Take the first step in your journey towards ACCA membership
What will I learn?
Our Fundamentals level teaches you essential financial and management accounting techniques, in addition to providing a strong, broad and practical knowledge of the world of finance.
What opportunities could it lead to?
On completion of the Fundamentals level, students can progress to our Professional level.
What will it involve?
There are three valuable awards that can be achieved at the Fundamentals level:
- Diploma in Accounting & Business: Students progressing from our Foundations level will already have this qualification, but it’s an important first step for those starting at Fundamentals level. The 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.
- Advanced Diploma in Accounting & Business: Take your knowledge further with the next six papers: Corporate and Business Law; Performance Management; Taxation; Financial Reporting; Audit and Assurance; and Financial Management. You also need to take the online ethics module, Professional Ethics. On completion of the Advanced Diploma, you can move up to our Professional level.
- BSc (Hons) Degree Applied Accounting: You also have the opportunity to further your knowledge and skills with our degree in Applied Accounting, which has been created in partnership with Oxford Brookes University. Holding both a professional accounting qualification and an accounting degree is a powerful combination that can greatly increase employment opportunities with employers.
How long will it take?
Our Fundamentals level can be completed in as little as 12 to 18 months, but a range of flexible study options are available to suit your lifestyle.
To gain the ACCA Qualification and become an ACCA member, you also need to study at the Professional level in addition to completing three years’ work experience. If you study while you work, you could complete everything in just three years.
To start at Fundamentals level you need a relevant secondary school education covering five separate subjects, which must include English and maths.
To find out if your qualification allows entry to the ACCA Qualification at Fundamentals level, select your country from the list below.