ACCA Foundations in Accountancy

ACCA’s Foundations in Accountancy is an entry-level suite of awards, including certificates, diplomas and a revised Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification.

It contains the following qualifications:

  • Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
  • Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
  • Diploma in Accounting and Business

Foundations in Accountancy provides flexible entry points with certification awarded at each level as well giving students the flexibility to progress onto the ACCA Qualification after completion of the Intermediate Certificate in Financial Management and Accounting.

High school graduates, mature students and working professionals with no formal academic qualification can undertake any course* within Foundations in Accountancy.

*ACCA has developed optional self-check modules in English and maths to aid prospective students in gauging their general level of ability in English and maths. These self-check modules are optional to complete, free of charge and can be accessed from the ACCA's Virtual Learning Centre for students and prospective students.

Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting

This certificate is suitable for anyone looking to do an introductory qualification in accounting and finance. This includes school leavers or those already working in accounts-support roles. Courses required are:  

  • Recording Financial Transactions
  • Management Information
  • Foundations in Professionalism (Online Module)

Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting

This certificate is suitable for anyone looking to do an introductory qualification in accounting and finance. This includes school leavers or those already working in accounts-support roles. No previous academic qualifications are required to study for this qualification. However, you may wish to complete ACCA's Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting before attempting the Intermediate certificate. Courses required are:

  • Maintaining Financial Records
  • Managing Costs and Finance
  • Foundations in Professionalism*

*EXEMPTION: If you have already completed this module to gain the Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting, you don't have to complete it again.

Diploma in Accounting and Business

This Diploma is suitable for anyone looking to do an introductory qualification in accounting and finance. The ability level is broadly equivalent to the first year of a degree programme. If you don't have any previous academic qualifications, we suggest you complete ACCA's Introductory Certificate and/or the Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting before attempting the Diploma. This diploma represents the first three exams of the ACCA Qualification.  Courses required are:

  • Accountant in Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Foundations in Professionalism*

*EXEMPTION: If you have already completed this module you don't have to complete it again.