Interview with a Learner: the ACCA Experience

Posted by: Jannike Post Date: 22nd August 2014

Matt Nixon has completed the ACCA exams in only three years, after achieving AAT qualification with Babington. He is currently gaining the practical experience requirement with SHK Accountants. We asked Matt about his experiences of studying the course, and how he plans to use his new qualification.

What made you want to study ACCA?

Interview with a Learner: the ACCA Experience

The ACCA qualification is a well-known professional qualification that is respected by many employers and businesses. Therefore, after completing my AAT qualification, I decided it would be the right time to further my education and get the ACCA qualification.

After speaking to Phil Nixon [course tutor] about the course, I decided that doing it with Babington would be the best way forward for me.

How did your tutors support you through the course?

David Thompson and Phil Nixon were a really big help to both me and other students. They were always willing to help and support me whenever I needed it, and on numerous occasions offered extra help within their own time. Their knowledge of the units was very good. Without their support I wouldn’t have completed the course in the time I did.

What challenges did you come up against, and how did you overcome them?

One of the first exams I took I failed by a couple of marks, which was a bit of a setback. However, I decided to continue to learn two more new units with the class, as well as doing the resit. This meant taking three exams in the space of a week, which needed a lot of dedication and revision. It paid off, as I passed all three!

What do you plan to do next?

In the short term, I plan to complete the practical experience requirements to become an ACCA member, and then continue to gather experience and progress in my current role.

Where do you see yourself going in your career?

Being an ACCA member will certainly open up new opportunities for me in my future career. In the future I would eventually like to become a partner at an accounting practice.

Has the course helped you in your current role?

The units I have done have certainly helped in my day to day job. They have given me more experience in everyday tasks, as well as an insight into different areas that I may not have been familiar with before.

Were there any exams that were particularly challenging?

There was a slight change in the exam structure between the Fundamental papers and Professional papers, which made them more challenging. It meant a lot more revision and studying to ensure that I was ready for the exams. Personally, I felt that the Advanced Taxation paper was the hardest, due to the amount of content the unit covers in a small amount of time.

What optional units did you choose, and is this directly related to your career ambitions?

The optional papers that I chose were Advanced Taxation and Advanced Audit and Assurance. I chose these as a result of my job role, and I felt that the depth of my knowledge was greater in these areas.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to study ACCA?

My only advice would be to try and complete the course while you are young, rather than taking a year out or leaving it until you’re older. Also, you need to start your revision early, as the increased workload came as a shock after doing AAT.

If you want to know more about what it’s like to study ACCA with Babington, we would love to hear from you below.

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