What is ACCA? ACCA stands for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants a leading international accountancy body. The ACCA qualification is recognised and is treated in other countries as being equivalent to their local qualification. The ACCA qualification proves to employers that you have ability in all aspects of business it is the largest and fastest growing qualification in the world, with over 500,000 members and students in 170 countries

About ACCA Qualification

Choose to study accounting with ACCA and we will provide you with skills and knowledge relevant to any business, which means you are free to choose which type of accountancy role and organisation you want to work for.

There is a strong focus on professional values, ethics and governance. This is essential because the profession is moving towards strengthened codes of conduct, regulation and legislation, which is why our qualification has an increased focus on professionalism and ethics in accounting.

Professionalism and ethics is examined at the highest level in the ACCA Qualification. It is also a main part of the practical experience you must complete to qualify.

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

  • exams - a minimum of five of 14 exams (nine are eligible for exemption*)
  • experience - record 36 months experience in a relevant role
  • ethics - the Professional Ethics module.

*Nine of the exams which are part of the qualification will not need to be taken if you have other relevant qualifications at the same level. You will need to provide proof of your previous qualifications so you can claim exemptions.

Where to start?

At ACCA we strongly believe it’s the end result that counts. That’s why it isn’t important to us what qualifications, if any, you have when you join us. We will start you on your journey at the most relevant level. Through our comprehensive and rigorous exams and training, along with a range of resources and support to help you on your way to achieving the ACCA Qualification, we will help you reach your career destination of choice.

  •  Foundation level
  • We offer a range of Foundation-level certificates and diplomas which provide the ideal starting point for anyone new to accounting and finance and who doesn’t have any formal academic qualifications. You can start your ACCA journey at the Introductory Certificate, the Intermediate Certificate or the Diploma in Accounting and Business. It’s up to you. However, we strongly recommend you start with the introductory exams if you have no prior qualifications – you’ll do better at the higher level exams if you complete the basics first. Then progress through the rest of exams and achieve the Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting and Diploma in Accounting and Business. You can then transfer to the ACCA Qualification and start at F4 of the Fundamentals level – missing out the first three exams at this level.

  • Fundamentals level
  • The ACCA Qualification is divided into two levels – Fundamentals and Professional level. If you meet our minimum entry requirement which is three GSCEs and two A Levels (or their equivalent) in five separate subjects, including maths and English – you can start at the Fundamentals level. There are lots of qualifications you can achieve along the way as you work towards ACCA membership, including a Diploma in Accounting and Business, Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business and even a BSc degree in Applied Accounting, awarded by Oxford Brookes University.

  • Professional level
  • For graduates with relevant accredited degrees from recognised institutions, you can start your journey to ACCA membership at the Professional level. Your previous qualifications mean you have already made significant progress towards the exam component of the ACCA Qualification and could allow you to claim a maximum of nine exemptions.

  • Experience
  • Becoming a professional accountant isn’t just about sitting exams. That’s only part of it. Equally important is getting relevant, supervised practical experience. It demonstrates to employers that you have proven experience and practical skills relevant to the role and can be relied on to get the job done. You can complete your work experience before, at the same time, or after completing the exams. But at the same time is best. It means a quicker journey time to ACCA membership and can really benefit your studies if you can start to apply what you’re learning to the workplace.

  • Ethics
  • Ethics and professionalism are at the heart of everything we do and stand for at ACCA. It doesn’t matter where you start your journey, it’s important you know what it means to act professionally and ethically. It builds confidence in those who employ your services that you carry out your duties with trust and integrity. It demonstrates you are professional. That’s why all our students have to take the Foundations in Professionalism online interactive module to achieve any of the Foundation-level awards and the Diploma in Accounting and Business as part of the ACCA Qualification, and the Professional Ethics module to achieve the BSc degree in Applied Accounting (awarded by Oxford Brookes University), Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business and the ACCA Qualification.


The benefit of ACCA membership

* enables you to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, use the designatory letters ACCA, and work in any aspect of finance or management in any business.

* better employment prospects as a result of having shown an ability in all areas of business.

* assures an employer that you have the skills necessary to progress to more senior management positions.

* higher status in the eyes of an employer, and also your clients

* ACCA is the largest and fastest-growing global professional accountancy body in the world, with over 500,000 members and students in 170 countries

* gaining such a qualification is evidence that the holder possesses skills and knowledge which are in high demand by employers in industry, banking, auditing, consulting as well as other professions like taxation and law.

* candidates not only gain specialist knowledge in finance and accounting, but also acquire valuable skills in organisational management and strategy

* the qualification does not concentrate only on theory, and unlike Universities prepares a graduate for practical usage.

* the qualification is based on international accounting and auditing standards and is IFAC compliant

* ACCA Professional qualification is of a high standard and is equivalent to completing full University Degree

* with exams twice a year students can work while they study

* personal satisfaction of having acquired the business skills