ACCA Paper combinations

 I have had this discussion with different groups of students, based on my experience, but Seun’s comment inspired me to do some more research on ACCA paper combinations to write a better article on the subject.

After speaking with a few friends who are also chartered accountants, I realised that for our exams, we all tended to choose papers that sort of complemented each other. Back then, we would look at each syllabus, looking for similar topics.  We had no idea we were looking for complimenting papers; all we wanted was to make studying easier for ourselves.

For ACCA exams, knowledge from the earlier (fundamental level) papers, is carried on/expanded on in the  advanced level papers.  Having said that, a good paper combination should be a building-up or continuation of knowledge from one paper to the other. The purpose of paper combination is to make for easier studying.

If like Seun, you have to take papers F5 to F9, you might want to consider the following combinations:

F7 & F8,  F4 & F6, F5 & F9, F9 F7 & F8.

And for those taking advanced level papers, consider taking:

P1 & P3, P2 & P7, P3 & P5.

Please note that these are not the only possible paper combinations. If you have or can find a combination (through studying the syllabus) that makes the task of studying easier, then the objective is achieved.

Take a look at the current syllabus for the paper you intend sitting for; it contains a relational diagram, showing the links between that paper, and others. It looks like this:

Courtesy ACCA
Courtesy ACCA

This should also help in deciding on your ACCA paper combinations.

Please comment and tell us what combinations you have done, or are doing.


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    1. Looking at the syllabus for the three papers, F8 has an indirect link to P1. The P1 syllabus contains some ethics/ethical framework, the role of professional accountants in internal review, and risk mitigation, which is also present in the F8 syllabus.

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