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The examinations will be based on English law and practice, except where the syllabuses state otherwise, and it will be assumed that examination answers have been made in accordance with laws of the United Kingdom.

The syllabus structure of the qualification is shown below. It is necessary to pass all three units to be awarded the full qualification. 

  • Understanding Retirement Provision (UK)
  • Regulation of Retirement Provision
  • Reward and Retirement

Full details of the syllabuses for each of the units can be found in the qualification specification.

The examinations in 2017 will be based on the law as it existed at 6 April 2016. An awareness of any significant changes after 6 April will be to a candidate’s advantage. Therefore, the study manuals will be based on the law as it existed at 6 April 2016 unless stated otherwise.

Please click here for a list of definitions and abbreviations used in the syllabuses.

Advanced Diploma Syllabus Structure from April 2016 Examinations

The 100, 200 and 300 level syllabuses were last examined in October 2015. The Advanced Diploma changed for examinations beginning in April 2016.  These changes also impact Diploma level qualifications within the Advanced Diploma structure.

Revised study material will be available from September 2015. Full details can be found in the Advanced Diploma Consultation Response Document.  Further information will be made available on this website in due course.


  1. Diploma in Employee Benefits and Retirement Savings Qualification Specification

    Further details, including syllabus outlines, about the qualification.