ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)



This course is available in Clearing.

Course overview

ACCA is a highly respected professional qualification, which equips students for a successful career in accountancy. It is a postgraduate qualification, which provides access and exemption to students who wish to pursue their studies at Masters level.

Full details of the qualification entry criteria and student registration procedures are available directly from ACCA on 0141 582 2000 or

Anyone interested in a career in accountancy or finance or anyone who wants to update their knowledge in any of the subject areas offered can study ACCA.

Anglia Ruskin offers a flexible approach to studying. Our course has been designed to cover the ACCA syllabus with subjects being offered at all levels, enabling students to choose between day release, evening classes, or (where possible), a combination of both, to fit in with their working and personal circumstances. Courses offered are a mix of intensive 12 week and standard 26 week courses. Students are expected to attend lectures on a regular basis.

The course is divided into parts. There are 14 papers in total, of which 12 are compulsory and two are chosen from four options. A maximum of nine papers in the Fundamentals level are available for exemption.
These are broken down into: Fundamentals Knowledge (three Papers); Fundamentals Skills (six Papers); Professional (five Papers - three essential and two optional).

ACCA blocks have to be studied in order: Fundamentals Knowledge, Fundamentals Skills, Professional Essentials, Professional Options. However, within each block papers can be studied in any order, so for example you can study F9 before F4. Completion of a block and the start of the next can be done at the same time (for example if you have passed papers F2 and F3, you could then study F1 and any paper from the Fundamentals Skills block at the same time).

Additional course information

Our ACCA qualification is an internationally recognised accountancy qualification that equips you for a successful career in accountancy in industry, practice and the public sector. You will acquire knowledge and skills in a diverse yet dynamic curriculum, including tax, audit, law as well as the core accountancy subjects. Your organisation will benefit from accountancy professionals who understand the financial needs of business and who can evaluate and present effective business solutions.

Please note, a list of available papers can be downloaded from the 'Apply Online' box on this page (top right).

Module Guide

The subjects studied on the ACCA programme are:
Core modules
  • 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
  • P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics.
  • P2 Corporate Reporting
  • P3 Business Analysis
  • P4 Advanced Financial Management
  • P5 Advanced Performance Management
  • P6 Advanced Taxation
  • P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance
BPP course materials will be used extensively in lectures, and will form a large part of your studies outside of the classroom. You are expected to purchase the Study Text for each paper that you are attending. A discount form for the purchase of these is available by contacting the Lord Ashcroft International Business School ACCA team:


Our striking, award-winning business school in Chelmsford, as well as our brand new building in Cambridge, offer the most advanced state-of-the-art learning environments.

Our course consists of a number of elements:
  • strictly limited number of students
  • personal tutor support
  • examination preparation
  • full revision days for 26 week courses
  • feedback on tutor-marked work
  • question and answer practice
Although flexible, your study requires a great deal of commitment. You will be expected to do preparatory work for each lecture together with set course work.

For courses starting in September for the June exams, there are at least 26 teaching weeks scheduled with some allocated to question and answer practice, with mock examinations. Attendance at each lecture will be required, and it is expected that you form small study groups to meet with in between sessions. This has proved to be particularly helpful in preparing for the examination. Additionally we offer subjects as intense 12-week courses. These require an intense period of private study by students as well as attendance at lectures/workshops.

Anglia Ruskin has a long tradition of offering high quality accounting education throughout the Eastern region. Students of ACCA Programme will receive tuition, guidance and support from qualified, experienced academic staff. The team brings together a wealth of experience covering the practical and theoretical aspects of the course.

As an Anglia Ruskin student, you will receive a number of useful benefits:
  • access to our comprehensive University Library and study facilities.
  • access to Information Technology support.
  • Student Union services.
  • personal support including educational and careers guidance and special needs via the Student Services department. Please note - if you require special needs, for example extra time in exams, you will need to contact ACCA. The University's Student Services can help with day to day special need requirements only.
  • recreation and sport facilities.
  • access to new modern facilities with well equipped lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

Associated careers

ACCA is an internationally recognised accountancy qualification, which provides a range of flexible career options for its members in industry, practice and the public sector. To qualify as a Member, a student must complete a series of demanding professional examinations and a minimum of three years of financial work experience. However, the financial work experience requirement can be undertaken after completion of the exams.
In addition to the tuition that we provide at Anglia it is your responsibility to become a member of ACCA, apply to sit the exams and apply for exemptions with ACCA:
  • Register as a student with ACCA (including applications for exemptions)
Exemptions can only be granted by ACCA. Applications for ACCA membership and exemptions must be sent direct to them. Applications for exemptions to be reflected in the December exam options must be submitted by 31st July. Application for exemptions to be reflected in the June exam options must be submitted by 31st January. We recommend you apply for exemptions as soon as possible.

  • Apply to sit the examinations with ACCA
There are different fees applicable depending on when you apply i.e. if you apply early ( by 8th March / 8th September) the fee is less than if you apply by the standard or late deadlines. Please contact ACCA directly for further details.

Exam entry period:
June exam session closing date
Early 8th March
Standard 8th April
Late 8th May

December exam session closing date
Early 8th September
Standard 8th October
Late 8th November

However, in order to sit a computer-based exam for paper F1, F2 and F3, it is simply necessary to be a registered ACCA student without any deadline on when you become registered, although it normally takes 6 weeks for ACCA to process your application.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2014/January 2015 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

How to apply

Apply online

When you apply you will need to list the papers you wish to take. Please view the list of papers available before completing the online application form.



3-4 years
(ACCA allow up to 10 years for completion of the course)

Teaching times*

Your timetable will vary according to papers taken and your exam success

Available starts

September, February

Fees & funding

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* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.

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