ACCA Books - KAPLAN Books or BPP Books which is better?

by Eduyush Team

ACCA Books which is better KAPLAN or BPP.

Many students often ask us which ACCA books are better, BPP or KAPLAN, to pursue their studies. Eduyush.com are authorized resellers of the original BPP Books and KAPLAN books. So we lay down statistics of our purchases, and feedback is given to us orally or over surveys. This should p with a broad understanding of which books to go for.

There are three levels in ACCA for which students need books to read. We list down the subjects and which publishers students choose to go for when looking at the past 5000+ purchases.

Both BPP Books ACCA and KAPLAN Books are good in the summary and conceptual clarity and are approved by the ACCA Examination team. 

A summary of the feedback given to us by students

  • Students who need more accessible language prefer KAPLAN over BPP.
  • Students who need more technical language and conceptual clarity chose BPP.
  • BPP has very detailed text with lots of case studies and references
  • KAPLAN books were more pre-dominantly sold at Knowledge level approx. 70%. At the strategic level, students prefer BPP by almost 85% as it has more case studies, and the language is more technical, which helps students in exam preparation.
  • Students who wish to do self-study now take up BPP Books as theres an added advantage of the BPP Training. BPP online training is available at a fractional cost (approx. 5,600 INR Avg.) as compared to other tuition partners and has a repeat (78%) purchase from first-time users

    We list down estimated purchases made by students in the past two years through our site for each level. 

    Knowledge Level or Applied Knowledge Papers :

    The Knowledge exams provide students with a broad introduction to finance and accounting and develop the student's essential understanding of practices and techniques in accounting.

    The three examinations under knowledge level are :

     
    Subject KAPLAN % sales

    BPP % sales

    F1: Business and Technology (BT)

    45%

    (Link) 

     55% (it makes no difference on the first book for ACCA) (Link)

    F2 : Management Accounting (MA)
    75% (as its more theory based) (Link)

    25%

    (Link)

    F3 : Financial Accounting (FA)

    60% 

    (Link)

    40%

    (Link)

     

     Key takeways

    Students who need easy language go for KAPLAN, and students who are accomplished in English and want more technical knowledge go for BPP

     

     Skills Level or Applied Skills Papers :

    The Applied Skills modules or papers build on existing knowledge, acquired during the knowledge level. It creates an understanding of applications and develops strong, broad, and practical finance skills required to function as a professional accountant in any sector or industry. 

    The six applied skills papers are :

    Subject KAPLAN % sales

    BPP % sales

    F4 : Corporate and Business Law (LW)

    65%

    (Link)

    35%

    (Link)

    F5: Performance Management (PM)

    54%

    (Link)

    46%

    (Link)

    F6 : Taxation (TX)

    24% 

    (Link)

    76%

    (Link)

    F7 : Financial Reporting (FR)

    17%

    (Link)

    83%

    (Link)

    F8 : Audit and Assurance (AA)

    57%

    (Link)

    43%

    (Link)

    F9 : Financial Management (FM)

    16%

    (Link)

    84%

    (Link)

     

     Key takeaways from students

    Broadly students prefer BPP Books for technical subjects or numerical subjects like FR, FM and TX while for theory AA is preferred

    Also with BPP Training options available at INR 4600, students are preferring BPP as it gives them a fall back option

     

     Strategic Professional Level

    The Strategic Professional Level comprises 6 papers, of which two are compulsory. Among the four optional courses, every student needs to choose two specialisations. Students may specialise in areas that best suit your career ambitions. 

    Subject KAPLAN % sales

    BPP % sales

    P1 : Strategic Business Leader (SBL)

    29%

    (Link)

    71%

    (Link)

    P2 : Strategic Business Reporting (SBR)

    4%

    (Link)

    96%

    (Link)

    P3 : Advanced Financial Management (AFM)

    5% 

    (Link)

    95%

    (Link)

    P4 : Advanced Performance Management (APM)

    27%

    (Link)

    73%

    (Link)

    P5 : Advanced Taxation (ATX)

    37%

    (Link)

    63%

    (Link)

    P6 : Advanced Audit and Assurance (AAA)

    46%

    (Link)

    54%

    (Link)

     

     Key takeaways from students

    Students prefer BPP for the following reasons over KAPLAN

    1. As Strategic papers are  case study based, they find BPP technical language better suited to score more marks
    2. As students need guidance on a professional level, BPP training at INR 5,800 offers a lot more value with pre-recorded lectures from BPP UK faculty, CBE mocks, CBE software. So students now preferring going with BPP as the training gives them a fall back option to take up online training