Make the 4 ACCA sittings work for you
At BPP we want to give you the best chance to get ahead in your Accountancy career. With the introduction of four sittings we have put together our recommendations of what these changes mean, and what your options are. We are here to help and support you every step of the way throughout the qualification.
What do you need to know?
- ACCA are introducing four sittings per year, starting with a pilot sitting in September 2015
- The sittings will be March, June, September and December
- You will have greater flexibility allowing you to choose how to progress through the qualification
- The extra sittings are really beneficial if you ever have to resit an exam
- This change impacts you after you have completed papers F1 to F4
Planning your studies
We recommend you aim to complete four exams per year. In the past to achieve this, you would have needed to sit two exams per sitting. More exam sittings mean you have more flexibility around when you sit your exams. To work towards passing four exams per year we recommend one of the following approaches:
Little and Often
You may have felt overwhelmed doing two papers at the same time despite the synergies of doing certain papers together. From September 2015 you will have the option to do one paper at a time, without losing momentum as you'll be able to do four papers per year. To make the most of the time available we recommend that you start studying for your next paper before you've had the results of the previous paper you've just sat.
If this is a concern, the Regular Breaks route may be better for you. For some companies, the first quarter of the year is particularly busy, which means that studying to the March sitting may not be practical. In this case the Regular Breaks or Combination routes may be better options for you.
When there was only the June and December sitting it was common practice to study two papers at a time which meant that you had a break from your studies in between each of these sittings. You can continue to do that, either studying to March and September or June and December. The other sittings in between could then be used as a resit sitting if an exam did not go as well as expected. This means you are still achieving the recommended target of completing four exams per year.
We recommend you plan ahead so that your route takes into account the available study modes at the sittings you choose if you have a preference about how you study.
If you like the idea of spreading out your studies a little, but because of work commitments some parts of the year are busier than others. Or maybe you just want to have a bit of a 'break' at some point in the year (for example for a summer holiday ). You could try a mixture of the other two approaches, and have a 2 + 1 + 1 approach.
You could choose one sitting to have a break from studying such as the busy first quarter leading up to March, and then do two papers to June because things slow down, then one paper to September and one paper to December.
What else do you need to know?
Who does this affect?
What does this mean for existing students?
Why should I aim for four exams a year?
What if I fail an exam?
What if I want to do “little and often” but have to wait for my results to book my next exam?
What if I want to start studying early?
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