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ACCA Course Modules & Structure

The ACCA qualification consists of 2 levels: Fundamental and Professional levels, each of which consists of 2 modules.  Students will study 2 or 3 papers every 6 months, so completing the ACCA qualification normally takes 3 to 4 years to complete.


Fundamental level

The Fundamental level is the entry route into the ACCA qualification and sub-divided into 2 modules – Knowledge and Skills. The number of days illustrated below is a rough guide. Exact dates can be found on your timetable.

The Knowledge module introduces students to the core areas of financial and management accounting:

Paper Name Duration
F1 Accountant in Business 8 day course
F2 Management Accounting 9 day course
F3 Financial Accounting 11 day course

The Skills module covers the main technical areas that accountants are expected to know which comprise of law, performance management, taxation, financial reporting, auditing and financial management:

Paper Name Duration
F4 Corporate and Business Law 9 day course
F5 Performance Management 10 day course
F6 Taxation 11 day course
F7 Financial Reporting 11 day course
F8 Audit and Assurance 9 day course
F9 Financial Management 10 day course

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Professional level

The Professional level is sub-divided into 2 modules – Essentials and Options. The number of days illustrated below is a rough guide. Exact dates can be found on your timetable.

The Essentials module builds upon the technical skills already acquired at the Fundamental levels and explores more advanced professional skills, techniques and values that are required and used by the expert accountant acting in a demanding professional role including advisory or consultancy responsibilities at a senior level.

Paper Name Duration
P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics 10 day course
P2 Corporate Reporting 11 day course
P3 Business Analysis 10 day course

The Options module underpins and supported by their equivalent within the Skills module in the Fundamental level. These exams assess the more advanced and sophisticated techniques that a professional needs in order to specialise in these areas at work or to follow as a career pathway in an advisory or consultancy role.

You will need to study 2 papers from the below options.

Paper Name Duration
P4 Advanced Financial Management 10 day course
P5 Advanced Performance Management 9 day course
P6 Advanced Taxation 11 day course
P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance 9 day course

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ACCA assessments

For International students sponsored by us for a Tier 4 visa we require students to sit 3 papers at a time to satisfy the visa requirement and recommend these are completed in the order of F1 to F3, F4 to F6, F7 to F9, P1 to P3 and then the 2 papers from the Options modules.

Students must also complete relevant practical experience over a minimum of 3 years and an online Professional Ethics module in order to qualify as a Chartered Certified Accountant with the ACCA qualification.

Fundamental level: Knowledge module

Students are assessed using computer-based testing with multiple choice questions. Each test typically lasts for 2 hours and they are available to be taken throughout the year.

Fundamental and Professional levels: Skills, Essential and Option modules

Students sitting exams for these levels will undertake written exams which take place in June and December at an ACCA venue.


* £450 is the effective cost of each paper if a 14 paper package is purchased at our London centre


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Modules and Structure