The ACCA Qualification

Can I apply to study the ACCA Qualification?

Yes - if you meet the minimum entry requirements of an Irish Leaving Certificate in 5 subjects with 3Cs at 3 higher level papers, and a pass in English and a pass in Maths, or equivalent qualifications.

To check if your qualifications meet our minimum entry requirements, please read the minimum entry criteria document on the exemptions enquiry database. Click on the link in the related links on the left-hand side of this page to visit the database.

What if you have a degree?

If you have a recognised and relevant finance or accounting qualification, you may not have to take all of the exams on your journey to membership.  You can claim for exemptions.

Our process of awarding exemptions is very rigorous as we need to ensure we are confident that the prior learning matches the skills and knowledge needed for the ACCA Qualification.  This means employers know that ACCA members have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, wherever they started on their learning journey. 

What if you don't have the qualifications we ask for?

We’re passionate about giving as many people as possible the opportunity to gain our world-renowned qualification.  For those without any relevant existing qualifications, you’ll start your ACCA journey at our foundation level. This will give you the base you need to learn more – and you’ll get our ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (RQF Level 4) when you pass. Then you can start your journey to gaining the ACCA Qualification.

And because of what you’ll learn in your Diploma, you won’t have to take the Applied Knowledge exams – you’ll start at the Applied Skills exams.

Learn more about our foundation level qualifications