ACCA vs Accounting Degree Which Should You Pick


Do you have a knack for mathematics and would love to pursue a career in the world of numbers? Well, if you’re here, you’re probably wondering what’s the difference between the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and an Accounting Degree

Well, keep scrolling  as we distinguish both of these highly sought-after accounting programmes for you!

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Awarded by a global professional accounting body, ACCA that’s based in the UK.

Accounting Degree

Awarded by a university or a partner university of the institution.


 Which should you pick?


The ACCA is a prestigious accounting qualification and is widely recognised in the world with over 500,000 students. Your qualification will be accepted in 179 countries which means you’ll get to work abroad! 



A Taylor’s Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance degree programme graduate will be eligible to receive accreditation and/or exemptions from recognised professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA, CPA Australia, ICAEW, CTiM, FPAM, MICPA-CAANZ, MIA.




The programme typically takes 3 years to complete.


Accounting Degree

The programme typically takes 3 years to complete.



 Which should you pick?


An ACCA qualification would be the faster route when you undertake the ACCA Foundation in Accountancy programme (1 year) immediately upon completion of SPM. 

For entry requirements, click here.


An Accounting Degree may take slightly longer to complete depending on which pre-university programme (eg. Cambridge A Level, SACE International, Diploma) you choose. It can take up between 1-2 years.

For entry requirements, click here.


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Find out the fees for the ACCA programme at Taylor’s here


Accounting Degree

Find out the fees for Taylor’s Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance degree programme here.



 Which should you pick?


An ACCA programme is considerably more affordable than an Accounting Degree programme. 

However, you would NOT be eligible for a PTPTN loan.


Studying an Accounting Degree programme would cost more than the ACCA programme. 

However, you would be eligible for a PTPTN loan.



The ACCA programme is divided into 3 stages: 

1. Applied Knowledge (3 papers)

  • AB: Accountant in Business

  • MA: Management Accounting

  • FA: Financial Accounting

2. Applied Skills (6 papers)

  • LW: Corporate and Business Law

  • PM: Performance Management

  • TX: Taxation

  • FR: Financial Reporting

  • AA: Audit and Assurance

  • FM: Financial Management

3. Strategic Professional Essentials (4 papers)

  • SBR: Strategic Business Reporting

  • SBL: Strategic Business Leader

And options to choose 2 out of these 4:

  • AFM: Advanced Financial Management

  • APM: Advanced Performance Management

  • ATX: Advanced Taxation

  • AAA: Advanced Audit and Assurance

Accounting Degree

Here are some of the core subjects that will be covered throughout an Accounting Degree programme: 

  • Accountant in the Global Age

  • Accounting Information System

  • Advanced Management Accounting

  • Introduction to Accounting

  • Introduction to Finance

  • Introduction to Management

  • Economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics)

  • Business Law

  • Audit & Assurance

  • Quantitative Methods for Business


You will also be able to select elective subjects whereby you get to study modules in a related or unrelated field through Taylor’s Complementary Studies component.

For a full list of subjects offered at Taylor’s Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance degree programme, click here.


 Which should you pick?

Completing an ACCA programme will give you a robust skill in accounting as the programme is heavily focused on the technical aspects of accounting to propel you to become a professional accountant.


An Accounting Degree would cover a broader range of subjects other than Accounting itself, such as other business subjects, giving you a more comprehensive academic exposure. 

Depending on your interest, with the elective subject options, you can even choose to study subjects which are non-related to the accounting field as well — allowing you to gain a different perspective.

We hope that this guide helps you in selecting the best accounting programme to pursue. Don’t forget to make your own survey and find out about each programme and institution thoroughly before making your decision!

If you need help, feel free to seek out secondary opinions by speaking to experienced education advisors for more insights! Here are also some helpful questions to ask education counsellors during your appointment!