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Do you want to be a chartered accountant? Or become the financial authority for multiple industries within your role? ACCA is the most globally recognised accountancy qualification.

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About ACCA

ACCA is ideal if you’re looking to progress your career and become a chartered accountant, or work in an accountancy, audit or tax firm. ACCA consists of three levels; Applied Knowledge, Applied Skills, and Strategic Professional, and you’ll need to complete relevant work experience at some point before you can qualify. In total, it takes around five years to become ACCA qualified.

If you have two A Levels and three GCSEs, in five separate subjects including English and Maths, you can start studying ACCA. We provide training for all levels, and we offer four study methods to suit your lifestyle: OnDemand, Classroom, Live Online, and Distance Learning.

ACCA qualification is made up of three levels:

Applied Knowledge helps you understand the role of accounting in the business environment, and develop the practical skills and techniques expected of an accountant working in business. You can complete Applied Knowledge in six to 12 months.

While you're part-qualified, you'll typically work as an associate or an accounts clerk, and earn around £23,000. If you want to progress further, you can study ACCA Applied Skills.

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Applied Skills encourages you to develop a broad understanding of the role of accounting in business, and how to interpret financial information. You can complete this level in 12 to 18 months.

By completing all six subjects in this Applied Skills, you'll gain the knowledge equivalent of a Bachelor's degree. As you're part-qualified, you'll work as an associate or an accounts clerk, and earn around £23,000. If you want to continue studying ACCA, you can move onto the final level, Strategic Professional.

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By studying Strategic Professional, you'll learn advanced techniques, skills, and the professional ethics required of an accountant or consultant operating at a senior level. Strategic Professional takes 12 to 18 months to complete, and once you've successfully passed you can apply to be a full member of ACCA.

Fully qualified ACCA members have abundant job prospects in a variety of industries and countries. In the final stage of ACCA, you'll be working as an assistant (qualified) supervisor or a financial analyst and you can expect to earn around £45,000. The average salary for an accountant in the UK is £62,000 a year, plus other benefits. After being chartered for five or more years you could look forward to leadership roles as a director, partner, head of finance or Chief Finance Officer.

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Other ACCA courses

Foundations is a suite of awards from the ACCA that teaches you the fundamentals of accounting. It’s ideal if you’re new to accountancy, or already work in accountancy but don’t have any formal qualifications. There are no minimum entry requirements, but we recommend you start at the introductory level if it’s been a while since you last studied.

Foundations begins at GCSE level and progresses up to the equivalent of the first year of a bachelor's degree. It takes around one year to complete the higher level subjects, if you start from the Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 2), and there is no time limit to how long it takes you to pass. Once you’ve passed Foundations, you can move onto Applied Skills.

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Combine your professional achievements with a Research and Analysis Project (RAP) to gain a Bachelor's degree from a leading UK university.

This degree has been jointly designed by the University and ACCA to meet the requirements of a degree and also those of a professional qualification. As soon as you have completed the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills exams, and the Ethics and Professional skills module, you may submit a Research and Analysis Project to Oxford Brookes University, which will be assessed by the University Business School staff.

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We provide course offerings across all four exam sittings for all four of our study options, plus you’ll be able to plan ahead with up to 12 months of timetables. Our tutors are subject specialists that teach from experience, and they offer support available until late, seven days a week. We have proven pass rates up to 100%* across multiple subjects and we’re the UK’s largest accountancy training provider, with over 45,000 students training with us each year.

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"I completed my AAT qualification with Kaplan then progressed to the ACCA qualification as I was confident that Kaplan would equip me with everything that I needed. The tutors are responsive and flexible to the needs of the students which really makes the difference."

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"I was recommended to study with Kaplan by previous students that had successfully completed their ACCA exams. They endorsed the Kaplan way of learning and I am glad I decided to follow in their footsteps. I have not regretted my decision and have passed all my exams on the first attempt."

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ACCA courses

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ACCA Foundations

Full level (all subjects):

from £318 (inc. VAT)

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ACCA Applied Knowledge

Full level (all subjects):

£837 — £2,117 (inc. VAT)

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ACCA Applied Skills

Full level (all subjects):

£1,794 — £10,522 (inc. VAT)

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ACCA Strategic Professional

Full level (all subjects):

£1,276 — £8,140 (inc. VAT)