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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.

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

USW is an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, the highest level of accreditation that a tuition provider can obtain. We have been awarded PQ Magazine’s ‘Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year’ three times and our students have won numerous awards, including awards for achieving the highest scores across Wales.

Tuition includes all the syllabus content, question practice, and revision sessions needed to prepare you for the final ACCA exams.

Our ACCA course is flexibly designed to allow different study combinations at all levels. There are entry points for December and June exams in September and January respectively. Our Professional Accounting course brochure provides further details. 

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What you will study

Fundamentals Level*

Applied Knowledge:

  • Accountant in Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting

Applied Skills:

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Performance Management
  • Taxation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Financial Management

Strategic Professional


  • Strategic Business Leader
  • Strategic Business Reporting

Options Papers (two from four):

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Performance Management
  • Advanced Taxation
  • 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. The exception is Strategic Business Leader, which has 90 tuition hours. 

*Students taking the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers can choose between external ACCA exams or internal, exemption awarding university exams. These internal exams earn exemptions from ACCA's Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers on a paper by paper basis, as well as earning 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.


Workshops are delivered in various combinations of morning, afternoon or evening sessions (session availability subject to student demand). Tuition occurs in weekly slots, with students attending one day per week. Our brochure gives details of tuition offered for December and June exams. September-December deliveries also include one to three additional whole study days. Students can commence their studies in either September or January.

Delivery of our ACCA course has been designed to offer an excellent platform to learn, with knowledge built up gradually and sustainably through exam question practice which is undertaken week-on-week.

This mode of delivery also ensures that students are not required to be absent from their work place for long periods of time.

Tuition includes all key elements that you need, for one price per paper. Our teaching team impart the required knowledge (syllabus content), engage you in question practice, and undertake revision sessions close to exam time. Progress tests are included for all papers; mock examinations are included for externally examined papers.

We offer tuition for all 15 papers of the Professional Qualification (Applied Knowledge, Applied Skills and Strategic Professional papers) on a part-time basis, and some papers are offered on either a day release or afternoon-evening basis, subject to sufficient student demand.

Fees, timetables and the next available entry points can be found here.


The internal papers are assessed by coursework (30%) and an end of module 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.


USW's ACCA 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.

Visit the ACCA Association of Chartered Certified Accountants page on the University of South Wales website for more details!





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