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ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Course Overview

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification is a globally recognised accountancy qualification. It is a badge of quality and professionalism, and ensures that your knowledge and skills are of the highest professional standard. It is a broad-based qualification, focusing on the essential skills of accounting, business, finance and management - ACCA incorporates subjects, in fact, areas of accountancy, management, audit, tax, corporate law, finance and other related functions of business and organisation.

BPP University has exceptional heritage in training ACCA students to exam success and is an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner for Student Tuition across all modes of study, and BPP is also an ACCA Approved Content Provider. As an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner the university has built on the solid foundations and extensive 40 years of experience to enhance the ACCA programmes. BPP’s new progressive approach builds your confidence step by step, putting you in the best possible position to pass your exams.

BPP University offers FREE Professional Development Courses in Leadership, Management, Business Skills and Financial Awareness for ACCA students to prepare them as rounded and commercial accountants. These courses will teach you valuable skills to set you apart from the rest.

Key information

    Course name

    ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    The 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


    12-30 months according to number of papers taken

    Tuition Fees

    £780 per paper


    August & February

    Course location

    London, Croydon, Birmingham, Manchester

Academic entry requirements

You need a minimum of three GCSEs and two A levels in five separate subjects including maths and English, or equivalent qualifications to start the ACCA qualification. If you don't have the minimum qualifications you can start by registering for Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) and study for one or all of the entry-level qualifications. There are three qualifications, and you can start at any level.

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.


Fundamentals (9 papers)

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

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

Knowledge module
The Knowledge Module is made up of three papers and introduces you to the core areas of financial and management accounting as well as general business principles and theories. They are assessed either by Computer Based Exams (available on demand) or by paper based exams in June and December.

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


Skills module
The papers, with the exception of F4, are assessed by three-hour written exams, in June and December. F4 is a two hour exam, and the English and Global variants are also available as a Computer Based Exam on Demand. BPP recommend sitting F4 as a computer based exam if possible to benefit from increased flexibility and instant results.

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


Professional (5 papers)

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.

Explores advanced professional skills, techniques and values that you will require to act as an expert accountant in an advisory or consultancy role at senior level. They are assessed by three-hour written exams, in June and December.

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


Options (choose 2 papers)
As the forth level set of exams in the qualification, where you choose two papers from four, allowing you to specialise according to your chosen career path. They are assessed by three-hour written exams, in June and December.

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


ACCA Practising Certificate and Audit Qualification
Students who wish to practise as a registered auditor within the UK and/or Ireland (obtain the ACCA audit qualification / audit practising certificate) must attempt the P2 UK/Irish and the P7 UK/Irish papers. For further information, please visit the ACCA website.


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