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).

Why study ACA with BPP?

  • 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

  • Increase your chances of passing – BPP pass rate exceeds national average


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

You may take the e-assessments at any of our 13 BPP training centres as well as other ICAEW accredited centres in the UK and around the world. The paper-based ACA accounting exams – set and marked by the ICAEW – are also available globally and in most UK cities.

ACA Professional stage

There are 12 papers at Professional Stage. Six Certificate level papers (sat whenever you like on computer) and six Professional level papers sat in March, June, September and December.

It includes six exams at the Certificate Level which assess core technical skills by computer in subjects which are:

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

Duration/assessment: Each computer exam lasts 1.5 hours and has a 55% pass mark.

The Professional Level also includes six paper-based exams at Professional Level in which students apply technical skills in a practical context in subjects including:

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

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

ACA Advanced stage

This final level involves 3 papers – with sittings in July and November. This level is multi-disciplinary and includes written assessments in the following:

  • Case Study
  • Technical Integration – Corporate Reporting
  • Technical Integration – Strategic Business Management

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.

Complete courses

BPP Certificate 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.

Professional courses

These offer two routes - 'Silo' and 'Tiered'. The 'Silo' approach combines studying for the Certificate and Professional 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 Certificate papers before moving on to the Professional level. This enables students to get a broad basic understanding of technical topics early in their career.

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 Professional papers.

Entry Requirements

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.

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