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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.

    You should have completed the final level of AAT or the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business before beginning ACCA. We provide training for all levels, and we offer four study methods to suit your lifestyle: OnDemand, Classroom, Live Online, and Distance Learning.


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    ACCA qualification is made up of three levels:
    • Applied Knowledge keyboard_arrow_up keyboard_arrow_down

      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 £25,000 to £28,000. If you want to progress further, you can study ACCA Applied Skills.

      Find out more about ACCA Applied Knowledge > 
    • Applied Skills keyboard_arrow_up keyboard_arrow_down

      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 £25,000 to £28,000. If you want to continue studying ACCA, you can move onto the final level, Strategic Professional.

      Find out more about ACCA Applied Skills > 
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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 anything between £32,000 and £42,000. Chartered accountants, typically a senior associate/manager or a financial accountant, with up to three years’ experience can expect a salary of between £45,000 and £60,000 as well as other benefits. Once you have three to five years’ experience, you can earn between £55,000 and £90,000. 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.

      Find out more about ACCA Strategic Professional >  
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    • Foundations keyboard_arrow_up keyboard_arrow_down

      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.

      Find out more about ACCA Foundations > 
    • ACCA Oxford Brookes BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting keyboard_arrow_up keyboard_arrow_down

      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.

      Find out more about ACCA Oxford Brookes BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting > 

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