Associate Chartered Accountant Qualification ICAEW (ACA)

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, students benefit from over 35 years' ACA teaching experience, accessible study centres and the very best study materials on the market.

We run courses in centre and online, which prepare you for exams that are assessed and awarded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Our experienced team of tutors will support you all the way to passing the exams. 

More Success. More BPP.

We are delighted to announce the launch BPP Momentum for our ACA programme – an exciting approach to learning that recognises that everyone and the way they learn is different. BPP Momentum recognises this through competency based learning; putting you, the student, at the centre of learning, giving you more flexibility, more personalisation, more support, more value and more confidence.

Key details: Dates and prices | Ways to study | What is BPP Momentum

*Pass rates of 89.1% across all six Professional Level papers (December 2014)

Key Information

  • Gain the globally recognised ACA qualification and increase your earning potential
  • Benefit from a wide range of BPP online learning activities including lectures and exam question debriefs whether you are studying in centre or online
  • Our highly experience tutor team will help you develop the exam skills you need to pass
  • You are supported with direct tutor contact outside of the classroom by email and online forums
  • 1st place in the world prize winner for overall Advanced Stage at November 14 and 1st Place in Advanced Stage Strategic Business Management at July 14
  • Our team of Programme Advisors will provide proactive support by monitoring your progress on the BPP Achievement Ladder
  • Study at any of our ICAEW-approved study centres
  • Choose from flexible study options: In Centre or Online Classroom
  • Increase your chances of passing: our 89.1% overall pass rates* exceed the national average

Globally respected qualification

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

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 you need to secure the globally respected ACA qualification first time round – and get ahead.

We have an exceptional heritage in training ACA students to exam success, and as an ICAEW-approved Partner in Learning all of our programmes are supported with world class study materials.

At the core of our ACA programmes is BPP Momentum- an exciting approach to learning that recognises that everyone learns differently. BPP Momentum recognises this through competency based learning, putting you, the student, at the centre of learning. By progressively gaining knowledge, practising what has been learnt and testing as they go, you will build competence gradually and be in the best position to pass the exams.

Find out more about BPP Momentum

Structure

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

Certificate Level

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

You may take the Certificate level e-assessments at any of our 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

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. From March 2015, Taxation Compliance will be a computer based exam at the four sittings.

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:

  • Corporate Reporting (CR): 3.5 hours in duration and a 50% pass mark
  • Strategic Business Management (SBM): 3.5 hours in duration and a 50% pass mark
  • The Case Study (CS) requires you to write a business report in 4 hours and centre around a business scenario. It has a 50% pass mark and is a competency based assessment in the ICAEW professional skills

ACA Credit for Prior Learning (exemptions)

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

For example, the AAT Accounting Technician qualification (depending on the options taken) may automatically exempt candidates from all of the Certificate Level papers. Having a relevant degree can also exempt you for certain papers.

Full exemptions details are available from the ICAEW

What is BPP Momentum?

Every aspect of our educational model has been enhanced.

At the heart of these enhancements is competency-based learning; meaning you learn by doing. By progressively gaining knowledge, practising what has been learnt and testing as you go, you will build competence gradually and be in the best position to pass the exams. The more you attempt, the earlier you can identify technical strengths and weaknesses you may have, and, with the range of support offered by BPP Momentum, you will be able to understand how to improve more quickly.

At the core is the Achievement Ladder, used to monitor progression through each paper, identify knowledge gaps much earlier than ever before, and use the personalised feedback and support of Programme Advisors, to ensure you can go into the exam confident of success.

All students will have access to My.BPP from:

  • Certificate Stage: all courses from 1 September 2015
  • Professional Stage: Taught courses for the September 2015 sitting and onwards
  • Advanced Stage: Taught courses for the November 2015 sitting and onwards

 

Some more benefits of BPP Momentum:

Learning Activities

Programme content is broken down into topics via tutor-led recordings and explanations that can be accessed 24/7 as and when you need them.

Expert Tutors

All of our tutors are qualified and have worked in industry, practice or public services. It is their use of real-life examples to put technical subjects in a practical context that give BPP courses the edge.

Focus Sessions

Optional live webinars for certain papers cover specific problems including key exam-related topics and develop exam skills.

Programme Advisors

Focused on trainee success, Programme Advisors provide an additional level of support proactively contacting trainees.

In Centre

In Centre Classroom is ideal for studying at a steady pace with specific study times at a particular location. Our expert tutors bring passion, enthusiasm and industry experience to the classroom making sessions highly engaging and motivational. You will be supported by your tutor in the classroom and you can contact them outside of the classroom for advice, plus you will also have access to a library of online content with a comprehensive suite of pre-recorded lectures.

Whichever level you are at, whichever study mode you choose, through BPP Momentum, you will benefit from structured, motivational competency-based programmes that help you identify strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to progress through the qualification and achieve your goals.

All our study modes include:

  • A personalised Achievement Ladder to track your progression through the papers identifying your strengths and weaknesses
  • Comprehensive online learning activities and resources with numerous exam questions for each paper and expert led recorded lectures
  • Access to tutors for technical queries, personal feedback and support
  • Access to focus sessions that cover specific problems including technical areas, Achievement Ladder steps and key exam-related topics via online webinars

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

View dates and prices for BPP In Centre courses

Online classroom courses for ICAEW papers

Online Classroom gives you the flexibility of studying whenever and wherever you want, combined with the support of a dedicated tutor. Online Classroom courses have start date and study guidance with suggested stages which provide structure, but you set the pace.

The library of online content includes a comprehensive suite of lectures and question debriefs recorded by BPP experts so you have access to BPP tutor explanations whenever you need them. Additionally, Online Classroom provides the opportunity for marked feedback on assessments and provides online groups so you can interact with your tutor and fellow students.

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

Whichever level you are at, whichever study mode you choose, through BPP Momentum, you will benefit from structured, motivational competency-based programmes that help you identify strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to progress through the qualification and achieve your goals.

All our study modes include:

  • A personalised Achievement Ladder to track your progression through the papers identifying your strengths and weaknesses
  • Comprehensive online learning activities and resources with numerous exam questions for each paper and expert led recorded lectures
  • Access to tutors for technical queries, personal feedback and support
  • Access to focus sessions that cover specific problems including technical areas, Achievement Ladder steps and key exam-related topics via online webinars

View dates and prices for BPP Online Classroom courses.

Dates 2015

London ACA and CFAB Computer Based Assessment Date

Online learning

BPP Online Classroom Retake

ACA - Certificate

These courses can be started anytime via Online Classroom.

Online Classroom Retake courses for ICAEW Professional and Advanced Level papers

Our online classroom retake 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:

Professional Stage papers

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

Advanced Stage papers

  • Corporate Reporting
  • Strategic Business Management

Details of the Online Classroom Retake Course

  • 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
  • Online walkthroughs of key past questions and answers from the ICAEW Question Bank
  • Retake online study guidance which targets recap using the online classroom and question practice to improve your exam skills and technical knowledge. This will guide your study to the final exam.
  • Recordings of all of topics, 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
  • Extensive recorded debriefs of past paper questions. 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.

Download our guide to Online Courses

In Centre Advanced Stage Retake courses – for London only

Our classroom retake 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.

For July 2015 we are running a retake course in London for Business Change and Business Reporting.

For November 2015, we will run a retake course in London for Strategic Business Management and Corporate Reporting.

Retake courses for Case Study

Our Classroom Case Study retake 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 new Advanced Information. We will provide you with new material which includes 2 exam simulations based on the new 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

View 2015 Dates and Prices

Find out more about our Online Courses

Professional Stage Weekend and Evenings In Centre courses – London only

Our Professional Stage Weekend and Evenings In Centre courses are designed to reduce the volume of study leave needed during your studies.

With evening sessions from 6pm onwards, and Saturday sessions between 9:30 and 4pm, you can excel through the taught phase without the need to use any study leave, and go on to joining standard In Centre Recap and Revision courses.

Scheduled at our London centre only, these courses benefit from our BPP Momentum approach to learning.

Click here to view our London centre dates and prices.

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:  03331 224 045
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: 03331 224 045
Email: admissions@bpp.com

Ways to study ACA with BPP

BPP Momentum enhances every aspect of traditional learning. Whichever level students are at, whichever study mode chosen, they will benefit from structured, motivational competency-based programmes that help identify strengths and weaknesses, allowing progression through the qualification and achievement of their goals.

All our study modes include:

  • A personalised Achievement Ladder to track your progression through the papers identifying your strengths and weaknesses
  • Comprehensive online learning activities and resources with numerous exam questions for each paper and expert led recorded lectures
  • Access to tutors for technical queries, personal feedback and support
  • Access to focus sessions that cover specific problems including technical areas, Achievement Ladder steps and key exam-related topics via online webinars

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

Choice and flexibility are at the heart of all our ACA courses. So there are a couple of different ways to study.

  • Classroom courses - There's the option to take our TAUGHT, RECAP and REVISION classroom courses at twelve UK and Channel Island locations
  • Online Classroom courses - provide anytime, anywhere learning using a bank of online lectures, exam advice, question and exam debriefs recorded by our subject specialists. Our Online Classroom also provides a retake option.

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:

  • 03331 224 045