ACCA - The global body for professional accountants

The ACCA Qualification is based on a comprehensive competency framework and so offers a complete syllabus covering all key knowledge areas required by finance professionals working in business. It addresses everything that a CEO might reasonably expect a finance leader to be able to handle, and potentially more.

Those who complete the ACCA Qualification have the capacity not only to see the bigger picture, but also to dive into the detail of financial management and accounting technicalities.

Core requirements

The ACCA syllabus covers the core requirements for a finance qualification: sustainable management accounting, financial management and corporate reporting.

Sustainable management accounting looks at creating effective systems for planning, measuring controlling and monitoring business performance to ensure sustainable value creation - an area of growing importance to businesses.

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Financial management looks at implementing good investment and financing decisions.

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Corporate reporting deals with the preparation of high-quality business reporting to stakeholders, to help them make good judgments and decisions.

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Leadership and management

The ACCA Qualification also focuses on leadership and management and the requirements for achieving business resilience, on strategy and innovation, and on cost-effective performance improvements.

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Law and tax

Breadth of knowledge is further supported through the inclusion of its law and tax content, creating not only a factual understanding of laws and systems, but also a clear awareness of how prevailing tax and regulatory environments affect business performance and decisions.

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Governance, risk and control

The ACCA syllabus also specifically addresses matters of governance, risk and control, equipping even newly qualified accountants to fulfil an important role in protecting current and future value creation based on an understanding of the interplay between risk and reward and how key risks can be effectively mitigated.

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Last updated: 1 Oct 2014