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ACCA Foundations

ACCA Foundations comprises a number of awards from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). They teach you the fundamentals of accountancy, including recording financial transactions, management, business costs, and taxation. This qualification was previously known as Foundations in Accountancy (FIA).

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Classroom

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Live Online

from 拢549 (inc. VAT)

OnDemand

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Distance Learning

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Exam price:

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Structure

ACCA Foundations is the perfect place to start if you are new to accountancy, or if you’re already working in finance but have no formal qualifications. You can achieve certificates and diplomas along the way before progressing onto the ACCA qualification.

There are no minimum entry requirements - you can start at any level. However, it’s recommended you start at Level 2 if you have no formal qualifications, especially if it’s been a while since you completed any studies. ACCA Foundations begins at GCSE level and progresses up to the equivalent of the first year of a bachelor's degree.

ACCA Foundations comprises a number of awards:

  • ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 2) - 2 subjects: Recording Financial Transactions (FA1) and Management Information (MA1)
  • ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 3) - 2 subjects: Managing Financial Records (FA2) and Managing Costs and Finance (MA2)
  • ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 4) - Business and Technology (FBT)*,  Management Accounting (FMA), and Financial Accounting (FFA)
  • Certified Accounting Technician - the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business plus two exams from the following, and one year's relevant practical experience in an accounting role, to show you can use your knowledge from the exams in the workplace.
    • FTX - Foundations in Taxation
    • FFM - Foundations in Financial Management
    • FAU - Foundations in Audit

You’ll also need to complete a professionalism and ethics module, called Foundations in Professionalism, before you can be awarded any of the Foundation-level qualifications. This is an online, interactive module which will help you understand what it means to act professionally and ethically at work. It can be completed before or after your Foundation-level exams, at your own pace.

We want you to pass your exams and succeed in the next steps of your career. If you don’t get the results you were expecting and have enrolled on an eligible course, you can take advantage of our Pass Guarantee. Get extended course access, tutor support, a new mock exam, and guidance for FREE until you pass your exam.

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Entry requirements

You don’t need any qualifications to study the Foundation-level qualifications, just a willingness to learn. They are a great place to start if you’re new to accountancy, or work in finance and have no accountancy credentials.


Syllabus

ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 2)

Compulsory
Recording Financial Transactions (FA1)

You’ll learn about the main types of business transactions and how they are documented and recorded in an accounting system, up to the trial balance.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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£189

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Compulsory
Management Information (MA1)

You’ll learn how to provide basic management advice in a business, to help management with strategy and making decisions.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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£189

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ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 3)

Compulsory
Maintaining Financial Records (FA2)

You’ll learn about the standards and approaches relating to maintaining financial records, and gain the skills needed for double-entry accounting and preparing basic financial statements.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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£189

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Compulsory
Managing Costs and Finance (MA2)

You’ll learn how to prepare and process basic cost data to help management with strategy and making decisions, in multiple business situations.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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£189

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ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 4)

Compulsory
Business and Technology (FBT)

You’ll learn about how businesses are structured and how the role of accounting helps with the efficient management and improvement of a company, its people, and its systems.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Classroom: 4 days
  • Live Online: 8 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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£329 - £779

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Compulsory
Management Accounting (FMA)

You’ll learn management accounting techniques to support management in preparing, controlling, and overseeing performance in different business situations.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Classroom: 5 days
  • Live Online: 10 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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£329 - £829

(inc.VAT)

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Compulsory
Financial Accounting (FFA)

You’ll learn how to prepare basic financial statements for single entities and simple groups, the techniques for double-entry accounting, and learn how to interpret financial statements.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Classroom: 6 days
  • Live Online: 12 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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£329 - £859

(inc.VAT)

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Certified Accounting Technician

Compulsory
Foundations in Taxation (FTX)

You’ll learn how tax affects individuals and businesses, and the basic principles and technical aspects of taxation.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: paper-based exam

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£189

(inc.VAT)

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Compulsory
Foundations in Financial Management (FFM)

You’ll learn how businesses finance their operations, plan and control cash flows, use working capital effectively, and delegate resources to long term investment activities.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: paper-based exam

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£189

(inc.VAT)

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Compulsory
Foundations in Audit (FAU)

You’ll learn about external audit, the audit process, and the skills needed to audit financial statements.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: paper-based exam

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£189

(inc.VAT)

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Study methods

Do you prefer face-to-face learning? Online learning in your own time? Have family or work commitments? We have three study methods that suit different learning styles, to fit around your life. You’ll benefit from award-winning tutors, practical learning methods, and ongoing support, even after your exams.

Study methods available for this qualification

You can be confident in your exams whatever study method you choose, as we offer hundreds of practice questions and marked mock exams. We provide expert support during evenings and weekends, and we have flexible study methods and course start dates.

WhatClassroomLive Online - full dayLive Online - afternoon/eveningAward winning OnDemandDistance Learning
Live, tutor-led classes at set times  
Re-watch your lessons
 
Learning materials available - including study text, pocket notes/revision cards and exam/revision packs
Access to motivating, online learning resources
Marked mock exams and lots of additional practice questions
Access to Academic Support 7 days a week
Interact with other students studying the same course

Pass Guarantee available with full course
Study at your own pace


Classes capped at 40 students


Pass Guarantee available
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For FBT, FMA, FFA

Award winning tutor-led online course with flexibility to start anytime, anywhere.

  • Unique online resources designed to keep you motivated
  • Tutors guide you efficiently through the whole syllabus
View OnDemand 5 day free trial

Every module and topic has been through a detailed instructional design process, which means we've considered how to best explain each area and cement your understanding of the subject. This includes a variety of concise learning formats such as bite-sized tutor-led lectures, and activities to help link topics together. Every module is scripted and links on screen animations with graphics found within your integrated workbook. This provides a high quality online learning experience, which is so much more than a live recorded tutor session or even a tutor narrating highlighted text book visuals.

In addition to academic support, our team of Progression Advisors offer advice, guidance and support, on how to best learn and progress through your course. They use data to identify if you need extra support and will help you get back on track if you need it.

OnDemand is a complete course, which includes knowledge, application and exam preparation, and comes with a Pass Guarantee. If you are unsuccessful, you will receive an extension of tutor support, guidance on how to direct your efforts for your resit with access to additional online content and a new multiple choice mock exam.

Pass Guarantee available

For FBT, FMA, FFA

A traditional scheduled programme with face to face tutor-led classes.

View Classroom 5 day free trial

This is a complete course, which includes tuition, application and exam preparation resources in My小蓝视频 and comes with a Pass Guarantee.

Your tutor will guide you through the chapters, you can then watch recap modules, if needed, outside of the tutor led sessions which include bite-sized tutor-led lectures, and activities to help link topics together. If you are happy with the topics you can move on to the application modules which are similar in format but help you understand how the knowledge you have can be examined.

Throughout the course you will do plenty of question practice and have a go at assessments presented in the same format as you will see in the real thing to make sure you are exam ready.

Our Pass Guarantee means if you are unsuccessful, you can retake the course an unlimited number of times for FREE until you pass. You can also request access to an online resit course, and get access to questions and a mock you won't have seen before. There are also extra hints and tips to get you back on track.

Pass Guarantee available

For FBT, FMA, FFA

Live interactive online classes at a set time, which you can watch from anywhere.

  • Live lectures delivered online by a tutor
  • Re-watch and replay lessons through recordings
  • Full weekday, weekend, afternoon or evening classes available
View Live Online 5 day trial

This is a complete course, which includes tuition, application and exam preparation resources in My小蓝视频 and comes with a Pass Guarantee.

Your tutor will guide you through the chapters, you can then watch recap modules, if needed, outside of the tutor led sessions which include bite-sized tutor-led lectures, and activities to help link topics together. All your live sessions will have plenty of class interaction, which means you have the luxury of asking questions and getting instant replies from the tutor or even sparking some debate with the class from the comfort of your own home! The lectures are all recorded and you will have access to these to review after the live sessions.

If you are happy with the topics you can move on to the application modules which are similar in format but help you understand how the knowledge you have can be examined.

Throughout the course you will do plenty of question practice and have a go at assessments presented in the same format as you will see in the real thing to make sure you are exam ready.

Our Pass Guarantee means if you are unsuccessful, you can retake the course an unlimited number of times for FREE until you pass. You can also request access to an online resit course, and get access to questions and a mock you won't have seen before. There are also extra hints and tips to get you back on track.

Available for all subjects

Self-study online modules for you to work through at your own pace.

  • Study remotely with printed and online materials.
  • Includes a variety of additional online resources and mock exams
View Distance Learning 5 day trial

Timetables - Classroom and Live Online

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Exams and sittings

Exams at this level are a mixture of on-demand and session. Session exams are available in June and December. On-demand computer based exams can be sat at any time.

You can sit as many exams at a sitting as you like. It’s recommended to sit a maximum of 4 subjects in each 6 month period.

Exam types and timings

OnDemand CBEs

  • Business and Technology (FBT)
  • Management Accounting (FMA)
  • Financial Accounting (FFA)
  • Recording Financial Transactions (FA1)
  • Management Information (MA1)
  • Managing Financial Records (FA2)
  • Managing Costs and Finance (MA2)

Session exams (CBE)

  • Foundations in Taxation (FTX)
  • Foundations in Audit (FAU)
  • Foundations in Financial Management (FFM)

You can book all exams with 小蓝视频 apart from FTX, FFM and FAU which have to be booked directly with ACCA.

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How long does it take to pass?

It will take around one year to complete, including the higher level subjects, if you start from the introductory certificate. However, there’s no time limit, so you can complete the subjects as quickly or slowly as you like.

Study materials and delivery costs

Study materials

Classroom and Live Online students will receive printed and online study materials, while Distance Learning students have the option of printed or online only. We provide:

  • Study text

    A textbook covering the full subject syllabus with worked examples and activities. We’re an ACCA-approved content provider, so you can be confident our study text contains everything you need to be successful in your exam.
  • Pocket notes

    Our pocket notes are pocket-sized, brief revision notes that highlight and prioritise the essential topics you need to understand to pass your exams.
  • Study programme (FA1-MA2, FFM, FAU and FTX. Incorporated into course for FBT, FMA and FFA)

    Outlines the course structure, providing guidance on what to do, and when.
  • Integrated workbook (for Classroom/Live Online FBT, FFA, FMA courses only)

    The integrated workbook helps you work through the syllabus, with room to write your notes. It helps you keep everything in one place to make it easy to study and revise from.
  • Exam kit

    The exam kit gives you plenty of exam style questions and answers to test your knowledge and practice.
  • Recorded tutorials (FBT, FFA and FFM only)

    Additional video tutorials to assist your understanding or recap tricky topics for revision purposes.

To buy the materials separately...

You can buy ACCA approved books for each subject on this level from 小蓝视频 Publishing.


Delivery costs

How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

Delivery fees are as follows:

  • UK and NI - £7 for the first package, £7 for subsequent packages
  • EU - £35 for the first package, £30 for subsequent packages
  • Rest of the World - £50 for the first package, £50 for subsequent packages

Please note that due to varying interpretations of the post-Brexit EU/UK trading agreement, some EU countries are imposing import duty on the value of the goods received from the UK. It is payable by the end consumer via the delivery company and your delivery may be withheld until paid. This may vary from country to country and be up to a value of 20% of the value of the study material.

A package relates to all the materials for a specific subject, for example ACCA Accountant in business (AB). If purchasing a course for more than one subject, the additional package charges will apply.

Delivery fees are capped at 3 x the cost, per single order. So, if you buy 5 courses for UK delivery in a single order, it will be £7 x 3, rather than £7 x 5.

  • UK – 3 to 5 working days
  • EU – 5 to 7 working days
  • Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days subject to availability.

Our standard delivery deadline for UK classroom courses is one week prior to the first course date.

Delivery charges apply to all Classroom, Distance Learning, OnDemand, Online and Live Online courses which include printed materials. If delivery charges are applicable for your course, they will be shown during the online checkout process, before you complete your payment details.

My小蓝视频: online learning environment

My小蓝视频 is an online learning portal with practical resources to help you prepare for your exams.

Online features

  • View your online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Contact a tutor directly using live chat. You can also email or request a callback (UK only).
  • Complete tests and get instant feedback
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • See instantly when your assessments have been marked
  • Access on mobile, tablet, computer or through the dedicated mobile app

Access duration

Your chosen study method determines how long you can access your content for.

Classroom
Three months from the last lesson date, three month free extension on request, then a further extension for £50.

Live Online
Three months from the last lesson date, three month free extension on request, then a further extension for £50.

OnDemand
Six months from first day of selected start month, with three months free extension on request, then a further extension for £50.

Distance Learning
12 months from first day of selected start month, with one three months free extension on request, then a further extension for £50.

All extensions will be for the existing content, and will not include any updated content.

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Tutor support

We'll support you every step of the way throughout your Foundations learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by our Academic Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

  • Live chat (instant response via online messenger system)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Discussion forum (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Request a callback so you can speak to a tutor (we’ll arrange a call with you within 24 hours). Please note request a callback is only available to UK based students.
  • Course tutor for Classroom and Live Online courses only. You'll be provided with contact details by your own tutor during your first lesson, to enable you to request assistance out of scheduled sessions.

Academic Support opening times

  • Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
  • Friday: 8am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 9am - 1pm

Testing and mocks

Pass Guarantee

If you don't get the results you were expecting and have enrolled on an eligible course, you can take advantage of our Pass Guarantee. Get extended course access, tutor support, a new mock exam, and guidance for FREE until you pass your exam.

Learn more about our Pass Guarantee
  • Knowledge checks (FBT, FMA, FFA)

    As you go along, knowledge checks help assess your understanding of a topic before you move onto the next one.
  • Consolidation Test & Progress Test

    Exam-style assessments with personalised feedback, to gain a better understanding of how each topic is tested and how to improve your performance.
  • 3 x ACCA practice tests (all auto-marked online) (not for FAU, FFM, FTX)

    ACCA Practice Tests replicate the format of Computer Based Exams (CBEs) and help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses before you take an exam.

Pricing Structure

Subject prices can differ depending on your study method, location and the time you choose to study (if you’re choosing Classroom).

For example, studying in the centre of London on a weekend is a popular choice, so it will be more expensive. Go to our study methods to learn more about each option.

Subjects are all priced individually, so you can purchase them altogether (for a discount), or separately as you need them. This also helps you split the cost to make it more affordable.

Study methodPrice
Classroomfrom £589 (inc. VAT)View price breakdown
Live Onlinefrom £549 (inc. VAT)View price breakdown
OnDemandfrom £439 (inc. VAT)View price breakdown
Distance Learningfrom £189 (inc. VAT)View price breakdown

Funding options

Employer sponsored

Your employer may fund the costs of your studies if you're already working in a related field and want to develop your learning. You'll need to speak to them to see if you're eligible and whether they would be willing to fund the cost.

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  • Above average pass rates

    We always have exceptional pass rates that exceed the national average for ACCA, so you can be confident of success when you choose us.
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