The ACA has 15 exam modules split across two stages: the Professional Stage and Advanced Stage.
The Professional Stage has 12 modules. Core learning is introduced at an early stage in the six knowledge modules to allow your students to become highly productive from the start of their training. The knowledge modules are computer-based e-assessments (each 1.5 hours long) available on demand throughout the year. They are Business and Finance, Management Information, Accounting, Law, Assurance and Principles of Taxation.
The remaining six modules of the Professional Stage are application papers. They are paper-based exams (each 2.5 hours long) - Business Strategy, Financial Management, Audit and Assurance, Financial Accounting, Financial Reporting and Taxation.
The Advanced Stage has two technical papers, each of which is 3.5 hours long and an integrated Case Study paper which is 4 hours long.
As an employer there are several key ACA examination regulations that you need to be aware of:
Credit for prior learning (CPL) is our term for exam exemptions. Students with accounting/business related degrees or professional accountancy qualifications may be eligible for exemptions against some of the Professional Stage exams. There are up to eight credits for prior learning (CPL) available at the Professional Stage exams.
Students can access past papers, examiners feedback and useful articles in the exam resources area (restricted area) of the student website.
ACA students can discuss topics of interest and network with each other on the students' forum or blog. We regularly provide 'Ask a Tutor' sessions.
We produce monthly webinars on a variety of professional skills and technical topics. These sessions are recorded and posted onto the main student website so students can listen at a later date.
As an employer there are a number of things that you should find helpful to know regarding your students exam results:
Once a student has received their exam results, if they have failed an exam paper and believe that the result is not correct, or would like more information about their marks, they can request either a marks review or a marks feedback.