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Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance (ACCA route)

Course Overview

BPP University’s Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance [ACCA route] programme is fully accredited by the ACCA and has been designed to provide you with the core knowledge in the key areas of accountancy to ensure that you have the skills to go on to complete the qualification with ACCA.

This programme has been designed so that the nine modules of the Advanced Diploma each align to one of the nine Fundamentals Stage papers (F1 to F9) of the ACCA professional accountancy qualification. So, for each module successfully completed during the course, you will immediately be able to apply for an exemption for the relevant paper from the ACCA. So, you could leave with nine exemptions – ready to study your Professional papers.

Key information

    Course Name:

    Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance

    Total Academic Credits:

    330 credits

    Qualification Awarded:

    Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance

    Awarding Body:

    BPP University

    Professional Recognition:


    Academic Level:

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study Mode:

    Full time - Classroom


    18-24 months

    Tuition Fees:

    £7,770 a year. Students need to be registered with the ACCA (this is the student’s own responsibility and at the student’s own cost). The programme fee includes CBE and exemption fees.


    March and September

    Work Placement:


    Course Location :

    London (Kings Cross, Shepherd’s Bush, Croydon), Manchester, Birmingham

Academic Entry requirements:

Students wishing to obtain the Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance [ACCA route] will require two A-Levels and three GCSEs or equivalent (grade C or above) in five separate subjects, including Maths and English ; OR an FIA (ACCA’s Foundation in Accountancy) qualification (with which students will enter directly into term 2); OR passes/Exemptions in ACCA papers, which will allow students to enter the programme in either term 2 or term 3

English Entry Requirements:

IELTS score in all components of at least 6 or equivalent

Assessment Methods:

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

Progression Route:

ACCA Professional level, MSc in Accounting and Finance

Career Opportunities:

Finance Officer, Accounts Assistant, Financial Analyst in private and public sectors


Semester one

  • Accountant in Business (ACCA) (30 credits)
  • Management Accounting (ACCA) (30 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (ACCA) (30 credits)

Semester two

  • Corporate and Business Law (40 credits)
  • Performance Management (40 credits)
  • Taxation (40 credits)

Semester three

  • Financial Reporting (40 credits)
  • Audit and Assurance (40 credits)
  • Financial Management (40 credits)

Reasons for choosing this course

  • This programme is fully accredited by the ACCA, with the maximum number of exemptions ;
  • BPP University assessments which are accredited by the ACCA to provide exemptions from papers F1-F9;
  • Integrated study programme – the programme uses BPP University’s proven methodology of learn, practice and rehearse to ensure success;
  • Learning materials provided by BPP Learning Media, an ACCA-approved provider for content;
  • Guaranteed offer of entry onto BPP University’s MSc Accounting and Finance for graduates of the programme with alumni discount;

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.