Is ACCA the Right Course for You?

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You are passionate about accounting and numbers and you heard about the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). But you are not sure whether ACCA is the best course for your future. Before you make any decision, let us take a look at what this course is all about and do you have what it takes to pursue it? 

About ACCA

Now, ACCA is a professional accountancy body that is recognised, highly respected and valued around the world. They have 17 joint exam partnerships with national accountancy bodies globally that allows their trainees to qualify using ACCA Qualification structure. You see, not everyone in the accounting world is qualified and allowed to use the designatory letters ACCA behind their name.

Only students that complete ALL of the 13 exams, work for a required number of years and complete the professional ethics module are allowed to use this prestigious title in their business card, provided they keep updating themselves with the ACCA regulations, standards and news every year. With ACCA behind your name, you are a Chartered Certified Accountant and this means you are high calibre, experienced and deserve a higher salary than other people in the industry. This prestigious accountancy body should not be confused with an accounting degree examination.  

Details of ACCA Examination

Passing marks: 50% and above

Total exam papers: 13

Number of resit allowed: Unlimited

Exam Sittings: March, June, September & December every year

Maximum years to finish all papers: 10 years 

Trust me when I say ACCA is known everywhere in the world for its tough and rigorous exams #beentheredonethat. With only one mark difference can change your whole strategy for the next study plan. ACCA regarded 0% to 49% as failed and 50% and above as passed. What you will study is very technical and industry-related on topics such as Law, Tax, Audit, Finance and Performance Management.

There are 3 steps of ACCA exams and you must complete every paper before proceeding to the next step. The steps and papers are:

1. ACCA Applied Knowledge:

AB- Accountant In Business

MA- Management Accounting

FA- Financial Accounting


2. ACCA Applied Skills:

LW – Corporate and Business Law

PM – Performance Management

TX – Taxation

FR – Financial Reporting

AA – Audit and Assurance

FM – Financial Management


3. ACCA Strategic Professional:


SBL – Strategic Business Leader

SBR – Strategic Business Reporting

Options: Choose 2 only

AFM – Advanced Financial Management

APM – Advanced Performance Management

ATX – Advanced Taxation

AAA – Advanced Audit and Assurance

Once you have completed all these papers, you are not done yet. You need to sit for the Ethics and Professional Skills Module before entering the related working field or known as Practical Experience Requirement (PER). Most graduates choose to work with the Big 4 while some prefer commercial companies.The minimum years of working is 3 years before you become an affiliate. But bear in mind, you need to renew your member fees every year and failure to do so will result in losing the ACCA designatory letter and you are no longer associated with this top accountancy body. 

Quick Self-Assessment: Is ACCA the Right Choice for You?

So now you know the history of ACCA and the exam structure. It is time for you to do some self-reflections and answer the questions below to find out whether this route is for you or against you.

1. Do you love challenges?

You must love challenges and not just ‘like’ them. ACCA exam papers are one of the most difficult exams in the world to complete. You must have the perseverance attitude, not easily give up and be strong in spirit because if you fail one paper, you must re-sit it. But what if you fail that paper for the 5th time? Many ACCA students experienced it.

Therefore, you must have the determination, self-disciplined and persistence to study that particular paper, attend the class, do a lot of practices before attempting the paper for the 6th time. So, if you are the type of student who loves hard and tough exam papers, go check the second questions. 

2. Do you have a strong grasp on English language?

The exam papers are prepared by a board of qualified and expert people from the accounting industry in the United Kingdom. The question style is different compared to local universities whereby the knowledge on and lifestyle of local people is acknowledged.

However, since the exam authors are mostly British, you have to familiarise yourself with British way of professional business settings to understand the exam papers. If you also say yes to this question, go ahead and check the last question.

3. Do you see yourself as a Chartered Certified Accountant in the future?

You see, many people assume that the accountants only deal with numbers. That is not the case because you also need to understand the law of the country you practise, standards used to deal with accounting issues and actively participate in the company’s business future plan. So if you see yourself doing all these in the future, then being an accountant might be the right career for you.

If you answer YES to all these 3 questions, then this course is for you!

Education Pathway to Obtain ACCA Qualification In Malaysia

General Entry Requirements:


Minimum 2 credits + 3 credits in O-Level/SPM including English & Mathematics


Minimum 2 credits + 3 credits in O-Level/SPM including English & Mathematics


Minimum 5Bs including English & Mathematics


Minimum ATAR 70 + 5 credits in O-Level/SPM including English & Mathematics

The requirements may vary among colleges or institutions and contact us to find out more on other requirements than stated above 😃

Before you decide where to study ACCA, bear in mind about the Approved Learning Partner (ALP).

There are 3 status granted by ACCA to ALP around the world: Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Platinum Status

This is the highest and most prestigious level of approval to teach ACCA Qualification. Platinum learning partners are required to meet ACCA global best practices relating to the institution, course management, course delivery and student support. Not only that, Platinum learning partners need to demonstrate student pass rates that exceed global averages for the majority of the exams they teach.

Gold Status

Gold learning partners are required to meet ACCA global best practice relating to the institution, course management, course delivery and student support. To maintain the status, Gold learning partners need to demonstrate student pass rates.

Silver Status

Silver Learning Providers have demonstrated that they meet ACCA criteria for approval and are actively working in partnership with them to meet the remaining criteria for Gold approval.

Where To Study ACCA In Malaysia?

Sunway TES CAE Centre

Sunway University

ALP Status



Bandar Sunway, Selangor


January, March, April (Knowledge module only)

July & September

Estimated Fees

RM 40,000 (including ACCA Exam Papers)

Benefits of studying in Sunway:

  • International environment

You are able to make long term friendships and connections from all around the world such as Maldives, China and India.

  • Industry connections

The Big 4 in Malaysia prefer to hire graduates from this college. They conduct interviews and give provisional offers to final paper students.

  • High Caliber Lecturers

It is known that their lecturers are on top of their game. Some lecturers are specifically hired from abroad just to teach Sunway students. Not only that, their experiences and skills are second to none.

HELP College of Arts and Technology

ALP Status



Kuala Lumpur


January & July

Estimated Fees

RM 15,800 (excluding application, admin, MPU & ACCA exam fees)

Benefits of studying in Help:

  • Well Qualified Lecturers

With Platinum status, it is undeniable that their lecturers are highly qualified to teach the students.

  • Convenient

HELP College is located at and linked directly with Chan Sow Lin LRT Station. So, students can opt for public transport and save money on Grabcar or fuel if driving to class.

  • Accommodation

Hostel is directly above the campus of outstation and overseas students. You don’t have to worry about coming late to class because you stay nearby.

UOW Malaysia KDU College

KDU University

ALP Status



Damansara Jaya, Selangor


January & July

Estimated Fees

RM 24,400

Benefits of studying in KDU:

  • Flexible

For students that take professional level papers that need to juggle between study and work, weekend classes are available.

  • Strong Student Support

This college will assist you in your initial registration with ACCA, academic counselling on study pathways and guidance in attaining your ACCA membership.

  • Effective Teaching and Assessing Style

Your progress will be reviewed through tests and mock exams. This is to ensure you are ready for your real exam days.

Taylor’s College

ALP Status



Subang Jaya, Selangor


January & July

Estimated Fees

RM 31,000 (including ACCA Exam Papers)

Benefits of studying in Taylor’s:

Experienced Lecturers

Their lecturers have been around the industry for a long time and this means they know basically everything about the accounting industry at the tips of their fingers.

International Friends

Many people around the globe study in Taylor’s and you can definitely enlarge your social circles and learn about their culture.

Small-Sized Class

The classes are relatively small and this ensures you a full understanding of the topics that you will learn.

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

ALP Status



Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur


January & July

Estimated Fees

RM 30,000 (including ACCA Exam Papers)

Benefits of studying in MCKL:

  • Close-Knit Community

You will be able to form friendships that last forever. They will help you not just in study but in other areas as well because everyone cares about each other. 

  • Small-Sized Class

MCKL ensures  each class is small to ensure every student is able to focus 100%. 

  • Skilled Lecturers

The lecturers are very friendly and they use various means to teach students such as video recording and video cases.

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Stephanie Calamba
Part time ACCA student, part time content writer but full time child of God.

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