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Learning materials for the ACA syllabus

We take pride in the fact that we publish our own learning materials, which are highly recommended by universities and tuition providers, who use them to deliver academic and professional education programmes.

Each year the learning materials are reviewed and approved by our examiners, and provide clear guidance on the way in which the syllabus learning outcomes are tested in the exams. We therefore recommend that you use the up to date editions to study for the respective exams (e.g. use the 2024 edition to study for exams in 2024), as these will reflect any changes made within the syllabus, learning outcomes and the way in which you are assessed.

Where relevant, the learning materials for the ACA exams comprise a study pack for each module which contains the following:

  • a workbook providing comprehensive coverage of all examinable topics combine our skills and syllabus learning with study manual
  • interactive and self-test questions throughout the workbook for revision of the topics in each chapter; and
  • a question bank containing exam standard questions for revision practice.


We update the learning materials annually to reflect changes to the syllabus, current legislation and technical standards. Occasionally, errors may appear in the material. We publish details of any errata on the relevant exam resources page for each module.

Ordering your learning materials

Our learning materials are available digitally

If you are sitting an exam please visit our new bookshop to purchase your learning materials. You can find out more about the digital learning materials at icaew.com/futureACA

Please check with your employer or tuition provider if you are expected to order your learning materials, or whether they will be ordered for you.

New development: Archiving learning groups on the bookstore

When buying learning materials for others, you may find it more efficient to archive groups that are no longer active.


See below for when the materials and resources will be available.

How much will the study materials cost?

Costs for the learning materials will look a bit different from previous years. As part of the move to digital learning materials, we are able to offer our materials in bundles which include the relevant permitted texts.

Learning materials for re-sitting exams

If you own a 2023 edition of the learning materials on your ICAEW Bookshelf and you have not yet passed the associated exam, you will receive a free update to the relevant 2024 edition.

Dates to receive in bookshelf

Certificate Level*

  • Monday 18 December 2023
  • Tuesday 16 January 2024

Professional Level

  • Monday 5 February 2024

Advanced Level

  • Monday 8 January 2024

*Certificate Level has two dates to allow those who have exams booked in early January 2024 to study.

You will receive the bundle of materials as sold on the ICAEW Bookstore, so all components including the permitted text, apart from the following exception of the IFRS Blue Book.

IFRS permitted text

If you are eligible to receive the 2024 edition of the IFRS permitted text for the Professional Level Financial Accounting and Reporting: IFRS, Business Planning: Insurance, Business Planning: Banking or Advanced Level exams, please contact your tuition provider who will check your eligibility and supply you with a digital copy.

If you do not have a tuition provider and you are eligible to receive the 2024 edition of the IFRS permitted text, please contact the student support team who will check your eligibility and supply you with a copy.

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