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ACA Training Managers

As the Qualified Person Responsible for Training (QPRT), there are many decisions and choices that you face with regard to the training of your ICAEW students. This page is designed to give you information you need so that you feel equipped to make those important decisions.

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Pathways available

We provide a number of pathways by which students can complete their ACA qualification. The pathways we offer afford our clients maximum choice and flexibility, allowing you to balance the needs of your students with the demands of workflow planning.

Professional routes

3:3

Students sit three Professional Level papers at each sitting. This is the quickest route to qualification and also the most intense from a study perspective. This route comes highly recommended for students with a strong and relevant academic background.

2:2:2

Allows students to sit two Professional Level papers at each sitting. It is approximately six months slower than the 3:3 route, it therefore allows students to spread their studies over a more extended time period. The route can be particularly useful if opportunities for study are restricted or if workflow planning proves difficult under the 3:3 approach.

Advanced routes

Intense

Allows students to take all three Advanced papers together at one sitting. This has the advantage that all technical knowledge gained from the SBM and CR papers is fresh at the point that students take their ACS exam. Although ACS is a non-technical exam, the retention of technical knowledge can help to reinforce student confidence. This is also the quickest route through Advanced ACA.

Decoupled

Students take the SBM and CR papers at one sitting and then take ACS separately at the following sitting. This less intense route can suit students with limited study time.

Pathways by location

Regional Pathway Options
London Pathway Options 
Pathway Certificate Level Prof Sitting 1 Prof Sitting 2 Prof Sitting 3 Advanced Sitting 1 Advanced Sitting 2
3:3 Prof & Intense Advanced First 4 - 6 months of study FAR/AA/TC FM/BST/BP - CR/SBM/ACS -
3:3 Prof & Decoupled Advanced First 4 - 6 months of study FAR/AA/TC FM/BST/BP - CR/SBM ACS
2:2:2 Prof & Intense Advanced First 4 - 6 months of study FAR/AA TC/FM BST/BP CR/SBM/ACS -
2:2:2 Prof & Decoupled Advanced First 4 - 6 months of study FAR/AA TC/FM BST/BP CR/SBM ACS
Pathway Certificate Level Prof/Cert Sitting 1 Prof/Cert Sitting 2 PProf/Cert Sitting 3 Advanced Sitting 1 Advanced Sitting 2
3:3 Prof & Intense Advanced First 4 - 6 months of study FAR/AA/TC FM/BST/BP - CR/SBM/ACS -
3:3 Prof & Decoupled Advanced First 4 - 6 months of study FAR/AA/TC FM/BST/BP - CR/SBM ACS
2:2:2 Prof & Intense Advanced Sat in line with Prof papers ACC/ASS/
FAR/AA
PTX/MI/
TC/FM
BF/LW/
BST/BP
CR/SBM/ACS -
2:2:2 Prof & Decoupled Advanced Sat in line with Prof papers ACC/ASS/
FAR/AA
PTX/MI/
TC/FM
BF/LW/
BST/BP
CR/SBM ACS
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Timetables

We provide the largest ACA course offering in the market. You can find all the detailed dates we run at each of our training locations within the timetable section of our ACA web pages.

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Study options

Which study option is right for you and your students? Please see our table below for a summary of the channels we offer and the associated benefits.

 

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Classroom

A traditional scheduled programme with face to face tutor-led classes.

Business benefit

Intensive courses reducing time away from the office. Allows for peer to peer networking and learning.

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Live Online

The same as classroom, but live interactive online classes at a set time.

  • Live lectures delivered online by a tutor
  • Re-watch and replay lessons through recordings
Business benefit

A flexible alternative to classroom learning that still involves live participation and trainee networking, along with a catch up facility.

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Flexible Online

With online study materials you can study from anywhere, with internet, at your own pace.

  • Tutors available on MyKaplan
Business benefit

Learning is taken out of scheduled classes to fit around the workflow needs of your business.

Pass rates

As the UK’s largest ACA training provider, we are very proud of the pass rates achieved by our first time students in 2017:

Subject Kaplan Pass Rate ICAEW Pass Rate Variance
Professional Level
FAR (INT) 89.2% 80.5% +8.7%
FAR (UK) 80.3% 79.8% +0.5%
AA 89.0% 82.8% +6.2%
TC 84.0% 80.9% +3.1%
FM 87.2% 82.1% +5.1%
BST 95.2% 90.6% +4.6%
BPT 82.2% 79.7% +2.5%
BPI 78.6% 78.2% +0.4%
BPB 82.9% 74.6% +8.3%
Advanced Level
CR 91.4% 85.8% +5.6%
SBM 91.9% 84.4% +7.5%
ACS 86.6% 84.1% +2.5%

 

Please note that for some subjects, Kaplan’s market share is such that there is little scope for variation from the ICAEW’s pass rate e.g. for the BPI paper in 2017, 95% of students sitting the paper for the first time studied with Kaplan.

Fees

View our current ACA fee sheets for the following locations:

National

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Hull

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Isle of Man

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Contact us

If you would like further information including funding options for apprentices or to enrol your students on a course, please contact our Client Service team on 0161 951 5486.