The ACCA Qualification

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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) was founded in 1904. Today, it is one of the world’s leading and fastest-growing international accountancy organisations, with 362,000 students and 131,500 members across 170 countries.

ACCA is one of the world's leading accountancy organisations. Its members are internationally recognised in public practice, industry, commerce and the public sector. ACCA membership also allows you to obtain status as a Registered Auditor.


Entry requirements


Professional Examination Route:

Minimum Entry requirements to register for the ACCA course, starting at the ACCA Knowledge level, are two A Levels plus 3 GCSEs in five separate subjects (including English and Mathematics), or the equivalent. Those students in possession of higher qualifications may be eligible for exemptions from some of the ACCA examinations.


ACCA Exemptions for Degree Holders:

Holders of recognised business and/or accounting degrees will be considered for ACCA exemption from some or all of the papers in Knowledge & Skills levels, if they have previously studied and been assessed in comparable subject areas. Students with non-relevant degrees will not receive exemption from the examinations.

We advise you to check your starting point with ACCA before you enrol on the course.


ACCA exam dates

There are 4 exam sittings each year:

  • March
  • June
  • September
  • December


Registration with ACCA

All students who wish to sit ACCA examinations must:

  • Register as a student with ACCA
  • Register to sit specific exams with ACCA (you will be sent an exam entry form once you have registered with ACCA)

Enrolment on an Amity College course does not register you with ACCA.


ACCA exam entry deadlines

You must register to sit exams:

  • For March exams - Between 14th November to 30th January (late entry: 6th February. Online Only )
  • For June exams - Between 13th to 30th April (late entry: 8th May. Online Only)
  • For September exams - Between 15th May to 31st July (late entry: 7th August. Online Only)
  • For December exams - Between 14th August to 30th October (late entry: 6th November. Online Only)

Note: ACCA charges a fee for late entries. You may also be eligible for a discount if you apply early i.e. on 8th March\September (online only). Please Check with ACCA for terms and conditions.


Exam Progression Rules

There are four exam cycles a year for both CBE (F5 - F9) and paper-based exams. Students are allowed to take a maximum of 4 exams during each exam cycle across a maximum of 8 distinct exams over the course of a calendar year. These can be a combination of computer-based and paper-based exams.


Exam Cycles

For the four sessions in 2016 and all future sessions they'll be:

  • March session: 1 Jan - 31 March
  • June session: 1 April - 30 June
  • September session: 1 July - 30 September
  • December session: 1 Oct - 31 December

These sessions are in line with the exemption closing dates.


On-Demand CBE

On-demand Computer Based Exams (CBEs) are available for the first seven papers within the foundation-level qualifications and the F1-F4 (English and Global) exams of the ACCA qualification. Please remember that you must be registered with ACCA prior to being entered for on-demand CBEs.

We are your local ACCA approved CBE centre


Modular Order

Exams must be taken in modular order for the ACCA Qualification, however you can attempt the papers within each module in any order. These rules are in place to guide students on an appropriate path through the ACCA Qualification. Ultimately they help students progress through our exams, as they ensure that students build on their learning and are taking the most appropriate exams based on where they are on their student journey.

The modular order for the ACCA Qualification is:
  • Knowledge module (F1-F3)
  • Skills module (F4-F9)
  • Professional module (Essentials P1-P3 and Options P4-P7)

If your exam allows you to enter for exams across modules, please remember that you must enter for outstanding exams in your current module if you wish to enter to sit papers in the next module. For example should you have passed exams F1-F8, if you wish to sit P1 you must also enter for F9 at the same exam booking.


Time Limits to Exam Components of the ACCA Qualification

ACCA is introducing important changes to the time limit allowed to students for completing the exam component of the ACCA Qualification. Under the current rules, students are removed from the register if they have not completed the exams within 10 years of their initial registration date.

Under the new rules a seven year time limit will be introduced at the Professional level. Therefore, there are no time limits for passing the Foundation level exams as part of Foundations in Accountancy or for taking exams F1-F9 at the Fundamentals level of the ACCA Qualification. However, ACCA strongly recommend students take exams on a regular basis as this increases the chances of success.

Students will have seven years to pass the exams at Professional level (P1, P2 and P3 and two of the options paper P4-P7). If a student does not pass all the Professional level exams within seven years, they will lose any passes that were achieved more than seven years ago and will need to retake. The seven year time limit starts when a student passes their first Professional level exam.

Find out more about recent ACCA changes and how they might benefit you


ACCA enquiry service

For further information on entry requirements, ACCA exam registration, and exemptions contact: 

ACCA Connect
110 Queen Street,
Glasgow, G1 3BX,
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 141 582 2000
Fax: +44 (0) 141 582 2222


Exemption, registration and exam entry deadline dates are approximate and should be checked with ACCA.



Please click on a paper below to familiarise yourself with its syllabus and study guide.


The ACCA syllabus consists of 14 papers divided into four levels:

  • Knowledge - 3 papers
  • Skills – 6 papers
  • Essentials – 3 papers
  • Options – 2 papers from 4


FUNDAMENTALS LEVEL (9 papers in total)


Changes to P1 & P3 from September 2018 - Find out more

 ACCA is redesigning the Professional level. It will become Strategic Professional from September 2018 Find out more


Qualifications Gained Whilst Studying Towards Membership

Diploma in Accounting and Business

You gain a Diploma in Accounting and Business when you pass:

  • the first three exams of the ACCA Qualification (F1, F2 and F3)
  • the Foundations in Professionalism ethics module.

Depending on when you take your ethics module, you could get this award in 6-12 months.


Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business

You gain the Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business when you pass:

  • all the exams in the Fundamentals level (F1-F9)
  • the Professional Ethics module (to be replaced from 31/10/2017 by the new Ethics and Professional Skills)

Depending on when you take your exams and ethics module, you could get this award in 12-18 months.


What Enhanced Qualifications Can You Get?

You can also combine the ACCA Qualification with getting a degree:

BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Accounting

Get a degree at the same time as becoming a qualified accountant through ACCA partnership with Oxford Brookes University. This is the perfect way to gain an extra qualification without doubling your workload.

You need to:

Find out more about the BSc 


Master’s in Professional Accountancy

ACCA is the first accountancy body worldwide to offer an integrated master’s programme. Alongside studying for your professional qualification, you can gain a Master’s in Professional Accountancy from the University of London.

You’ll build on the commercial, strategic and creative skills the ACCA Qualification gives you – and develop both academic and professional perspectives that will give you unique opportunities in your career.

Find out more about the MSc 


Exam Regulations

The following rules on conduct apply to students sitting paper-based and computer-based exams, as well as those taking internally-assessed ACCA courses.

  • You are required to adhere at all times to the examination regulations and guidelines, below.
  • You are required to comply in all respects with any instructions issued by the exam supervisor/s, invigilator/s and any ACCA personnel before and during an exam.
  • You may not attempt to deceive the exam supervisor/s, invigilator/s and ACCA personnel by giving false or misleading information.
  • You are not allowed to take to your exam desk any books, notes or other materials (except those outlined in the guidelines below). These are known as 'unauthorised materials'.
  • You are not allowed to possess, use, or intend/attempt to use, any unauthorised materials while the exam is in progress (whether at your desk or otherwise).
  • You are not permitted to use a dictionary or an electronic translator of any kind or have on or at your desk a calculator which can store or display text. You are also not permitted to use mobile phones, electronic communication devices or any item with smart technology functionality in the examination hall. These are known as "unauthorised items" and are taken into the examination hall at the candidates own risk. ACCA accepts no responsibility for their loss or damage. Such items must not be worn, or be placed on your desk, in pockets of clothing, in your bag or personal belongings, or be kept anywhere else on or about your person. If you bring a mobile phone, communication device or any item with smart technology functionality with you to your examination, you must declare this to the examination personnel upon entering the examination hall. You must switch the phone or electronic communication device off and disable any alarms or notifications. You must then follow the instructions given to you by the examination personnel.
  • (a) If you breach exam regulation 4 and/or 5 and the 'unauthorised materials' are relevant to the syllabus being examined, it will be assumed that you intended to use them to gain an unfair advantage in the exam. In any subsequent disciplinary proceedings, you will have to prove that you did not intend to use the unauthorised materials to gain an unfair advantage in the exam.

    (b) If you breach exam regulation 6, it will be assumed that you intended to use the 'unauthorised items' to gain an unfair advantage in the exam. In any subsequent disciplinary proceedings, you will have to prove that you did not intend to use the 'unauthorised items' to gain an unfair advantage in the exam.
  • You may not assist, attempt to assist, obtain or attempt to obtain assistance by improper means from any other person during your exams.
  • You are required to comply with the ruling of supervisor/s, invigilator/s and any ACCA personnel. They are obliged to report any cases of irregularity or improper conduct to ACCA. They are also empowered to discontinue your exam if you are suspected of misconduct and to exclude you from the exam hall.
  • You may not engage in any other unprofessional conduct designed to assist you in your exam attempt.
  • If you are sitting paper-based examinations, you are not permitted to remove either your candidate answer booklet(s) or your question paper from the exam room. All candidate answer booklets remain the property of ACCA. If you are taking a computer-based exam you are not permitted to remove any working paper issued to you. All exam working paper remain the property of ACCA. You are also not permitted to copy exam questions. Copying questions and removing them from the exam room is prohibited.
  • If you attempt to gain an unfair advantage in the exam (whether by breaching an exam regulation or otherwise) you are likely to be removed from ACCA's student register following disciplinary proceedings.
  • Candidates must not talk to, or attempt to communicate with, other candidates during the exam under any circumstances.
  • You must not attempt to obtain and/or obtain your examination results prior to ACCA's official published results release date.

These regulations are reproduced on your Examination Attendance Docket – you should take time to familiarise yourself with them. In order to be eligible to sit your exams you must sign your docket confirming your agreement to comply with these regulations.

Note: ACCA charges a fee for late entries. You may also be eligible for a discount if you apply early i.e. on 8th March\September (online only). Please Check with ACCA for terms and conditions.


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