Course Schedule: Corporate Reporting 2020 Q4

Course Dates

Start Date:                                     1 May 2020  / 1 day after enrolment to access videos

End Date:                                       19 October 2020


Important Dates  

Exam Registration Start Date:   1 September 2020

Exam Registration End Date:     28 September 2020

Exam Date:                                    2 November 2020

Exam Results Release Date:       11 December 2020


Course Structure

Recorded Phase:                          7 sessions x 3-hour (students must watch the pre-recorded videos at their own time before the start of Taught Phase)

Taught Phase:                               7 sessions x 3-hour

Revision Phase:                            7 sessions x 3-hour

Total number of course hours:  63

Mock Exams:                                 2 (to be completed at home & submitted to tutor for marking)


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. There is a 50% discount given on the course fee component if you sign up for both Corporate Finance and Strategic Business Management.

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2020 Schedule: Corporate Reporting 

No Date  Day Timing


Recorded Phase (Students must watch the videos before the Taught Phase starts)

1 3 hours

·      Introduction to this paper and three different question types

·      Short recap on principles and regulation

·      Revision of the audit aspects of this paper: Governance and ethics, corporate governance and planning and risk assessment and the Audit Process

2 3 hours

·      Revision of the audit aspects continued: Evaluating ad testing controls, Audit evidence and Finalisation, review and completion, including audit reports.

3 3 hours

·      Financial Statement analysis

·      Assurance and related services

·      Disclosing financial performance – recapping on FAR assumed knowledge which is heavily tested in CR: on Presentation of Financial Statements, Statement of Cash Flows, Related Party Disclosures, Operating Segments and NCA Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations

4 3 hours

·      Reporting financial performance revisited- covering Distributable Profits and Operating Segments

·      Earnings per Share

5 3 hours

·      Revenue and Construction contracts

·      Reporting of assets: PPE, intangibles and new at CR, Investments Properties

6 3 hours

·      Assets and liabilities: including revision of impairments and the new CR part on Cash generating units and impairments

·      Finishing this phase with a mixed exam question on FR and auditing issues.

     Financing: Government grants and borrowing costs

7 3 hours

·      Financing continued: Leases, including lessee accounting already seen at FAR but revisited along with sale and leaseback. New at CR- lessor accounting too.

·      Question practice to finish this phase, including FR and audit

Taught Phase
8 10 Sep Thu 7pm – 10pm

·      Financial instruments- Revision from FAR on the different classifications and then new areas on hedge accounting and how to audit financial instruments.

9  11 Sep Fri 2pm – 5pm

·       Remuneration- covering Employee Benefits (different types of pension schemes)

10 11 Sep Fri 6pm – 9pm

·      Remuneration contd – completing Employee Benefits and Share based payments

·      Question practice in CR style, covering topics covered so to date

11 12 Sep Sat 10am – 1pm

·      Business combinations revision from FAR, including associate and joint ventures

·      Group audit issues

12 12 Sep Sat 2pm – 5pm

·      Business combinations/ groups: revision of groups from FAR continued, but concentration in class on new syllabus areas, particularly changes in group structure.

·      Intro to Reporting foreign activities

13 13 Sep Sun 10am – 1pm

·      Reporting foreign activities contd – individual foreign exchange has already been seen at FAR, this is focusing on the new part of the standard- on how to translate an overseas subsidiary.

·      Question practice in CR style.

14 13 Sep Sun 2pm – 5pm

·      Deferred tax – this is completely new at CR.

·      Covering the theory of deferred tax,

application to scenarios and how to audit

deferred tax.

Mock Exam 1 to be completed at home & submitted to tutor for marking by 27 Sep 2020

Revision Phase

15 16 Oct Fri 7pm – 10pm

·      This marks the beginning of the revision phase of study

·      Tailored question practice and debriefs of past exam questions to cover all areas of the syllabus

16 17 Oct Sat 10am – 1pm

·      Tailored question practice and debriefs of past exam questions to cover all areas of the syllabus

17 17 Oct Sat 2pm – 5pm

·      Tailored question practice and debriefs of past exam questions to cover all areas of the syllabus

18 18 Oct Sun 10am – 1pm

·      Tailored question practice and debriefs of past exam questions to cover all areas of the syllabus

19 18 Oct Sun 2pm – 5pm

·      Tailored question practice and debriefs of past exam questions to cover all areas of the syllabus

20 19 Oct Mon 2pm – 5pm

·      Tailored question practice and debriefs of past exam questions to cover all areas of the syllabus

21 19 Oct Mon 6pm – 9pm

·      Tailored question practice and debriefs of past exam questions to cover all areas of the syllabus

Mock Exam 2 to be completed at home & submitted to tutor by 25 Oct 2020

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Course Tutor: Jodie Lucas

Jodie qualified as ACA at the age of 22.

After leaving audit practice in 2000, Jodie worked for Kaplan Financial for 16 years as an integral part of their Birmingham tutoring team - teaching ICAEW, ACCA and CIMA studies. She left Kaplan in search of some up-to-date practical experience to reinforce and complement her classroom delivery.

Jodie established her own company soon after and has built a portfolio of varied clients, dividing her time and energy between her continued passion for freelance lecturing for a number of providers in the UK and Dubai; and contract audit and advisory work for Deloitte.

She is enthusiastic and driven to help students to understand, apply and retain their technical knowledge gained from her subjects, not only to enable students to pass exams but to become better prepared in the work place.

She also remains involved with the ACCA as a writer of CBE material and has been involved in marking for the ACCAs’ equivalent Audit and Assurance paper.



The aim of this module is to enable students to apply technical knowledge, analytical techniques and professional skills to resolve compliance and business issues that arise in the context of the preparation and evaluation of corporate reports and from providing audit services.

Students will be required to use technical knowledge and professional judgement to identify, explain and evaluate alternatives and to determine the appropriate solutions to compliance issues, giving due consideration to the needs of clients and other stakeholders. The commercial context and impact of recommendations and ethical issues will also need to be considered in making such judgements.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Formulate, implement and evaluate corporate reporting policies for single entities and groups of varying sizes and in a variety of industries. They will be able to discern and formulate the appropriate financial reporting treatment for complex transactions and complex scenarios. Students will be able to evaluate and apply technical knowledge from individual accounting standards and apply professional skills to integrate knowledge where several accounting standards are simultaneously applicable and interact.
  • Analyse, interpret, evaluate and compare financial statements of entities both over time and across a range of industries.
  • Explain the processes involved in planning an audit, evaluating internal controls, appraising risk including analysing quantitative and qualitative data and using data analytics, gathering evidence and drawing conclusions in accordance with the terms of the engagement. In addition, they will be able to perform a range of assurance engagements and related tasks.
  • Evaluate corporate reporting policies, estimates and disclosures in a scenario in order to be able to assess whether they are in compliance with accounting standards and are appropriate in the context of audit objectives.
  • Identify and explain ethical issues. Where ethical dilemmas arise, students will be able to recommend and justify and determine appropriate actions and ethical safeguards to mitigate threats.



This module assumes and develops the knowledge and skills acquired in the Financial Accounting and Reporting module and in the Audit and Assurance module. Background knowledge based upon the strategic elements of the Business Planning modules, Business Strategy and Technology and Financial Management modules will also be required in evaluating the business and financial risks of reporting entities.



The Corporate Reporting module will be examined as a 3.5 hour exam. Each exam will contain questions requiring integration of knowledge and skills, including ethics and will consist of three questions. Ethical issues and problems could appear in any of the three questions. The exam will be open book and will permit students to take any written or printed material into the exam, subject to practical space restrictions.


Syllabus area Weighting (%)

Corporate Reporting –

  • Compliance Corporate Reporting & Financial statement analysis 55-65
  • Audit and Assurance 30-40
  • Ethics 5-10


Course Objective and Approach

The course is planned to prepare you for success in the November 2020 Corporate Reporting 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 Professional Audit & Assurance paper and the Financial Accounting and Reporting paper (IFRS).

The course will consist of 3 phases –

  • a pre-recorded video phase for revise prior assumed knowledge (7 sessions);
  • a lecture-based taught phase to cover new knowledge at corporate reporting (7 sessions);
  • a revision phase (7 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 taught phase.

You will be given Mock Exam 1 (ME 1) towards the end of the Taught Phase.
You will be given Mock Exam 2 (ME 2) towards the end of the Revision Phase.
City Academy’s tutors will mark and review your ME scripts so as to benefit your learning outcome. You will have the flexibility of practising the ME at your own time at home but you must submit your ME answer scripts by the due date set. You may also be given homework, assignments or additional reading materials.

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

“Completeness” is a key audit assertion. 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 paper. You will be expected to attend all lectures and any supplementary tutorials, complete all course assignments and sit for and submit all ME answers.



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