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The Professional Level exams build on the fundamentals of accountancy, finance and business and tests your ability to use technical knowledge in real-life scenarios; these exams are available to sit every March, June, September and December. You can take your exams at an exam centre or via remote invigilation.

Professional Level overview

Professional Level exams

Each Professional Level exam is assessed by a 2.5 hour exam, except for Financial Accounting and Reporting, which is 3 hours. The Professional Level exams are computer-based and are available to sit every March, June, September and December.

Please note, Business Planning: Banking and Business Planning: Insurance will only be available at the June, September and December sittings. The exams are flexible and can be taken in any order. The Business Planning and Business Strategy and Technology modules in particular will help you to progress to the Advanced Level. The pass mark for each exam is 55%.

Professional Level preparation

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Six-monthly reviews

It is a requirement of the ACA training agreement that you and your employer meet at least every six months. These meetings are to discuss and monitor your progress on professional development, ethics and professional scepticism, practical work experience and exams.

Professional Level study support


First Intuition tutor, Ryan Hill, talks you through retaking a Professional Level exam which explores exam feedback, preparation guidance and study support with a few key hints and tips on how to succeed.

Introduction to the Professional Level

In this guide the Professional Level is introduced, providing an overview on each module with helpful advice on what to expect and what to look out for when sitting a Professional Level exam.

Tips for success

This useful guideexplores revision and exam day advice, as well as flagging tricky areas and how you can master a retake, through key hints and tips. Our latest article also covers tutor's top tips for success.

ACA exam vocabulary support guide

Our ACA exam vocabulary support guide explains the different verbs used within the ACA exam requirements for the Professional and Advanced Level exams. It will help highlight the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to demonstrate. Download the guide here.


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