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This course has been developed in conjunction with the ACCA to meet the requirements of both a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting and the ACCA Fundamental Skills syllabus. Read more
This course has been developed in conjunction with the ACCA to meet the requirements of both a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting and the ACCA Fundamental Skills syllabus.

On completion, you will be able to apply to the ACCA for exemptions from their Fundamental Skills papers F4 to F9.

This course is offered on a part-time and full-time basis.

You will study a broad range of subjects, including financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, taxation, auditing, law, quantitative techniques and economics, preparing you for a senior role in accountancy.

Membership of ACCA also provides you with access to the institute’s resources and the opportunity to network with senior professionals and executives.

As an ACCA Gold Learning Partner, the university is recognised as providing high quality standards of tuition and excellent student support.

On completion of the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting you will be able to progress onto the Accounting PGDip/MSc course.

ACCA Syllabus Mapping

We have designed the university awards to run alongside the ACCA qualifications. The Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting follows the ACCA’s F4-F9 fundamental skills papers. Upon completion of this you will gain a diploma and become part-qualified.

You can then progress onto the Masters and the ACCA’s professional-level syllabus. To become ACCA qualified you will also need to complete two papers P5, P6 or P7, this can be done alongside the MSc Accounting.

You will follow the ACCA’s Fundamental Skills syllabus for the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting qualification and, on completion of the course, will be able to apply to ACCA for exemptions from Fundamental Skills papers F4 to F9 inclusive.

Assessment involves both coursework and exams. We offer a high level of student support from a small and committed course team, and aim to keep class sizes below 30 students.

If you would like to just receive tuition from the university for any of the ACCA Fundamental Skills or Professional papers and sit exams directly with the ACCA, please email for more information. More details about individual papers are available from http://www.accaglobal.com.

Modules:

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

Flexible Study

Our programme has multiple entry and exit points depending on how many ACCA papers you have passed, or hold exemptions from. You can also choose to take this course either full-time (two days per week over one year) or part-time (one day per week over two years).

Students who take the full masters also have the option to exit the course early, graduating after one year with a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting or with a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting by completing a shorter professional project in place of a dissertation.

If you want a more flexible approach, you can also sign up for one paper at a time and build your qualification as you go.

Learning Support

Our supportive learning environment includes an induction programme and specialist diagnostic tools to assess your learning strengths and needs. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor to support you in your Masters project work.

Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

An Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification will help your career progress in any organisation. Employers worldwide will understand and respect your qualification. You will be in demand for your finance and accounting knowledge regardless of employment sector.

On completion of the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting you will be able to progress onto the Accounting PGDip/MSc course to gain a university qualification while receiving tuition for the ACCA professional-level papers.

Entrepreneurship network:

Beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support network. They offer free support any student or graduate with their business ideas, freelance plan or social enterprise project.

Beepurple run events throughout the academic year, designed to equip you with key skills that will improve your employability and help you grow a successful business. By taking part in their activities and events, you will meet like-minded people, hear how other graduates set up their own businesses and gain key enterprise skills that will help you stand out from the crowd.

For more information visit http://www.beepurple.co.uk

Mentoring scheme:

Momentum is our award-winning mentoring scheme. It pairs students with professionals who wish to share their experience. Students and their mentors meet regularly to exchange ideas. The scheme helps students to develop new skills and enhance their career prospects.

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The ACCA Professional Qualification, covering all accounting disciplines, can act as a springboard to career success in many different areas of accountancy and finance. Read more
The ACCA Professional Qualification, covering all accounting disciplines, can act as a springboard to career success in many different areas of accountancy and finance. The City Campus, Newport is an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, the highest level of accreditation that a tuition provider can obtain.

Our internal ACCA Fundamentals level course is accreditated for exemption from all Fundamentals Level ACCA papers on a paper by paper basis and can also earn University of South Wales awards, a Certificate of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 120 credits and a Diploma of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 240 credits.

The combination of the practical experience and technical expertise of our lecturing team and our excellence in teaching and learning make our ACCA course very special.

Part-time course:
We offer tuition for all 16 papers of the Professional Qualification (F1 to F9 and P1 to P7) on a part-time basis, and most papers are offered on either a day release or afternoon-evening basis. The course is flexibly designed to allow different study combinations at all levels. There are entry points in September for December exams, and January for June exams. Students taking the Fundamentals Level papers can choose between external ACCA exams or internal, exemption awarding University exams.

Full-time course:
Tuition for the Professional Level papers is also offered on a full-time basis.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1390-association-of-chartered-certified-accountants-acca-newport-city-campus

Accountancy at City Campus

At City Campus, we offer tuition for the qualifications of three of the major UK accountancy bodies (CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW) and have been successfully teaching for over 40 years. We are an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, a CIMA Global Premium Learning Partner and an ICAEW Partner in Learning.

Top for Student Satisfaction

100% of ACCA students at the University of South Wales are satisfied with their course (NSS 2015).

What you will study

Fundamentals Level:
Knowledge Papers (Internally Assessed):
• F1 Accountant in Business
• F2 Management Accounting
• F3 Financial Accounting

Skills Papers (Internally Assessed):
• F4 Corporate and Business Law
• F5 Performance Management
• F6 Taxation
• F7 Financial Reporting
• F8 Audit and Assurance
• F9 Financial Management

Professional Level:
Essentials Papers:
• P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics
• P2 Corporate Reporting
• P3 Business Analysis

Option Papers (2 from 4):
• P4 Advanced Financial Management
• P5 Advanced Performance Management
• P6 Advanced Taxation
• P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance

Students who need to complete all elements can do so over a four year period. Students with exemptions will take less time than this, while others may opt for a longer period of study. Tuition hours are between 50 and 60 hours per paper, depending on level.

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Assessment methods

The internal papers are assessed by coursework (30%) and end of year examination (70%). The coursework is designed to test soft skills such as group work, report writing and presentations. The external papers are assessed by end of session examination.

Employment Prospects

This qualification, subject to ACCA’s practical experience requirements, enables you to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, use the designatory letters ACCA after your name and to typically work across a range of finance or management roles in any business. Some students then opt to study at postgraduate degree level. A Professional Fast-track MSc Accounting & Finance course is available for full ACCA members at the University of South Wales.

Students who have passed or who are exempted from ACCA papers F1 to F9, can study our full MSc Accounting & Finance – with ACCA tuition and complete an MSc and ACCA Professional level course simultaneously.

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A ground-breaking master’s programme that enables you to gain an MSc degree and your ACCA professional accountancy qualification at the same time. Read more

Overview

A ground-breaking master’s programme that enables you to gain an MSc degree and your ACCA professional accountancy qualification at the same time

The University of London and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountancy, are enabling you to complete an MSc in Professional Accountancy and your ACCA professional accountancy qualification at the same time. This route to the ACCA qualification will be of value to accountants aspiring to senior roles and enable them to stand out from the crowd in terms of their qualifications. Compared with the cost of studying for an accountancy qualification and a master’s separately, this will save time and money for many ACCA students.

The MSc modules are the first to be recognised by ACCA as counting towards the professional level of the ACCA qualification. You have flexibility regarding how you structure your studies and there are different pathways to the award depending on the level of entrance requirement that you have met. The University is providing a unique opportunity for you to choose face-to-face study support in London [pdf] for two modules of this programme. The programme pathways are outlined below.

Prestige

The modules on the new MSc in Professional Accountancy are being developed with academic input from UCL, one of the University of London's constituent Colleges. UCL is ranked seventh in the world's top universities (QS World University Rankings 2015/16).

Who will benefit from this programme?

The opportunity to gain a prestigious master’s level qualification is open to ACCA students, affiliates and members, no matter what stage they are at in their professional qualification journey.

ACCA members who are qualified and affiliates who have completed all the ACCA assessments can follow a route to ‘top-up’ their professional qualification with this master’s.

ACCA students who have passed the fundamentals level of the ACCA qualification can opt to continue towards their ACCA qualification by using the master’s as an equivalent to two of their final ACCA papers.

Programme details

The three ACCA modules (P1 to P3) you study as part of your ACCA qualification give you accreditation for prior learning (APL) for 90 credits of your master's. The two University of London option modules will be recognised by ACCA as part of your professional qualification.

Interactive and supported study

You study using online learning resources that include: multimedia content, formative assessments, learning activities and facilities for you to interact with your tutor and your peers. You can study independently with online support including access to an online tutor or you can study at a teaching institution with access to a tutor face-to-face (if this is available in your location). In addition to monitoring online forums and responding to queries, online tutors provide an introduction to the module at the start of the session and guidance on assessment.

Your time commitment

You can study at the pace you choose whether part time or full time. You can complete the MSc in under a year or take longer if that is more convenient. Each module is studied over a 22 week session, requiring an average of 12 hours of study per week.

Structure and syllabus

See the pathways diagram [PDF 429kB] to check the pathways open to you - http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/sites/default/files/pathways.pdf

MSc for ACCA students Pathway 1 -

The MSc comprises the relevant ACCA papers (or their equivalent) and 2 x University of London (UoL) option modules and 1 x UoL project.

Postgraduate Certificate with possible transfer to the MSc -

The PG Cert comprises 2 x UoL option modules.

MSc for ACCA members and affiliates Pathway 2 -

The MSc comprises the relevant ACCA papers (or their equivalent) and 1 x UoL option module for ACCA members and affiliates and 1 x UoL project.

Assessment

The MSc and PG Certificate are assessed through a combination of elements including coursework, projects and written paper examinations. All elements of the assessment must normally be completed in the same study session. The grade awarded for each module will be based on all of the elements of assessment.

See the assessment table [PDF 15Kb] for more information about how the modules are assessed - http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/sites/default/files/module-assessment-weightings.pdf

The examinations take place locally twice per year in June and December. You do not have to come to London to take your examinations because we have examination centres around the world as well as in London. We arrange the examinations mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. The coursework and projects are submitted through the virtual learning environment by the deadlines in the study calendar.

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The combination of Chartered Certified Accountant study with university awards will prepare you for senior leadership roles within Accountancy.

By following the ACCA’s syllabus for the Professional stage, you can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree whilst at the same time passing the relevant modules required to become a Chartered Certified Accountant.

This course is offered on a part-time and full-time basis.

Membership of ACCA also provides you with access to the institute’s resources and the opportunity to network with senior professionals and executives.

As an ACCA Gold Learning Partner, the university is recognised as providing high quality standards of tuition and excellent student support.

Course structure

You will be following the ACCA’s professional-stage papers syllabus for papers P1–P3 as part of the postgraduate diploma/masters qualification.

You will be allocated a subject-specialist supervisor who will be available to support you, advise you and discuss your personal research needs during the year for your research project or dissertation. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend workshops covering research methods and ethical issues and to share ideas and strategies.

ACCA Syllabus Mapping

We have designed the university awards to run alongside the ACCA qualifications. The masters and postgraduate diploma are mapped to the ACCA’s P1-P3 papers.

You will also be required to complete a research methods module to enhance your research skills and complete a research project for the postgraduate diploma route or a dissertation for the masters route.

To become ACCA qualified you will also need to complete two papers P5, P6 or P7, this can be done alongside the Accounting MSc.

You can receive tuition for the professional option papers in addition to the modules in the same academic year or in the following academic year.

You can choose to study part-time (one day a week over two years) or full-time (two days a week over one year). If you want a more flexible approach, you can sign up for one paper at a time and build your qualification as you go.

If you would like to just receive tuition from the university for any of the professional papers (core and option) and sit exams directly with the ACCA, email for further information. More details about individual papers are available from the ACCA website.

Accounting PGDip modules:

Governance Risk and Ethics (P1)
Corporate Reporting (P2)
Business Analysis (P3)
Research Methods Module
Research Project

Accounting MSc modules:

Governance Risk and Ethics (P1)
Corporate Reporting (P2)
Business Analysis (P3)
Research Methods Module
Dissertation

Flexible study

Our programme has multiple entry and exit points depending on how many ACCA papers you have passed, or hold exemptions from. You can also choose to take this course either full-time (two days per week over one year) or part-time (one day per week over two years).

Students also have the option to exit the course early, graduating with a postgraduate diploma in Accounting by completing a shorter professional project in place of a dissertation.

If you want a more flexible approach, you can also sign up for one paper at a time and build your qualification as you go.

Learning support

Our supportive learning environment includes an induction programme and specialist diagnostic tools to assess your learning strengths and needs. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor to support you in your masters project work

Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

An Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification will help your career progress in any organisation. Employers worldwide will understand and respect your qualification. You will be in demand for your finance and accounting knowledge regardless of employment sector.

This qualification, subject to ACCA's practical experience requirements, enables you to become a chartered certified accountant.

• Careers advice and support

Careers Service provides help and advice from the very start of your studies, on subjects including careers counselling sessions, CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

• Careers counsellor

The Business School's career development advisor, Christina Keiller is available to help you to write your CV, prepare for interviews and plan your career. She also works closely with tutors to ensure that our courses teach vocational skills as well as academic ones.

• Entrepreneurship network

Beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support network. They offer free support for any student or graduate with their business ideas, freelance plan or social enterprise project. Beepurple run events throughout the academic year, designed to equip you with skills that will improve your employability and help you grow a successful business. By taking part in beepurple activities, you will meet like-minded people, hear how other recent graduates have set up their own businesses and gain key enterprise skills that will help you stand out from the crowd.

• Mentoring scheme

Momentum is our award-winning mentoring scheme. It pairs students with professionals who wish to share their experience. Students and their mentors meet regularly to exchange ideas. The scheme helps students to develop new skills and enhance their career prospects.

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LSBU has been successfully producing Accountants for over 40 years. Our tutors are knowledgeable and experienced and our approach to ACCA is simple. Read more
LSBU has been successfully producing Accountants for over 40 years. Our tutors are knowledgeable and experienced and our approach to ACCA is simple: we focus on exam preparation to give you the confidence you need to achieve a pass.

[[Our exam focused delivery ]]
We offer exam focused teaching using exam style questions to deliver the syllabus and constantly improve your exam technique. This method not only embeds theory it also means you get used to tackling exam questions, once you understand what the examiner is really asking it is easier to maximise marks.

Our four week exam preparation programme

We deliver a four week Exam Preparation Programme as standard. This is designed to highlight your weaker areas and give you plenty of time to address them before the exam. It includes: a mock exam a mock exam feedback week two revision weeks in the run up to the exam, with tutor support throughout. Being properly prepared allows you to approach your exam in a calm and focused way; using time effectively and maximising marks.

Excellent travel connections

We are centrally located and well served by the London Underground making it practicable to juggle work and study.

Start dates

The ACCA part-time Professional Accountancy Programme will be available in September 2016 for the December sitting of the ACCA Professional papers. Please email us with your details and we can make sure that you are informed of the dates of the classes, fees and all other relevant information. In the meantime if you require any further information, please contact Ivor Pingue, Director of Studies, ACCA Professional Accountancy Course.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/acca-professional-papers-programme

Modules

There are three compulsory papers:
- P1 Governance, risk and ethics
- P2 Corporate reporting
- P3 Business analysis

And four optional papers of which two must be selected:
- P4 Advanced financial management
- P5 Advanced performance management
- P6 advanced taxation
- P7 Advanced audit and assurance

Employability

The ACCA Qualification will provide you with skills and knowledge relevant to any business, which means you are free to choose which type of accountancy role and organisation you want to work for. It is expected that these papers will be taken to either establish or enhance a career in accounting in public practice, industry or commerce.

Career in accounting

One of the most popular jobs on graduating is to go on to train as a chartered accountant. There are many different directions to pursue, specialising in financial reporting, taxation, auditing or forensic accounting. They provide professional advice, aiming to maximise profitability on behalf of their client or employer. Strong analytical skills, a developed understanding of business and good mathematical instincts are all necessary key skills.

Although accountancy has four large firms: Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC, there are many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which provide plenty of opportunities on graduation, such as professional training and development.

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto jobs such as: Accountant Assistant, Personal Banker, Financial Analyst, Payroll Assistant and Graduate/Trainee Accountant.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

This course carries ACCA accreditation and offers you the opportunity to simultaneously gain maximum exemptions from the Knowledge and Skills modules of ACCA Fundamentals level. This is the maximum number of exemptions permitted by the ACCA and currently there are only a limited number of educational institutions offering degree courses that are accredited with this status.

Facilities

Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers' value Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.

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The MSc Accounting (ACCA) is designed for professionals working in the business, accountancy and finance sectors. The programme is designed to enable students to develop their understanding of the principles and practice of accounting and financial management, the context in which they operate and how they are managed. Read more

The MSc Accounting (ACCA) is designed for professionals working in the business, accountancy and finance sectors. The programme is designed to enable students to develop their understanding of the principles and practice of accounting and financial management, the context in which they operate and how they are managed. They will learn the applied skills involved in financial reporting and financial management as well as wider management issues such as corporate and social responsibility, risk & business strategy, financial performance and taxation and auditing. The course includes a module on research methods that will support their learning by providing an understanding of a range of research tools and analytical techniques, as well as enhancing critical and investigative skills which can be applied in your professional practice. They will also be required to submit a dissertation for which they will carry out a substantial piece of research on an accountancy or financial management issue. This will enable them to demonstrate their critical understanding of the subject and their ability to carry out sustained independent study.

August to December 2018

  • AC4601 Governance, Risk & Ethics
  • AC4603 Business Analysis

January to June 2019

  • AC4602 Corporate Reporting
  • AC4607 Advanced Audit & Assurance
  • AC4993 Postgraduate Research Methods

August to January 2020

  • AC4606 Advanced Taxation
  • AC4994 Postgraduate Dissertation

Highlights of the course

  • ACCA approved
  • Delivers tuition for the ACCA Professional Level examinations

The course is aligned to the Final Year ACCA Programme and gives students an understanding of accountancy and financial management techniques, which are essential for the modern day financial manager.

As the course is aligned to the Final Year ACCA Programme, five of the taught modules will follow the ACCA syllabus and will allow students to sit the External ACCA examinations and thus complete their Professional Accountancy Qualification along-side their Postgraduate degree.

Accountancy UG students have the option of completing this master’s course alongside the final year ACCA.



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We are an ACCA Gold Centre with more than 40 years experience in delivering ACCA qualifications with pass rates regularly beating world pass rates. Read more
We are an ACCA Gold Centre with more than 40 years experience in delivering ACCA qualifications with pass rates regularly beating world pass rates. Study for your ACCA Professional Papers in a carefully paced and supportive environment. Full details of the entry criteria, student registration procedures are available from ACCA on 01415822000 or http://www.accaglobal.com. This course involves the study of five ACCA professional papers plus two ACCA foundation papers. In addition, it includes three mandatory papers (P1, P2 and P3), two optional papers (P4, P5, P6, or P7) and two foundation papers if not passed at the time of entry.

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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course is designed to give you the technical skills and abilities required to pass its examinations. The ACCA qualification is for student accountants who want a professional accounting qualification that is recognised throughout industry, commerce and the accountancy profession. The ACCA is the largest accountancy body in the world, with over quarter of a million students and members.

The University of South Wales' Treforest campus has been awarded Gold Status as a learning partner by the ACCA. This approval is further recognition of the quality of accounting tuition at Glamorgan.

Year One
- Financial Accounting
- Management Accounting
- Accountant in Business
- Corporate and Business Law

Year Two
- Performance Measurement
- Taxation
- Financial Management (FM)
- Corporate and Business Law

Year Three
- Financial Reporting
- Audit and Assurance
- Professional Accountant
- Business Analysis

Year Four
- Corporate Reporting
- Advanced PM
- Advanced Taxation

Our ACCA course is taught in groups of two modules, where you study one or two modules for 13 weeks and then complete the December examinations. When you return in February, you study a different two modules and complete the examinations for these in June. The big advantage is that you will only be studying (and preparing for examinations) for a maximum of two modules at any one time. In addition, our ACCA course is taught in “bite-size” blocks of between three and a four hours each week, rather than studying the subject for a whole day or week.

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This master's degree programme, with the prestige of coming from a Russell Group university, is a thorough study of advanced accounting, linking both the academic and professional worlds. Read more
This master's degree programme, with the prestige of coming from a Russell Group university, is a thorough study of advanced accounting, linking both the academic and professional worlds. Offering the opportunity to become fully ACCA exam qualified (if entering the programme with ACCA F1-F9 passes/ exemptions), the programme will enhance your employability, with specialist coverage of a range or topic areas as well as a professional qualification. Being located in the heart of the city of London, our campus is the perfect place to begin your career in Accounting as you will have the opportunity to engage with professional networks and industry.Core areas ranging from advanced financial reporting to financial management, business strategy, governance, risk, assurance, taxation and ethics are included in the programme, while preparing you for your dissertation with the Research and Business Skills module focussing on real-world data. The innovative Strategic Business Leader module takes a case study approach to develop the skills necessary to become a business leader.Optional modules in Semester 2 allow you to focus your studies on your areas of interest including financial management, performance management, audit and assurance and taxation, all at an advanced level.The University of Liverpool has one of the largest professionally qualified Accounting and Finance academic department in the UK. As such, we are able to offer different Master programmes in Accounting, each with its own unique benefits. View a comparison table of the programmes here. Please note this programme is subject to University approval.ACCA Academic Professional Partnership ProgrammeStudents who enter the programme with passes or exemptions from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Fundamentals Level exams (or who can who register exemptions before exam entry dates) will be able to sit the ACCA's Strategic Professional (final level) exams under the innovative ACCA Academic Professional Partnership Programme (APPP). We are one of the first universities worldwide to offer this programme. See our Professional Associations and Accreditations page for more details.Programme StructureDelivery of the programme is through a combination of interactive integrated lectures and seminars (Semesters 1 and 2) and supported independent study (Summer).Key aspects of the programme:• Intensive full day lectures• Days for self-study and reflection• Significant electronic learning resources• Regular formative assessment and feedback.ACCAACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.ACCA supports its 198,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,000 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.More information about ACCA can be found here: http://www.accaglobal.com

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Please note, this course is subject to review for 2018. . ACCA is recognised globally. This course is designed to allow those who have successfully completed (or been granted exemptions from) papers F1-F9 to complete their ACCA Professional papers in just nine months. Read more

Please note, this course is subject to review for 2018. 

ACCA is recognised globally. This course is designed to allow those who have successfully completed (or been granted exemptions from) papers F1-F9 to complete their ACCA Professional papers in just nine months.

These papers are taught at the Business School by experienced accountancy specialists who share close links with the accounting bodies. In the Autumn term you will study one essential paper with a December exam, before studying the remaining essential paper and two option papers to the June exams. 

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to apply advanced professional skills and techniques that are used by an expert accountant acting in an advisory role at a senior level.

Teaching staff on this programme combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research active academic staff. 

Features and benefits of the course

  • Highly experienced, professionally qualified, tutorial team with over 100 years cumulative experience of teaching professional exams
  • ACCA Platinum status
  • Impressive modern teaching facilities
  • Prime location in the centre of Manchester, with its diverse and vibrant culture
  • Hugely popular and active student society with regular events
  • Complete the remainder of your ACCA professional examinations in just 9 months, if you have successfully completed or been granted exemptions by ACCA from papers F1 to F9 of the Fundamentals level.
  • Multi award-winning Business School.
  • Complementary access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.


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This course prepares students to sit for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification. We are an ACCA-approved learning partner holding gold status and our ACCA exam results consistently exceed global averages. Read more

About the course

This course prepares students to sit for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification. We are an ACCA-approved learning partner holding gold status and our ACCA exam results consistently exceed global averages.

•Competitive fees
Our tuition rates are among the most competitive in the region and the fees include course tuition, revision courses and mock exams
•Excellent support Exam focused courses with an emphasis on key exam topics. Tutors mark mock exams, delivering tailored feedback to maximise your chance of passing the exams. We provide BPP text and revision kits, and tutor-written condensed classroom notes focusing on exam topics
•Add a world-renowned professional body to your CV
Studying a professional qualification that is respected by employers and recognised by key regulatory and educational authorities around the world
•Stand out in the competitive job market
Studying for the ACCA qualification will help you to stand out from other candidates when entering the graduate job market

Exams are held at two stages – fundamental and professional. For part-time students in the UK, the subject schedule optimises choice while discouraging the combination of too many demanding subjects. Exemptions, based upon previous qualifications or experience, are available at the discretion of the ACCA.

We expect to offer the following papers:

Fundamental Level

F4 Company Law
F5 Performance Management
F6 Business Taxation
F7 Financial Reporting
F8 Audit and Assurance
F9 Financial Management
Professional Level – core modules

P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics
P2 Corporate Reporting
P3 Business Analysis
Professional Level – option modules

P6 Advanced Taxation
P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance


Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Graduate careers

There are many opportunities available for both partly and fully qualified accountants in a range of accounting and finance roles.

How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience

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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams are designed to meet the needs of those aiming for a career in accountancy, enhancing their knowledge, skills and professional competence. Read more
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams are designed to meet the needs of those aiming for a career in accountancy, enhancing their knowledge, skills and professional competence.

Currently we teach nine of the 14 ACCA exams. We do not offer tuition for the five professional-level exams. The classes are designed to cover all material you need to sit the ACCA exams in either June or December.

Your future

During your study and once you have passed your ACCA exams, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in a wide range of accountancy-based roles, including chief financial officer, partner in an accounting firm, government finance, forensic accountant, finance director, auditor and business advisor.

Accreditation

The University of Westminster is a gold standard approved learning partner for ACCA.

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The world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Read more

The world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Working in this field, you will need a strong knowledge of how to resolve issues and tackle challenges by using the most up-todate methods. Our MSc combined with the ACCA Professional is for exceptional graduates with a strong background in both accounting and finance and a dedication to succeeding in a competitive market. This 12 month pathway is designed to enable you to graduate with both an MSc and two professional ACCA exams to enable you to be successful in your chosen financial career. 

By choosing a pathway to achieve the ACCA and combining our academic expertise with that of the sector knowledge and experience of Kaplan Financial, this is a truly unique opportunity to undertaken an MSc that will give you both theoretical and practical real-world experience of accountancy and finance. Kaplan Financial offers excellence in teaching the ACCA at its dedicated study centres.

Kaplan Financial - The UK's leader in financial and accountancy training

Kaplan, part of Kaplan, Inc is the UK’s leading global provider of diverse education and training. Programmes include professional accountancy and financial training, vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships, financial markets, postgraduate and undergraduate degrees.

Kaplan can trace its roots back to 1884 and prides itself in providing educational and learning excellence with leading online learning technologies, award-winning study materials and support from the industry’s most experienced tutors and assessors who are dedicated to ensuring success in your studies. Kaplan also provides professional onsite training for many of the UK’s largest businesses.

Course details

The International Accounting and Finance MSc, on offer since the 1960s, encompasses accounting in its international, public and private contexts, corporate financial management, private sector investment and foreign exchange markets.

It aims to give you a deep knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature that provides the background to understanding changes and innovations in accounting and finance, where you will also acquire a range of skills that can be used to solve real-world problems.

By combining with Kaplan Financial to offer the ACCA this 12 month pathway enables you to leave the University of Birmingham with an MSc and the completion of two ACCA modules; Advanced Performance Managementand Advanced Financial Management.  This is a unique programme on offer exclusively to students of the International Accounting and Finance MSc at Birmingham. 

This programme is only available for those who have a strong background in both accounting and finance; you will need to meet both the MSc entry requirements and those for the ACCA; please see the entry requirements below.

When you apply for this MSc with ACCA you must upload a transcript showing modules studied and mark achieved to date. If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree, please ensure that you also upload a transcript or an official document which shows the modules you are studying in your final year, and any marks achieved so far.

For those without an accounting and finance background, but who have studied some quantitative subjects, please see our MSc Investments MSc and MSc Financial Management programmes.

For information about taught programmes in the fields of Banking and Finance, please see the Department of Economics postgraduate programmes.

Learning and Teaching

Birmingham Business School was the first business school in the country and has built on its reputation ever since to ensure that you get the best learning and teaching experience.

The MSc programme consists of six modules, including compulsory ones on Financial Accounting Theory and Policy and Theory of Financial Management. You can also choose from a wide range of options and must submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Taught modules contribute towards two thirds of your final assessment and your dissertation contributes the other third. Modules are assessed using written examinations and coursework. Coursework can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Group presentations
  • Practical assignments
  • Group based coursework

The ACCA elements of this course will be taught by Kaplan Financial who are an award-winning platinum approved provider with 100% pass rates. More information on how they teach the ACCA can be found on their website http://financial.kaplan.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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This course is for international students who are ACCA passed finalists or qualified accountants. It is a fast track course that enables you to convert your ACCA qualification to a UK masters degree in nine months. Read more

This course is for international students who are ACCA passed finalists or qualified accountants. It is a fast track course that enables you to convert your ACCA qualification to a UK masters degree in nine months.

A distinctive feature of the course is its focus on present-day national and global developments in systems, regulations and general practices of accounting and finance. By studying updated literature, international accounting standards, worldwide events, case studies and companies’ financial accounts, you learn how real organisations operate and the accounting and financial strategies and decisions they implement.

You complete in-depth research into various industries when producing presentations, coursework, assessments and the dissertation. This real world focus provides immediate value to your present or potential employers. Helping an organisation compete more successfully through better accounting and financial management and systems can be a rewarding career, in the UK or internationally.

After successfully completing the course, you are able to

  • apply and adapt techniques to improve and extend specialist knowledge in accounting and finance
  • apply relevant frameworks, models and techniques of financial decision making to planning, performance measurement, and risk management
  • solve problems and develop and carry out accounting and financial strategies for different types of organisations
  • apply international accounting standards to corporate reporting and appropriate models to auditing
  • demonstrate analytical and research skills informed by the latest developments in accounting and finance
  • use models and techniques for collecting, processing, validating, interpreting and presenting information

You also gain

  • transferable intellectual and professional skills relevant to the current national and international business world
  • problem solving, communication and information technology skills

The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Professional recognition

The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Course structure

Full-time – 9 months

Starts January

Core modules:

  • Methods of enquiry
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules: 

  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance and ethics
  • Strategic management accounting for performance enhancement
  • Financial analysis
  • Assessmentassignments
  • examinations
  • dissertation

Assessment

  • Assignments
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

Employability

Graduates from this course are well equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for professional careers in accounting and finance such as

  • accountant
  • finance or accounting manager
  • financial controller
  • financial analyst
  • financial consultant
  • researcher
  • educator.


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The MSc Accounting (ACCA) Fast-track is designed for professionals qualified accountants working in the business, accountancy and finance sectors who are looking to gain a Post Graduate qualification. Read more

The MSc Accounting (ACCA) Fast-track is designed for professionals qualified accountants working in the business, accountancy and finance sectors who are looking to gain a Post Graduate qualification. The Research Methods module will support student learning by providing an understanding of a range of research tools and analytical techniques, as well as enhancing critical and investigative skills which can be applied in your professional practice. They will also be required to submit a dissertation for which they will carry out a substantial piece of research on an accountancy or financial management issue. This will enable them to demonstrate their critical understanding of the subject and their ability to carry out sustained independent study.

Further Information

Duration of course*

  • Intake of students in August and January each year
  • First cohort starts middle of August 2018
  • Block delivery of Research Methods over one week (09.00 – 17.00 delivery for 5 days)
  • Dissertation Supervision on an individual appointment basis over a 6 month period
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Highlights of the course

  • ACCA approved
  •  Fast-track to PG qualification

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Applicants who are UK qualified Chartered accountants (ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA) or international equivalent, are eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning for up 100 credits of taught modules towards the MSc Accounting (ACCA) programme.

This allows a qualified accountant to achieve the MSc programme by successfully completing a Research Methods module and the Dissertation.



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