Some general advice for studying two papers at once
Generally speaking, the advice we would offer to students who are thinking of studying 2 ACCA papers at the same time is to carefully consider the different papers.
It’s fair to say that some papers are more computational while others tend to rely on written analysis. Combining a computational paper with one that’s requires more writing is a good rule of thumb.
We understand that some students may choose to study 2 papers that are more closely matched to their own strengths. However, if you’re not sure where to start in choosing your 2 ACCA papers, you may find this graphic useful. We’ve based it on balancing a computational paper with a written one.
Our handy guide for combining ACCA papers
We recommend you pair up the following ACCA papers:
Corporate and Business Law + Taxation
Performance Management + Taxation
Financial Reporting + Audit and Assurance
Financial Management + Audit and Assurance
Performance Management + Financial Management
Taxation + Strategic Business Leader
Strategic Business Reporting + Advanced Tax
Advanced Audit and Assurance + Strategic Business Reporting
ACCA papers that DON’T work well together are:
Taxation + Financial Management
Corporate and Business Law + Audit and Assurance
Taxation + Advanced Taxation
In addition to this, another possible combination of ACCA papers would be Advanced Audit and Assurance plus Advanced Taxation but we’d really only recommend this if you don’t have any other papers left to sit.
Important note- whilst we recommend these combinations, it’s also worth checking the exam schedule to make sure there are no clashes.
We’re here to help
Not sure how to plan your next move? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you work out the best study plan for you.
If you need any help with which ACCA exam to do next, get in touch with your local FI study centre. Our team of tutors are always happy to offer their advice and experience.
For more guidance on planning your ACCA studies, read this article.
Finally, the ACCA have lots of resources available for students on their website.