With more than 233,000 qualified members and over 530,000 future members, The Association for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is yet another one of the leading global accountancy bodies, recognised in over 50 countries worldwide.
The ACCA qualification trains learners to become Chartered accounting professionals, teaching them the knowledge and skills they need to gain a comprehensive understanding of the most up-to-date accounting practices, standards, and tools.
If you're starting from square one, ACCA requires you to have two A Levels & 3 GCSEs (or equivalent) in five subjects, including English and Maths.
Alternatively, if you're AAT qualified, the qualification will consist of 9 papers (instead of 14 for non AAT qualified individuals). However, if you've completed up to and including the AAT Level 4 Diploma, you can skip the first 3 at no extra charge.
If you choose to enrol on the ACCA course, you can expect to study the following modules:
The ACCA Applied Knowledge Level is considered the introductory Level for ACCA and is equivalent to AAT’s Level 4 Diploma.
The ACCA Applied Skills Level builds on the introductory level and covers the essential topics required of a professional accountant (i.e. tax, law, audit and accounting).
The ACCA Essentials Level is the beginning of the professional level, preparing learners for leadership positions and covering topics such as strategy and corporate reporting.
And finally, the ACCA Options focuses on your choice of two papers that build on the knowledge learned at the skills level.