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ACCA is the global body for professional accountants.


What is ACCA?

The ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is a leading international accountancy body. The ACCA qualification has global recognition and is treated in other countries as being equivalent to their local qualification.

ACCA is the world’s fastest-growing gateway to the accountancy profession, helping you to become successful accountancy professionals.

An ACCA qualification demonstrates to employers that you have ability in all aspects of business, it is the largest and fastest growing qualification in the world, with over 500,000 members and students in 170 countries.

ACCA provides a gateway to a career in accounting, offering foundation level, fundamental level and professional level qualifications. This means that you are provided with the appropriate level of qualification based on your previous education.

Many people can enter the course at the fundamental level, as it requires only a secondary school level of education, English and Maths included. Those with a previous degree from an ACCA accredited University will be eligible to enter at the professional level qualifications, and finally anyone is eligible to enter at the foundation level, regardless of any previous qualifications.

Upon completion of the course students will become members of the ACCA .This course is particularly useful for those wishing to obtain an accountancy qualification whilst employed in, or seeking a career in, a range of organisations including local government, the civil service, industry, or a professional accountant's office


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About this course

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You must pass (or be exempted from) 14 papers, which are organised into 3 modules.

There are 3 papers in the knowledge module, 6 papers in the skills module and 5 papers in the professional module.

The professional module is made up of 3 essential papers and 4 optional papers (from which you choose two).

Most students study 2 papers for each exam sitting.

The papers in each module are:

Knowledge module
F1 Accountant in Business
F2 Management Accounting
F3 Financial Accounting

Skills module
F4 Corporate and Business Law
F5 Performance Management
F6 Taxation
F7 Financial Reporting
F8 Audit and Assurance
F9 Financial Management

Professional module
P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics
P2 Corporate Reporting
P3 Business Analysis
P4 Advanced Financial Management (optional)
P5 Advanced Performance Management (optional)
P6 Advanced Taxation (optional)
P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance (optional)
Two of the four optional papers must be passed.

All papers except P4 and P5 are offered at the UlsterUniversity.

If you have completed a qualification (eg a degree) which the awarding institution has submitted to ACCA for accreditation, you can apply for exemptions. You can check your entitlement at:

This page has useful information about the process. There is a link at the left hand side of the page (Exemptions Enquiry) on which can search to check if you qualification has been accredited.

Further information regarding exemptions is available from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, either by phoning ACCA Connect (0141 582 2000), ACCA Ireland (+353 14988909) or accessing the ACCA website:


The exams are set and administered by ACCA.

The first 4 papers (F1, F2 , F3, F4) are taken as computer-based exams (CBEs). CBEs offer greater flexibility with regards to the date on which exams can be taken as well as providing results immediately on completion of the exam.

CBEs are administered by an ACCA accredited assessment centre, which can be contacted by emailing

All other papers are taken as paper-based exams, at an independent exam centre managed by ACCA. You will receive details of the exam entry process via the MYACCA portal and emails from ACCA on completion of your registration with ACCA.


Classes are offered over a 12 week period twice each year to prepare students for both the December and June exam sittings. Classes will take place on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The classes will be timetabled so that an individual student can select classes which take place on the afternoon and evening of the same day, two separate evenings or two separate afternoons.

Classes leading to the December exams commence in August and run until November.

Classes leading to the June exams will commence in February and run until May.

There will be a two day revision session for each paper in the period between the end of classes and the exams.

The detailed timetable is available at

Professional recognition

The course leads to a professional qualification. As such it has full professional accreditation.

Academic profile

The excellence and extremely supportive nature of the Academic Staff on this programme combined with the fact that the course is priced considerably lower than the other local providers - and includes revision - make the ACCA qualification at Ulster an attractive option.

The pass rates achieved by Ulster students are excellent and students consistently achieve results in a range of papers which mean that they are prize-winners.

Entry requirements

You must hold a minimum of five GCSEs and two A Levels. GCSEs must be in five separate subjects including maths and English. Other appropriate examinations, indicating a satisfactory standard of general education, are also acceptable. Students with a degree, a professional qualification or an appropriate Edexcel/BTEC qualification may obtain exemption from parts of the examinations.

If you do not hold the entry requirements noted above, you will still be able to undertake ACCA studies, but you will need to register for the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business. Please contact Ronnie Patton ( to discuss this.

Start dates


You can apply for a place on the course at

Please use the option for ‘First Time Users’.

When selecting ‘Application type’, please choose ‘Short Courses’ from the Drop-down menu

Under programme selection, please choose ‘ACCA PT’ from the Drop-down menu.

You will also need to register with ACCA. This is also done on-line at: using the ‘Apply Now’ link at the right hand side of the page.

Start dates

Price and payment

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Payment information

Tuition costs for 2016/17 are:

Knowledge module £250 per paper

Skills module £300 per paper

Professional module £330 per paper

Study materials cost approximately £40 per paper

Costs payable to ACCA (at November 2014):

Registration £79

Annual subscription £85

Exam entry:

Knowledge module entry and payment made directly to CBE centre

Skills module £98 per paper

Professional module £116 per paper


Knowledge module £72 per paper

Skills module £93 per paper

Professional module n/a – no exemptions are available

It is recommended that you check the ACCA website to confirm the most up to date fees: and


Please contact the Course Director: or ACCA Connect

Ronnie Patton +44(0)141 582 2000