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ACA Professional

The Professional Level builds on your Certificate Level knowledge, and teaches you how to apply technical knowledge to real-life scenarios. The Business Planning exams give you the opportunity to gain a sector-specific understanding while studying. There are three Business Planning units to choose from: Taxation, Banking, and Insurance.

1. Structure

This level consists of six exams that build on existing Certificate Level knowledge. You’ll typically take 12 months to finish this level.


Entry requirements

It’s recommended you pass the ACA Certificate exams to progress onto this level.

If you're a graduate, you can apply for up to eight paper credits including the following Professional level ACA (ICAEW) exams:

  • Business Strategy and Technology
  • Financial Management 

Find out more about credits for prior learning launch. You can also do a combined AAT-ACA course, which takes four years.


Syllabus

Professional Level papers can be sat in any order but we recommend leaving Business Planning Tax (BPT) until the end and using that as a transitional paper to the Advanced Level. All papers are compulsory.

Subjects:

Compulsory
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FARI)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 5 days including 2 personalised days (Knowledge), 3 days (Application), 4 days (Exam Preparation)
    Live Online: 10 sessions, including 4 personalised (Knowledge), 6 sessions (Application), 8 sessions (Exam Preparation)
    OnDemand: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll have to choose between two different frameworks, IFRS and UK GAAP. This means you’ll study the financial reporting framework most relevant to your employer and clients.

Financial Accounting and Reporting: IFRS

You’ll learn how to prepare complete single entity and consolidated financial statements according to IFRS Standards. After completing this unit, you’ll also be able to explain the limitations of financial statements, the application of IFRS, and the differences between IFRS and UK GAAP.

£1,380.00 - £1,910.40
(inc. VAT)

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Compulsory
Audit and Assurance (AA)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 2 days, including 1 personalised day (Knowledge), 1 day (Application), 3 days (Exam Preparation)
    Live Online: 4 sessions, including 2 personalised (Knowledge), 2 sessions (Application), 6 sessions (Exam Preparation)
    OnDemand: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer based exam (CBE)

You’ll learn about the essentials of managing an assurance engagement: acceptance, planning, managing, concluding, and reporting. You’ll also learn to advise of regulatory, professional, and ethical issues in assurance engagements; understand the processes and planning involved; and report in agreement with the terms of the engagements.

From March 2021, ICAEW is introducing Data Analytics software launch into the Audit and Assurance (AA) exam.

£948.00 - £1,221.60
(inc. VAT)

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Compulsory
Taxation Compliance (TC)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 4 days, including 2 personalised days (Knowledge), 4 days (Application), 3 days (Exam Preparation)
    Live Online: 8 sessions, including 4 personalised (Knowledge), 8 sessions (Application), 6 sessions (Exam Preparation)
    OnDemand: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer based exam (CBE)

You’ll learn how to prepare tax computations for individuals and companies. In this unit, you’ll gain the understanding to recognise ethical issues in performing tax work, and calculate: VAT, stamp taxes, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, corporation tax liabilities, and National Insurance.

£1,380.00 - £1,678.80
(inc. VAT)

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Compulsory
Financial Management (FM)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 3 days, including 2 personalised days (Knowledge), 3 days (Application), 3 days (Exam Preparation)
    Live Online: 6 sessions, including 2 personalised (Knowledge), 6 sessions (Application), 6 sessions (Exam Preparation)
    OnDemand: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer based exam (CBE)

You’ll learn how to suggest solutions to financing a business, and manage financial risks to make investment decisions. When you complete this unit, you’ll be able to identify capital requirements and risks facing a business, and use applicable appraisal techniques in investment decisions.

£948.00 - £1,440.00
(inc. VAT)

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Compulsory
Business Strategy and Technology (BST)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 2 days, including 1 personalised days (Knowledge), 2 days (Application), 3 days (Exam Preparation)(Knowledge), 3 days (Application), 4 days (Exam Preparation)
    Live Online: 4 sessions, including 2 personalised (Knowledge), 4 sessions (Application), 6 sessions (Exam Preparation)
    OnDemand: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer based exam (CBE)

You’ll learn how companies establish and carry out strategy, considering ethical ramifications. Upon completing this unit, you’ll be able to: analyse the aftermath of a company’s objectives, use of technology, and market position; use data to judge strategic decisions and recommend strategies; and recommend suitable ways to carry out strategy and measure performance.

£948.00 - £1,418.40
(inc. VAT)

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Compulsory
Business Planning papers (Tax, Banking, or Insurance)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 6 days, including 3 personalised days (Knowledge), 2 days (Application), 4 days (Exam Preparation)
    Live Online: 10 sessions, including 6 personalised (Knowledge), 4 sessions (Application), 8 sessions (Exam Preparation)
    OnDemand: study at your own pace (BPT only)
  • Subject assessment: computer based exam (CBE)

You’ll need to choose one Business Planning unit, from: Taxation (BPT), Banking (BPB), and Insurance (BPI).

Taxation

You’ll learn how to resolve tax issues and advise on tax-efficient solutions for individuals and businesses. You’ll use your knowledge to explain alternative tax solutions, considering the clients and commercial context.

Banking

You’ll learn how to apply your knowledge and professional skills to solve technical compliance and ethical matters, when providing audit and assurance work in the banking industry.

Insurance

You’ll learn how to apply your knowledge and professional skills to solve technical compliance and ethical matters, when providing audit and assurance work in the insurance industry.

£840.00 - £1,678.80
(inc. VAT)

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2. Study methods

Do you prefer face-to-face learning? Online in your own time? Have family or work commitments? We have study methods that suit different learning styles, to fit around your life. You’ll benefit from award-winning tutors, practical learning methods, and ongoing support, even after your exams.

Study methods available in this level

You can be confident in your exams whatever study method you choose, as we offer hundreds of practice questions and marked mock exams. We provide expert support during evenings and weekends, and we have flexible study methods and course start dates.

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OnDemand ›

Award winning tutor-led online course with flexibility to start anytime, anywhere. Not available for BPB and BPI.

  • Unique online resources designed to keep you motivated
  • Tutors guide you efficiently through the whole syllabus
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Classroom ›
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Classroom courses are currently being taught via Live Online. Stay on track, study online.

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

  • Classes with your peers at set times of day
  • Centrally located in most major cities. View all classroom locations
  • Split into three phases: Knowledge, Application and Exam Preparation
  • Knowledge phase includes Personalised days, allowing you to study from home with the guidance of MyKaplan online modules.
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Live Online ›

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

  • Interactive live lectures delivered online by our expert tutors
  • Re-watch and replay lessons through recordings
  • Full weekday, weekend, afternoon or evening classes available
  • Split into three phases: Knowledge, Application and Exam Preparation
  • Knowledge phase includes Personalised sessions, allowing you to study from home with the guidance of Mykaplan online modules.
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Recorded Online

Recorded tutor-led sessions, covering all syllabus content. Available for BPB and BPI to the September and December exam sittings.

  • Study when you want, where you want
  • Re-watch and replay lessons
  • Includes two marked practice exams, with feedback to improve your exam technique and study focus.
  • Easily accessible via MyKaplan portal
  • Access to dedicated tutor support 7 days a week via LiveChat, email or phone.

Timetables - Classroom and Live Online

Please click the link below for timetables of your chosen centre

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3. Exams, sittings and resits

Timings and working towards a sitting

The ACA qualification is made up of 15 exams, advancing your knowledge across accountancy, finance, and business. When you complete the qualification, you will be an ICAEW chartered accountant.

You can take the exams in any order, apart from the Case Study, which needs to be attempted last, in the final year of an ACA training agreement. However, we recommend starting from the Certificate Level units first, then finishing with the Advanced Level exams.

At the Professional Level, all exams are 2.5 hours long, with the exception of Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) being three hours. The pass mark is 55%. Students will receive their results within six weeks of exam week. There are four exam sittings in a year - March, June, September, December.

You may be eligible for credit for some exams, if you’ve studied a relevant qualification or degree. Find out more about credits for prior learning launch.

The ICAEW exam software is being updated

The new exam software launch is launching in March 2021 and includes:

  • Spreadsheet software that reflects commonly used applications. The spreadsheet contains standard functionality that allows you to make your calculations and adjust them if needed, just as you would in the workplace
  • A word processor that auto-adjusts to the size of the response that you are writing, and allows you to copy in the data from the spreadsheet as part of the report (only the word processing section will get marked)
  • Digital copies of relevant permitted texts such as the tax tables within the exam so that you can easily search for the content that you need.

From March 2021, ICAEW is introducing Data Analytics software launch into the Audit and Assurance (AA) exam.

How long does it take to pass?

ACA Professional takes around one year to complete, but this depends on your preferred way of learning. The ACA qualification is made up of three levels, each of which will take six to 12 months to finish. To complete the qualification, you’ll also need to have a minimum of 450 practical work experience days. Students usually complete the qualification in three years.

Resits

If you have failed an exam, don’t worry. There are exam resits and resit courses available. Contact student services to book exams and courses.

All Professional resit courses include:

Prior to Exam Preparation course you will get:

  • A resit diagnostic video, including examiner top tips, common issues, and study guidance
  • Additional articles, tricky topic tutorials and additional questions
  • A marked resit mock
  • A resit guidance document
  • Syllabus update document for any students resitting under a new syllabus
  • Study planner
  • Access to soft copies of the ICAEW material, including study manual and question bank
  • Access to Kaplan’s Academic Support team to answer technical queries:

You then attend a classroom based Exam Preparation course and get:

  • Access to Kaplan tutor
  • Final marked mock
Resit fees
Subject Fee
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) £420.00
Audit and Assurance (AA) £420.00
Taxation Compliance (TC) £420.00
Financial Management (FM) £420.00
Business Strategy and Technology (BST) £420.00
Business Planning Tax (BPT) £420.00

If you need to take a resit, please get in touch with Student Services.

4. Study materials and delivery costs

Study materials

Classroom, Live Online and OnDemand students will receive printed and online study materials.

Materials included in the price of every course:

Kaplan workbook

Kaplan produced workbook that brings out key areas of the syllabus, integrates with online content and provides question practice.

ICAEW materials

Purchased in addition to course price but needed for every paper.

All ACA and ICAEW CFAB learning materials for exams in 2021 will be published in a digital format.

Students will access their materials through the ICAEW Bookshelf, and will be able to view, annotate and highlight passages.

Compulsory
ICAEW workbook

Examining body (ICAEW) workbook of all technical content that could be examined.

ICAEW question bank

Examining body past exam questions that are set in class.

£48.00

Open books

These materials are specific to the paper you're studying and are purchased in addition to the course price.

Compulsory
IFRS book

You will need this book if you have selected the Financial Accounting and Reporting IFRS framework option.

£79.00
Compulsory
UK Accounting Standards and Company Law

You will need this book if you have selected the Financial Accounting and Reporting (UK GAAP) framework option.

£40.00
Compulsory
Hardman's Tax Rates and Tables

This book is needed for when you study the Taxation Compliance paper and if you select the Business Planning: Taxation unit.

£10.00
Optional
Practice Notes (19 and 20)

You will need this book if you have selected either the Business Planning: Insurance or Business Planning: Banking units.

£15.00
Compulsory
Audit Standards book

This book is required to assist you in your studies for the Audit & Assurance paper.

£40.00

Delivery costs

subscriptions

How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

Delivery fees are as follows:

UK - £7.20 (£6 + VAT) for the first package, £7.20 for subsequent packages
Isle of Man Classroom courses - £30 (£25 + VAT) per transaction
EU - £35 (£29.17 + VAT) for the first package, £30 for subsequent packages
Rest of the World - £50 (£41.67 + VAT) for the first package, £50 for subsequent packages

Please note that due to varying interpretations of the post-Brexit EU/UK trading agreement, some EU countries are imposing import duty on the value of the goods received from the UK. It is payable by the end consumer via the delivery company and your delivery may be withheld until paid. This may vary from country to country and be up to a value of 20% of the value of the study material.

A package relates to all the materials for a specific subject, for example ACA Financial Management (FM). If purchasing a course for more than one subject, the additional package charges will apply.

Delivery fees are capped at 3 x the cost, per single order. So, if you buy 5 courses for UK delivery in a single order, it will be £7.20 x 3, rather than £7.20 x 5.

Our standard delivery times for Live Online, OnDemand, Online and Distance Learning are:

UK – 3 to 5 working days
EU – 5 to 7 working days
Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days subject to availability.

Our standard delivery time for UK classroom courses is one week prior to the first course date.

Delivery charges apply to all Classroom and Live Online courses which include printed materials.

5. MyKaplan: online learning environment

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MyKaplan explained (1m:26s)

MyKaplan is an online learning portal with additional resources, including mock exams, to help you prepare for your exams. Your MyKaplan account forms the core of your study experience with Kaplan and includes the following:

Online features

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    View your online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
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    Contact a tutor directly using live chat. You can also email or request a call back
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    Complete practice tests and get instant feedback
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    Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
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    See instantly when your assessments have been marked
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    Access to VideoBank - hundreds of tutor-led videos to help you get the most out of your course.

Access duration

Your chosen study method determines how long you can access your content for.

Classroom
6 months after exam sitting

Live Online
6 months after exam sitting 

OnDemand
6 months after exam sitting 

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6. Tutor support

We’ll support you every step of the way throughout your ACA learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by our Academic Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

  • Live chat (instant response via online messenger system)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Discussion forum (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Request a callback so you can speak to a tutor (we'll arrange a call with you within 24 hours). Please note request a callback is only available to UK based students.

Academic Support opening times

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 1pm

7. Testing and mocks

We have a wealth of materials to help you revise for and pass your exams. All study options come with the following:

Online learning modules
MyKaplan interactive modules that guide you through each syllabus area.

Knowledge checks
10 multiple choice questions set on MyKaplan after an online learning module/classroom day during the Knowledge phase.

Consolidation Test
20 multiple choice questions set on MyKaplan after a number of online learning modules/classroom days during the Knowledge phase.

Progress Tests
Progress tests are exam-style tests to check your progress and get you ready for sitting your mock exams. They are marked by the Kaplan marking team and a recorded debrief of the tests will be provided after you’ve sat them so you can tailor any follow-up work and concentrate on areas that need more attention.

Tricky topic tutorials
10-15 minute tutor debrief on challenging areas of the syllabus.

Mock exams
Mock exams mimic the real exams. They are taken during the Exam Preparation phase of the course and can be found on MyKaplan. They are marked by the Kaplan marking team, who will provide tailored feedback so you can focus on areas you found difficult or could improve.

8. Pricing structure

Subject prices can differ depending on your study method and location.

Subjects are all priced individually, so you can purchase them altogether, or separately as you need them. This also helps you split the cost to make it more affordable.

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Classroom Live Online OnDemand Recorded Online
from £1,053.60 (inc. VAT) from £948.00 (inc. VAT) from £948.00 (inc. VAT) from £840.00 (inc. VAT)

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To enrol, download the form, fill in your details and send it to us via post or email.

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Funding options

Apprenticeships ›

You may be eligible for an Apprenticeship through your employer, depending on your circumstances. For more information, contact our Student Services team.

Employer sponsored ›

Your employer may fund the costs of your studies if you’re already working in a related field and want to develop your learning. You’ll need to speak to them to see if you’re eligible.

Why study ACA Professional with Kaplan?

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Expertise

We’re the UK's largest ACA training provider. Over 10,000 students study with us.

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Pass rates

We are very proud of the pass rates achieved by our students as we consistently exceed the ICAEW average.

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Comprehensive

We have the most comprehensive course offering in the ACA market, and offer classroom course at 17 centres around the country.

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Academic support

All of our students are given access to expert tutors through our dedicated Academic Support team who are available 362 days a year, including Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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