Friday 18 March 2016

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and the British Council have signed an agreement to provide a global, secure exam centre network for ACCA’s paper based exams (PBE) and computer based exams (CBE) in the UK and in the 100 countries where the British Council operates. 

Across Australia, 559 students sat ACCA examinations between 7 and 11 March as part of the new agreement.  Country Director Helen O’Neil said the local interest in the tests showed the growing importance of internationally-recognised professional qualifications. “We are seeing student interest in a variety of British qualifications and courses offered. With the roll out of computer based exams we expect to see further growth,” she said.

The agreement builds on the long-standing relationship between ACCA and the British Council, which is currently ACCA’s main exam centre provider for its paper based exams, providing over half of the venues in ACCA’s international network. It was signed by Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s Chief Executive and Mark Robson, Director, English and Examinations, at the British Council, at ACCA’s London office. 

Helen Brand said at the signing: “This new agreement sees the British Council provide ACCA’s future exam centre network in the UK and overseas, exclusively for ACCA students. This deal supports the roll-out of ACCA’s new computer based exams for ACCA’s Fundamentals Skills Level (F5-F9) exams from September 2016 onwards. 

“CBEs are an exciting development for ACCA, as we incorporate spread sheets and word processing to better reflect the tasks that students have to do well in the workplace.” 

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said of the agreement: “The British Council works to build mutual knowledge and understanding between people overseas and people in the UK. A very important part of this work involves building trust and creating opportunities by enabling access to UK education around the world.  

“We understand the value UK qualifications can bring to individuals in other countries. They open up careers and connect people with like-minded professionals. I am very proud that thanks to the British Council's knowledge of local markets and our expertise in secure and professional exams delivery, we are the partner of choice for over 150 UK awarding bodies. 

“I am therefore extremely happy that ACCA one of our long-term partners, has chosen to work with us on the move to CBT delivery both overseas and in the UK.” 

In Australia, the British Council offers exams services for a number of British organisations including ACCA. The recent round of testing saw tests offered in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. 

About ACCA’s CBEs and PBEs: 

  • The introduction of ACCA’s CBEs has been on a phased basis. 
  • ACCA’s F5 - F9 exams will start their transition to CBT towards the end of 2016, with students initially having the choice of CBT or paper exams. ACCA has agreed with learning providers and employers that any changes being introduced across the ACCA Qualification will be phased, ensuring they, and students, have time to adapt to the changes.
  • F1 - F4, and Foundation level equivalents, will still be offered through ACCA’s on demand network.
  • ACCA will have separate test centres for paper and CBE. ACCA will also have CBE centres in the same locations as the paper centres to ensure that as ACCA moves to the new set-up; all students will have the same access to a professional exam centre offered by the British Council.
  • There are approximately 324 centres internationally, a number which changes depending on the number of students sitting exams in each session, with centres added and removed as necessary.
  • In January 2015, ACCA signed an agreement with Pearson VUE for the provision of computer based testing (CBT) across ACCA’s Fundamentals Skills Level (F5 - F9) exams.

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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. 

ACCA supports its 178,000 members and 455,000 students in 181 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 95 offices and centres and more than 7,110 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. 

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers. More information is here:

About the British Council

British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We promote a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and people worldwide, making a positive contribution to all the countries we work with and, in doing so, making a lasting difference to the UK's security, prosperity and influence. 

In Australia, we have been doing this since 1947, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

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