The aim of this paper is to enable students to apply technical knowledge and professional skills to identify and resolve technical compliance and ethical issues that arise in the context of the preparation and evaluation of financial and regulatory reporting and from providing audit and assurance services in the banking sector.

The focus of the BPB module is on your role as an ICAEW accountant working in the banking industry, either within an external advisory role (e.g. external audit / assurance services) or within a bank (e.g. internal audit / compliance / risk management). BPB has been designed as a bridging paper building towards the Advanced stage of your qualification.

Skills brought forward from AA, FAR and FM will be useful in attempting this paper. We will also cover new skills including financial instruments, risk management and banking regulation.

BPB as a business planning paper requires candidates to demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply the following core areas of the syllabus to practical scenario-based requirements:

    • Risk Management and financial services and products 20-25%
    • Financial and Regulatory Reporting for banks 35-40%
    • Audit and assurance of banks 30-35%
  • Ethics 5-10%

Marks will be awarded for knowledge (25%-35%) and skills (65%-75%).

Banking is a complex and multi-disciplinary area and some pre-course reading will be necessary to introduce you to some key concepts that underpin the BPB module.

On completion of the Business Planning Banking module, students will be able to:

There are three written test questions typically split 40/35/25 or 40/30/30. Each question will include several scenario-related sub-requirements. However, the mark allocation for the sub-requirements will not be indicated. The pass mark required is 55%. BPB is an open book exam and you will be able to take in any hard copy (written or printed) material. However, you will need to carefully consider what to include in your exam file, given limited desk space and the need to demonstrate effective time management skills.

There are six main question areas you will be expected to gain exposure to and therefore you must ensure you gain full coverage of the BPBl syllabus:

    1. External audit context
    1. Analysis for financing decisions
    1. Risk management and compliance
    1. A Bank acting as an intermediary or advisor
    1. Strategic or business planning
  1. Regulatory reporting

You have a lot to do, not only to learn but to practise questions to make sure you improve your approach and style and tailor your knowledge to the specific scenario in any of the questions- wrote learning sections of the material will not be enough to pass the exam.

Course Dates

Start Date                                        19 July 2019

End Date                                          1 September 2019  

Important Dates

Exam Registration Start Date:      1 July 2019

Exam Registration End Date:        5 August 2019

Exam Date:                                      10 September 2019

Results Released:                           18 October 2020


Course Structure

Pre-course reading:                       6 hours

Taught Phase:                                 6 sessions x 3-hour

Revision Phase:                               6 sessions x 3-hour

Total number of course hours:    36

Regular course assignments marked by tutor

Progress Tests:                               2

Mock Exams:                                  2


Training Venue

150 Orchard Road #04-09, Orchard Plaza, S238841. The Meeting Suite

Class Size

Class is limited to 30 students on a first-come first-served basis.

If you have further query or wish to enrol, please contact us at

Website:                         Tel: 6742 0300


Course Objective and Approach

The course is planned to prepare you for success in the September 2019 Business Planning: Banking exam. This is our key objective. We assume that you have done some preparatory work prior to the commencement of the course and that we can build on this through the duration of the course. This assumes you have completed and passed or attained a relevant exemption from the ICAEW Certificate Assurance paper.

The course will consist of 2 phases – a lecture-based taught phase (6 sessions) and a revision phase (6 sessions). Lectures will follow the content of BPP course notes and will include extensive practice on questions from the ICAEW Question Bank, even during the lecture-based phase.

You will be set assignments at the end of each lecture session for submission at the start of the following lecture session. All assignments will be reviewed/assessed by the course tutors.

The Progress Tests (PTs) will be set for completion during the taught phase of the course and the Mock Exam (ME) will be set for completion before the revision phase of the course. All PTs and the ME will be marked by the course tutors. A second ME will be issued at the end of the revision phase for you to practise on before the actual exam.

The course is interactive and you will be encouraged to participate in class discussions.

To meet the key course objective of exam success you need to be complete in your exam preparation. The course is aimed at exposure/coverage to/of most significant exam matters, and focuses on how these matters will be examined and prepares you with question practise and tips in answering this ICAEW written paper. You will be expected to attend all lectures and any supplementary tutorials, complete all course assignments and sit for and return all PT and ME answers.

Course Tutor: Samantha Griffiths

Samantha specialises in Board training and the narrative reporting landscape, with emphasis on integrated reporting and developing and communicating board effectiveness. She started her career in a large international bank, transitioned to a role in Treasury for a large multinational engineering business, before several years working at the London Stock Exchange. This has been followed by an extensive consulting and training career, working alongside boards and senior management teams at many high-profile organisations.

Over the years, Samantha has worked with boards and their corporate advisors to review hundreds of annual reports and corporate communications. The focus of her work has been on developing and articulating the value proposition of organisations to their various stakeholders.

Samantha’s practical experience is complemented by her academic links to a variety of UK institutions. She frequently delivers lectures, seminars and master classes on topics including Leadership, Strategy, Governance, Risk and Ethics.

Samantha is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has an Executive MBA from Manchester Business School. She is currently executive director of Sagenius Limited, a niche advisory firm and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

2019 Schedule: Business Planning Banking  


Date  Day Timing Topics
Taught Phase


19 Jul Fri 2.00pm – 5.00pm ·      Introduction to Business Planning Banking

·      Function and role of banks

·      Financial statements of banks

2 19 Jul Fri 6.00pm – 9.00pm

·      Financial markets and instruments to include securities and other investments and derivatives (forwards, futures and options)

3 20 Jul Sat

10.00am – 1.00pm

·      Risk management overview

·      Credit risk assessments

·      Managing market and operational risk

·      Managing liquidity and capital risk

·      Managing financial risk

4 20 Jul Sat 2.00pm – 5.00pm ·      Governance & Ethics
5 21 Jul Sun

10.00am – 1.00pm

·      Prudential regulation & reporting (1) to include the regulatory framework, prudential regulation, risk weighted assets and Basel III
6 21 Jul Sun 2.00pm – 5.00pm ·      Prudential regulation & reporting (2) to include minimum capital ratios and Pillars 2 & 3, Key regulatory ratios and regulatory reporting requirements
14 April        Mock Exam 1 to be completed & submitted by 10 Aug 2019
Revision Phase
7 30 Aug Fri

2.00pm – 5.00pm

·      Recap: Financial Asset categories and impairments

·      Recap: Regulatory requirements – Pillar 1 & 2, Leverage ratio, LCR and NSFR

·      Question practice

8 30 Aug Fri 6.00pm – 9.00pm

·      Recap: Investment decisions on regulatory position

·      Recap: Bank conduct

·      Recap: IFRS 13 – FV of assets and liabilities

·      Recap: hedge accounting

·      Question practice

9 31 Aug Sat 10.00am – 1.00pm

·      Recap: techniques for ‘analysis’ question

·      Question practice

10 31 Aug Sat 2.00pm – 5.00pm

·      Recap: Key features of derivatives

·      Recap: Key features of embedded derivatives

·      Question practice

11 1 Sep Sun

10.00am – 1.00pm

·      Recap: Bank business models

·      Recap: Bank Financial Statements

·      Question Practice

12 1 Sep Sun 2.00pm – 5.00pm

·      Recap: Ethics

·      Recap: Audit & Assurance

·      Recap: important assumed knowledge from FAR

·      Question Practice

Mock Exam to be completed & submitted by Dates to be confirmed

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