Optional modules - level 4

Hi all. I have just been accepted by my employer to have my level 4 studies funded by the company 😀 however I believe they will pay the full course fee upfront meaning I need to chose my optional modules and I have no clue which ones to chose. I definetly want to do cash and treasury management and I don't think there is an option for credit management with the provider I have chosen (it is only available for certain people by the looks of things.) I hate ethics and tax so I have no clue which 2nd module to chose. I am debating asking my employer which would be most useful for them as I literally have no clue which to chose but I don't want to regret it further down the line. Has anybody done these modules and able to offer me some info please? Thanks in advance.

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  • mergen
    mergen Just Joined Registered Posts: 112
    Not sure why Credit Management isn't an option, as it is part of AAT's syllabus. I would inquire.
    I enjoyed Cash & Treasury unit, but hated the exam it was very wishy washy.
    Look into Audit, it will help you with Synoptic exam.
  • Emmalouise18
    Emmalouise18 Registered Posts: 237
    Auditing is a life safer for the synoptic exam, and credit management was straight forward also :)
  • thelowendtheory18
    thelowendtheory18 Registered Posts: 298
    edited February 2020
    wait, i'm doing my optional units after the synoptic exam, im studying MDCL now then i'll be going straight onto the synoptic

    The synoptic doesn't cover the optional units i assumed ???
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  • thelowendtheory18
    thelowendtheory18 Registered Posts: 298
    @Emmalouise18 why would the auditing exam be a life safer for the synoptic exam???
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  • Emmalouise18
    Emmalouise18 Registered Posts: 237

    @Emmalouise18 why would the auditing exam be a life safer for the synoptic exam???

    Because they cross over massively and most of what you learn in auditing also comes into synoptic exam. I wouldn't have passed synoptic without doing auditing
  • Pian32
    Pian32 MAAT Posts: 471
    I did both tax modules and really enjoyed them.

    @thelowendtheory18 You are correct that the optionals don't appear in the synoptic but there can be overlapping content.
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  • thelowendtheory18
    thelowendtheory18 Registered Posts: 298
    Wow thanks @Emmalouise18 & @Pian32 .. that changes the game!!!

    I might hold off the synoptic till last
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  • thelowendtheory18
    thelowendtheory18 Registered Posts: 298
    I'm also taking the auditing exam (along with business tax)

    Decisions decisions......

    Anyways got to pass MDCL first before my next move :#
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  • Emmalouise18
    Emmalouise18 Registered Posts: 237

    I'm also taking the auditing exam (along with business tax)



    Decisions decisions......



    Anyways got to pass MDCL first before my next move :#

    No problem! Personally I would do synoptic last. Its heavily MDCL aswell, and I struggled to pass MDCL (4 attempts) and then moved onto the synoptic while it was fresh in my mind :) Good luck!
  • thelowendtheory18
    thelowendtheory18 Registered Posts: 298
    Thanks, my first attempt of the MDCL is due at the end of March, so far so good as i'm finding alot of cross over from the budgeting exam (which i'm still waiting for the result)

    But we'll see
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  • Helsmt
    Helsmt Registered Posts: 6
    Wow thank you so much everyone, I'm so glad I asked now. I think I'll go for audit then. I have no idea what order I'll be doing things, I'm just at the application stage and as I'm paying for the whole course up front I have to chose my optional modules. I'm training with BPP and the credit management is OCR only, I have since learnt that I think that OCR is their online courses so I could go for credit management but I am seriously debating audit now. Thanks everyone for your advise.
  • amurray
    amurray Feels At Home Registered, MAAT, AATQB Posts: 304
    edited February 2020
    I think its all down to personal choice and depending on your job role, i.e. if in credit control, or treasury, audit or a tax department. If you cover any of these optional units under duties within your current role, it could be quite beneficial for you to sit those exams (as you will know some of the terminology and processes etc).

    I chose both tax units. Although I wasn't a big fan of tax, I studied them for my work purposes, and Personal tax to learn more about PAYE/NI for understanding my own payslip calculations!
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  • fedemenni
    fedemenni MAAT, AATQB Posts: 95
    I did cash management and external audit because they sounded the easiest ones.. with this said I had to do cash management 3 times in order to pass it..

    Now I’m regretting to not have chosen personal tax or business tax
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