Professional accountants need to demonstrate that they understand and can apply ethical and professional behaviour in real-world work situations. They must be capable of doing this in broader, more complex scenarios where integration of technical and professional skills is key. So in the Ethics and Professional Skills module you will meet a number of these real-world work scenarios to help you develop your ethical and professional skills.
The module is made up of 7 units. At the end of each Unit 1-6, there will be a series of assessments to embed your learning. Unit 7 is a final assessment and you’ll get a dashboard of your performance in that unit and a transcript and certificate on successful completion of the assessment. A syllabus for the Ethics and Professional Skills module is available.
The module will take approximately 20 hours to complete. To ensure you fully benefit and develop the skills the module provides – skills employers have told us they need - the new module teaches and assesses a wide range of professional qualities essential to the workplace, including communication, commercial acumen, innovation, analysis and evaluation skills. The module has been developed to make sure it’s engaging and interactive. You’ll get lots of opportunity to respond to tasks/challenges, so your journey through it should be enjoyable as well as rewarding.
The new Ethics and Professional Skills module will also support you to exam success at Strategic Professional. To take maximum advantage of the support provided by the module, we recommend you complete it before attempting any exams at Strategic Professional, but as close as you can to the completion your Applied Skills examinations.
Our new case study examination, Strategic Business Leader, will assess both technical and professional skills. The module will help you to develop and demonstrate these professional skills which you can then integrate with your technical skills in the exam. The module will introduce you to/help focus your thinking on real world work scenarios, developing your understanding and skills on how to approach the challenges presented. This is very similar to the approach you’ll be required to take at Strategic Professional exams, so it’s great preparation and support for exam success.
Professional skills are specific skills that you generally acquire through work-place experience – for example team-working, communication, negotiation ability, etc. In the Ethics and Professional Skills module, the specific professional skills are ethics and professionalism, personal effectiveness, innovation and scepticism, commercial awareness, leadership and team working and communication skills. As a professional accountant, you’ll continue to develop these technical and professional skills through lifelong Continuing Professional Development (CPD). As a result of the changing business landscape globally, employers are looking for their professional accountants to add value early in their career. So professional accountants who have the technical knowledge, skills and abilities - combined with professional skills and qualities - will be much more in demand by employers. So it’s important that ACCA professional accountants are able to make an immediate impact in their workplace
Yes. There are a series of tests throughout the module and the final unit of the module is an integrated assessment where you have to successfully complete a range of assessments based on knowledge and skills acquired throughout the module. If you don’t pass then you will get feedback and you can try again.
There is a one off cost for the module, with no resit fees. Once a student has paid for the module they will be able to do the assessment multiple times and have unlimited access to the module content.
To find out the cost of the module please visit our pricing page.
Yes - completion of the EPSM will support in your learning towards Strategic Professional exams, so you can still purchase the module even if you have completed the old Professional Ethics module.