SHP - ACCA - Oxford Brookes University

University of London Professional Development Programme

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) was founded in 1904 and is the fastest growing global body of professional accountants in the world, helping people across the globe to become successful finance professionals. ACCA is one of the most widely recognised international certifiers for finance and controlling professionals, with more than 200 thousand members and 500 thousand students around the world.

What is the ACCA Qualification?

The ACCA Qualification is an internationally recognised professional development programme equivalent to a UK master’s degree. Students who successfully complete the qualification are admitted as members of the ACCA. The qualification is recognised in 176 countries, including: United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Malaysia, Portugal, and Singapore. Students can also obtain a bachelor’s degree from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom and a master’s degree from the University of London in addition to the ACCA Qualification by completing additional modules.

Professional and Academic Recognition

The ACCA Qualification is a hard thing to achieve. Holders of the qualification are recognized in business for their technical proficiency, digital, sustainability and strategic leadership skills. ACCA Members have privileged status in law and the ACCA Qualification is formally recognised by UK, European and other academic regulators and national accounting bodies.

ACCA is one of the five most widely recognised accounting qualifications.

Under Section 389 of the UK Companies Act 1985, a person is not qualified for appointment as auditor of a company unless a member of:

(a) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW),
(b) the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS),
(c) the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA),
(d) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI).

Click here to see the UK qualification framework recognition.

The equivalent qualification in the United States is the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. Most States require the CPA to provide attestation (including auditing) opinions on financial statements.

Academically, the study required for achieving full ACCA Qualification is assessed at 5,100 Notional Training Hours. The ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business is recognized by UK and European Academic Registration Boards as equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree (BSc.) and the ACCA Strategic Professional­­ Certificate is recognized as equivalent to a Master’s Degree (MSc.). Because ACCA receives academic as well as professional recognition, students can also obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Oxford Brookes University and a Master of Science degree from the University of London in synergy with the ACCA Qualification.

The academic synergy and contractual partnership between ACCA and the universities greatly reduces the time and cost of obtaining these degrees. So, if you are thinking of studying for a Bachelor´s degree in accounting, or a Master’s degree, this programme could be perfect for you!

The programme

The programme contains 13 rigorous exams in the English language, divided into three successive levels, ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business, ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business, and ACCA Strategic Professional. The exams cover business and technology, performance management, financial reporting, business law, audit and assurance, taxation and financial management, and allow students to earn the Bachelor of Science (Hons) Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, as well as the Master of Science Professional Accountancy at the University of London, in addition to the ACCA Qualification.

Target Audience

Professionals who aim to work in finance and accounting and want to take on leadership positions in large / multinational organisations both within Brazil and abroad. All types of business need professionals who understand finance and accounting, talented people who can help make the business a success. The ACCA Qualification provides the skills and knowledge relevant to any area, allowing you to choose your career direction.

ACCA Job Profiles
ACCA Job Opportunities


SHP Financial Training & Recruitment is the only ACCA Gold Learning Partner in Latin America and offers online preparatory courses for ACCA exams. The teaching material is in English and classes are taught in both Portuguese and English.


“The best thing was to find SHP Financial Training in Brazil. They helped me with my registration and were always helpful with my questions. I am very excited to start my studies for ACCA, I am sure it will help me find the best job ever.” Xaiane Jaensen, ACCA Student

Kieran McManus, Partner, Capital Markets, PwC Brasil, talks about the benefits of the ACCA programme:

ACCA Journey

There are three levels of certification that can be obtained on the journey to becoming ACCA qualified:

Course Duration

The total duration of the programme, including all three levels, is 5,100 notional hours of learning, including hours of classroom learning, home study, on-the-job learning (professional experience), exam preparation time and exam time.

Exam Exemptions

Students may receive exemptions from some exams depending on their academic background, which will decrease the number of hours needed to complete the programme. Exemptions are not awarded for work experience.

ACCA Exemptions Calculator.

Students with an accounting or finance degree should receive exemptions from the first 3 or 4 of the 13 exams. Graduates of degree courses accredited by ACCA may be eligible for additional exemptions as follows:

Teaching Methodology

  • Learn – interactive teaching classes focused on applying knowledge to exercises.
  • Practice – intensive question practice and exam technique guidance.
  • Consolidate – progress tests and practice exams with mentoring and debrief classes.

Resources and Support provided to students

The course includes everything you need to pass the exam at no additional cost.

  • Pass guarantee: We aim for you to pass the exam first time, but if you don’t, you will continue to have access to the resources and support until you pass.
  • SHP Portal: a guide to the phases for our Teaching Methodology (learn, practice, consolidate) which should be used to navigate the study material that you have at your disposal and keep track of your progress.
  • Exercise resolution by WhatsApp and in live classes.
  • Live mentoring classes.
  • On Demand Learning Lectures.
  • On Demand Practice Lectures.
  • Progress Tests throughout the course.
  • Bank of Questions.
  • Mini-practice exam before the exam reservation deadline.
  • Practice exam after Practice phase of the course.
  • Final practice exam before the real exam.
  • Question surgery by Whastapp
  • Question debriefs in live online sessions
  • Assigned Mentor and Study Buddy through SHP Mentor and Study Buddy Scheme
  • Free ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business classes for ACCA Advanced Diploma students who would like additional support with English and/or basic technical knowledge (Business and Technology, Management Accounting and Financial Accounting).
  • Option of online English platform with classes for all levels.
  • Individual student progress monitoring and follow up by Learning Systems Administrator.
  • Administrative Support with student registration, exam bookings, annual subscription, student renewal fees, other ACCA administration issues.
  • Discounted exam exemption fees.
  • Career guidance (offered to all students and alumni).

Where we are

All of our classes are offered live online currently being replaced by live online classes until further notice. We would like to thank all of our students for their flexibility as we react to this new reality, it is much appreciated. Recordings are available in case students miss a class. 


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