Applied Skills


ACCA Applied Skills

This level is suitable if you have relevant work experience in finance, and/or have completed the previous level, ACCA Applied Knowledge. You'll develop a broad understanding of accounting in business and learn how to understand and interpret financial information.

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This follows on from ACCA Applied Knowledge and consists of six mandatory subjects which are examined individually. To be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business, you must successfully complete all six subjects in addition to the Ethics and Professional Skills module (EPSM). Ideally you should complete the Ethics and Professional Skills module before, or alongside your first Strategic Professional subject. If you leave the EPSM until later on you’ll be at an unnecessary disadvantage. Please contact the ACCA directly to complete this module.

Entry requirements

If you have completed the Applied Knowledge level, the final level of AAT or the Foundation Diploma, you will start studying at the Applied Skills Level.


You should check whether you're eligible on the ACCA website and apply for any exemptions launch before you start studying.


Please be aware, you can only buy up to four subjects in a six month period.


Subjects can be sat in any order, but you should sit AA with or after FR. Students can sit up to four subjects in one exam sitting and a maximum of eight per year. You can overlap with Applied Knowledge as long as this level is being completed.

Corporate & Business Law (ENG)


You’ll learn the general legal framework, as well as the specific legal areas that are relevant for business, so help you understand and identify the need to ask for specialist legal advice when necessary.


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Performance Management (PM)


You’ll develop knowledge to apply management accounting techniques to quantitive and qualitive information for planning, decision-making, performance evaluation and control.


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Taxation (TX)


You’ll learn the knowledge and skills relating to the tax systems for individuals, single companies and groups of companies.


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Financial Reporting (FR)


You’ll learn the skills to apply accounting standards and the theoretical framework required to prepare financial statements of entities and how to analyse and interpret those financial statements.


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Audit & Assurance (AA)


You’ll understand the process of implementing the assurance engagement and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework.


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Financial Management (FM)


You’ll develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a finance manager, in regards to investment, financing and dividend policy decisions.


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Course overview

Timetables and study methods

Study methods available for this level

Live Online

The benefits of a traditional classroom but with the flexibility of an online environment. Live interactive classes at a scheduled time delivered by expert lecturers following the same exam focused material and structure as traditional classroom courses.

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OnDemand gives you the flexibility to study when and where you want, with unique online resources designed to give you structure, keep you motivated, and cement your understanding of the subject.

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Exams and sittings

Timings and working towards a sitting

You must pass all six mandatory exams to complete this level. All exams are computer based (CBE) and assess all areas of the syllabus.

All the subjects, except Corporate and Business Law (LW), are assessed by 3 hour session computer based exams in March, June, September and December sittings. LW is a two hour exam, and the English and Global variants are assessed as an on demand Computer Based Exam. CBEs must be booked directly with the ACCA.

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How long does it take to pass?

Most students complete this level within 12 -18 months, however this varies and will depend on how quickly you want to complete the course. Applied Skills exams are to be taken at specific times - the exam timetable can be found on the ACCA Global website launch.

Study materials and delivery costs

Live Online learners will receive printed and online study materials. OnDemand learners will receive digital materials but are able to purchase hard copy materials from our bookshop.

Materials included in every Live Online course:

Study text

A textbook covering the full subject syllabus with worked examples and activities. We’re an ACCA-approved content provider, so you can be confident you're learning exactly what you need for the exam.

Integrated workbook

Helps you work through the syllabus, with room to write your notes. It helps you keep everything in one place to make it easy to study and revise from.

Exam kit

Included in the exam kit is our recommended revision approach and a revision plan, exam technique guide and an analysis of past exams* with exam specific information. Ensure you’re exam ready with interactive practice questions replicated in the exam environment. Available 24/7 and covering all areas of the syllabus, you can learn whenever and wherever it's convenient for you.

*Where past papers have been made available by ACCA.

Pocket notes

Our ACCA pocket notes are pocket-sized, brief revision notes that highlight and prioritise the essential topics you need to understand to pass your exams.

Study programme

Integrated into your MyKaplan course, this outlines the course structure, providing guidance on what to do, and when.

Application modules

Core study material that all students receive. It’s tutor-led with interactive tasks to help deepen your understanding of key topic areas.

For OnDemand learners to buy the materials separately

You can buy ACCA approved books for each subject on this level.

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Delivery costs

How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

Delivery fees are as follows:

Malaysia - RM60
Rest of Asia/America - $47
All other countries - 40EUR

Please note that due to varying interpretations of the post-Brexit EU/UK trading agreement, some EU countries are imposing import duty on the value of the goods received from the UK. It is payable by the end consumer via the delivery company and your delivery may be withheld until paid. This may vary from country to country and be up to a value of 20% of the value of the study material.

Our standard delivery times are:

Malaysia - 3 to 5 working days*
EU – 5 to 7 working days*
Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days*
*Subject to availability.

Delivery charges apply to all OnDemand and Live Online courses which include printed materials. If delivery charges are applicable for your course, they will be shown during the online checkout process, before you complete your payment details.

Tutor support

We’ll support you every step of the way throughout your learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by our Academic Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

  • LiveChat (instant feedback)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Online community (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)

Testing and mocks

We have a wealth of materials to help you revise for and pass your exams.

All study methods come with:

Knowledge checks

As you go along, knowledge checks help assess your understanding of a topic before you move onto the next one.

Mock exam

Practice your exam technique with a mock exam, which replicates the format of the final exam, so you can check your progress. The mock exam is computer marked (Section A and B*) and part human marked (with the exception of the Corporate and Business Law (LW) subject) with feedback provided directly to you so you can understand the answer and improve your own.
*Section A only for AA

Consolidation test

This is a short assessment designed to be attempted mid way through the course, of approximately 50 marks designed to show where your knowledge strengths and weaknesses are. It’s computer marked for instant feedback.

Progress test

This is an exam that closely reflects the real exam format to give you an early indication of your progress. It’s computer marked (Section A and B*) and part human marked (except for Corporate and Business Law (LW)) to provide individual student feedback.
*Section A only for AA

Revision Question Debriefs and Walkthroughs

Videos that walk you through an answer to an exam-standard question highlighting the correct approach to the question and how you could score marks. 

Pre-exam workshop

Available from September 2023, our pre-exam workshop offers the opportunity for focussed guidance from expert tutors to get you exam ready. The workshops will be tailored to those learners who attend to make sure everyone gets the most benefit from the session, but will include:

  • the essentials of exam technique such as presentation, time management, and CBE software
  • question debriefs and marked feedback
  • suggestions of additional questions to attempt based on common weak areas
  • additional tuition on tricky topic areas
  • the opportunity to discuss any final questions with your tutor and peers.

For a live online course your answers are submitted in advance of the session. You get valuable exam style question practice at a crucial point in your study journey.

Test yourself

Available for some subjects*, choose multi-choice questions from the relevant topics and create your own mock exam to test areas of the syllabus you want to focus on. This is computer marked for immediate feedback.

MyKaplan: online learning environment

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MyKaplan is an online learning portal with practical resources to help you prepare for your exams.

Online features
  • View your online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Contact a tutor directly using live chat or email
  • Complete tests and get instant feedback
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • See instantly when your assessments have been marked
  • Access on mobile, tablet, computer or through the dedicated mobile app

Access duration

Your chosen study method determines how long you can access your content for. All extensions are for existing content and do not include any updated content.

Live Online

Three months from last lesson date, with one three month free extension on request.


As long as the subscription is active, content will be made available.

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