Frequently asked questions

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From entrance requirements and fees, to local tuition options and exam centres, you'll find the detail here

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions from prospective ACCA students. If you have any further questions or want to chat through the application process, you can send us an email or start a web chat with one of our dedicated advisors. We'd love to hear from you. 

  • What documents do I need to register as a student?

    You are required to submit copies of the following:

    • Official educational documents e.g. completion certificates and transcripts detailing the modules studied
    • Proof of identity (copy of birth certificate / passport / National ID Card or driver's licence)
    • Passport-style photograph

    Please note that where documents have been issued in a language other than English, we require a photocopy of the original language documents and a copy of an official English translation.

    You will be able to upload and attach copies of all documentation to your online application. Please note that in order to fully complete your application online you will be required to pay your registration fee by credit or debit card.

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  • How long does it take to register as a student?

    The online application should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, providing you have all the documents you need ready before you start. You can also save a part-complete application and return to it a later date.

    If you complete your application fully online, and we receive all the information and documents we require, you should be registered as a student within 5–7 working days.

    If you have to send documents or payment to us by post, you should be registered as a student within 10 working days. Please note this timescale is from receipt of the documents.

    We aim to process all applications within the timescales stated above following receipt of the application. You will then be sent a communication via email or letter confirming your application has been processed. Should we require further information to support your application we will contact you.

  • What is a Joint Examination Scheme?

    ACCA has a number of partnerships with national accountancy bodies around the world which enables you to sit the exam component of a range of ACCA qualifications and also satisfies the exam criteria for the national accountancy body qualification. We call these joint exam schemes (JES).

    If you wish to study for any of the Foundation-level qualifications, referred to collectively as Foundations in Accountancy and live in one of the following countries you will need to register under the JES: Barbados, Belize, Cambodia, Guyana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Malta, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, or Trinidad and Tobago.

    If you wish to study for the ACCA Qualification and live in one of the following countries you will need to register under the JES: Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cambodia, Cyprus, Greece, Guyana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Malawi, Malta, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago or Vietnam.

    To register with the relevant JES partner as well as with ACCA, apply online or complete a Joint Examination Scheme registration form. You can get this from your local Joint Exam Scheme office. The form, registration fee and supporting documents should also be returned to them.

    Please note: different closing dates for registration may apply, please check directly with your local Joint Examination Scheme office. 

    Visit the main ACCA website for a list of JES partners and their contact details

  • What fees are payable?

    The information below explains what fees are payable by ACCA students, and when these fees must be paid. For a full list of current prices, please visit the fees section of the main ACCA website.

    Subscription and registration fees

    A subscription fee is charged in addition to the initial registration fee in your first year as an ACCA student if you are eligible to sit at more than one exam session in a calendar year.

    Dates up until new students will be charged a subscription fee in addition to their initial registration fee are:

    2015: 8 May
    2016: 8 August

    Thereafter the annual subscription fee is due and payable on or before 1 January each year you wish to remain an active student.

    Exemption fees

    If you are awarded any exemptions, these will be charged at the early exam entry rate for that paper.

    Joint exam schemes

    Additional fees may apply to register with the relevant Joint Examination Scheme (JES) partner. Please contact the Joint Exam Scheme partner for details. View contact details for JES partners.

    Exam entry fees

    There is an early, standard and late registration period for each paper exam, and the fee for exams varies depending on the level of the exam, and the period during which you register. Visit the main ACCA website for a full breakdown of exam entry dates and fees.

    Tuition fees

    If you wish to take tuition via a tuition provider, these fees will be separate and paid directly to the tuition provider. Find out more about studying with a tuition provider.

  • Can I submit my registration form and pay at a later date?

    Unfortunately, an application cannot be finalised without the relevant fee. Please ensure that a payment is submitted as part of your application.

    Please note, until your application is finalised and you have been issued with official confirmation of your registration, you will be unable to attempt any examinations. Students are also advised not to book tuition until their registration is confirmed. 

  • What exams do I have to take to complete the ACCA Qualification?

    In order to complete the ACCA Qualification and qualify as an ACCA member, you will need to complete:

    • 14 exams (students with prior qualifications may be able to claim exemptions from some exams at Fundamentals level).
    • three years practical work experience.
    • the Professional Ethics module.

    The exams are as follows: 

    Fundamentals level

    Knowledge module

    F1 – Accountant in Business
    F2 – Management Accounting
    F3 – Financial Accounting

    Skills module

    F4 – Corporate and Business Law
    F5 – Performance Management
    F6 – Taxation
    F7 – Financial Reporting
    F8 – Audit and Assurance
    F9 – Financial Management

    Professional level

    P1 – Governance, Risk and Ethics
    P2 – Corporate Reporting
    P3 – Business Analysis

    Options (two to be completed)

    P4 – Advanced Financial Management
    P5 – Advanced Performance Management
    P6 – Advanced Taxation
    P7 – Advanced Audit and Assurance

    In addition to exams you must complete the Practical Experience Requirement (PER) and the Professional Ethics module:

    Practical Experience Requirement (PER)

    To help demonstrate to potential employers that you can apply your knowledge in the workplace and have practical skills, you are required to complete three years relevant work experience. You can gain your practical experience before, during or after you complete your exams.

    Ethics module

    As part of your ethical development, you are required to complete the Professional Ethics module. This will give you exposure to a range of ethical perspectives and includes several self-tests which require you to reflect on your own ethical behaviour and values. The module becomes available to you online when you become eligible to take Paper P1, Governance, Risk and Ethics.

  • How quickly can I complete the ACCA Qualification?

    From 2016, ACCA will run four exam sessions per year. Students can sit a maximum of four papers at each exam session, and a maximum of eight distinct exams each calendar year. You could therefore complete all of the exams in 2 years.

    However, as you also need three years practical work experience before you can become an ACCA member and be considered a qualified accountant, the qualification takes a minimum of 3 years to complete.

  • What exams do I have to take to complete the Foundations level?

    The Foundations level exams and awards are detailed below:

    Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting

    FA1 – Recording Financial Transactions
    MA1 – Management Information

    Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting

    FA2 – Maintaining Financial Records
    MA2 – Managing Costs and Finance

    Diploma in Accounting and Business

    FAB – Accountant in Business
    FMA – Management Accounting
    FFA – Financial Accounting

    Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)

    To achieve this award you need to complete all of the above exams and two of the following exams:

    FTX – Foundations in Taxation
    FFM – Foundations in Financial Management
    FAU – Foundations in Audit

    Foundation Diploma (only available in Pakistan and Bangladesh)

    FA1 – Recording Financial Transactions
    MA1 – Management Information
    FA2 – Maintaining Financial Records
    MA2 – Managing Costs and Finance
    FAB – Accountant in Business
    FMA – Management Accounting
    FFA – Financial Accounting

    Ethics

    To gain any of the above awards and receive a certificate you are required to complete the Foundations in Professionalism module in addition to the exams. Foundations in Professionalism is an online module that will give you exposure to a range of ethical perspectives, and it includes several self-tests which require you to reflect on your own ethical behaviour and values. You can take this module before, at the same time, or after you take your exams, and you need only complete the module once.

    Work experience

    In addition to the exams and ethics components, students who wish to complete the CAT qualification must complete one year's work experience in a relevant accounting role, to help demonstrate to potential employers that you can apply your knowledge in the workplace and have practical skills. You can gain your practical experience before, during or after you complete your exams. 

    Exemptions

    Exemptions can be awarded from Foundations level exams based on qualifications held and work experience achieved (this relates to the CAT Qualification only).

  • How quickly can I complete the Foundations level?

    Once you are a registered student at Foundations level, you have an unlimited amount of time in which to complete the qualifications, however this level can be completed quite quickly. 

    If you plan to study the entire Foundations level, or if you are in Pakistan or Bangladesh and registering on the Foundation Diploma, after taking your first exam, you can complete the Foundations level within a year.

    The Certified Accounting Technician qualification can also be completed in this time provided you achieve your required work experience while studying. 

  • How do I study for my ACCA exams?

    As an awarding body, ACCA relies on its global network of third party tuition providers to help our students prepare for their exams. Please note, ACCA does not provide tuition for its qualifications. ACCA recommends that you use one of our Approved Learning Partners, however it is also possible to self-study for ACCA exams.

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