ACCA Accountancy QualificationS

what's acca

What is the ACCA?

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the largest and fastest-growing international accountancy body, with over 486,000 students and 200,000 members in 180 countries. More people around the world qualify in-country with ACCA than any other international body. ACCA’s reputation and influence are respected worldwide by employers, government and the profession itself.

ACCA’s Members, who are known as Chartered Certified Accountants, are employed in industry, financial services, the public sector, or in public practice. With statutory recognition in the UK and Ireland it has the authority to license its members to work as registered auditors. In the UK, it also authorises its members to undertake insolvency work. Outside the UK, ACCA’s are recognised under the EU’s Mutual Recognition Directive and in many countries around the world.

Why choose to study ACCA?

Choose ACCA – and discover a world of opportunity
When you study with ACCA, you can take your career in any direction. You open doors to the best and most interesting roles all over the world. And you become one of the sought-after finance professionals our fast-changing world needs.

It’s a rewarding and intense path – and we’re here to support you at every stage of your career.

  • Work anywhere in the world
  • Stand out to the best employers
  • Supported by quality tuition
  • The flexibility to choose your own path: BSc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and/or MSc in Professional Accountancy from the University of London
  • Get the support you need to succeed

What ACCA offers?

ACCA offers four core qualifications:

  • A suite of awards, including certificates, diplomas and a revised Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification – (ACCA Foundation Diploma)
  • A Professional Qualification enabling members to reach the highest level in accountancy – (ACCA)
    A Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting which is centered on the needs of employers for practical, professional accounting – BSc (Hons)
  • A Masters in Professional Accountancy designed to broaden business understanding and enhance strategic decision making – (MSc)

How to Qualify?

In order to become a qualified chartered certified accountant and use the designatory letters “ACCA” after your name you need to complete:

  • 13 exams (exemption can be claimed in nine exams)
  • Three-years’ relevant practical experience requirements
  • An Ethics and Professional Skills module

About the course

You have unlimited time to complete fundamental level papers and seven years to complete professional level papers. You take ACCA exams when it suits you – you choose the pace. You also have the option to select papers based on International Accounting and Auditing Standards and, in certain countries, variant papers based on local law and tax. You may also claim exemptions from certain exams, depending on what other qualifications you have gained.

Applied Knowledge Papers
Paper Subject Exam Session
F1 Accountant in Business (AB) CBE*(monthly)
F2 Management Accounting (MA) CBE*(monthly)
F3 Financial Accounting(FA) CBE*(monthly)
Applied Skill Papers
Paper Subject Exam Session
F4 Corporate and Business Law (LW)(ENG) CBE*(monthly)
F5 Performance Management (PM) March, June, September & December
F6 Taxation (TX) March, June, September & December
F7 Financial Reporting (FR) March, June, September & December
F8 Audit and Assurance (AA) March, June, September & December
F9 Financial Management (FM) March, June, September & December
Strategic Professional Papers
Paper Subject Exam Session
SBL Strategic Business Leader March, June, September & December
SBR Strategic Business Reporting March, June, September & December
P4 Advanced Financial Management (AFM) March, June, September & December
P5 Advanced Performance Management (APM) March, June, September & December
P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX) March, June, September & December
P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance (AAA) March, June, September & December
* Computer Based Examination
You need to register with ACCA as a student in order to take the exams.

The quickest and easiest way is to apply for your accounting course is online. You can do it yourself or through APECS. Applying online also allows you to upload all your supporting documents. This means your application will be processed much quicker and you will know at which level you can start your studies shortly after submitting your application.

ACCA offers a number of entry routes for studying towards the ACCA Qualification, designed to take into account equivalent local qualifications and previous educational achievements. Check entry requirements and exemptions available on ACCAGlobal along with the information on Joint Examination Schemes.

Remember to send supporting documentation with your registration form including a passport style photograph, proof of identity and attested copies of previous academic qualifications as proof of minimum entry eligibility or for claiming exemptions.

You can track the status of your application also online.

ACCA will issue you with a passcode to access your student details from the ACCA website and student post-registration information containing details about the exams, practical experience requirements, Professional Ethics module and the service and support provided by ACCA.

As soon as you have received confirmation from ACCA that your application has been approved, you may make arrangements to sit CBEs.
Applied Knowledge: £ 90.00/paper
Applied Skills: £ 120.00/paper
Strategic Professional: 150.00/paper
Total Program Fee: £ 1,140.00
Min: 2 years

On average, an individual registering with the minimum entry requirements, and studying on a full time basis would take approximately two to three years to gain their ACCA Qualification.
In Vietnam: Matriculation to University (Bachelor or Masters). Please remember to view the exemption enquiry database to find out if your part complete degree attracts exemptions.