Yes. You can use experience from previous job roles (before or after registering as an ACCA student) to help you claim performance objectives. There is no specific time limit. However, a workplace mentor must be available to review and sign off the answers to your challenge questions. Also, as the profession continually evolves, consider carefully if experience gained more than five years ago is still relevant.

Once you are a registered student with ACCA you can access My Experience - ACCA’s online tool where you can record the details of your previous relevant experience. Find out more about ACCA’s Practical Experience Requirement (PER).

Initial fees

When you register, you need to pay the following fees to complete your application:

  • Initial Registration £79 (one off)
  • Annual Subscription £95 (yearly)

Annual subscription enables you to stay on our register as an ACCA Student. You will also be able to enter for exams and fully benefit from wealth of online resources.

Exam fees

Depending on when you register, our exam fees range from £71 – £268. Registering early can mean significant savings.

We have exam sittings in March, June, September and December. Early entry starts roughly four months before each sitting.

Read more about registration and subscription fees

You also need to consider costs for your learning and this will vary depending on what method of study you follow and which learning provider or providers you use.

ACCA is not a learning provider, so you will need to contact these directly to find out what their tuition costs are, whether this is for face to face or online tuition.

Find out more about approved tuition providers

If you are already working in an Accounting Technician role, you may well be getting financial support from your employer for the costs relating to your professional body and for your tuition fees. You should speak with your employer to clarify what financial support they are prepared to contribute towards the costs associated with your studying and taking ACCA exams.

Each employer has its own policy on what financial support they provide for employees who are studying for professional qualifications. You may find this means you share the costs with your employer or your organisation will meet all these costs. If you are not in a finance role/training scheme or in paid employment you will be required to meet all these costs yourself.

Yes. On your way to ACCA membership, there are other qualifications you can achieve along the way. This is a great way to show your knowledge and skills to employers and helps keep you on track and motivated. You can achieve:

  • an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business from ACCA
  • a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Accounting awarded by Oxford Brookes University

Find out more about these qualifications and what’s involved.

240,000 ACCA students across 80 countries are actively opted in to the degree award scheme and are working towards achieving the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting degree from Oxford Brookes.

There are around 4,500 Research and Analysis Project submissions into Oxford Brookes each year.

Visit out Tuition Provider database to find out where you can study. We recommend you study with an Approved Learning Partner.

Individuals who have completed the AAT Technician Qualification will be eligible for exemption from ACCA papers F1 to F3.

Like all examinations for professional qualifications, ACCA exams are rigorous and demanding and do progress in degree of difficulty as you progress through the syllabus.

Joining the ACCA syllabus as an AAT Technician with exemption from papers F1 to F3, the standard of the examinations for the Advanced Diploma (ACCA papers F4 to F9) is equivalent to the standard of the exams set for a UK Bachelors degree. Similarly, the standard of the examinations for our Professional Level (ACCA papers P1 to P7) is equivalent to the standard of the exams set for a UK Masters degree.

However, because you will have completed the AAT Qualification syllabus, you will have a firm grounding from which to develop and progress through the ACCA examinations.

In the event you are not successful in an ACCA exam, you simply re-take it at a future examination session. ACCA’s exam progression rules are flexible and in most cases, you should be able to re-take an ACCA paper (if required) without this affecting your ability to study and sit further exams within the syllabus, and so delay your progress.

Find out more information on ACCA exam progression rules.

Should you fail any exam, it is more important that you, first, understand where you went wrong and identify why you were not successful. From this point you will be able to think about how you approach re-taking a failed exam and take the necessary steps to avoid the same outcome in the future.

ACCA provides a number of resources to help students with their exams such as examiners’ interviews and reports which include pointers to the common areas within an exam where students have underperformed, as well as more specific resources designed for students who are re-taking an exam.

Visit our ACCA exam support resources today.

No, ACCA students are not permitted to engage in public practice, even if a practising certificate is held from AAT.

For details about the professional activities ACCA students are permitted to undertake, see our rules and regulations for students

Last updated: 20 Apr 2017