Association of Chartered Certified Accountants a.k.a. ACCA is a global body which trains people to become highly qualified in the field of accountancy, banking, management and consulting. The ACCA certification has a powerful presence across the globe within the profession.

It gives a distinct edge to the professionals holding this certification in competing for senior roles in companies over those who do not have this certification. ACCA body has more than 200,000 fully qualified members and more than 486,000 students across the world.

Why to study ACCA?

ACCA makes you eligible to follow your own path to a rewarding and fulfilling career in any sector that you want to work in, in any financial role and position that you would like to work in. It opens doors for you in the corporate world that would have been difficult to prise open.

Let us see some of the main reasons as to why you should study ACCA:

  1. The world is your oyster:

    You can work anywhere in the world since the ACCA certification is globally recognized and respected for excellence in the field of accountancy, banking, management and consulting.

  2. Get the best employers:

    With this certification, you already hold a distinct competitive edge over the other people without the certification and can get to work for the best employers through the ACCA Careers Job Boards. The ACCA body has tie-ups with more than 7400 approved employers and 80 accountancy partnerships across the world.

  3. Select your own learning method:

    ACCA provides with various options to completing the ACCA course curriculum. It is flexible and adaptable as per your needs. You can either do it part time or full time through one of their training partners or self study or use their online training platform ACCA-X. You can keep your studies broad or choose to specialise in a particular topic.

  4. Support Forum:

    The ACCA support forum is available to you 24 hours a day to help you with any queries/doubts you have and guide/advise you. If you are not comfortable with English language, then ACCA gives support through their training partner BPP for each exam you take.

  5. Networking:

    You get to join a global network of highly qualified professionals through networking events. Events that ACCA conducts or connect to their student body through virtual learning community. You get access to their worldwide LinkedIn network. Here you can connect with thousands of like-minded finance professionals.

  6. You get to be a part of a global institution that drives change in the accountancy sector.

How to Study ACCA:

As mentioned above, there are many ways to study ACCA. You can either study ACCA full time or if you have a job you can study part time. Following are the ways in which you can prepare for your ACCA exams:

  1. Full time
  2. Part time/Evening classes
  3. Online Classes
  4. Weekend Classes
  5. Revision Classes

 

You can also do self study but the best way is to study through an Approved Learning Partner who has been thoroughly vetted and authorized by the ACCA body to conduct classes for the exams to guarantee a complete and quality learning experience.

 

Be sure to have the latest study materials before starting to study for the ACCA exams. You can get the best quality study materials from one of the Approved Content Providers of the ACCA body who have been assessed by the ACCA examining team.

The details are given below:

Becker Professional Education
Telephone: 0800 023 9026
Email: acca@becker.com9026
BPP Learning Media
Telephone: 0845 075 1100
Email: learningmedia@bpp.com
Kaplan Publishing
Telephone: 01189 890629
Email: publishing@kaplan.co.uk

Minimum Entry Requirements:

You can find out about the minimum entry requirements for taking the ACCA Professional exams by clicking of the following link: http://www.accaglobal.com/gb/en/qualifications/glance/acca/minimum-entrance-requirements.html

For Indian students, it is mandatory to have cleared 12th (10+2) with 65% in English and Mathematics/Accounts and at least 50% in remaining subjects. Such students can apply for the Applied Knowledge Level Exam.

Also, to get certified, you need at least three years of relevant work experience, must have cleared all the 14 papers (depending upon your skill level and exemptions) and also, should have cleared the ethics and professional skills module (http://www.accaglobal.com/in/en/qualifications/glance.html). It takes around a total of 3-4 years to become a chartered certified accountant.

If you do not meet the educational requirements of the ACCA course and are still interested in ACCA, then you can start with the ACCA Foundations level which has no minimum entry level requirements.

ACCA Exam Dates:

The ACCA exam dates for 2018 are as follows:

Exam entry period Early closing date Standard closing date Late closing date
June 2018 exam session 12 February 2018 30 April 2018 7 May 2018
September 2018 exam session 14 May 2018 30 July 2018 6 August 2018
December 2018 exam session 13 August 2018 29 October 2018 5 November 2018

ACCA Fees: Registration and subscription fees

Initial registration £79
Re-registration £79
Annual subscription £97

Exemption fees

An exemption fee is charged for each ACCA exam you are awarded exemption from.

Knowledge exams £74
Skills exams £100

Exam fees

An exam entry fee must be paid for each exam you enter.Knowledge examsF1, F2 and F3 exams are only available as on-demand CBEs (Computer Based Exams). Please contact your local CBE centre to book.

Skills examsF4, F5, F6, F7, F8 and F9 exams.Skills exams fees

September 2018 early entry (Closes 14 May 2018 at 23: 59 GMT)  £100
 September 2018 standard entry (Closes 14 May 2018 at 23: 59 GMT)  £105
 September 2018 late entry (Closes 6 August 2018 at 23: 59 GMT)
 £269
 December 2018 early entry (Closes 13 August 2018 at 23:59 GMT)
£100
December 2018 standard entry  (Closes 29 October 2018 at 23:59 GMT) £105
 December 2018 late entry (Closes 5 November 2018 at 23:59 GMT)
  £269

Strategic Professional (essentials)

From September 2018, the exams at the Professional level are changing. P1-P3 are being withdrawn and will be replaced by two new exams, Strategic Business Leader and Strategic Business Reporting

Strategic Business Leader exam fees (from September 2018)

September 2018 early entry

(Closes 14 May 2018 at 23:59 GMT)

 £180
 September 2018 standard entry
(Closes 30 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT)
 £190
 September 2018 late entry  

(Closes 06 August 2018 at 23:59 GMT)

  £298
 December 2018 early entry
(Closes 13 August 2018 at 23:59 GMT)
 £180
 December 2018 standard entry    

(Closes 29 October 2018 at 23:59 GMT)

 £190
 December 2018 late entry

(Closes 5 November 2018 at 23:59 GMT)

 £298

 

Strategic Business Reporting exam fees (from September 2018)

 

September 2018 early entry (Closes 14 May 2018 at 23:59 GMT)  £125
September 2018 standard entry (Closes 30 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT)  £132
September 2018 late entry (Closes 06 August 2018 at 23:59 GMT)  £298
December 2018 early entry  (Closes 13 August 2018 at 23:59 GMT)  £125
December 2018 standard entry  (Closes 29 October 2018 at 23:59 GMT)  £132
December 2018 late entry   (Closes 5 November 2018 at 23:59 GMT)  £298

Strategic Professional (options)

Advanced Financial Management

Advanced Performance Management

Advanced Taxation (UK)

Advanced Audit and Assurance (INT)

Options exam fees

September 2018 early entry (Closes 14 May 2018 at 23:59 GMT) £125
September 2018 standard entry (Closes 30 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT) £132
September 2018 late entry (Closes 06 August 2018 at 23:59 GMT) £298
December 2018 early entry (Closes 13 August 2018 at 23:59 GMT) £125
December 2018 standard entry (Closes 29 October 2018 at 23:59 GMT) £132
December 2018 late entry (Closes 5 November 2018 at 23:59 GMT) £298

 

 

 

Foundations in Accountancy students

 

Registration and subscription fees

 Initial registration  £79
 Re-registration  £79
 Annual subscription  £97

Exemption fees

An exemption fee is charged for each ACCA exam you are awarded exemption from. Please note that exemptions from papers FA1, FA2, MA1 and MA2 are free of charge.

 Diploma in Accounting and Business    £74
 Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification  £74

ACCA Exam fees

An exam entry fee must be paid for each exam you enter.

Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting

Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting

Diploma in Accounting and Business

Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification

 December 2018 early entry

(Closes 13 August 2018 at 23:59 GMT)

 £74
 December 2018 standard entry

(Closes 29 October 2018 at 23:59 GMT)

 £78
 December 2018 late entry

(Closes 5 November 2018 at 23:59 GMT)

 £238

 

 

Students resident in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive award certificates for the UK regulated titles.

Subjects Covered:

Thus, there are three levels to the exams. The topics covered in each level are:

  1. Applied Knowledge: Accounting in business(F1), Management Accounting(F2) and Financial Accounting(F3).
  2. Applied Skills: F4 Corporate And Business Law (LW), F5 Performance Management PM, F6 Taxation (TX), F7 Financial Reporting (FR), F8 Auditing and Assurance (AA) and F9 Financial Management (FM)
  3. Professional: There are three levels to this; Professional Essentials which contain Governance, Risk & Ethics (P1), Corporate Reporting (P2) & Business Analysis (P3); Professional Options which contain Advanced Financial Management (P4), Advanced Performance Management (P5), Advanced Taxation (P6) & Advanced Auditing & Assurance (P7) and Strategic Professional which contain Strategic Business Leader & Strategic Business Reporting.