Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions from prospective FIA students. If you have any further questions or want to chat through the application process, you can send us an email or start a web chat with one of our dedicated advisors. We’d love to hear from you.
How long does it take?
You could complete all of the studying and exams for the entire FIA group of qualifications in around 12-18 months. However, there is no fixed time limit. It’s up to you which exams you take and how quickly you progress.
What are the entry criteria?
There are no formal academic requirements, but we would recommend those without any prior qualifications start at Level 2. And it may be worth checking that you have the required level of English and numeracy to fully engage with the course: Check your English and maths
Will my previous qualifications/experience earn me exam exemptions in FIA?
Yes, you may be able to claim exemptions from some exams. Use our Exemptions calculator to check which exemptions you are eligible for based on your previous qualifications.
How much do FIA qualifications cost?
You will need to pay an initial registration fee when you apply. You will also need to pay an annual subscription fee by 1 January each year to keep your student status active.
Exam fees are payable for each exam you book, including retakes. View details of all current fees and charges
What types of tuition and study options are available?
You can learn face-to-face, online, through ACCA-X, or through a blended learning approach. Find out more about our different types of tuition here.
How do I find an Approved Learning Partner?
There are real benefits to studying for your exam with an Approved Learning Partner. Find out more about Approved Learning Partners and access our directory to find one.
How/where do I sit FIA exams?
Students can take FIA exams on-demand either by booking to take the exam remotely, (available in selected markets), or by booking with a computer-based exam (CBE) centre and paying them directly for the exams you wish to sit. If you use a CBE centre, you’ll need to make sure that you are registered as a student and that you have your student registration number with you on the day.
On-demand exams are not available for the three specialist options awards, but are available to take at two sessions within our four exam sessions per year.
Paper-based exams are still available in some markets and can be taken in either the June or December exam sessions.
What level of English and Maths is required to study FIA?
The FIA qualifications are in English language so you will require a reasonable competency in written English. And, because we focus on business and finance, there is also an expectation of numeracy – the facility to work with numbers.
We have created some self-check tests and interactive learning modules to help assess your competence. These can be accessed in our Student Virtual Learning Centre.
You can also access maths and English language support to improve your skills while studying for your ACCA qualifications.
How do I apply for FIA?
To apply simply click on the ‘Apply now’ button and complete your registration. We’ll then send you everything you need to get started.