K
https://acca-4-sittings.pgtb.me/31Ml5G

ACCA Qualification

ACCA

Over 70 years international teaching experience with over 60,000 students trained in 2017β

Kaplan’s track record with ACCA is exceptional. With over 17,000 ACCA students each year, we are a leading international provider of ACCA training and a publisher for ACCA materials. Our exam focused approach continues to generate great results with students consistently achieving up to 30% *** higher pass rates than the global average.

How would you like to study?

Live Online
Live Online

Levels available: Applied Knowledge (AB, MA, FA), Applied Skills (LW, PM, TX, FR, AA, FM), Strategic Professional (SBL, SBR, AFM, APM, ATX, AAA)

Courses from €465

Live Online
Distance Learning

Levels available: Applied Knowledge (AB, MA, FA), Applied Skills (LW, PM, TX, FR, AA, FM), Strategic Professional (SBL, SBR, AFM, APM, ATX, AAA)

Courses from €385

Live Online
OnDemand

Levels available: Full access to all levels of the ACCA syllabus, covering Knowledge, Applied Skills and Strategic Professional.

Unlimited access from €50 per month

Live Online is a revolutionary, interactive way to study wherever you are. Live Online offers you the benefits of the traditional classroom but with the flexibility of the online environment. The lessons are fully interactive, delivered live by our expert lecturers following the same exam focused material and structure as traditional classroom courses.

  • Kaplan Live Online lecturers are fully qualified accountants with industry or practice experience.
  • Online recordingsx of every lecture to recap any part of the course
  • Interactive chat panel - ask your lecturer questions at any time during the live lecture and they will also be available to answer after the lecture.
  • Small class sizes - Average 20 students per online class
Try a free demo

Study at a pace that suits you. Kaplan Distance Learning is ideal for students who want to fit their studies around their lifestyle and combines ACCA Approved study materials, online resources and lecturer support via email. You will be set assessments and a mock exam throughout your course to keep you on track and prepare you for the exams.

  • Full set of ACCA Approved study materials, including Study Text, Exam Kit and Pocket Notes
  • Check your progress and keep on track with an interim and final assessment. Submit them for marking and Kaplan lecturers will provide feedback on your answers.
  • Dedicated tutor support - Our team of expert support tutors are available 7 days a week to answer your questions and give feedback on your work. Contact them via discussion forums, live chat for an instant response or send them an email

OnDemand is an online course covering the full syllabus, with resources specifically designed for online learning. It gives you the best of both worlds, combining the structure of a tutor-led course, with the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere.

  • Online resources including tutor-led videos, practice questions, study materials and an integrated workbook.
  • 365 start dates a year so you can start studying anytime.
  • Access to dedicated tutor support when you need it - including evenings and weekends by email
  • Pay as you study - either monthly, quarterly or annually.
Sign up for free trial

Why study ACCA with Kaplan?

Quality tuition

  • ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner for over 10 years
  • ACCA Approved Learning Provider for Content​ - all Kaplan materials are assessed by the ACCA examining team to ensure they are of the very highest quality.
  • Our lecturers are all fully qualified accountants and have worked in industry so teach from real life examples.
  • Trained over 90 worldwide prize and medal winners since 2007, plus Gold and Bronze medal winners in 2014

 

ACCA online
pass rate
30% higher 30% higher than the global average**

Value for money

  • Courses start from €385, no separate enrolment fees and delivery of all course materials included
  • Access to MyKaplan - your personalised online study space

Flexible options

  • Beat the traffic! Study in the evening - from home, library or a cafe.
  • If you can’t make it to a live lecture, online recordings mean you never miss a class.
  • Interact with students and lecturers outside of class via MyKaplan

Syllabus information

  • Knowledge Module

    Knowledge Module

    F1 Accountant in Business
    F2 Management Accounting
    F3 Fincancial Accounting
    Knowledge Module exams
    Knowledge Module exemptions

    The Knowledge Module is the entry level to the ACCA accounting qualification. If you have no previous qualifications, then you should complete the final level of the AAT or FIA Diploma first, before moving on to ACCA.

    Students with two A-Levels and three GCSEs in five separate subjects (including English and Maths) or with a non-relevant degree or NVQ qualification can proceed directly on to the Knowledge module.

    Knowledge papers can be sat in any order.

    F1 Accountant in Business (AB)

    Aim of the syllabus

    To introduce knowledge and understanding of the business and its environment and the influence this has on how organisations are structured and on the role of the accounting and other key business functions in contributing to the efficient, effective and ethical management and development of an organisation and its people and systems.

    Topics Covered

    • The business organisation, its stakeholders and the external environment
    • Business organisational structure, functions and governance
    • Accounting and reporting systems, controls and compliance
    • The formation and constitution of business organisation
    • Leading and managing individuals and teams
    • Personal effectiveness and communication
    • Professional ethics in accounting and business.

    F2 Management Accounting (MA)

    Aim of the syllabus

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of providing basic management information in an organisation to support management in planning and decision making.

    Topics Covered

    • The nature, source and purpose of management information
    • Cost accounting techniques
    • Budgeting
    • Standard costing
    • Performance measurement

    F3 Financial Accounting (FA)

    Aim of the syllabus

    To develop knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles, concepts and regulations relating to financial accounting and technical proficiency in the use of double-entry accounting techniques, including the preparation of basic financial statements.

    Topics Covered

    • Context and purpose of financial reporting
    • Qualitative characteristics of financial information
    • Fundamental bases of accounting
    • Double entry and accounting systems
    • Recording transactions and events
    • Preparing trial balances (including identifying and correcting errors)
    • Preparing financial statements
    • Interpreting financial statements

    Knowledge Module exams

    Exams for the three Knowledge papers are available to sit as a Computer Based Exam (CBE) at your local Kaplan centre.

    Computer Based Exams

    • Available all year round (subject to availability)
    • Multiple choice questions
    • 2 hour exam with a pass mark of 50%
    • You can sit this, with up to three other papers in any one exam sitting

    Computer Based Exams consist of multi-task questions (MTQs). MTQs contain a series of tasks for students to complete, tasks which relate to one or more scenarios.

    Exams for Knowledge papers are also available as Paper Based Exams (PBE) at ACCA exam centres four times a year.

    Knowledge Module exemptions

    If you are AAT, FIA or CAT qualified or hold a relevant degree (e.g. Accountancy, Finance, Law or Management) then you may be eligible for exemptions from the Knowledge Module. It is recommended that you apply for exemptions when you register with ACCA as a student.

    You can check to see if you qualify for any exemptions on the ACCA website.

  • Skills Module

    Skills Module

    F4 Corporate & Business Law
    F5 Performance Management
    F6 Taxation
    F7 Financial Reporting
    F8 Audit and Assurance
    F9 Financial Management
    Skills Module exams
    Exemptions

    Papers can be sat in any order. Students can sit up to four papers in one exam sitting.

    F4 Corporate & Business Law (CBL)

    Aim of the syllabus

    The aim of this paper is to enable you to develop knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary.

    Topics Covered

    • Essential elements of the legal system
    • The law of obligations (contract and tort)
    • Employment law
    • The formation and constitution of business organisation
    • Capital and the financing of companies
    • Management, administration and regulation of companies
    • Legal implications relating to companies in difficulty or in crisis
    • Governance and ethical issues relation to business.

    F5 Performance Management (PM)

    Aim of the syllabus

    The aim of this paper is to develop knowledge and skills in the application of management accounting techniques to quantitative and qualitative information for planning, decision-making, performance evaluation and control.

    Topics Covered

    • Specialist cost and management accounting techniques
    • Decision-making techniques
    • Budgeting
    • Standard costing and variances analysis
    • Performance measurement and control

    F6 Taxation (TX)

    Aim of the syllabus

    The aim of this paper is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the tax system as applicable to individuals, single companies, and groups of companies.

    Topics Covered

    • The UK tax system
    • Income tax liabilities
    • Corporation tax liabilities
    • Chargeable gains
    • National insurance contributions
    • VAT
    • The obligation of the tax payer and/or their agents

    F7 Financial Reporting (FR)

    The aim of the F7 syllabus is to develop your knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards and the theoretical framework in the preparation of financial statements of entities (including groups). You will also learn how to analyse and interpret those financial statements.

    • A conceptual framework for financial reporting
    • A regulatory framework for financial reporting
    • Preparation and presentation of financial statements which conform with International Accounting Standards
    • Accounting for business combinations in accordance with International Accounting Standards
    • Analysis and interpretation of financial statements

    F8 Audit and Assurance (AA)

    The aim of the F8 syllabus is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the process of carrying out assurance engagement (and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework).

    • Audit framework and regulation
    • Internal audit
    • Planning and risk assessment
    • Internal control
    • Audit evidence
    • Review
    • Reporting

    F9 Financial Management (FM)

    The aim of the F9 syllabus is to develop the knowledge and skills expected of a financial manager responsible for the finance function of a business, relating to issues affecting investment, financing and dividend policy decisions.

    • Audit Financial management function
    • Financial management environment
    • Working capital management
    • Investment appraisal
    • Business finance
    • Cost of capital
    • Business valuations
    • Risk management.

    You should read through your F2 notes before you begin studying F9.

    Skills Module Exams

    Exams for the Skills papers are Paper Based Exams (PBE) but F4 is also available as a Computer Based Exam (CBE). Paper Based Exams are sat at ACCA centres and there are four exam sittings per year.

    Exams are three hours long with 15 minutes available for reading time. Both written and computer based versions of the F4 exam are two hours long with no reading time.

    The pass mark for all papers is 50%.

    Skills Module Exemptions

    If you have a relevant degree in Accountancy, Finance, Law or Management you may be eligible for exemptions from the Skills Module.

  • Essentials Module

    Essentials Module

    P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics
    P2 Corporate Reporting
    P3 Business Analysis
    Essentials Module exams

    Papers can be sat in any order. Students can sit up to four papers in one exam sitting.

    Can overlap with papers on the Skills Module as long as the Skills Module is being completed.

    There are no exemptions available for the Essentials Module so all papers must be passed to continue with your studies.

    P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics (GRE)

    Aim of the syllabus

    The aim of the P1 syllabus is to enable accountants to apply relevant knowledge and skills (and exercise professional judgement) relating to governance, internal control, compliance and risk management in the context of an overall ethical framework with an organisation.

    Topics Covered

    • Governance and responsibility
    • Internal control and review
    • Identifying and assessing risk
    • Controlling risk
    • Professional values and ethics.

    P2 Corporate Reporting (CR)

    Aim of the syllabus

    The aim of the P2 syllabus is to enable you to apply your knowledge and skills, and exercise professional judgement, in the application and evaluation of financial reporting principles and practices within a range of business contexts and situations.

    Please ensure that P2 is taken either before or alongside P7, as P7 assumes knowledge of P2 accounting standards. If you wish to obtain your UK Auditing Certificate you must enter and sit the UK version of both the P2 and P7 exams.

    Topics Covered

    • The professional and ethical duty of the accountant
    • The financial reporting framework
    • Advising and reporting on the financial performance of entities
    • Preparing financial statements of groups of entities in accordance with relevant accounting standards
    • Explaining report issues relating to specialised entities
    • Implications of changes in accounting regulation on financial reporting
    • The appraisal of financial performance and position of entities
    • Evaluating current developments.

    Read through your F7 materials, as this will be assumed knowledge.

    P3 Business Analysis (BA)

    Aim of the syllabus

    The aim of this paper is to enable you to apply relevant knowledge and skills, and exercise professional judgement in assessing strategic position, determining strategic choice, and implementing strategic action through beneficial business process and structural change.

    You will also learn about coordinating knowledge systems and information technology and how to effectively managing quality processes, projects, and people within financial and other resource constraints.

    Topics Covered

    • The strategic position of an organisation
    • The strategic choices available to an organisation
    • Strategic action
    • Modelling and redesigning business processes
    • Information technology solutions
    • Quality technology solutions
    • Quality initiatives to implement and support the organisation’s strategy
    • Project management.

    Essentials Module exams

    Exams for the Essentials papers are Paper Based Exams (PBE), which are sat at ACCA centres and there are four exam sittings per year.

    Exams are three hours long with 15 minutes available for reading time.

    The pass mark for all papers is 50%.

  • Options Module

    Options Module

    P4 Advanced Financial Management
    P5 Advanced Performance Management
    P6 Advanced Taxation
    P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance
    Options Module exams

    Can overlap with papers on the Essentials Module as long as the Essentials Module is being completed.

    There are no exemptions available for the Options Module. You only need to complete two out of the four papers.

    P4 Advanced Financial Management (AFM)

    Aim of the syllabus

    To apply relevant knowledge, skills, and exercise professional judgement as expected of a senior financial executive or advisor, in taking or recommending decisions relating to the financial management of an organisation.

    Topics Covered

    • Role and responsibility towards stakeholders
    • Advanced investment appraisal
    • Acquisitions and mergers
    • Corporate reconstruction and re-organisation
    • Treasury and advanced risk management techniques
    • Economic environment for multinationals
    • Emerging issues in finance and financial management.

    P5 Advanced Performance Management (APM)

    Aim of the syllabus

    To apply relevant knowledge, skills, and exercise professional judgement in selecting and applying strategic management accounting techniques in different business contexts and to contribute to the evaluation of the performance of an organisation and its strategic development.

    Topics Covered

    • Strategic planning and control
    • Economic, fiscal and environmental factors
    • Performance measurement systems and design
    • Strategic performance management
    • Performance evaluation and corporate failure
    • Current development and emerging issues in performance management.

    P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX)

    Aim of the syllabus

    To apply the relevant knowledge and skills and exercise professional judgement in providing relevant information and advice to individuals and businesses on the impact of the major taxes on financial decisions and situations.

    Topics Covered

    • The UK tax system
    • Income tax liabilities
    • Corporation tax liabilities
    • Chargeable gains
    • Inheritance tax
    • National insurance contributions
    • Value added tax
    • The obligations of taxpayers and/or their agents

    P7 Advanced Audit & Assurance (AAA)

    Aim of the syllabus

    To apply relevant knowledge, skills, and exercise professional judgement in analysing, evaluating, concluding and reporting on the assurance engagement and other audit and assurance issues in the context of best practice and current developments.

    Please ensure that P2 is taken either before or alongside P7, as P7 assumes knowledge of P2 accounting standards. If you wish to obtain your UK Auditing Certificate you must enter and sit the UK version of both the P2 and P7 exams.

    Topics Covered

    • Regulatory environment
    • Professional and ethical considerations
    • Practice management
    • Assignments
    • Reporting
    • Current issues and developments

    Options Module exams

    Exams for the Options papers are Paper Based Exams (PBE), which are sat at ACCA centres and there are four exam sittings per year.

    Exams are three hours long with 15 minutes available for reading time.

    The pass mark for all papers is 50%.

  • Exemptions

    Entry requirements and exemptions

    The ACCA Accounting qualification is open to everyone, although your starting point will be different depending on your previous qualifications.

    You have Your starting point
    No previous qualifications You should complete the final level of the AAT or FIA Diploma first and then move on to your ACCA accounting qualification
    Two A-Levels and three GCSEs in five separate subjects including English and Maths Knowledge Module
    A non-relevant degree/NVQ/Other Knowledge Module
    AAT qualified Skills Module
    FIA Diploma or CAT qualified Skills module
    Degree in Accountancy, Finance, Law or Management Skills or Essentials module (subject to any exemptions)

    ACCA grant exemptions (only from the Knowledge or Skills modules of the Fundamentals level) if you hold a relevant degree or professional qualification. It is recommended that you apply for exemptions when you register with ACCA as a student.

    You can check to see if you qualify for any exemptions on the ACCA website.

ACCA Approved Content
 
 
ACCA Approved Learning

β Student numbers based on ACCA, CIMA, AAT, ACA, Tax and CFA students enrolled with Kaplan in 2014
** Based on a comparison of published Platinum tuition providers versus Live Online Tuition and Revision for the Professional papers (P1, P2, P3, P4, P5, P7) as at 01/12/2014
Based on medal or prizewinners from June 2007 sitting to June 2014 sitting
*** Based on Live Online pass rates for F6 in June 2014. Kaplan pass rate was 30% higher than the global average at 83%, global pass rate was 53%.
Personal Tutor only available for Skills, Essentials, Options Modules. Mentors will be allocated to Knowledge students.
x For Skills, Essentials and Options students, the Tuition recordings are available for the following 3 exam sittings. For Revision and Question Practice recordings are available for the following sitting only, after which they are removed from your account.