Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA, ICAEW)

The ACA qualification is recognised worldwide as the mark of quality and professionalism that leads to Chartered Accountant status. Throughout all areas of industry and private practice, the ICAEW's ACA qualification opens up diverse and rewarding careers. From forensic accounting, audit and assurance, and business recovery/insolvency, through to corporate finance, financial accounting and tax advice, ACA accountants enjoy excellent opportunities.

At BPP Professional Education, our ACA accounting training delivers a higher than average national pass rate. Students benefit from over 35 years' ACA teaching experience, accessible study centres and the very best study materials on the market. Crucially, one of our tutor team is always available to offer personalised support and guidance.

BPP Professional Education runs courses which prepares you for exams that are assessed and awarded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Additionally, BPP University runs a BSc Professional Accounting programme for undergraduates which provides exemption from up to eight papers required by ACA qualification.

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Key Information

  • Gain the globally recognised ACA qualification
  • Increase your earning potential with a respected qualification
  • Benefit from the most advanced study materials available
  • Direct tutor contact outside of the classroom – by phone and online
  • Extend your skills to open up diverse career opportunities
  • Study at any of our fourteen ICAEW-approved study centres
  • Choose from flexible study options – classroom, distance or blended learning
  • Increase your chances of passing – BPP pass rate exceeds national average
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Globally respected qualification

ACA training is the number one route to business leadership – developing careers by equipping accountants to make high-level strategic decisions and give professional advice. We don't just deliver the career-changing ACA qualification – we bring it to life.

Our prime objective is to offer students everything they need to secure the globally respected ACA qualification first time round – and get ahead.

Proven route to success

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BPP ACA pass rates are higher than the national average. In fact, BPP rates have continued to climb ever since the ICAEW introduced its new syllabus in 2007.

Personalised support

All our ACA students have direct access to their tutor – by email, phone and face-to-face via an 'open door' policy. This means we help students get the very most from our exam-focused course design, study material, interactive resources, progress tests and mock exams.

Accredited syllabus

The ACA is the ICAEW’s main accounting qualification and is fully focused on the evolving needs of modern business. The ICAEW is  the largest accountancy body in Europe.

ACA-qualified accountants who are Institute members are entitled to offer their services as a 'Chartered Accountant' and to use the letters ACA or FCA (Fellow Chartered Accountant) – depending on their experience and length of membership.





Dates 2014

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Dates 2014

Online learning

BPP Online Classroom Retake

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Structure

To gain the ACA qualification, you need to pass 15 papers across the Certificate, Professional and Advanced Levels.

ACA Certificate Level (CFAB)

The ICAEW Certificate Level provides key practical skills and essential knowledge covering three key areas - business, finance and accounting - and are examined using Computer Based Assessment across the following six papers.

  • Accounting
  • Assurance
  • Management Information
  • Business and Finance
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Law

The CFAB qualification is open anyone wishing to obtain a foundation in business and not intending to train as a Chartered Accountant and complete the ACA qualification.

On completion of the six papers the ICAEW will award the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) and will issue an internationally recognised formal certificate to prove your achievement and knowledge.

You may take the Certificate level e-assessments at any of our 13 BPP training centres as well as other ICAEW accredited centres in the UK and around the world.

Duration/assessment: Each computer paper-based assessment lasts 90 minutes and each has a 55% pass mark.

ACA Professional Level – New syllabus

There are six Professional level papers and four sittings per year at March, June, September and December. Students will apply new technical skills in a practical context in the following subjects

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)
  • Audit and Assurance (AA)
  • Taxation Compliance (TC)
  • Business Strategy (BS)
  • Financial Management (FM)
  • Business Planning Taxation (BPT)

Duration/assessment: Each paper-based exam lasts 2.5 hours (except FAR which lasts 3 hours) and each has a 55% pass mark.

ACA Advanced Level

This final stage of the ACA qualification involves 3 papers – with two sittings per year at July and November with the last sitting at July 2015. Students who are part way through there qualification may sit their Advanced Level in 2014 under the prior syllabus. The examinations are multi-disciplinary and include written assessments in the following:

Prior Syllabus

  • Technical Integration Business Reporting - courses available for July/Nov 2014 sittings
  • Technical Integration Business Change - courses available for July/Nov 2014 sittings
  • Case Study

New Syllabus

  • Corporate Reporting (CR) – Courses available for the November 2014 sitting only
  • Strategic Business Management (SBM) – Courses available for the November 2014 sitting only
  • Case Study

Duration/assessment: Technical papers last 3.5 hours and have a 50% pass mark. The case study lasts 4 hours and has a 50% pass mark.

ACA exemptions

ACA students who can show evidence of prior learning can claim exemption for some (or all) of the Professional Stage Knowledge Level papers.

For example, the AAT Accounting Technician qualification (depending on the options taken) may automatically exempt candidates from all of the Knowledge Level papers.

Full exemptions details are available from the ICAEW.

Online Classroom Retake courses for ICAEW Application and Advanced stage papers

Our online classroom courses are designed to improve your exam technique and technical knowledge to prepare you for success. As you've already been through exam preparation once, we don't think you need a full classroom course to re-sit the exam. Retake courses are available for the following papers:

Application Stage papers

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Financial Management
  • Business Strategy and Taxation

Advanced Stage papers

  • Business Change
  • Business Reporting

On booking your course, you will benefit from:

  • A named tutor who will support you through your retake course. Your tutor will provide answers to specific questions and provide guidance on your exam technique
  • Access to the “Discussion Forum”  will allow you to interact with tutors and fellow retake students. You will also see answers to other student queries
  • Online walkthroughs of key past questions and answers from the ICAEW Question Bank
  • Targeted question practice to improve your exam skills and technical knowledge
  • A Retake Work Programme will guide your study up to the start of your retake course
  • Lecture recordings of all of our Revision Notes, so you can recap your areas of weakness
  • ICAEW Mock exams which are marked providing you with constructive feedback on how to improve on your current performance
  • Recorded debriefs of the ICAEW mock exams for your paper. This is an opportunity to understand how to improve your technical knowledge, interpret the question requirements, listen to advice on improving your time management and to understand what the examiner is looking for

View dates and prices for BPP Online Classroom courses.

Online classroom courses for ICAEW papers

Our online classroom courses are designed to meet your study requirements and are available for all ICAEW papers.

Our online classroom is a dynamic study experience that combines the flexibility of distance learning with the support of a traditional classroom. Available for all papers, it is ideal if you can't commit to fixed study sessions

With BPP Online Classroom you can:

  • Study whenever is most convenient
  • Progress at your own pace
  • Plan and optimise your study time
  • Benefit from structured support and guidance by a dedicated tutor
  • Be part of a genuine online student community
  • Interact with your tutor and fellow students in our online forums
  • Switch between online and physical materials for optimum flexibility
  • Address your queries. A named tutor who will support you through your course and answer your queries
  • Watch lecture recordings of all of our Course Notes
  • Online walkthroughs of key past questions and answers from the ICAEW Question Bank
  • Complete Course exams which are marked. This will help you assess your progress with online debriefs
  • A realistic course structure which will allow you study around your work schedule and maximise the benefit from limited study time.

View dates and prices for BPP Online Classroom courses.

Government Funding

Government funding may be available to you when studying the CFAB qualification with BPP. The funding is accessed through the Skills Funding Agency Apprenticeship scheme. To be eligible for the funding you must meet the following requirements:

  • 16 years old or above
  • Not in full-time education 
  • For the last 3 years been a UK resident living in England 
  • Work at least 30 hours a week in an audit related role
  • Not currently receiving government funding 
  • Not a degree holder and not achieved a qualification at Level 4 or above (first year of a degree).  (Level 3 is A-Level and Level 2 GCSE A-C)

If you meet the above criteria, contact our Admissions team to discuss next steps: 
Tel: 0845 075 1100
Email: admissions@bpp.com

Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Services

This Apprenticeship will be available from August 2012.

This Higher Apprenticeship is suitable for those working in audit/assurance and is an exciting route into the accountancy profession.

It is closely aligned with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Certificate in Finance and Business (CFAB) qualification, which means the apprentice will achieve a professional award as part of the apprenticeship.

What is included in the Apprenticeship?

This Apprenticeship has been designed by employers to reflect the range of technical, business and soft skills employers need. As well as the CFAB qualification, it includes a blend of broader business skills and competence required in professional services, including project management and managing relationships.

Who is the Apprenticeship suitable for?

An external/internal audit trainee, assistant or junior who carry out tasks such as; assisting in the conduct of external/internal audits, carrying out sections of an audit such as checking financial records, reviewing assets, stock counts, collating company information and testing controls, assisting in drafting clear and concise reports

How are the Apprenticeships delivered?

The Apprenticeship will be delivered through a blend of classroom/e-learning and work based visits.  The students will be assessed by external examinations for CFAB and work based evidence for the competence qualifications.

Funding is available for this Apprenticeship. 100% funded for 16-18 year olds and partially funded for other age groups.

View the fact sheet for further information or contact our Admissions team to discuss next steps:

Tel: 0845 075 1100
Email: admissions@bpp.com

Retake courses for Business Change and Business Reporting

Our classroom course will focus on developing your exam skills so you are more able to confidently address a series of technical integration topics in a limited timeframe. You will also have access to our online classroom with self study guidance to bring your to refresh your technical skills in readiness for skills based classroom work.

Retake courses for Case Study

Our Classroom Case Study Resit course is aimed at improving your exam performance across the four areas of professional skills in each of the three Case Study requirements. The course will also spend time on improving your response to the ethical issue and bringing it all together in the executive summary. On booking your course, you will benefit from:

  • Marked feedback on your completion of four past Case Studies with the option of completing a fifth Case Study
  • Two days preparing you for the July 2013 Case Study. We will provide you with new material which includes 2 exam simulations based on the July 2013 Advanced Information
  • The opportunity to talk through your own performance with the course tutor as the course progresses. Your tutor will provide answers to specific questions and provide guidance on your exam technique
  • Access to the “Case Forum” will allow you to interact with tutors and fellow retake students. You will also see answers to other student queries

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Ways to study

Flexible learning

Choice and flexibility are at the heart of all our ACA courses. They have to be – because every student who learns with us has their own work and home commitments.

There's the option to take taught classroom courses at fourteen UK and Channel Island locations for both Professional and Advanced stage topics, access our new online classroom – or 'mix and match' with a combination of both. Extra revision and retake courses are also on offer.

Classroom learning

Our ACA classroom courses are exam focused, to ensure that you are fully prepared for your assessment. For those with no prior knowledge of a subject, we offer Knowledge Level courses. We then build on these with Application and Advanced Level courses.

ACA training is the number one route to business leadership – developing careers by equipping accountants to make high-level strategic decisions and give professional advice. We don't just deliver the career-changing ACA qualification – we bring it to life.

Our prime objective is to offer students everything they need to secure the globally respected ACA qualification first time round – and get ahead.

All our classroom students are supported outside the classroom our online learning system. Students get access to recordings of every chapter of every course, so they can catch up whenever they miss a class or need to recap.

Complete courses

BPP Knowledge Level courses are complete courses, integrating tuition and revision e-assessments. They're available throughout the year, offer fast progression and include full tutor support by phone and email, inside and outside the classroom.

Professional courses

These offer two routes - 'Silo' and 'Tiered'.

The 'Silo’ approach combines studying for the Knowledge and Application element for each area. This is ideal for anyone in a specialist field and also offers the opportunity to 'fast track' in a particular technical area.

The 'Tiered’ approach means completing all Knowledge papers before moving on to the Application level. This enables students to get a broad basic understanding of technical topics early in their career.

Advanced courses

Our taught courses offer two routes – 'Link' and 'Split Intensive'.

The 'Link approach' divides the taught phase into several blocks, allowing students time to get to grips with new concepts and ideas. This is popular with students who are self-disciplined and like to organise their study time.

The 'Split Intensive' approach is in just two blocks and encourages a clear focus on the work, minimising distractions.

The revision phase is the same for both Link and Split Intensive routes.

An Advanced Case Study Forum also enables classroom students to exchange ideas on the scenario for the real Case Study exam. 

Classroom Revision courses 

A revision course helps build student confidence in the knowledge and skills learnt in the taught phase and prepares them for the exam. These courses include recaps of technical areas, question practice, exam techniques and also include two mock exams for both Application and Advanced level papers.

Case Study Classroom Retake Revision courses

A five-day Advanced Case Study course is a highly focused way to approach a retake. We make sure students have a thorough understanding of the Advanced stage information and understand how to score the vital professional skills that make up the majority of the marks.

Online Classroom learning

Our ACA online classroom offers all the structure of a BPP classroom course but with the flexibility of distance learning.

It's attractive to many employers as it reduces time spent out of the office that's not chargeable. It appeals to students who can fit their studies around a busy work or social life – at a pace that suits them best.

We offer online retake courses for application papers.

How to apply

There are many different routes into this qualification. Your application will be considered whether you are a graduate, a mature student, an AAT student or a professional, and the entry requirements are different for each. To find out the details for your route, visit the ICAEW website.
































Study locations

Study for the ACA where and when it suits you.

You can train for the ACA face-to-face at one of our UK study centres below. Each centre offers state-of-the-art facilities and comfortable, high-quality classroom environments. But remember, if you prefer to study from home or overseas, we also offer distance learning options.


Book by phone:

  • 0208 746 4150 for London
  • 0161 237 9650 for all other UK locations
  • 0208 746 4150 if you are calling from outside the UK