ACCA is suitable for those who would like a career in finance, business or accountancy, who wish to become a Chartered Certified Accountant. It takes around three to four years to complete the qualification. You’ll learn both practical and technical skills to equip you for a future in business.
ACCA offer four exam sittings per year for the Skills, Essentials and Options modules. We have put together recommendations for how to use the four sittings to progress most effectively through your studies. Read our advice.
The Knowledge Module is the entry level to the ACCA accounting qualification. If you have no previous qualifications, then you should complete the final level of the AAT or FIA Diploma first, before moving on to ACCA.
Students with two A-Levels and three GCSEs in five separate subjects (including English and Maths) or with a non-relevant degree or NVQ qualification can proceed directly on to the Knowledge module.
Knowledge subjects can be sat in any order.
Exams for the three Knowledge subjects are available to sit as a Computer Based Exam (CBE) at your local Kaplan centre.
Computer Based Exams consist of multi-task questions (MTQs). MTQs contain a series of tasks for students to complete, tasks which relate to one or more scenarios.
You can book your CBE online.
If you are AAT, FIA or CAT qualified or hold a relevant degree (e.g. Accountancy, Finance, Law or Management) then you may be eligible for exemptions from the Knowledge Module. It is recommended that you apply for exemptions when you register with ACCA as a student.
You can check to see if you qualify for any exemptions on the ACCA website.
To introduce knowledge and understanding of the business and its environment and the influence this has on how organisations are structured and on the role of the accounting and other key business functions in contributing to the efficient, effective and ethical management and development of an organisation and its people and systems.
To develop your knowledge and understanding of providing basic management information in an organisation to support management in planning and decision making.
To develop knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles, concepts and regulations relating to financial accounting and technical proficiency in the use of double-entry accounting techniques, including the preparation of basic financial statements.
Subjects can be sat in any order. Students can sit up to four subjects in one exam sitting.
Exams for the Skills subjects are available as Paper Based Exams (PBE) sat at ACCA centres and there are four exam sittings per year. Find out more about exam entry dates.
F5-F9 subjects are also available as Session CBEs at ACCA centres which take place at the same time as the PBE.
Exams are three hours long with 15 minutes available for reading time.
F4 is available as a Computer Based Exam (CBE) at Kaplan centres all year round. Both written and computer based versions of the F4 exam are two hours long with no reading time. ENG and GLO versions of the exam are only examined by CBE in the UK.
The pass mark for all subjects is 50%.
If you have a relevant degree in Accountancy, Finance, Law or Management you may be eligible for exemptions from the Skills Module. It is recommended that you apply for exemptions when you register with ACCA as a student.
The aim of this paper is to enable you to develop knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary.
The aim of this paper is to develop knowledge and skills in the application of management accounting techniques to quantitative and qualitative information for planning, decision-making, performance evaluation and control.
The aim of this paper is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the tax system as applicable to individuals, single companies, and groups of companies.
The aim of the F7 syllabus is to develop your knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards and the theoretical framework in the preparation of financial statements of entities (including groups). You will also learn how to analyse and interpret those financial statements.
The aim of the F8 syllabus is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the process of carrying out assurance engagement (and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework).
The aim of the F9 syllabus is to develop the knowledge and skills expected of a financial manager responsible for the finance function of a business, relating to issues affecting investment, financing and dividend policy decisions.
You should read through your F2 notes before you begin studying F9.
Papers can be sat in any order. Students can sit up to four papers in one exam sitting.
Can overlap with papers on the Skills Module as long as the Skills Module is being completed.
There are no exemptions available for the Essentials Module so all papers must be passed to continue with your studies.
Exams for the Essentials papers are Paper Based Exams (PBE), which are sat at ACCA centres and there are four exam sittings per year. Find out more about exam entry dates.
The pass mark for all papers is 50%.
The aim of the P1 syllabus is to enable accountants to apply relevant knowledge and skills (and exercise professional judgement) relating to governance, internal control, compliance and risk management in the context of an overall ethical framework with an organisation.
The aim of the P2 syllabus is to enable you to apply your knowledge and skills, and exercise professional judgement, in the application and evaluation of financial reporting principles and practices within a range of business contexts and situations.
Please ensure that P2 is taken either before or alongside P7, as P7 assumes knowledge of P2 accounting standards. If you wish to obtain your UK Auditing Certificate you must enter and sit the UK version of both the P2 and P7 exams.
Read through your F7 materials, as this will be assumed knowledge.
The aim of this paper is to enable you to apply relevant knowledge and skills, and exercise professional judgement in assessing strategic position, determining strategic choice, and implementing strategic action through beneficial business process and structural change.
You will also learn about coordinating knowledge systems and information technology and how to effectively managing quality processes, projects, and people within financial and other resource constraints.
Can overlap with papers on the Essentials Module as long as the Essentials Module is being completed.
There are no exemptions available for the Options Module. You only need to complete two out of the four papers.
Exams for the Options papers are Paper Based Exams (PBE), which are sat at ACCA centres and there are four exam sittings per year. Find out more about exam entry dates.
To apply relevant knowledge, skills, and exercise professional judgement as expected of a senior financial executive or advisor, in taking or recommending decisions relating to the financial management of an organisation.
To apply relevant knowledge, skills, and exercise professional judgement in selecting and applying strategic management accounting techniques in different business contexts and to contribute to the evaluation of the performance of an organisation and its strategic development.
To apply the relevant knowledge and skills and exercise professional judgement in providing relevant information and advice to individuals and businesses on the impact of the major taxes on financial decisions and situations.
To apply relevant knowledge, skills, and exercise professional judgement in analysing, evaluating, concluding and reporting on the assurance engagement and other audit and assurance issues in the context of best practice and current developments.
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