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ACCA Course - ACCA

Become part of a huge global network of highly skilled accountants with our Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course. We prepare you for a range ACCA exams, and welcome international students from across the globe to study in the UK. Birmingham City University's status as a Platinum Approved Learning Partner reflects the quality of our course....

Studying with us in 2021/22 and 2022/23

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses.  Information about the arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year can be found here.  

 

Should the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continue in the 2022/23 academic year or subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Full Time/Part Time
  • Location City Centre
  • Award ACCA
  • Start date August 2022, January 2023
  • School Birmingham City Business School
  • Faculty Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Overview

Become part of a huge global network of highly skilled accountants with our Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course.

We prepare you for a range ACCA exams, and welcome international students from across the globe to study in the UK. Birmingham City University's status as a Platinum Approved Learning Partner reflects the quality of our course.

You’ll be taught by qualified accountants, and upon completion you’ll leave with the qualifications and skills the accountancy and finance industry look for.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The course starts in either late August / early September or January and takes between one to three years full-time to complete, depending on your current qualifications. It’s structured so that Full Time students must choose to study either four, five or six ACCA papers each academic year, and a minimum of two papers each semester. Part Time students do not need to undertake any minimum number of papers, as they can take just one singular paper.  

We let you study all the modules (excluding Advanced Performance Management) you need to take the ACCA professional exams, so you’ll be able to work towards becoming a member of the world’s fastest-growing international professional accounting body. The course is flexible, allowing you to join at different stages and choose the relevant modules you need for your exams, studying at a pace that suits you.

Our tutors are generally qualified accountants with expert academic and professional knowledge and experience. They have worked for companies such as Cadbury Schweppes, Marks and Spencer Financial Services, the Audit Commision, BDO Stoyhayward, Deloitte, Kaplan Financial and KPMG, and can therefore use real-life experiences to enhance your learning in the classroom.

Accredited By

This course is accredited by:

  • ACCA Logo 2020

Why Choose Us?

  • Birmingham City University is one of a select few UK universities who are Platinum approved by the ACCA. This is the highest level of accreditation, and it is a distinction we have held continuously for over 10 years. 
  • In 2017, our students achieved outstanding results, outperforming the qualification’s global pass rate by a large margin.
  • Our industry experienced staff and small class sizes means you’ll get personal, dedicated tuition and support.
  • Our fees are very competitive and include revision, tuition and mock exams, providing our students with great value for money.
  • We welcome students from around the world, creating a diverse, multi-cultural learning environment.
  • And if you are an international student, we’re highly experienced at guiding international students throughout their studies, providing you with the opportunity to enrol onto free sessions such as improving your English language, mathematical or study skills.
  • You will be able to work on exciting projects for real-life clients through our Business Advice Centre, giving you exposure to the challenges and issues faced by businesses as well as the chance to develop successful solutions. Opportunities are available with local, regional, national and even global businesses such as BMW.
  • The Centre also offers expert support for your own entrepreneurial ideas, so you can start planning your own start-up or take your existing business to the next level. Following graduation, you will have the opportunity to apply for STEAMhouse Business Incubator membership.

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential requirements (Full-time students)
You must be accepted as a registered student by the ACCA. Minimum requirements are successful completion of the Applied Knowledge papers, either by sitting and passing the ACCA external examinations or by the award of exemptions. The exemptions given are dependent upon further qualifications, which could be a degree (relevant or non-relevant) or a HND or equivalent.
In addition to the above requirements, for full time students that have been granted exemptions from the Applied Knowledge papers based upon their degree qualification, they should have been awarded at least a Second Class Honours degree.
Essential requirements (Part-time students)
You must be accepted as a registered student by the ACCA. Minimum requirements are successful completion of the Applied Knowledge papers, either by sitting and passing the ACCA external examinations or by the award of exemptions. The exemptions given are dependent upon further qualifications, which could be a degree (relevant or non-relevant) or a HND or equivalent.
Additional information for EU/International students
English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: ACCA

Starting: Aug 2022

Pathway: Professional Level

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Award: ACCA

Starting: Jan 2023

Pathway: Professional Level

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Award: ACCA

Starting: Aug 2022

Pathway: Skills Level

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Award: ACCA

Starting: Jan 2023

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Award: ACCA

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Award: ACCA

Starting: Jan 2023

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Award: ACCA

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If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites and available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Free Adobe Creative Cloud Licence

Students studying on a course with a requirement to use Adobe software can request a free licence to install the entire suite of applications on up to two personal devices.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Exam fees

You are responsible for covering the cost of exams. The latest exam costs can be found on the ACCA website

ACCA subscription

Cost information for student subscription to the ACCA can be found on the ACCA website.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Please note all professional course module fees are payable in full and in advance before enrolment can be completed. There is no option to set up a payment plan to cover module fees on this course.

*Please note that this course is not eligible for the Birmingham City University Graduate Scholarship.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Course in Depth

Skills Level

Performance Management (PM) 20 credits

Taxation (TX) 20 credits

Financial Reporting (FR) 20 credits

Audit and Assurance (AA) 20 credits

Financial Management (FM) 20 credits

Professional Level

In addition to the below, there will also be a new online, self-study module entitled "Ethics and Professional Skills" that will need to be passed in order to progress onto the ACCA Strategic Professional level.

Strategic Business Reporting (SBR) 20 credits

Strategic Business Leader (SBL) 40 credits

You must complete two of the following

Advanced Financial Management (AFM) 20 credits

Advanced Taxation (ATX) 20 credits

Advanced Audit and Assurance (AAA) 20 credits

We offer the ACCA Skills papers and Professional level papers starting either in late August / early September or January. 

There’s a great deal of flexibility in our timetable which can accommodate most subject combinations. 

You’ll attend lectures and workshops throughout your studies before being assessed by written external ACCA exams. There’ll be reading and revision that you’ll do in your own time, using any support you might need. The time you spend independently learning is usually greater than the time you’re taught face-to-face.

Our students can study with us anywhere between one to three years, and, depending on your previous qualifications you can join the course and study the modules that suit you. For international students, visa requirements mean that you must study four to six modules a year, with at least two of these in each semester.

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ACCA Platinum Level Tuition Provider

We have been approved under ACCA's Approved Learning Partner - student tuition (ALP-st) programme and given the award of Platinum Level Tuition Provider.

This means you can be sure:

  • We have been assessed against ACCA's widely recognised and highly regarded global best practice benchmarks.
  • We have access to a range of development opportunities and tools provided by ACCA.
  • An investigation will be carried out in the event of any student complaints.

About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the fastest growing, most supportive gateway to your career in accountancy, finance, business and management. The ACCA Qualification will arm you with the skills and experience to build a successful career anywhere in the world. With our strong presence in 181 countries around the world, your skills will be in demand internationally.

ACCA offers you more flexibility than other accountancy qualifications thanks to our unique option papers. This gives you a really broad, yet thorough set of skills as well as an opportunity to specialise in whichever area you wish, from audit to management accounting. You don’t have to choose your specialism until later in your studies, giving you time to decide where your interests lie.

The ACCA know how important it is to be able to fit your studies around work and lifestyle and they offer you a range of study options to suit your budget and situation. They are proud of their unparalleled level of study support via wealth of online resources and dedicated 24/7 care line.

Starting your qualification whilst you’re still at university will make you stand out from other candidates when looking for an internship or job. It will prove to employers that you are a self-starter with initiative and dedication to your future career.

Depending on your degree, you will most likely be eligible for exemptions from some of our exams. To find out more about ACCA, and how you can start a successful career straight out of university, visit www.accaglobal.com/graduate

Employability

Enhancing your employability skills

Getting your ACCA qualifications will significantly improve your career prospects in accountancy and finance. As a qualification it’s recognised as being challenging, so we make sure you develop your expertise and knowledge in a way that’s relevant to employers.

Through our multi-cultural environment you’ll also gain valuable collaboration and network opportunities with your peers, both of which will really boost your CV.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Business Advice Centre

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The Business Advice Centre (BAC) is the Business School's hub that offers a range of support services to you throughout each stage of your student learning experience.

We have a range of support solutions for students as well as opportunities to enhance your employability and entrepreneurial qualities.

Whether you are considering starting your business, connecting with real companies or enhancing your graduate opportunities, the Business Advice Centre can help you.

Find out more

International Students

Welcome to the Birmingham City Business School, home to students from over 70 countries all around the world!

Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s largest, most established and most respected business schools. Our programmes are practice based and many have an international focus, which means your course will be entirely relevant to today’s business world. Almost all of our courses, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, are open to international students.

We also have links with universities across the world, including Europe, the USA, China, India and Malaysia.

International Services

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Facilities and Staff

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Our staff

Becky Bate

Senior Lecturer in Management Accounting

Becky Bates has a lot of experience in industry as an ACCA qualified accountant. She taught a variety of qualifications, including CIMA, ACCA, AAT and ICAEW in the private sector before coming to Birmingham City University in 2013.

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Cathy Sibley

Senior Teaching Fellow

Cathy Sibley trained with M&S Financial Services before joining Kaplan as a senior lecturer. Prior to joining Birmingham City University, she became freelance in 2006, teaching, writing, marking and examining financial and corporate reporting for all professional qualifications (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and AAT).

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Dinisa Kandasamy

Senior Lecturer

Dinisa Kandasamy joined academia in 2009. She specialises in Audit & Assurance but also teaches Management Accounting, Financial Accounting. Before this, Dinisa worked in practice performing external audits for private companies, preparing final accounts.

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Catherine Shirley

Senior Teaching Fellow

Catherine is a member of the CIMA, and has previously worked as a management accountant. She now brings this knowledge to our ACCA course. 

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Vijay Kumar Ramachandran

Senior Lecturer

Vijay Ramachandran has vast professional practice experience dealing with different types of business sectors and entities including small medium enterprises, charities, trusts, mainstream sporting organisations, public and private schools, synagogues and medium-sized enterprises.

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Helen Brain

Senior Teaching Fellow

Helen Brain is a CIPFA qualified accountant. She worked extensively on audit and assurance engagements with local government, NHS and further education clients during her career in accounting practice.  She joined Birmingham City Business School in 2016 and teaches on a range of accounting and finance courses. 

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Martin Beaver

Senior Lecturer

Martin has worked in the utility industry for over 25 years, where he worked in all aspects of Information Systems, from strategy through to operational running.

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Dr Muhammad Akbar

Senior Lecturer in Finance

Dr Muhammad Akbar is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and the Course Leader for MFIN and BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment. He has over 15 years of academic experience covering the development and delivery of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses and modules.

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Karampritt Kaila

Senior Lecturer

Karampritt Kaila is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) who trained with Deloitte in corporate tax. Karampritt teaches and marks ACA, ACCA and CIMA as well as undergraduate courses.

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