UK Customs Academy

Level 5 Qualification

Diploma in Advanced Customs Compliance

The Academy recognises holders of this award to be “Accredited Customs Professionals”.

This qualification covers a comprehensive and in-depth range of topics in customs compliance and regulation. Successful completion of this award, combined with the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Customs Compliance, will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to competently perform the wide range of activities expected of a customs professional, both in the UK and overseas.

Throughout the course you will have access to a tutor to answer enquiries related to the syllabus, and to provide explanations and further reading. All our tutors are appropriately qualified and have extensive experience working within the customs profession.

Students of this course will also receive FREE access to the UCC Navigator and Declaration Assistant Tools.


This course is scheduled to be launched by the end of November 2019.

You can now claim government grant funding to cover the full cost of this qualification. Find out more

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Entry Requirements

Candidates must be 19 years of age or over and must have successfully completed the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Customs Compliance. Candidates with a relevant existing Degree from a recognised University and/or more than 5 years’ experience in international trade will be considered for direct entry into the Diploma.

Note: this qualification articulates into the Bachelor of Border Management and the Master of Customs Administration offered by Charles Sturt University’s Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, both of which are accredited by the World Customs Organization as meeting the requirements of the Customs profession.


International Customs Compliance and Regulation

How World Trade and Customs is Organised; Practical Aspects of International Customs Procedures; Initiatives on Supply Chain Security & Partnership with Trade; International Trade Facilitation

Regional (European Union) Customs Compliance and Regulation

The European Union as a customs union; EU customs code and the union customs code developments; EU customs regimes and procedures; Import Licensing Regulations; Export Licensing Controls - Wassenaar Arrangement, Dual-Use EU Controls (DUEC), The EU Military List, End-User Controls, Embargoes and Sanctions; Intrastat; AEO Status

National (United Kingdom) Customs Compliance and Regulation

HM Revenue & Customs and other UK controlling bodies involved in international trade; Other areas of national control: Excise Goods and VAT; Customs Declarations; 3rd Country customs procedures in the UK; Non-Fiscal Controls

Project-based assessment to demonstrate ability to apply the knowledge

Drawing from the learning completed in previous modules, project work permits the student to choose an area of International Trade & Customs Compliance that best suits their individual and/or company requirements. With reference material and practical tutor support the student can move into a more specific area on a project basis. This recognises that, due to the difficulty of dealing with highly complex customs matters, there will need to be some focus on workplace learning supported by tutor support and, where appropriate, workplace assessment.

Study Commitment

As a guide, you should expect to study for a total of around 380 hours to complete all modules.

The course must be completed within two years, but the usual period of study is 12 months. These are recommended hours only, as the completion time will vary from student to student.


Each module is completed by means of an assessment. Assessments usually comprise a 3000 word report linked to the practical application of Customs procedures in the working environment - students have 6 weeks to research and complete the assessment. The project based assessment requires a 4000 word report.

Once you have completed all the modules, you will receive a Certificate showing the grade you have obtained:

  • Pass:            60% to 74%
  • Credit:         75% to 84%
  • Distinction: 85% and above.

If you do not achieve a score of 60% or higher, you will need to undertake a supplementary assessment at the end of the course.


The cost of the qualification is £2250, which includes one year membership of the Academy.

You can now claim government grant funding to cover the full cost of this qualification. Find out more

Further Information

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