Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) focus on the core skills of financial and management accounting and the role the accountant in business.

Introductory Certificate In Financial And Management Accounting

This certificate is part of the Foundations in Accountancy suite of awards. It is suitable for anyone looking to do an introductory qualification in accounting and finance. This includes school leavers or those already working in accounts-support roles.

You don't need any previous academic qualifications to study for this certificate. The ability level is broadly equivalent to GCSE level.

Entry requirements

No previous academic qualifications are required.

Work experience

None.

Number of exams

Up to two depending on exemptions.

How long does it take?

It's up to you as there is no time limit. You could complete this certificate in six months or less.

What else is involved?

A professionalism and ethics online module*.

Intermediate Certificate In Financial And Management Accounting

Part of the Foundations in Accountancy suite of awards, this certificate is suitable for anyone looking to do an introductory qualification in accounting and finance. This includes school leavers or those already working in accounts-support roles.

Entry requirements

No previous academic qualifications are required. However, you may wish to complete our Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting first.

Work experience

None.

Number of exams

Up to two depending on exemptions.

How long does it take?

It's up to you as there is no time limit. You could complete this certificate in six months or less.

What else is involved?

A professionalism and ethics online module*.

Diploma In Accounting And Business

This Diploma is suitable for anyone looking to do an introductory qualification in accounting and finance, including school leavers or those already working in account-support roles. The ability level is broadly equivalent to the first year of a degree programme/HND.

Entry requirements

None for students registered on Foundations in Accountancy. Those studying for the Diploma as part of the ACCA Qualification will need a minimum of three GCSEs and two A Levels in five separate subjects including maths and English or their equivalent.

Work experience

None for those registered on Foundations in Accountancy. Three years for those studying the Diploma as part of the ACCA Qualification.

Number of exams

Up to three depending on exemptions.

How long does it take?

You could complete this certificate in six to twelve months.

What else is involved?

A professionalism and ethics online module*.

Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification

The CAT Qualification is suitable for anyone who wants a solid foundation of knowledge in finance and accounting. It will provide you with all the technical skills and knowledge you need to perform an accounting-support role and work at a technician level. No previous academic qualifications are required to study for this qualification. The ability level is broadly equivalent to the first year of a degree programme/HND. The qualification is part of the Foundations in Accountancy suite of awards.

Entry requirements

No previous academic qualifications are required.

Work experience

One year's relevant practical experience in any accounting environment done before, at the same time or after completing the exams.

Number of exams

Up to nine depending on exemptions.

How long does it take?

It's up to you as there is no time limit. You could complete the CAT Qualification in one or two years.

What else is involved?

A professionalism and ethics online module*.

Certificates In Auditing, Taxation And Financial Management

It is possible to register on Foundations in Accountancy, our entry-level suite of qualifications, and only take individual exams in Auditing, Taxation or Financial Management. These certificates are suitable for anyone working or wanting to specialise in these areas, including school leavers or those already working in accounts-support roles.

You don't need any previous academic qualifications. The ability level is broadly equivalent to exams in the first year of a degree/HND.

Entry requirements

No previous academic qualifications are required.

Work experience

None required but you may already be working in a role that requires auditing, taxation or financial management.

Number of exams

Individual exams in specialist subject areas.

How long does it take?

It's up to you as there is no time limit. You could complete each certificate in six months or less.

What else is involved?

A professionalism and ethics online module*.

* The professionalism and ethics online module is called Foundations in Professionalism. You only need to complete it once in order to achieve any of the awards in Foundations in Accountancy.

 This certificate is part of the Foundations in Accountancy suite of awards. It is suitable for anyone looking to do an introductory qualification in accounting and finance. This includes school leavers or those already working in accounts-support roles.

You don't need any previous academic qualifications to study for this certificate. The ability level is broadly equivalent to GCSE level.

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