What You Need to Know



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NOTE: the information contained in this page is taken from official web-site of ACCA http://www.accaglobal.com and ACCA publication  "Your Future in Finance and Accounting. © ACCA January, 2007"

When can you register?

When you need to register is determined by when you wish to sit your first ACCA exams. ACCA holds exams twice a year - in June and December.

June exams - register by 31 December of the previous year. Exam entry forms will be sent by mid-February. Complete and return your exam entry form by 15 April.

December exams - register by 15 August of the same year. Exam entry forms will be sent by mid-September. Complete and return your exam entry form by 15 October.

Where do you start?

ACCA can offer you various entry points on to its qualification, depending on your age and previous academic qualifications.

Minimum entry requirements:

  • minimum age 18
  • two A Levels and three GCSEs or equivalent in five separate subjects, including English and Mathematics.

Mature Student Entry Route (MSER):

  • over age 21
  • no academic qualifications required
  • must pass the equivalent of Papers F2, Management Accounting and F3, Financial Accounting within two years before further progression to the ACCA exams is permitted.

Graduate-entry route:

  • relevant degree holders from ACCA-accredited institutions may be exempted form all nine exams within the Fundamentals level and register directly at the Professional level. Non-relevant degrees may also qualify for some exemptions
  • visit www.accaglobal.com to check what exemptions you may be eligible to claim.

Access to ACCA via CAT qualification:

  • minimum age 16
  • no academic qualifications required
  • sit Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification first and then transfer to the Skills module of the ACCA Qualification by claiming exemption from the first three papers in the Knowledge module.

Can you claim exemptions from any of the ACCA exams?

Yes. The number of the exemptions you can claim will depend on how closely your previous qualifications match the content of the ACCA syllabus. For example, if you have completed a relevant degree from an ACCA-accredited university. No exemptions are available from the Professional level. Visit www.accaglobal.com to check what exemptions you may be eligible to claim. 

How much will it cost you to study for the ACCA Qualification?

On registration you will be asked to pay an initial subscription fee. Then on 1 January each year, an annual subscription fee will be due. As you enter for exams or claim exemptions, a payment will be requested.

What you need to do in order to gain ACCA membership?

To qualify as an ACCA member you will need to complete:

  • 14 exams (nine of which are eligible for exemption)
  • three-years' relevant practical experience in order to achieve 13 performance objectives - all nine Essentials and four from 11 Options
  • the Professional Ethics module.

How long will it take you to qualify?

It depends. The ACCA Qualification is designed to be flexible. Although ACCA would always recommend you to complete the practical experience along with the exams, it's up to you to decide how you study, how often you sit exams and where and how you gain your relevant practical experience. You can take a maximum of four exams every six months and combining this with working full-time would also mean you are simultaneously gaining the practical experience requirement also necessary for membership. On average, an individual registering with the minimum entry requirements, working full-time and studying on a part-time basis would take approximately three to four years to gain their ACCA Qualification. However, depending on your previous qualifications and relevant practical experience, you can complete the qualification much more quickly. A graduate with a relevant degree and couple of years relevant experience could complete the qualification in as little as one or two years. 

What is the Professional Ethics module? Is it optional?

Within the ACCA Qualification there is a strong focus on professional values, ethics and governance - skills which are essential as the accountancy profession moves towards strengthened codes of conduct, regulation and legislation with an increasing focus on professionalism and ethics in accounting. As part of your ethical development, you will be required to complete a Professional Ethics module in addition to the exams and practical training in order to gain the ACCA Qualification and use the letters ACCA after your name.The module can be completed online or in writing. 

Why do you need to gain practical training?

A key component of the ACCA Qualification is gaining relevant practical experience. The ACCA Qualification will prepare you for a challenging and often demanding career as a professional accountant and, like all professions, it is not sufficient to solely rely on theoretical knowledge developed through an exam process to help achieve this. The ACCA Qualification closely links practical experience to the exam syllabus, reinforcing that any capabilities you develop through the exam process will have a clear application in your workplace. And this in turn provides potential employers with independent reassurance that you are the right person for the job. It's up to you to choose the right employer to work for and gain your practical experience, but there are lots of resources available to you to make sure you get the right type of training and development.  

More information is available upon personal request six days a week, Sunday to Friday, at ACCA Connect, located at ACCA's Glasgow office in the UK:

ACCA Connect
2 Central Quay
89 Hydepark Street
United Kingdom
G3 8BW

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