Get your accountancy career off to a great start with our Foundations exams
What will I learn?
If you don’t have the relevant qualifications to start the ACCA Qualification, then our Foundations exams will prepare you. They provide an exceptional introduction to the finance sector and teach some essential skills and techniques that will allow you to hit the ground running in your career.
What opportunities could it lead to?
What will it involve?
There are four foundation awards available:
- ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (RQF Level 2): Want to start at the very beginning? This optional RQF Level 2 Diploma consists of two essential courses: Management Information; and Recording Financial Transactions.
- ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (RQF Level 3): Need a little bit of background first? This optional RQF Level 3 Diploma consists of two valuable courses: Maintaining Financial Records; and Managing Costs and Finance.
- ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (RQF Level 4): Our RQF Level 4 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 this Diploma enables you to move onto the ACCA Qualification with exemptions from the Applied Knowledge exams.
- Certified Accounting Technician: To qualify as a Certified Accounting Technician, you’ll need to take all three foundation awards plus two additional exams. Choose from Tax, Audit, or 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 our Foundations awards 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 RQF Level 2 Diploma, you can progress through the RQF Level 3 and 4 Diplomas 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 exams are designed for those who don’t have any 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 with our Foundations exams will be enrolled onto our Foundation Diploma. This consists of all seven foundations exams, plus the Foundations in Professionalism ethics module. Learn more about the Foundation Diploma