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Stephen, BDO LLP

I decided to study for the ACA qualification because I knew it would provide me with a career that was flexible and full of variety.

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ACA modules

For chartered accountants to be able to provide helpful and accurate business advice, they need to know about more areas of business than just accounting. The ACA has 15 modules covering a broad range of topics across accountancy, finance and business.

The ACA modules cover a range of different subjects from business and finance, to law and strategy. Each module is directly relevant to the work that you will do throughout your training. You will gain in-depth knowledge across a broad range of topics, allowing you to confidently progress through the qualification.

There are 15 modules with exams over three levels.

The ACA qualification progression

Module structure

Certificate Level

There are six modules introducing you to the fundamentals of accountancy, finance and business. They each have 1.5 hour computer-based assessments which can be sat at any time.

We understand that the basics of bookkeeping aren’t always easy to grasp. So, we’ve developed a support tool to help you get to grips with the basics, You’ll be given access to download the bookkeeping module from day one and can practice your accounting technique until you’re ready to sit the exam.

Professional Level

The next six modules build on the fundamentals you’ve already learnt, and test your understanding and ability to use your technical knowledge in real life scenarios. Each module has a 2.5-3 hour exam.

Advanced Level

There are three Advanced Level modules, which test all your knowledge, skills and experience gained so far.

Credit for prior learning/exemptions

Credit for prior learning is available for all of the Certificate and Professional Level modules of the ACA qualification. We award credits where a student has studied and been tested in a subject to the same level as we require for each ACA module. It means you may not have to sit all of the ACA exams when you start your training agreement.