Foundations

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Get your accountancy career off to a great start with our Foundations level  


What will I learn?

If you don’t have the relevant qualifications to start at the Fundamentals or Professional levels, then our Foundations level will prepare you. It provides an exceptional introduction to the finance sector and teaches some essential skills and techniques.

What opportunities could it lead to?

Despite being at the start of your journey, there are still a range of roles you could undertake such as trainee bookkeeper, administrator and trainee accountant

What will it involve?

There are four awards available at Foundations level:

  • Introductory Certificate in Financial & Management Accounting: Want to start at the very beginning? Our optional Introductory Certificate consists of two essential courses: Management Information; and Recording Financial Transactions. 
  • Intermediate Certificate in Financial & Management Accounting: Need a little bit of background first? Our optional Intermediate Certificate consists of two valuable courses: Maintaining Financial Records; and Managing Costs and Finance. 
  • Diploma in Accounting & Business: Our Diploma consists of three papers: Accountant in Business; Management Accounting; and Financial Accounting. You also need to take the online ethics module, Foundations in Professionalism. Completing the Diploma enables you to move up to our Fundamentals level, with exemptions from the first three exams.
  • Certified Accounting Technician: To qualify as a Certified Accounting Technician, simply take all three Foundations qualifications plus two additional exams. Choose from Tax; Audit; and Financial Management. You’ll also need to undertake one year of practical experience in a relevant finance role.

What is Foundations in Professionalism?

To gain any of the awards at the Foundations level and receive a certificate, you must complete the online ethics module, Foundations in Professionalism in addition to the required exams. The module can be completed before, at the same time, or after your exams and you only need to complete it once. 

How long will it take?

After taking your first Introductory Certificate exam, you can complete the Intermediate Certificate and Diploma within a year. All the exams are available as on-demand computer-based assessments, so you can set your own pace.

Am I eligible?

Yes. Our Foundations level is designed for those who don’t have any previous relevant qualifications. However, you may benefit from taking our self-check module that lets you test your English and maths skills. It’s optional and entirely anonymous. Check your English and maths

Studying in Pakistan or Bangladesh?

New students in Pakistan and Bangladesh who start at the Foundation level will be enrolled onto our Foundation Diploma. This consists of all seven foundation level exams, plus the Foundations in Professionalism ethics module. Learn more about the Foundation Diploma

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