
  • Discounted revision course
    A discounted 20% on the respective revision course for the unit.
  • Exam entry
    Entry to the exam itself. Important note: We recommend you sit the exam during your study option's testing/enrolment period. However, exams can be sat up to 18 months from the point of purchase  and a study option renewal service is available if needed.
  • ebooks
    The ebook is only available with the ebook study package option and not the Printed study text option. 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). 

      
    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 inclusde:
           • 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 
           

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.

 

 


Blended learning and exam package - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Blended learning offers supported and structured learning, combining printed materials with online learning tools that can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any device.

Please note: Access is granted until 31 Aug 2018 when your enrolment expires.

The blended learning package includes a 20% discount on individual member and non-member prices, and includes the following:

  • Study text with updates
    Covering the unit syllabus in a straightforward and user-friendly format.
  • RevisionMate
    A host of online study support services including a study planner, quiz questions, specimen exam and a series of valuable hints and tips.
  • Key fact booklet
    Pocket-sized booklet summarising key points from the study text, great for use while on the move.
  • Learn interactive tutorial
    Online tutorial providing highly interactive study, backed by a revision assessment tool to check understanding as you progress with your studies. 
  • Audio revision  MP3 material covering the key elements of each subject, perfect for using while travelling.
  • Question pack
    An online bank of 300 questions, providing comprehensive self-testing of the unit syllabus.
  • Discounted revision course
    A discounted 20% on the respective revision course for the unit.
  • Exam entry
    Entry to the exam itself. Important note: We recommend you sit the exam during your study option's testing/enrolment period. However, exams can be sat up to 18 months from the point of purchase  and a study option renewal service is available if needed.
  • ebooks
    The ebook is only available with the ebook study package option and not the Printed study text option. 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). 

      
    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 inclusde:
           • 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 
           

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.

 

 

Study options – printed book

Members
£92.00
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£127.00
Printed study text - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This is a self-study course applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018. It consists of a study text, with electronic updates which will automatically be made available for the examination period to which they relate (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
Additionally, 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 include a study planner, a  knowledge check (multiple choice test) facility covering each chapter, student  discussion forums, the latest examination guide and hints and tips on how to pass the exam. Full details will be provided with your study text.

 

Printed study text - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This is a self-study course applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018. It consists of a study text, with electronic updates which will automatically be made available for the examination period to which they relate (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
Additionally, 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 include a study planner, a  knowledge check (multiple choice test) facility covering each chapter, student  discussion forums, the latest examination guide and hints and tips on how to pass the exam. Full details will be provided with your study text.

 

Members
£46.00
Non-members
£64.00
Update your study text 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 and you will be sent a letter inviting you to update your material.

Update your study text 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 and you will be sent a letter inviting you to update your material.

Study options – ebook (not refundable once downloaded)

Members
£92.00
Non-members
£127.00
ebook study text - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This is a self-study course applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018. It consists of a digital ebook study text, with electronic updates which will be made available for the examination period to which they relate (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
ebooks are delivered via RevisionMate, the CII's online study tool, where you will also have access to an unrivalled suite of online services to support your studies. Please note: Access to this support is granted until 31 Aug 2018 when this study text enrolment expires.

Support typically includes a study planner, key points and a knowledge check (multiple choice test) facility covering each chapter, student discussion forums, the latest examination guide and hints and tips on how to pass the exam.

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).

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

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.

ebook study text - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This is a self-study course applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018. It consists of a digital ebook study text, with electronic updates which will be made available for the examination period to which they relate (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
ebooks are delivered via RevisionMate, the CII's online study tool, where you will also have access to an unrivalled suite of online services to support your studies. Please note: Access to this support is granted until 31 Aug 2018 when this study text enrolment expires.

Support typically includes a study planner, key points and a knowledge check (multiple choice test) facility covering each chapter, student discussion forums, the latest examination guide and hints and tips on how to pass the exam.

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).

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

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.

Members
£46.00
Non-members
£64.00
Update your ebook study text 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 ebook study text together with electronic updates. This option is renewable on an annual basis and you will be sent a letter inviting you to update your material.

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.

Update your ebook study text 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 ebook study text together with electronic updates. This option is renewable on an annual basis and you will be sent a letter inviting you to update your material.

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.

Revision aids - 17/18 editions

Members
£26.00
Non-members
£31.00
Printed key fact booklet – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Comprehensive pocket-sized booklets summarising the key information contained in the study text (applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018).

These are perfect for studying when travelling to and from work or in situations when reading a study text is impractical.

Printed key fact booklet – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Comprehensive pocket-sized booklets summarising the key information contained in the study text (applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018).

These are perfect for studying when travelling to and from work or in situations when reading a study text is impractical.

Members
£26.00
Non-members
£31.00
e-key fact booklet – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Summarising the key information contained in the study text (applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018). Please note, access to the e-key facts booklet will not be granted after this period.

e-key fact booklets are perfect for studying when travelling to and from work or in situations when reading a study text is impractical.

e-key fact booklets are delivered via RevisionMate, the CII's online study tool and 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.


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

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. 

e-key fact booklet – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Summarising the key information contained in the study text (applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018). Please note, access to the e-key facts booklet will not be granted after this period.

e-key fact booklets are perfect for studying when travelling to and from work or in situations when reading a study text is impractical.

e-key fact booklets are delivered via RevisionMate, the CII's online study tool and 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.


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

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. 

Members
£26.00
Non-members
£31.00
Question pack – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Delivered online through RevisionMate, packs contain 300 questions and provide comprehensive, flexible and interactive self-testing of the unit syllabus.

This edition is based on the 2017/18 tax year and exam syllabus which is examined from 01 September 2017 to 31 August 2018. Please note, access to the questions will not be granted after this period.

Instructions on how to access the online question pack will be sent to your registered email address within two working days of your order being placed.

Please note, questions are designed to test knowledge of the unit syllabus in preparation for the exam but are not a product of the same development process as the actual CII examination question bank.

Find out more »

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.

Question pack – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Delivered online through RevisionMate, packs contain 300 questions and provide comprehensive, flexible and interactive self-testing of the unit syllabus.

This edition is based on the 2017/18 tax year and exam syllabus which is examined from 01 September 2017 to 31 August 2018. Please note, access to the questions will not be granted after this period.

Instructions on how to access the online question pack will be sent to your registered email address within two working days of your order being placed.

Please note, questions are designed to test knowledge of the unit syllabus in preparation for the exam but are not a product of the same development process as the actual CII examination question bank.

Find out more »

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.

Members
£44.00
Non-members
£48.00
Learn interactive tutorial – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

The Learn online tutorial provides highly interactive study, backed by an assessment tool to check understanding as you progress with your studies.

This edition is based on the 2017/18 tax year and exam syllabus which is examined from 01 September 2017 to 31 August 2018. Please note, access to the Learn course will not be granted after this period.

Try the course demo here »

Please note that this revision aid is designed to complement, not replace, the primary study text. It provides visually engaging and therefore memorable learning, but it covers only key and difficult topics, not the entire syllabus.

Minimum system requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows/OSX/Android/iOS devices
  • Web browser: Latest versions of IE/Safari/Firefox/Chrome
  • Computer/laptop users: Latest version of Adobe Flash player.

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.

Learn interactive tutorial – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

The Learn online tutorial provides highly interactive study, backed by an assessment tool to check understanding as you progress with your studies.

This edition is based on the 2017/18 tax year and exam syllabus which is examined from 01 September 2017 to 31 August 2018. Please note, access to the Learn course will not be granted after this period.

Try the course demo here »

Please note that this revision aid is designed to complement, not replace, the primary study text. It provides visually engaging and therefore memorable learning, but it covers only key and difficult topics, not the entire syllabus.

Minimum system requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows/OSX/Android/iOS devices
  • Web browser: Latest versions of IE/Safari/Firefox/Chrome
  • Computer/laptop users: Latest version of Adobe Flash player.

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.

Members
£44.00
Non-members
£48.00
MP3 audio revision – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This MP3 audio material covers the key elements of each subject and is applicable to exams sat from 01 September 2017 to 31 August 2018. Please note, access to the audio course will not be available after this period but downloaded files will never expire.

They last between 3-5 hours depending on the subject and provide an ideal way to reinforce the learning from the study text.

Delivered online via RevisionMate, they are simple to download and are great for making use of time spent when travelling. Produced by Patterson Audio.

Instructions on how to download your audio material will be sent to your registered email address within 2 working days of your order being placed.

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.

MP3 audio revision – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This MP3 audio material covers the key elements of each subject and is applicable to exams sat from 01 September 2017 to 31 August 2018. Please note, access to the audio course will not be available after this period but downloaded files will never expire.

They last between 3-5 hours depending on the subject and provide an ideal way to reinforce the learning from the study text.

Delivered online via RevisionMate, they are simple to download and are great for making use of time spent when travelling. Produced by Patterson Audio.

Instructions on how to download your audio material will be sent to your registered email address within 2 working days of your order being placed.

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.

Members
£12.00
Non-members
£13.00
R04 Examination Guide for exams from 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018

Multiple choice question Examination guides consist of a specimen examination, answers and useful hints on how to prepare for the examination.

Multiple choice question Examination guides are updated annually to take into account syllabus and legislative changes.

Important note:   Study option enrolees for this unit can download the latest exam guide for FREE from www.revisionmate.com

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.

R04 Examination Guide for exams from 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018

Multiple choice question Examination guides consist of a specimen examination, answers and useful hints on how to prepare for the examination.

Multiple choice question Examination guides are updated annually to take into account syllabus and legislative changes.

Important note:   Study option enrolees for this unit can download the latest exam guide for FREE from www.revisionmate.com

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.

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£138.00
Unit R04 exam

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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.

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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

Exam guide update

The R04 Examination Guide for exams from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017 was first published in June 2016. Any questions which have been amended since the examination guide was first published will appear below.

Question 46 - amended 12.10.16

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. It should be assumed that all individuals are domiciled and resident in the UK unless otherwise stated.
  • The R04 examination consists of 50 multiple choice questions (MCQs): 39 standard format and 11 multiple response format. 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.

2015 Emergency Budget

  • The emergency budget announced a number of changes proposed for the tax year 2017/18. Students should have an awareness of these announced changes in so far as they inform current thinking on financial planning, but students will not be expected to apply these rules in detail since they have yet to be effected and may be subject to change in the interim.  

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 comes into effect on 25 May 2018 and examinations will be reflective of the regulation from 25 May 2018.

 

MiFID II 

MiFID II comes into effect on 3 January 2018 and examinations will be reflective of the directive from 3 April 2018.

 

Stamp Duty Land Tax 

On the 22 November 2017, it was announced that first-time buyers would be relieved of Stamp Duty Land Tax for purchases up to a specified amount.  Examinations will be reflected of this change from 22 February 2018. 

Please note that the tax tables and lender’s criteria provided in the examination will state the thresholds and rates for purchasers who are NOT first-time buyers.

 

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.