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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 2019 edition to study for exams in 2019), 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 study manual providing comprehensive coverage of all examinable topics;
  • an online study guide which gives guidance on how to approach the subject and detail of the learning outcomes and skills tested for each module;
  • interactive and self-test questions throughout the study manual 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

From 2021 our learning materials will be available digitally. 

If you are sitting an exam in 2021 please visit our new bookshop to purchase your learning materials. You can find out more about the digital learning materials at icaew.com/futureACA

If you are sitting an exam in 2020 learning materials are available to order from our distributors.

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.

We recommend that you only order learning materials for courses that you are about to start. We advise against ordering materials for the whole year, in case you change your study plans. It is important that you study using the correct edition of learning materials for the exam session in which you will be sitting.

Important update - learning materials

Due to Covid-19, Gillards Warehouse and Distribution are limited on staff. Therefore, orders will take longer than usual to be despatched. Gillards and ICAEW are constantly reviewing the situation and will update with any further changes.

Thank you for your patience through this challenging time and If you have any questions, please contact learning@icaew.com


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

How much will the study materials cost? 

Learning material costs for exams in 2020

  • Certificate Level: £35.00 per exam (plus postage and packing).
  • Professional Level: £50.00 per exam (plus postage and packing)
  • Advanced Level: £90.00 per exam (plus postage and packing).

Learning material costs for exams in 2021

Costs for the 2021 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. Click here to view the costs for 2021 learning materials. Download our 'Studying with digital permitted texts' for tips on using digital permitted texts in exams.