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 degree from an ACCA-accredited university, you may not have to take all of the exams on your journey to membership. We call this “getting exemptions”.

Even if you didn’t study at an accredited university, you may still be eligible for exemptions – depending on what you’ve already studied. 

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

You can still join us – but 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