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ACCA Foundations

ACCA Foundations comprises a number of awards from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). They teach you the fundamentals of accountancy, including recording financial transactions, management, business costs, and taxation. This qualification was previously known as Foundations in Accountancy (FIA)

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1. Structure

ACCA Foundations is the perfect place to start if you are new to accountancy, or if you’re already working in finance but have no formal qualifications. You can achieve certificates and diplomas along the way before progressing onto the ACCA qualification.

There are no minimum entry requirements - you can start at any level. However, it’s recommended you start at Level 2 if you have no formal qualifications, especially if it’s been a while since you completed any studies. ACCA Foundations begins at GCSE level and progresses up to the equivalent of the first year of a bachelor's degree.

ACCA Foundations comprises a number of awards:

  • ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 2) - 2 subjects: Recording Financial Transactions (FA1) and Management Information (MA1)
  • ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 3) - 2 subjects: Managing Financial Records (FA2) and Managing Costs and Finance (MA2)
  • ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 4) - Accountant in Business (FAB),  Management Accounting (FMA), and Financial Accounting (FFA)
  • Certified Accounting Technician - the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business plus two exams from the following, and one year's relevant practical experience in an accounting role, to show you can use your knowledge from the exams in the workplace.

    • FTX - Foundations in Taxation
    • FFM - Foundations in Financial Management
    • FAU - Foundations in Audit

You’ll also need to complete a professionalism and ethics module, called Foundations in Professionalism, before you can be awarded any of the Foundation-level qualifications. This is an online, interactive module which will help you understand what it means to act professionally and ethically at work. It can be completed before or after your Foundation-level exams, at your own pace.


Entry requirements

You don’t need any qualifications to study the Foundation-level qualifications, just a willingness to learn. They are a great place to start if you’re new to accountancy, or work in finance and have no accountancy credentials.


Syllabus

ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 2)

Compulsory
Recording Financial Transactions (FA1)
  • Number of lessons:
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn about the main types of business transactions and how they are documented and recorded in an accounting system, up to the trial balance.

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Compulsory
Management Information (MA1)
  • Number of lessons:
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn how to provide basic management advice in a business, to help management with strategy and making decisions.

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ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 3)

Compulsory
Maintaining Financial Records (FA2)
  • Number of lessons:
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn about the standards and approaches relating to maintaining financial records, and gain the skills needed for double-entry accounting and preparing basic financial statements.

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Compulsory
Managing Costs & Finance (MA2)
  • Number of lessons:
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn how to prepare and process basic cost data to help management with strategy and making decisions, in multiple business situations.

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ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 4)

Compulsory
Accountant in Business (FAB)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 4 days
    Live Online: 8 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn about how businesses are structured and how the role of accounting helps with the efficient management and improvement of a company, its people, and its systems.

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Compulsory
Management Accounting (FMA)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 5 days
    Live Online: 10 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn management accounting techniques to support management in preparing, controlling, and overseeing performance in different business situations.

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Compulsory
Financial Accounting (FFA)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 6 days
    Live Online: 12 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn how to prepare basic financial statements for single entities and simple groups, the techniques for double-entry accounting, and learn how to interpret financial statements.

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Certified Accounting Technician

Compulsory
Foundations in Taxation (FTX)
  • Number of lessons:
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: paper-based exam

You’ll learn how tax affects individuals and businesses, and the basic principles and technical aspects of taxation.

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Compulsory
Foundations in Financial Management (FFM)
  • Number of lessons:
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: paper-based exam

You’ll learn how businesses finance their operations, plan and control cash flows, use working capital effectively, and delegate resources to long term investment activities.

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Compulsory
Foundations in Audit (FAU)
  • Number of lessons:
    Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: paper-based exam

You’ll learn about external audit, the audit process, and the skills needed to audit financial statements.

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2. Study methods

Do you prefer face-to-face learning? Online learning in your own time? Have family or work commitments? We have three study methods that suit different learning styles, to fit around your life. You’ll benefit from award-winning tutors, practical learning methods, and ongoing support, even after your exams.

Study methods available for this qualification

You can be confident in your exams whatever study method you choose, as we offer hundreds of practice questions and marked mock exams. We provide expert support during evenings and weekends, and we have flexible study methods and course start dates.

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OnDemand ›

For FAB, FMA, FFA

Award winning tutor-led online course with flexibility to start anytime, anywhere.

  • Unique online resources designed to keep you motivated
  • Tutors guide you efficiently through the whole syllabus
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Classroom ›

For FAB, FMA, FFA

A traditional scheduled programme with face to face tutor-led classes.

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Live Online ›

For FAB, FMA, FFA

Live interactive online classes at a set time, which you can watch from anywhere.

  • Live lectures delivered online by a tutor
  • Re-watch and replay lessons through recordings
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Distance Learning ›

Self-study online modules for you to work through at your own pace.

  • Study remotely with printed and online materials
  • Includes a variety of additional online resources 

Timetables - Classroom and Live Online

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3. Exams and sittings

Timings and working towards a sitting

Paper-based exams are available in June and December. You can sit as many exams at a sitting as you like. It’s recommended to sit a maximum of 4 subjects in each 6 month period.

Both computer-based and paper-based exams consist of 50 2-mark multiple-choice questions for subjects FA1 and MA1.

Computer based exams can be sat at any time.

Both computer-based and paper-based exams consist of 50 2-mark multiple-choice questions for subjects FA2 and MA2, however the computer-based exam also contains different types of objective test questions. These different types of questions are number entry, multiple response and multiple response matching, which are used in addition to multiple choice questions.

Both computer-based and paper-based exams consist of:

  • Accountant in Business (FAB) - 16 x 1 mark objective test questions (OTQs), 30 x 2 mark OTQs, and 6 x 4 mark multi-task questions (MTQs)
  • Management Accounting (FMA) - 35 x 2 mark OTQs, 3 x 10 mark MTQs
  • Financial Accounting (FFA) - 35 x 2 mark OTQs, 2 x 15 mark MTQs

Both computer-based and paper-based exams consist of:

  • Foundations in Taxation (FTX) and Foundations in Audit (FAU) - 10 OTQs ranging between 1 - 3 marks, 9 long form questions ranging between 6 - 15 marks
  • Foundations in Financial Management (FFM) - 10 OTQs ranging between 1 - 3 marks, 6 long form questions ranging between 10 - 20 marks

Recording Financial Transactions (FA1), Management Information (MA1), Managing Financial Records (FA2), Managing Costs and Finance (MA2), Accountant in Business (FAB), Management Accounting (FMA), and Financial Accounting (FFA) are all computer based exams.

You can sit all exams with Kaplan apart from FTX, FFM and FAU which have to be booked directly with ACCA.

Book an exam

Book an FTX, FFM or FAU exam directly with ACCAlaunch

How long does it take to pass?

It will take around one year to complete the higher level subjects, if you start from the introductory certificate. However, there’s no time limit, so you can complete the subjects as quickly or slowly as you like.

4. Study materials and delivery costs

Study materials

Classroom and Live Online students will receive printed and online study materials, while Distance Learning students have the option of printed or online only.

We provide:

  • Study text

    A textbook covering the full subject syllabus with worked examples and activities. We’re an ACCA-approved content provider, so you can be confident our study text contains everything you need to be successful in your exam.

  • Pocket notes

    Our pocket notes are pocket-sized, brief revision notes that highlight and prioritise the essential topics you need to understand to pass your exams.

  • Study programme (FA1-MA2, FFM, FAU and FTX. Incorporated into course for FAB, FMA and FFA)

    Outlines the course structure, providing guidance on what to do, and when..

  • Integrated workbook (for Classroom/Live Online FAB, FFA, FMA courses only)

    The integrated workbook helps you work through the syllabus, with room to write your notes. It helps you keep everything in one place to make it easy to study and revise from.

  • Exam kit

    The exam kit gives you plenty of exam style questions and answers to test your knowledge and practice.

  • Recorded tutorials (FAB, FFA and FFM only)

    Additional video tutorials to assist your understanding or recap tricky topics for revision purposes.

To buy the materials separately...

You can buy ACCA approved books for each subject on this level from Kaplan Publishing.

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Delivery costs

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How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

If you’re completing a classroom course, your materials are provided on the first day of your course.

Delivery fees are as follows:

UK and NI - £7 per package
EU - £30 per package
Rest of the World - £50 per package

A package relates to all the materials for a specific subject, for example ACCA Recording Financial Transactions (FA1). If purchasing a course for more than one subject, the additional package charges will apply.

Delivery fees are capped at 3 x the cost, per single order. So, if you buy 5 courses for UK delivery in a single order, it will be £7 x 3, rather than £7 x 5.

Our standard delivery times are:

UK – 3 to 5 working days
EU – 5 to 7 working days
Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days*

*Subject to availability.

Delivery charges apply to all Distance Learning, OnDemand and Live Online courses which include printed materials, and selected Classroom courses. If delivery charges are applicable for your course, they will be shown during the online checkout process, before you complete your payment details.

5. MyKaplan: online learning environment

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MyKaplan is an online learning portal with practical resources to help you prepare for your exams.

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    View your online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
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    Contact a tutor directly using live chat. You can also email or request a callback (UK only).
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    Complete tests and get instant feedback
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    Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
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    See instantly when your assessments have been marked
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    Access on mobile, tablet, computer or through the dedicated mobile app
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    Access to VideoBank - hundreds of tutor-led videos to help you get the most out of your course.

Access duration

Your chosen study method determines how long you can access your content for.

Classroom
Three months from the last lesson date, three month free extension on request, then a further extension for £50.

Live Online
Three months from the last lesson date, three month free extension on request, then a further extension for £50.

OnDemand
Six months from enrolment date, with three months free extension on request, then a further extension for £50.

Distance Learning
12 months from enrolment date, three month free extension on request, then a further extension for £50.

All extensions will be for the existing content, and will not include any updated content.

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6. Tutor support

We'll support you every step of the way throughout your Foundations learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by our Academic Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

  • Live chat (instant response via online messenger system)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Discussion forum (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Request a callback so you can speak to a tutor (we’ll arrange a call with you within 24 hours). Please note request a callback is only available to UK based students.
  • Course tutor for Classroom and Live Online courses only. You'll be provided with contact details by your own tutor during your first lesson, to enable you to request assistance out of scheduled sessions.

Guaranteed Tutor response times

Academic Support:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9pm
Friday: 8am - 5:30pm
Weekends: 9am - 1pm

7. Testing and mocks

We have a wealth of materials to help you revise for and pass your exams. All study options come with the following:

Knowledge checks (FAB, FMA, FFA)
As you go along, knowledge checks help assess your understanding of a topic before you move onto the next one.

Consolidation Test & Progress Test
Exam-style assessments with personalised feedback, to gain a better understanding of how each topic is tested and how to improve your performance.

3 x ACCA practice tests (all auto-marked online) (not for FAU, FFM, FTX)
ACCA Practice Tests replicate the format of Computer Based Exams (CBEs) and help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses before you take an exam.

8. Pricing structure

Subject prices can differ depending on your study method, location and the time you choose to study (if you’re choosing Classroom). For example, studying in the centre of London on a weekend is a popular choice, so it will be more expensive. Go to our study methods page to learn more about each option.

Subjects are all priced individually, so you can purchase them altogether (for a discount), or separately as you need them. This also helps you split the cost to make it more affordable.

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Classroom Live Online OnDemand Distance Learning
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Funding options

Employer sponsored ›

Your employer may fund the costs of your studies if you're already working in a related field and want to develop your learning. You'll need to speak to them to see if you're eligible and whether they would be willing to fund the cost.

Why study ACCA Foundations with Kaplan?

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8/10 UK's top accountancy firms use Kaplan.

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Expertise

We’re the UK’s largest ACCA training provider. Over 13,000 students study with us.

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Support

Hear from an expert tutor in 4 hours or less, available 7 days a week.

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Up to 100% pass rates

We have excellent pass rates that exceed the national average for ACCA

*Based on ACCA F5-F9, P1-P3, P6 and P7 papers for part time classroom students across 14 Kaplan centres at the June 2017 sitting

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