Planning your ACCA studies

We want to make your studies as easy as possible, so we have provided a bit of guidance below to help you put some more structure to your ACCA studies. Whether you are planning the best route to passing your next paper, or planning a resit for your last exam, our team of experts are on hand to guide you towards your next pass. If you would like to talk through your options with a tutor, please get in touch – they would love to hear from you!

ACCA studies

Planning your ACCA studies

We want to make your studies as easy as possible, so we have provided a bit of guidance below to help you put some more structure to your ACCA studies. Whether you are planning the best route to passing your next paper, or planning a resit for your last exam, our team of experts are on hand to guide you towards your next pass. If you would like to talk through your options with a tutor, please get in touch – they would love to hear from you!

You can use this as a base for you to create your own plan for how you will progress through your ACCA studies towards qualification. The ACCA qualification is made up of three levels and we have provided some information for each of the levels below:

Applied Knowledge

The Applied Knowledge level is made up of three papers. The papers at this level can be sat at any time (the exams are “on-demand”) and in any order.

The most common approach for students at this level is to take these papers one at a time.

At the Applied Knowledge level, each paper will require in the region of 35-50 hours of study (this would include attending tuition sessions if your study via a Classroom or Online Live course) and, as such, many students find that planning to study each paper over 6-8 weeks is a reasonable target.

On that basis, many students complete the Applied Knowledge Level over 6-8 months which allows for plenty of time to study along with a few well-earned breaks!

Applied Skills

The Applied Skills level contains 6 papers. Corporate and Business Law can be sat at any time whereas the remaining 5 papers can be sat at one of four sittings a year; March, June, September and December.

Each paper will take between 45-60 hours of study (this would include attending tuition sessions if you study via a classroom or Online Live course) and most people take 6-8 weeks to complete each paper.

Many students start the Applied Skills level by completing the ‘Corporate and Business Law’ paper. This paper is examined via a computer based objective test and follows a very similar pattern to the Applied Knowledge papers.

Once students have completed the Law paper, the vast majority of students will aim to complete the remaining papers over three exam sittings (usually with gaps between them – the July and December sittings are still the most popular).

For those completing ACCA who are in a financial accounting role we recommend the following paper combinations:

If you are in a non-financial accounting role, our students find that completing this level in the following order can be helpful:

Of course, the flexibility of the ACCA allows for you to move through the qualification at a pace that suits you.

Strategic Professional

 The strategic professional level has two components; Essential papers that every student must complete (SBL and SBR) and options (each student must complete 2 of the four optional paper).

Just like at the previous level, exams at the Strategic Professional level can be sat at one of four sittings a year; March, June, September and December

If you have completed the Applied Skills level in line with our above advice, you can sit your first Strategic level paper alongside the final Applied Skills paper. For example, you could complete SBR alongside F9 Financial Management in the example we have used above.

An example of the study route you may follow would be:

Once you have a plan, you can get started with your studies. With Online, Online Live and Classroom courses we will always have a course available.

If you are ready to get going with your ACCA studies, you can see our course dates here.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss your options with our expert team, please contact us below to request a call back. We’d love to hear from you!
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