Why choose to study the ACA qualification?

The ACA is a qualification prescribed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and stands for Association of Chartered Accountants. It typically takes three years to complete and is valued around the world in business, accountancy practice and the public sector.

The ACA is the required qualification for those looking to be chartered accountants and finance leaders across the world. Globally recognised, the ACA has evolved over time to remain future-proof and provide you with the technical and professional skills required to make a difference in the world of business. 

The qualification is made up of four elements, which provide students with a combination of finance knowledge, accountancy skills and real-world business experience. They are:

  • 450 days of practical work experience – offering invaluable insights into the realities of a career in chartered accountancy.
  • 15 exam modules – covering a broad range of topics including: financial management, law, assurance and business strategy.
  • Professional development – preparing you to successfully handle different situations that you’ll encounter throughout your career.
  • Ethics and professional scepticism – providing you with the skills to work under close scrutiny and be confident you are making the right decisions.

Here are some of the reasons the ACA is so highly-respected…

Adaptable set of skills

With the pandemic affecting the global economy, there is a huge demand for employees who can adapt to a disrupted market. The ACA qualification will ensure that you are capable of managing a variety of financial functions within a business, whether the market is booming or bust.


At Page Kirk, we have spent years perfecting the way we deliver the ACA qualification to our trainees, ensuring that you get the best combination of theory and hands-on practical experience. The ACA also offers flexibility when it comes to taking exams, ensuring that they can be fitted around you, your work and college.


Made up of four main elements and fifteen separate modules, the ACA is designed to provide you with experience in finance, accountancy skills and real-world business experience. Towards the end of your qualification, alongside help from your mentor, you will be able to decide on the specific path you want to follow throughout the next phase in your career.

Ethical Scepticism

The ACA has ethics and professional scepticism embedded into the qualification, meaning you will feel certain that you are making the right decisions. This also ensures that the ACA remains as one of the most highly-respected business qualifications, with the ICAEW protecting the quality and level of trust in the accounting profession.

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