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ACCA - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Course Overview

Become part of a huge global network of highly skilled accountants with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course.

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the fastest growing, most supportive gateway to your career in accountancy, finance, business and management. The ACCA Qualification will arm you with the skills and experience to build a successful career anywhere in the world. With our strong presence in 181 countries around the world, your skills will be in demand internationally.

ACCA offers you more flexibility than other accountancy qualifications. The unique option papers give you a really broad, yet thorough set of skills as well as an opportunity to specialise in whichever area you wish, from audit to management accounting. You don’t have to choose your specialism until later in your studies, giving you time to decide where your interests lie.

Birmingham City University is an ACCA Platinum Level Tuition Provider – here you’ll be taught by qualified accountants, and upon graduating you’ll leave with the qualifications and skills the accountancy and finance industry readily look for.

Key information

    Course name

    ACCA - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    F1-F9: QCF_NQF Level 6 & P1-P7: QCF_NQF Level 7

    Study Mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12-48 months according to number of papers taken

    Tuition Fees

    £950 per paper


    September & January

    Course location


Academic entry requirements

You must be accepted as registered students by the ACCA. Minimum requirements are normally two A Levels and five GCSEs including Mathematics and English, although alternative qualifications are accepted. The exemptions given are dependent upon further qualifications e.g. non-relevant degree, HND or relevant degree.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Assessment methods

Computer-based exams (CBEs) and paper-based examinations (written) depending on modules studied.

Progression route

MSc in Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance, CIMA, CFA, MBA etc. or professional career

Career opportunities

Finance Officer, Accounts Assistant, Audit Assistant, Financial Analyst, Management Consultant, Tax Adviser, Bank and Insurance Manager, Multinational Funds Manager, Investment Analyst and many more in private and public sectors


The ACCA exams are divided into two levels; Fundamentals and Professional.

The Fundamentals level is divided into two modules Knowledge and Skills.

The Knowledge module introduces you to the main areas of financial and management accounting. You will study the other technical accountancy areas after you study this. There are 6 papers in the Skills module which cover the main technical areas that accountants are expected to know.

Fundamentals (9 papers)


  • F1        Accountant in Business
  • F2        Management Accounting
  • F3        Financial Accounting


  • F4        Corporate and Business Law
  • F5        Performance Management
  • F6        Taxation
  • F7        Financial Reporting
  • F8        Audit and Assurance
  • F9        Financial Management


The Professional level is divided into two modules; Essentials and Options. Both of the modules at Professional level have been set at the same ability level as a Masters degree.

This level builds on the technical knowledge you will already have. It will also explore more advanced professional skills, techniques and values. These are required at a senior level by accountants working in an advisory or consultancy role.

All students have to pass the three papers in the Essentials module. The Options module contains four papers, but you only need to complete two.

Professional (5 papers)


  • P1        Governance, Risk and Ethics
  • P2        Corporate Reporting
  • P3        Business Analysis

Options (choose 2 papers)

  • P4        Advanced Financial Management
  • P5        Advanced Performance Management
  • P6        Advanced Taxation
  • P7        Advanced Audit and Assurance


Main learning outcomes

  • The role of accountants and functions of accounting in business including business organisation, structure, governance and management, environmental influences and constraints on business and accounting, specific functions of accounting and internal financial control, leading and managing individuals and teams
  • The core areas of management accounting including the nature and purpose of cost and management accounting, cost-accounting techniques, cost classification, behaviour and purpose, business mathematics and electronic spreadsheets, short-term decision making techniques
  • The core areas of financial accounting including the context and purpose of financial reporting, the qualitative characteristics of financial information and fundamental bases of accounting, the use of double entry and accounting systems, recording transactions and events, preparing trial balance, basic financial statements and group accounting
  • Skills and knowledge of the general legal framework relating to business including essential elements of the legal systems, the law of obligations, employment law, formation and constitution of business organisations, capital and the financing of companies, management, administration and regulation of companies, insolvency law, corporate fraudulent and criminal behaviour
  • Application of management accounting techniques to quantitative and qualitative information, specialist cost and management accounting techniques, decision-making techniques, budgeting, standard costing and variances analysis, performance management systems, measurement and control
  • Knowledge and skills relating to taxing system, as it applies to individuals and companies including the UK tax system and its administration, income tax and NIC liabilities, chargeable gains for individuals, inheritance tax, corporate tax liabilities, VAT
  • Ability to prepare, present, analyse and interpret financial statements which conform UK standards
  • Knowledge and understanding of the process and application of undertaking an audit assurance engagement covering audit framework and regulation, planning and risk assessment, internal control, audit evidence, review and reporting
  • Understanding of what is expected of a financial manager, including financial management function, financial management environment, working capital management, investment appraisal, business finance, business valuations, risk management
  • Ability to apply relevant knowledge, skills, and exercise professional judgement in carrying out the role of the accountant relating to governance, internal control, compliance, and the management of risk within an organisation - in the context of an overall ethical framework
  • Competencies in selecting and applying strategic management accounting techniques in different business contexts and to contribute to the evaluation of the performance of an organisation and its strategic development
  • Efficiency in analysing, evaluating, concluding and reporting on the assurance engagement and other audit and assurance issues in the context of best practice and current developments