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ACCA Qualification

The ACCA Qualification is a highly-regarded accountancy qualification. In order to become a qualified chartered certified accountant and use the designatory letters “ACCA” after your name you need to complete:

  • 13 exams (exemption can be claimed in nine exams)
  • Three-years’ relevant practical experience requirements
  • An Ethics and Professional Skills module

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the largest and fastest-growing international accountancy body, with over 486,000 students and 200,000 members in 180 countries. More people around the world qualify in-country with ACCA than any other international body. ACCA’s reputation and influence are respected worldwide by employers, government and the profession itself.

ACCA’s Members, who are known as Chartered Certified Accountants, are employed in industry, financial services, the public sector, or in public practice. With statutory recognition in the UK and Ireland it has the authority to license its members to work as registered auditors. In the UK, it also authorises its members to undertake insolvency work. Outside the UK, ACCA’s are recognised under the EU’s Mutual Recognition Directive and in many countries around the world.

ACCA offers four core qualifications:

  • A suite of awards, including certificates, diplomas and a revised Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification – (ACCA Foundation Diploma)
  • A Professional Qualification enabling members to reach the highest level in accountancy – (ACCA)
  • A Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting which is centered on the needs of employers for practical, professional accounting – BSc (Hons)
  • A Masters in Professional Accountancy designed to broaden business understanding and enhance strategic decision making – (MSc)

Admission At ALP

  • SKANS School of Accountancy (Islamabad Campus) is Platinum Status Approved Learning Partner(ALP).
  • SKANS School of Accountancy (Rawalpindi Campus) is GOLD Status Approved Learning Partner(ALP).

Keeping Standards High!

The pass rates of SKANS are well above the worldwide pass rates of ACCA backed by the commitment of our lecturers, high quality tuition and student support.

Entry Routes

ACCA offers various entry routes, depending on your age and previous academic qualifications.

  • Minimum Entry Requirements

 2 passes at GCE A’ Levels and 3 passes at GCSE/GCE O Level in 5 separate subjects, including English and Mathematics

American Higher School Certificate with atleast 50%

  • Graduate Entry Route

Graduation, B.Com, BA, BSc from a recognised University

  • Access to ACCA via FD qualification

 Complete the Diploma in Accounting and Business through the Foundation Diploma route, and you can continue your studies with the Certified Accounting Technician Qualification, or you can transfer onto the ACCA Qualification, miss out the first three exams and continue your studies from the fourth exam (LW – Corporate and Business Law) onwards.

Removal of Mature Student Entry Route (MSER)

If you would have normally registered on the ACCA Qualification via the Mature Student Entry Route (MSER), you should now register on Foundations in Accountancy. MSER is no longer available.
This is because now that we have introduced Foundations in Accountancy, which is open entry and does not require you to have any previous academic qualifications to apply, it is possible for you to enter at any level within Foundations in Accountancy, including the Diploma in Accounting and Business.
The exams FAB, FMA and FFA on Foundations in Accountancy are identical to AB,FA and MA of the ACCA Qualification. If you would have normally registered on MSER, you are now better placed when you register on Foundations in Accountancy. This is because there is no restriction on the number of exams you take, the order you choose to take them in, or the time you can take to complete FAB, FMA and FFA on Foundations in Accountancy.

Claiming Exemptions

Relevant degree holders from ACCA-accredited institutions may be exempted from all nine exams within the Fundamentals Level and register directly at the Professional Level. Degrees with some relevance may also qualify for exemptions. For details, refer to ACCAGlobal Exemption Support

Exemptions Available To ACCA Affiliates

ACCA (UK) qualified students are eligible for the following other professional qualifications:

  • A qualified ACCA (UK) will get maximum 5 exemptions in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP)
  • A qualified ACCA (UK Stream) needs to appear for 3 papers of Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW) only, remaining papers being fully exempt.
  • A qualified ACCA needs to appear for 3 papers of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK (CIMA) only, remaining papers being fully exempt after clearing CIMA Gateway.
  • 1 Your annual subscription fee is now due.
  • 11-20 result declaration for December attempt.
  • Application for exemptions to be reflected in the June exam options must be submitted by 31 January (or at least two weeks earlier if submitting to an ACCA office outside the UK)
  • Requests for an administrative review should be received within 10 working days from the release of December results
  • 1 standard exam fee deadline for March exam session
  • 1 Amendment in exam entry should be done by this date
  • 8 Late fee submission deadline for March exams
  • 15 early bird discount deadline for June exam session
  • 6-10 exams for March attempt.
  • 10-20 result declaration for March attempt
  • Requests for an administrative review should be received within 10 working days from the release of March results
  • 2 standard exam fee deadline for June exam session
  • 2 Amendment in exam entry should be done by this date
  • 9 late exam fee submission deadline for June session
  • 16 early bird discount deadline for September exam session
  • 5-9 exam dates for June attempt
  • 11-20 result declaration of June attempt
  • Requests for an administrative review should be received within 10 working days from the release of June results
  • 1 standard exam fee deadline for September session
  • 1 Amendment in exam entry should be done by this date
  • 8 late exam fee deadline for September exams
  • 15 early bird discount deadline for December attempt
  • 5-9 exam dates for September attempt
  • 17 result declaration for September attempt
  • 31 standard exam fee deadline for December exam session
  • 31 Amendment in exam entry should be done by this date
  • Requests for an administrative review should be received within 10 working days from the release of June results
  • 7 late exam fee deadline for December exams
  • 9 early bird discount deadline for March attempt
  • 5-9 exam dates for December session

Practical Experience Requirements

  • In addition to completing exams, you will need to gain relevant, supervised practical work experience.
  • You can gain your practical experience before, during or after completion of the exams but ACCA strongly recommends that you gain your experience alongside or soon after sitting your exams.
  • You must demonstrate effectiveness and achievement in the workplace by meeting 13 predefined performance objectives, overseen and agreed by a workplace mentor.
  • Complete a minimum of three-years’ relevant practical experience.
  • Record your Practical Experience Requirement (PER) in My Experience through my ACCA.

Employers expect ACCA members to show high levels of knowledge and ability in the workplace and to apply in practice the knowledge and techniques gained through your studies towards the ACCA exams.

ACCA / Oxford Brookes University Degree Partnership

B.Sc. Honours Degree in Applied Accounting (Oxford Brookes University)

ACCA has developed a unique relationship with the UK’s Oxford Brookes University – rated top new University in 2000 for the sixth consecutive year by The Times newspaper. This valuable initiative enables students to sit for an Oxford Brookes BSc Honours degree in Applied Accounting while taking their ACCA examinations.

The Oxford Brookes BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Accounting is a highly regarded qualification, which is based on practical, professional, employer-driven accounting requirements. It enables students to prove that not only have they mastered the knowledge required for the degree, but that they have the key skills required by graduate employers.

Students who are entitled to the degree are required to complete the Fundamentals Level of the ACCA qualification, the online professional ethics module and by demonstrating their research, analysis, interpersonal and IT skills by completing a Research and Analysis project.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan recognises the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University as equivalent to a three year bachelors degree. Students who have met the criteria outlined below will be able to apply to the HEC for recognition of their degree. For further information, refer to http://www.accaglobal.com/pakistan/students/local_information/hec

Masters in Business Administration (Oxford Brookes University)

This MBA is a unique Qualification offered to ACCA members and developed through a strategic alliance between ACCA and Oxford Brookes University. The combination of ACCA’s experience in global accountancy and the renowned quality of Oxford Brookes’ Business School has resulted in a programme designed for the international business environment of the future, fully supported online through the Virtual Campus. The MBA is accredited by the Association of MBA’s (AMBA).

The MBA is internationally acknowledged to be the premier business qualification, and is AMBA accredited. By studying for MBA you will be investing in your future. And it will also be a significant step in your career development.

Important Contacts

ACCA Student Services UK OFFICE
2-Central Quay, 89 Hyde Park Street,Glasgow G3 8BW UK

Tel:+ 44(0) 141 582 2000
Fax:+ 44(0) 141 582 2222
E-mail: students@accaglobal.com
Website: www.accaglobal.com

ACCA Student Services ISLAMABAD OFFICE
Office No. 5, 2nd Floor, SNS Centre,Fazal-ul-Haq Road, Blue Area,Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel:+92 (0) 51 111-222-275
Fax:+92 (0) 51 32876605
E-mail: info@pk.accaglobal.com
Website: www.pakistan.accaglobal.com

ACCA Student Services LAHORE OFFICE
61-C Main Gulberg, Main Boulevard, Lahore 54660 Pakistan

Tel:+92 (0) 42 111-222-275/ 35759129 / 35714361
Fax:+92 (0) 42 35759346
E-mail: info@pk.accaglobal.com
Website: www.pakistan.accaglobal.com

How To Register

  • You need to register with ACCA as a student in order to take the exams.
  • The quickest and easiest way is to apply for your accounting course is online. You can do it yourself or through SKANS. Applying online also allows you to upload all your supporting documents. This means your application will be processed much quicker and you will know at which level you can start your studies shortly after submitting your application.
  • Students are not restricted to June and December paper-based exam sessions as CBEs can be sat at any time of the year.
  • ACCA offers a number of entry routes for studying towards the ACCA Qualification, designed to take into account equivalent local qualifications and previous educational achievements. Check entry requirements and exemptions available on ACCAGlobal along with the information on Joint Examination Schemes.
  • Remember to send supporting documentation with your registration form including a passport style photograph, proof of identity and attested copies of previous academic qualifications as proof of minimum entry eligibility or for claiming exemptions.
  • You can track the status of your application also online.
  • ACCA will issue you with a passcode to access your student details from the ACCA website and student post-registration information containing details about the exams, practical experience requirements, Professional Ethics module and the service and support provided by ACCA.
  • As soon as you have received confirmation from ACCA that your application has been approved, you may make arrangements to sit CBEs.

Syllabus & Progression Rules

  • The syllabus is divided into two levels – Fundamentals and Professional
  • All Fundamental Level papers are mandatory
  • The Professional Level includes mandatory Essentials papers as well as Optional papers
  • There are 16 papers available in total. You only need to pass 14 papers (unless exemptions are awarded) because you only need to complete two out of the four Options papers.
  • The pass marks for all papers are 50%.
  • You can progress through the syllabus at your own pace. You may attempt a maximum of four exams at any six-month exam cycle, including computer-based exams. Papers may be attempted from different modules at the same sitting as long as the modules are attempted in order.
  • Students may vary the order in which they attempt exams within each module but they may not vary the order of the modules. However, ACCA strongly recommends that papers within a module are taken in order.
  • You have the choice of sitting computer-based or paper-based exams for Papers F1, F2 and F3.
  • Paper-based exams can be taken in any one of over 400 exam centres around the world.
  • Paper-based exams are held twice a year – in June and December.
  • You can:
  1. enter for exams all year round
  2. enter for one of the next two exam sessions
  3. add exams until the end of the standard entry closing date (the appropriate early or standard fee will apply, depending on when additional exams are added)
  4. remove exam entries made until the end of the standard entry closing date
  5. mmend exam center, stream or variant without charge until the end of the standard exam entry closing date

Examination Structure

You have unlimited time to complete fundamental level papers and seven years to complete professional level papers. You take ACCA exams when it suits you – you choose the pace. You also have the option to select papers based on International Accounting and Auditing Standards and, in certain countries, variant papers based on local law and tax. You may also claim exemptions from certain exams, depending on what other qualifications you have gained.

Fundamentals (9 Papers)

Applied Knowledge 
Paper Subject Exam Session
AB Accountant in Business CBE*(monthly)
MA Management Accounting CBE*(monthly)
FA Financial Accounting CBE*(monthly)
APPLIED SKILLS
Paper Subject Exam Session
LW Corporate and Business Law CBE*(monthly)
PM Performance Management March, June, September & December
TX Taxation March, June, September & December
FR Financial Reporting March, June, September & December
AA Audit and Assurance March, June, September & December
FM Financial Management March, June, September & December

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL (4 Papers)

STRATEGIC PROFESSIONAL CORE
Paper Subject Exam Session
SBL Strategic Business Leader March, June, September & December
SBR Strategic Business Reporting March, June, September & December
STRATEGIC PROFESSIONAL OPTIONAL PAPERS
Paper Subject Exam Session
AFM Advanced Financial Management March, June, September & December
APM Advanced Performance Management March, June, September & December
ATX Advanced Taxation March, June, September & December
AAA Advanced Audit and Assurance March, June, September & December

Students who have passed knowledge and skills modules (9-papers) of the ACCA qualification are eligible to apply for an Oxford Brookes University (OBU) Bsc (Hons) degree in Applied Accounting.

Qualified members may get MBA degree of Oxford Brookes University which was specifically developed through a strategic alliance formed between the business school at the OBU and ACCA. After qualifying ACCA, you can go for CA, ICAEW, CIMA, CFA® etc; as your further career progression.

ACCA Professional Course

The ACCA Professional Scheme is a highly relevant, targeted combination of study and practical experience. The syllabus is a result of extensive research and consultation with governments, students, colleges and employers from a range of public and private sector organisations.

Wherever you are in the world, ACCA strives to offer consistently high standards of training and support. Its personal and virtual study options have been developed to ensure that you have maximum control over what you learn, the way that you learn it, and the pace at which you work. Future employers will be aware of your potential, because the ACCA qualification is highly regarded throughout the world.

We have effective relationships with local and multinational organisations, accounting bodies, corporations and institutions including governments and even the United Nations. The ACCA qualification is a passport to a new world of opportunity – once you become a member, the learning process continues throughout your career. The range of educational opportunities includes a degree qualification, plans for a specifically tailored MBA and a constantly updated range of courses in all areas of finance and management.

Examination Rules

  • Students have unlimited time to complete fundamental level papers and seven years to complete professional level papers.
  • The pass marks for all papers are 50%.
  • There are four manual examination sessions per year – in March, June, September and December
  • Up to four papers can be taken in a single examination session.
  • Credits gained successfully in Fundamentals and Professional Level Papers can be retained, to prevent unnecessary re-taking of examinations.
  • The Knowledge module must be completed before the Essentials & Options module can be attempted

Computer Based Examination (CBE)

You can control the speed of your progression and specialism you wish to develop. You can choose to sit either paper-based exams in March, June, September and December or on-demand Computer Based Exams (CBE) whichever suits you best. CBE are currently available for paper F1 to F4.

Computer Based Examination offers you:

  • Flexibility – You are not restricted to March, June, September and December paper-based examination sessions as you can sit CBE at any time of the year. CBE also offers flexibility for re-sits, which you can take at any time. There is no restriction on the number of times you can re-sit the Computer Based Exams.
  • Instant Feedback – Your result is displayed on the computer screen at the end of the examination.
  • Results are uploaded by the licensed centre and will be transferred to your ACCA account within 72 hours.
  • The CBE fee is to be deposited at the admission office with the requirements as follows:

            – One passport size photograph.
            – A copy of ACCA registration card/number
            – A copy of an evidence of your age (could be ONE of: National ID-Card / Passport / Matric / O’ Level Result Certificate).

Students, who have not received their ACCA UK Registration cards, are advised to submit a proof of the ACCA registration number in the form of any email correspondence or the postal mail received from the ACCA Office.

ID Verification Letter

Students not in possession of their ACCA Registration card are advised to get their ID Verification Letter made. The ID Verification letter is required to prove a student’s identity and is mandatory for their entry in the examination hall. Once the supporting documentation including proof of identity is submitted, we need at least 24-48 hours to process the timely receipt of your ID verification letters. The requests are processed, keeping in mind the need for the students to concentrate on their exam preparation and not to waste their time in commuting to the ACCA Lahore Office for these letters.

CBE Progression Rules for ACCA

Students MUST be registered ACCA students, and hold a valid ACCA registration card prior to sitting the following papers by CBE

  • AB – Accountant in Business
  • MA – Management Accounting
  • FA – Financial Accounting
  • LW – Corporate and Business Law

ACCA offers four exams windows in a year for the papers PM to AAA.

March, June, September and December