CAP1 information

Welcome to Chartered Accountants Ireland

 

We welcome you as a student of the Institute and wish you success in your studies. 

The following provides comprehensive details of what you’ll need to know for the upcoming academic year 2020/21, with a special focus on the new online mode of education delivery. 

The ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused all academic institutions including Chartered Accountants Ireland to fundamentally reassess their education delivery model and plan for a very different future. Following the lockdown in March, you’ll be aware that the Institute announced a move to an exclusively online education provision model for the academic year 2020/21. 

In many respects, the Chartered education experience hasn’t changed. Blended learning has been a feature of Institute education for several years, and in moving to online learning for the remainder of last year’s academic year, we gained valuable experience. So, in launching an online-only education model this year, we’re building on a strong base.  

Quality is the cornerstone of our education experience and will be maintained. We’ve spent the summer learning what works best in online, distance education and we’re looking forward to rolling it out live from 19 October.  

The information below will help you to get started on the right foot. The team are here to guide and support you throughout the year, and if you need more information please do get in touch. 

Contacting us

Please visit the ‘Contact Us’ page, or email cap1@charteredaccountants.ie. Terri Gray is your programme lead for CAP1, and she and Yoko Vargas will be supporting you throughout the year. For NI students, our colleague Laura Gore is your contact, but use the CAP1 email address above 

Learning Principles

Learning Journal 

The learning journal is designed by the education team and the lecturers to help you map your study and we strongly recommend that you use it to guide your preparation and track your progress. It will be available online within the Learning Hub (online education platform) and includes the following: 

  • CAP1 competency statement  

  • The cumulative principal document (essential for anyone who has exemptions from CAP1) 

  • Guide to your CA Diary 

  • A lexicon 

  • The Professional Examination Committee (PEC) report which includes a full set of exam papers with examiner comments and suggested solutions 

  • The planning and delivery schedule for each subject 

Cumulative Principle 

Our education programme is based on cumulative knowledge which means there are key elements of CAP1 which are examined at a more advanced level at CAP2. Students who were exempt from CAP1, or students who progress from CAP1 into CAP2 will be expected to be fully conversant with material covered on the previous CAP1 syllabus and assist to identify the key areas which have created a cumulative principal document which is included in your learning journal.  

 Education Delivery & The Learning Hub

 The Learning Hub (a new platform based on Moodle) will be your one-stop-shop for all Chartered Accountants Ireland student education provision, lectures, notes, webinars, discussion forums as well as important notifications and news updates.  You’ll be receiving your link to the Learning with details on how and where to log in. In the Induction section, you’ll learn where to access your recorded lectures and webinars, and how to navigate.  

Each subject will be broken up into short learning ‘sessions’. Sessions are usually comprised of: 
  • A short introduction 

  • Lecture notes available to download 

  • Recorded online lectures, available to view where and when you choose 

  • Live webinars – please refer to your timetables 

  • Other components like ‘ask me anything’ sessions, polls, exam papers. 

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, please note that much of the content in sessions is ‘gated’. Some material will need to be viewed in sequence e.g. Management Accounting - Session 1 must be completed before starting on MA Session 2. 

Please note that the responsibility lies with the student to complete all the pre-work required before webinars. Webinars have a particular purpose, for practical application of prior knowledge. Lecturers will not be going through the slide content and notes, so students must ensure they have completed the pre-work that is outlined in the timetables, in order to avoid falling behind. 

What you’ll see in The Learning Hub on day one 

For many students, this will be the first time that you will be engaging with education on a fully online basis, but similarly it’s been a massive shift for the Institute too. So in order to manage the shift to online, there will be no ‘big bang’ with everything available on day one.  Instead, students will see the first section of their syllabus covering approx. the first two months.  

As we go one, we’ll be creating syllabus material in batches throughout the year, consistent with principle of continuous, incremental improvement and capturing lessons learned.  So this means we’ll start with a really solid educational offering and with further improvements planned.  

This will mean that the timetables released won’t cover the full academic year in the traditional sense. Instead, the first CAP1 timetable will cover the period October to end December, and timetable 2, covering the second semester, will be released at the start of December. To access these, please visit ‘timetables’ page.  

Webinars are the main time-bound education delivery items and they will be broadcast on early evenings and weekends, with duration of between 90-120 mins. 

Attendance

Chartered Accountants Ireland facilitates the recording of attendance at lectures for training organisations. Webinar attendance is captured through registrations in the webinar platform. Students have to fill in their information including student number, training firm. A report is then generated which shows if the student attended and engaged during the webinar. 

Students will be expected to engage with online education. This will take the form of viewing pre-recorded lectures at a time and place that suits the student, and also joining in live webinars. Students will be advised of timings of webinars as part of timetables.  Students should, wherever possible, attend live webinars at the scheduled time - recordings are intended for students who are genuinely unable to attend on the day. 

CAP1 Timetables 

2020/21 timetables reflect our policy this year to release learning material and post it to the Learning Hub in small, four-week chunks, so that we can keep taking on board your feedback and making incremental improvements.  

On that basis, you won’t see a full, annual timetable at the start of the year. Your first CAP1 timetable will cover the period October to December, with the second timetable released start of December, covering semester 2. Remember also that much of the education content is either pre-record, quizzes or case studies which are not tied to a time and you can choose to do when it suits you. 

Your first lecture will include an induction talk which will give guidance on what to expect during the academic year. 

We do our best avoid any timetable changes, but they can happen due to unforeseen circumstances. If a change is required, we will send an e-mail to let you know so please ensure that both your mobile number and email details are correct on your student portal.  

Exams & interim assessments 

Main exams 2021 – E-Assessment 

Earlier in 2020, in response to the public health guidelines and COVID-19, the Institute moved to fully online exams, via an E-Assessment platform. Given the success of this rollout, all exams in 2021 will be carried out using the same E-Assessment platform. All agreed dates for exams, interim exams and mocks are now available to view on the Key Dates page.   

There is a full suite of information explaining the platform, how you’ll sit the exams, and a technology checklist to ensure your exam goes smoothly.  Please take the time to read and view all the training material available on the E-Assessment information page.

CAP1 online interim exams 

The DEBK assessment, Law exam and the Management Accounting Interim Assessment are taken on the new online exam platform. Students can attempt an exam on this platform at home or in work, as long as they have a laptop with a camera and microphone, adequate broadband connection and a quiet room. The exam team has created several videos and documents detailing how to access and use the exam platform. These videos can be found here and we strongly advise all students view them to familiarise themselves with the new platform. 

Students can attempt the Law and DEBK exams at any time within the above dates but some training firms have selected dates for their students to sit the DEBK and Law exam, so best to check with your firm. The timetables for October have been left relatively free to give students enough time to study both DEBK and Law before the window opens and we recommend that students attempt their Law and DEBK exam in December or early January – do not leave the exam until the end of the window. 

DEBK (Double Entry Book Keeping exam) 

Any student who is exempt from Financial Accounting does not need to sit the DEBK exam.  

Students studying Financial Accounting will have to pass the DEBK exam before they are allowed to sit the summer exams (for all subjects).  

Law 

Students studying Law will have to pass the Law exam before they can sit the summer exams (for all subjects). This does not apply to students who are exempt from Law. 

The content for Law will be delivered online using our recorded sessions, webinars and materials.  

Key dates, ethics, book distribution, data & privacy policies 

Key dates 

You can find all of your key dates here

Ethics 

As a Chartered Accountant student, you are bound by the code of ethics and ethics regularly comes up in exams across all three levels. We have created some online recordings to assist CAP1 students in understanding the importance of ethics and how to answer ethical style questions. 

Books

The required books for your course are included in the course fee. As your enrolment has now been completed, your book order will be shipped directly from our providers warehouse using DPD couriers. 

Book queries can be sent to: textbookqueries@charteredaccountants.ie. Please remember to include your student number in the subject line.  

Data & privacy policies 

Please note that in some cases student interaction may be recorded as part of our online delivery service. Our data policy, privacy settings and acceptable usage policy will all be outlined in our Course Information page which will be available on the Institute website shortly.