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ACCA Qualification

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

The ACCA Qualification is a leading globally recognised accountancy qualification. It's designed for those who already have some experience in finance and are looking to progress to more senior roles or become a Chartered Certified Accountant.
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University entrance level

Average time to complete

5 years

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The skills and knowledge you need to further your finance career

Recognised and respected by businesses across the globe, the ACCA Qualification gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to further your career in accountancy. 

You’ll be introduced to accounting essentials, put your practical skills to the test, and gain a deeper understanding of financial ethics. But that’s not all. The course is also designed to expand your leadership, communication and teamwork skills, and ensure you have the hands-on experience needed to become a forward-thinking finance professional. 

Who is it for?

  • Anyone that’s working in (or looking for) an entry-level finance role or considering a career change.
  • Ambitious, open-minded learners that want the freedom and flexibility that comes with studying online.

What are the requirements?

  • Applied Knowledge is the first stage of the ACCA Qualification. To start studying for these exams, you must be qualified to university entrance level.
  • If you have relevant education, such as a university degree from an ACCA-accredited university, you could start at Strategic Professional.

ACCA Course Structure

Are you considering studying for an ACCA certification using ACCA courses online? The ACCA course is composed of three levels, with a total of 15 modules which cover a wide range of topics. If this sounds like something that interests you, then it is important to know the ACCA course structure and what modules are available. Your subscription gives you access to all papers, across each level. The ACCA modules are as follows:

The first stage of the ACCA Qualification is Applied Knowledge. You’ll be introduced to all the basics before putting your knowledge to the test in three exam papers.

  • Business & Technology (BT)
  • Financial Accounting (FA)
  • Management Accounting (MA)

The Applied Skills module expands your knowledge of finance and accounting further and enables you to put your newfound skills into practice.

To start studying for the six Applied Skills exams, you must have either completed the Applied Knowledge exams, have achieved the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (RQF Level 4) or have a relevant accounting or finance qualification at degree level.

You’ll need a pass mark of 50% for each exam paper to be able to continue to the Strategic Professional module.

  • Audit and Assurance (AA)
  • Corporate Business Law (English / Global) (CBL)
  • Financial Management (FM)
  • Financial Reporting (FR)
  • Performance Management (PM)
  • Taxation (UK) (TX)

The final step of the ACCA Qualification is Strategic Professional. You can tailor this module to suit your specific career ambitions. 

You’re required to complete four exams: two compulsory modules which include Strategic Business Leader and Strategic Business Reporting, and two further exams from the following: Advanced Financial Management; Advanced Performance Management; Advanced Taxation; or Advanced Audit and Assurance.

  • Strategic Business Leader (SBL)
  • Strategic Business Reporting (UK & INT) (SBR)
  • Advanced Audit and Assurance (UK & INT) (AAA)
  • Advanced Financial Management (AFM)
  • Advanced Performance Management (APM)
  • Advanced Taxation (UK) (ATX)

What does the ACCA course include?

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Gain access to all ACCA levels as part of your subscription - providing all the learning content you need to pass your exams.

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How much does ACCA cost?

Our subscription-led pricing means you can study at a pace that suits you. Sign up, get started, and hit pause whenever you need to.

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Frequently asked questions

  • ACCA stands for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

  • The ACCA is the world's leading accountancy qualification for aspiring financial professionals - providing students with the skills, knowledge and values to have successful careers and lead the organisations they work with into the future. It's designed for those who wish to progress to more senior positions or start out as an accountant. Studying ACCA courses online allows those looking to become ACCA certified to do it on their own schedule.

  • You can choose between our monthly subscription, quarterly subscription or the one-off payment option which gives you access to the same content for a period of 12 months.

    If your employer is funding your course, you can download an invoice from your account.

  • It can take, on average, around 3 years to complete your ACCA courses online and secure your qualification. However, this varies depending on the pace that you study. Generally speaking, it takes between three and five years to study ACCA online and complete the full qualification, including exams, work experience and ethics modules. This timeframe can vary depending on the number of exams taken in each session - either three or four over a six-month period - as well as the difficulty level of each paper, so there is no one right answer to the question ‘how long does it take to complete ACCA?’.

    Theoretically, you could complete all of the exams in two years. However, you need three years practical experience before you can become an ACCA member and be considered a qualified accountant.

  • If you begin your ACCA training but do not complete it, you’ll be considered ACCA part qualified meaning that an individual has completed part of the ACCA training program but has not yet achieved full professional status as a qualification.

    To become fully qualified with the ACCA, candidates must complete three levels of study, pass 14 examinations, demonstrate three years’ relevant work experience, and agree to abide by the organization’s Code of Ethics and Conduct. Once all requirements are successfully met, applicants will be awarded their final certificate from ACCA which confirms their designation as an accredited chartered certified accountant.

  • The ACCA exams are available both online and offline, so it’s important to find out which option best suits your lifestyle and needs. For those looking to study ACCA courses online, there are a variety of options available including self-study courses and learning packages as well as interactive tutorials and webinars. This can be an ideal way of studying for those who have a busy lifestyle or don’t want to be tied down by traditional classroom methods. It also allows you to access materials from anywhere in the world at any time of day or night.

  • The truth is that how hard you find the ACCA training depends on your own approach and attitude. Many successful candidates have commented that it's not the amount of work involved that makes the ACCA difficult; instead, they recommend taking a focused approach in order to learn each subject thoroughly. Dedication, discipline and attention to detail are invaluable skills when preparing for the exams and can make all the difference between success or failure.

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has established guidelines for the recommended amount of study hours for its members and those studying to become a member. For those taking an online multiple choice assessment, ACCA recommends an average of 20 hours study time. This equates to approximately four hours per week over five weeks or two hours per day over ten days; however, this can vary depending on the individual’s knowledge level and style of learning.

  • To start studying for ACCA’s foundation level course, Applied Knowledge, you must be qualified to university entrance level. This means you need three GCSEs and two A Levels in five separate subjects including maths and English to meet ACCA entry requirements.

  • ACCA is a professional qualification that’s recognised worldwide. Completion of the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers is the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. When you complete the Professional level, it is the equivalent of a master's degree.

  • Our monthly subscription cost includes access to all the learning resources you will need, but you will book and pay for your ACCA exams separately with ACCA. Information about exams and how to book them can be found on the ACCA website.

  • Due to the need to protect intellectual property, it is not possible to download the majority of course materials. An active internet connection is required to authenticate your account and access your learning content. Some video materials are available to download for later viewing.

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