ACCA Accountant in Business (AB/F1)

ACCA Accountant in Business (AB/F1)

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About this course

The Accountant in Business (AB) syllabus will teach you how businesses operate effectively, efficiently and ethically, and demonstrate the critical role that finance professionals play in achieving this. You will understand business in the context of its environment, including economic, legal and regulatory influences on aspects like governance, employment, health and safety, data protection and security.

 

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Study ACCA with BPP Online Classroom

Designed with flexibility, support, structure and success in mind, BPP’s Online Classroom is ideal for students who want the flexibility of studying whenever and wherever they want, combined with the support of a dedicated tutor. Students study at their own pace with access to the programme content, learning activities and assessments available at any time.

 

There are two types of online classroom options available: Online Classroom (OCR) which is pre-recorded and Online Classroom Live (OCR Live). The OCR and OCR Live courses cover the same syllabus content. The only difference between the two is in the mode of study/delivery of the programme which utilises different formats and timetables.

 

Awarding Bodies

This qualification is awarded by BPP and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). 

 

FAQs

Why study ACCA Online?

Our ACCA Online Classrooms give you the flexibility of studying whenever and wherever you want. Studying ACCA this way means you can study at your own pace with access to the programme content, learning activities and assessments available at any time.

Why study ACCA with BPP?

As an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner with over 40 years of experience in the training market, BPP have harnessed all the knowledge and best practices of classroom courses to design and develop a market-leading Online Classroom which enables students to develop their skills in a more flexible way than the traditional offline route.

 

When it comes to deliverability and flexibility, BPP’s Online Classroom is at the leading edge of course provision, offering students various flexible ways of studying including live and recorded tutor-led lectures and an online platform to help students structure their own time effectively. Aside from standard course material, BPP also offers students access to the award-winning BPP Momentum – an innovative learning approach which helps students at every step of their study to increase their chances of success.

What is the difference between OCR and OCR Live?

OCR and OCR Live are two different types of online study options. The only difference between the two is the mode of study/delivery of the programme which utilises different formats and timetables. Both cover the same syllabus, but Online Classroom (OCR) sessions are pre-recorded, whilst Online Classroom Live (OCR Live) sessions take place live.

Which option is best for me?

The Online Classroom (OCR) option gives you all the freedom and flexibility you could need since you can access the session at any time when you see fit – so if it’s complete flexibility that you’re after then this is the right study path for you. The Online Classroom Live (OCR Live) option, on the other hand, provides interactive online sessions at scheduled times, so if you like the discipline and motivation of structured classes, but want the flexibility of studying wherever then this is the ideal study route for you. The OCR Live Classroom provides everything you would expect from a traditional BPP classroom, but is delivered live online instead of in a classroom environment.

Who do I need to register with to start my ACCA journey?

Students need to register with ACCA via their website. The registration process takes about 10 minutes to complete. Once registered, ACCA will send you a unique student number which you will use to log in to their Portal. After registering with ACCA, students will need to register with MIA. Both registrations have annual subscription fees. More information on this can be found on the ACCA and MIA websites.

Are there minimum entry requirements to start ACCA?

To register for the ACCA Qualification, students need to meet ACCA’s Minimum Entry Requirements (MER). A list of the MER can be found on their website: https://www.accaglobal.com/qualifications/acca/minimum-entrance.

 

Those who do not meet the MER, can register with ACCA for the Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) exams. FIA is the flexible suite of entry-level awards developed by ACCA for those with little to no formal education in the fields of accountancy and finance. In this case, students will need to sit for the FAB/BT, FMA and FFA exams instead of the ACCA Qualification’s first three exams (AB/BT, MA and FA). The syllabus and content is exactly the same as the AB, MA and FA exams those registered directly on the ACCA Qualification would sit for. The only difference is that FIA is designed for those who wish to start out in the accountancy profession but have no formal qualifications. Once those registered on FIA pass the first 3 modules, they will be transferred to the ACCA qualification and be exempted from sitting for the AB/BT, MA and FA exams. Upon completion of the FIA, students will need to contact ACCA to change their registration and be transferred onto the ACCA Qualification directly.

 

The route to getting there is essentially not that different because the first three exams of FIA and ACCA are the same. FIA students simply need to undergo that extra step of contacting ACCA to change their registration.

What are On Demand exams?

The exams for the first three ACCA papers can be done On Demand. This means that students do not need to wait for the ACCA exam cycles and once they decide that they are ready to sit for an exam, they can call up a CBE centre in Malta and book their exam directly with them. You can find a list of CBE approved centres in Malta via this link: https://www.accaglobal.com/ie/en/student/exam-entry-and-administration/computer-based-exams/on-demand-cbes/cbe-centre-list.html

When are the ACCA exam cycles?

ACCA exams happen in March, June, September and December. The first three exams do not follow this cycle as they are On Demand.

Please note that Maltese Variants (LW-MLA, TX-MLA & ATX-MLA) are only available in June and December. More information on how to book exams can be found on this link: https://www.accaglobal.com/lk/en/qualifications/accountancy-career/fees/fees-charges.html

Should I follow a particular order when doing the ACCA papers?

There is no particular order that students need to follow when doing the ACCA papers. The rule is that students need to pass from the first 3 papers before doing the rest of the Fundamentals and before starting the Professional papers, students need to have passed from all the Fundamentals. It is advised that students start the Professional Papers with SBL or SBR and then continue to do the rest. ACCA also advises students to take the EPSM module before attempting the Strategic Professionals.

What else do I need to do to achieve the full ACCA Qualification?

Apart from successfully completing the 13 modules (9 Fundamentals and 4 Professionals), students must also do the EPSM module and complete 36 months of finance/accounting work experience.

What is PER?

To get the ACCA qualification, students need to complete 36 months of relevant work experience. The work experience can be in finance or accounting and does not need to be in an accounting firm. Students can also log the hours of any relevant work experience conducted before they started ACCA. More information can be found here: https://www.accaglobal.com/uk/en/student/practical-experience-per.html

What is EPSM?

The EPSM module is a 15-hour online module that students need to complete as part of their ACCA Qualification. This module looks at ethics and professionalism in the workplace and is of great help when doing the Strategic Professional exams. ACCA strongly suggests that this module is done before sitting for the Strategic Professional exams. More information about the EPSM can be found here: https://www.accaglobal.com/lk/en/affiliates/completing-your-epsm.html

Why Online Classroom?

BPP’s award-winning Online Classroom gives you all the freedom and flexibility you could need, as well as the quality of materials and resources you’d expect from an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner with pass rates as high as 96%. In the Online Classroom, you will learn from BPP tutors and receive all the support and structure that you would get in a traditional non-virtual classroom. This includes:
  • Access to a comprehensive suite of pre-recorded lectures which can be accessed 24/7 anywhere
  • Learning content which is broken into logical topics and associated learning activities
  • Detailed guidance documents to walk you through the syllabus content
  • An Achievement Ladder consisting of a series of assessment steps to prepare students for exam success
  • An online calendar showing key dates for submitting various assessments (some of which are marked)
  • Proactive support from BPP’s Performance Support team who will contact you on an individual basis to offer you support and guidance
  • Forums to interact with and get support from your tutor and fellow students including course notes, study text and revision kits

Online Classroom Timetable (September Sitting)

Duration Start Dates
4 Weeks (Exam On Demand) 20 Jul 17 Aug 14 Sep
 

Online Classroom Timetable (December Sitting)

Duration Start Dates
4 Weeks (Exam On Demand) 14 Sep 12 Oct 09 Nov

Why Online Classroom Live?

Online Classroom Live provides interactive online sessions at scheduled times. This is the ideal approach if you like the discipline and motivation of structured classes, but want the flexibility of studying wherever you have internet access. The OCR Live Classroom provides everything you would expect from a traditional BPP classroom, but is delivered live online instead of in a classroom environment.
  • Separate Tuition and Revision phases covering syllabus knowledge and application
  • BPP classroom focused materials including course notes/workbook, study text and practice & revision kit
  • Interact with your tutor and fellow students via forums and online polls during the live sessions
  • Recordings of the live sessions are available 24 hours later to watch again
  • Access to a comprehensive suite of pre-recorded lectures
  • Tutor support during live lectures and via BPP’s online forum
The content covered in the OCR Live sessions equals half a day of teaching per session. In that time, the tutor will cover a number of whole topics (equivalent to a recorded lecture per topic), as well as work out some sample questions and give students some in-class workings/exercises. Students will also be sent some home reading material and/or an Achievement Ladder step to complete. 

Online Classroom Live Timetable (September Sitting)

Lesson Time Start Dates
Evenings: 7:00pm to 9:45pm 5 May 12 May 19 May 26 May
6 May 14 May 20 May 28 May

Online Classroom Live Timetable (December Sitting)

Highlighted dates are course start dates:
Lesson Time Start Dates
Option 1:
Weekdays:
10:00am to 4:45pm
16 Nov 23 Nov 07 Dec 14 Dec
Option 2:
Weekends
10:00am - 4:45pm
12 Sep 19 Sep 03 Oct 10 Oct

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