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ACCA Fundamentals - Applied Complete

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Read our guide to the ACCA course and modules here.

Why You Should Study

If you're looking to progress your career in corporate finance or accountancy...
Advance your position in the banking industry...
Or if it's your goal to become a fully recognised Chartered Accountant...

Studying for the widely sought after and highly respected ACCA qualification is the perfect option for you.

These nine modules, covering the first two stages of the ACCA will count towards a full ACCA qualification.
Plus, if you complete these modules along with the Ethics and Professionals Skills module, you'll achieve an ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (RQF Level 4).

By studying for your ACCA with the Open Study College, you'll be supplied with your course materials, as well as the full support of a tutor throughout your studies. You can choose to receive your materials through the post, or easily access them online.

And thanks to our flexible distance learning approach, you'll be able to sudy at your own pace and only take exams when you feel confident and comfortable that you'll be able to pass.
In fact, as you'll be responsible for booking your own exams with this particular course, you can decide exactly when you're ready to do so. As soon as you're ready, we'll help you contact ACCA to arrange the exams.

If you're interested in becoming a Chartered Accountant but you're looking for a more flexible approach to learning that fits around your busy schedule, this is the ideal course for you.

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Your Qualification

These nine modules, covering the first two stages of the ACCA, will count towards a full ACCA qualification.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants is currently the largest recognised body for professional accountants in the world and works proactively to connect its members with employers.

Your Study

Thanks to our flexible distance learning approach, you'll be able to manage your study around your schedule, setting targets and deadlines that are right for you.
You can choose to receive your materials securely by post, or access them easily online. And in both cases you'll receive full, unlimited e-mail support from an experienced tutor who is there to help guide you through the qualification.
Throughout your study you'll also have access to our Student Support Team for any additional guidance you might require.

What You'll Learn

During your study for ACCA certification, you'll cover a wide range of learning objectives that will arm you with a thorough understanding of the area.
This course includes nine of the thirteen modules you must complete to achieve a full ACCA qualification. They are:

Accountant in Business module (F1)

  • The business organisation, its stakeholders and the external environment
  • Business organisational structure, functions and governance
  • Accounting and reporting systems, controls and compliance
  • Leading and managing individuals and teams
  • Personal effectiveness and communication
  • Professional ethics in accounting and business

Management Accounting module (F2)

  • The nature, source and purpose of management information
  • Cost accounting techniques
  • Budgeting
  • Standard costing
  • Performance measurement

Financial Accounting module (F3)

  • The context and purpose of financial reporting
  • The qualitative characteristics of financial information
  • The use of double-entry and accounting systems
  • Recording transactions and events
  • Preparing a trial balance
  • Preparing basic financial statements
  • Preparing simple consolidated financial statements

Corporate and Business Law module (F4)

  • Essential elements of legal systems
  • International business transactions
  • Transportation and payment of international business transactions
  • The formation and constitution of business organisations
  • Capital and the financing of companies
  • Management, administration and the regulation of companies
  • Insolvency law
  • Corporate fraudulent and criminal behavior

Performance Management module (F5)

  • Specialist cost and management accounting techniques 
  • Decision-making techniques
  • Budgeting and control
  • Performance measurement and control

Taxation module (F6)

  • The UK tax system and its administration
  • Income tax and NIC liabilities
  • Chargeable gains for individuals
  • Inheritance tax
  • Corporation tax liabilities
  • Value added tax (VAT)

Financial Reporting module (F7)

  • The conceptual and regulatory framework for financial reporting
  • Accounting for transactions in financial statements
  • Analysing and interpreting the financial statements of single entities and groups
  • Preparation of financial statements

Audit and Assurance module (F8)

  • Audit framework and regulation
  • Planning and risk assessment
  • Internal control
  • Audit evidence
  • Review and reporting

Financial Management module (F9)

  • Financial management function
  • Financial management environment
  • Working capital management
  • Investment appraisal
  • Business finance
  • Business valuations
  • Risk management
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How You'll Be Assessed

To complete this qualifcation successfully, you'll be required to complete an exam at the end of each module.
Deadlines for exams are set by ACCA according to their timetables. (You can contact us directly to find out more about these.)

In addition to the exams, to complete the course you'll also be required to complete 36 months of relevant work experience during your study.

Your work experience will need to be supervised and signed off by a practical experience supervisor and it's important to remember you are also responsible for booking the exams, at a time when you feel confident and comfortable that you can successfully pass.


Your Questions Answered

Q. Is this a recognised qualification?

Yes it is. And the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants is the largest recognised body for professional accountants in the world.

Q. What skills are need to enrol onto this course?

To study for ACCA certification you'll need to provide evidence of having at least three GCSEs and two A Levels in five separate subjects, including Maths and English or their equivalent. Without these qualifications you'll be unable to study for an ACCA.

Q. What if I've already got a recognised accounting qualification - do I need to complete all the modules?

If you have a degree in accountancy or a recognised qualification of some kind, you might be exempt from having to complete some of the modules.
To find out if your existing qualifications qualify you for any module exemptions, you can use the exemption calculator on the official ACCA website.

Q. What is included in the cost of my course?

Pretty much everything you need to pass the course successfully and get a recognised qualification. In some instances you may also be required to do some additional reading outside of the provided study materials.
With the online option, you'll receive:

  • Video tutorials for the whole syllabus
  • Video tutorials to practice exam questions
  • Webinars to keep you on track for success
  • Learning exercises
  • Exam simulation
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Free CV writing service
  • Free TOTUM (previously NUS extra) Student Discount Card

With the study by mail option, you'll also receive

  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Open Study College pen with highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Student notebook

Remember, you'll also have online access to an experienced course tutor and you can always take advantage of our dedicated Student Support Team.

Q. Is there a required reading list?

Not for this course. But you'll need to do some of your own research using the internet.

Q. Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you'll need to take a standard ACCA exam at the end of each module.
You are responsible for booking the exams, but you can contact us directly to find out more about these.

Q. Are there any additional costs?

The only thing that isn't covered in this course is the fees you'll need to pay to complete your exams.

Q. What if I live outside the UK?

You can study this course anywhere in the world. And the ACCA has over 400 exam centres in over 170 countries

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

5Your Next Step

Your Next Step

Your Next Step

ACCA accreditation is an extremely sought after qualification that will help open many doors in your career.
As we said before, if you're interested in becoming a Chartered Accountant but you're looking for a more flexible approach to learning that fits around your busy schedule, this is the ideal course for you.

Thanks to our excellent rating on Trustpilot, you can easily and confidently enrol on the course today by hitting the 'Enrol Now' button on this page.

Alternatively, you can hit 'Speak To An Adviser', complete your details and one of our dedicated Student Support Team will be in touch to help you.

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