CPD Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The globally recognised Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification provides you with transferable skills in accountancy which can be applied across all business sectors as well as providing a pathway to becoming a qualified accountant.

The ACCA is a world-leading international accountancy body, operating in over 170 countries. Its recognition under UK legislation empowers it to regulate its members to undertake statutory audit and to conduct investment business. GCU has received Gold Approved Learning Partner status by ACCA. The programme is available on a part-time basis for HNC/HND holders or graduates working in the accounting profession with a flexible structure to suit student and employer needs.

The ACCA qualification has a practical and theoretical focus, providing you with an advanced understanding and specialist knowledge in accountancy. Designed with consideration of the increased focus on professionalism and ethics within accounting, there is a strong focus on professional values, ethics and governance throughout. Examinations are set and marked by ACCA. Admission to the examinations is limited to registered ACCA students. Exemptions are granted to students with HNC/HND qualifications and recognised degrees.

Your career

The flexibility of this qualification means there are a wide range of opportunities available to ACCA members in the business world. Graduates can pursue opportunities in general management in the public and private sectors, specialising in areas such as audit, taxation or information technology.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date


Part Time
3 Years
Aug 2021
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
3 Years
Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
CPD Part Time 3 Years Aug 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
CPD Part Time 3 Years Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Part Time
3 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
CPD Part Time 3 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in people or business-centred subjects or any business subject such as marketing or finance. 

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.


Students with HNDs, HNCs or recognised degrees are given exemptions which vary according to the subjects studied.

Application must be made to ACCA to obtain confirmation of exemptions and to obtain registration.

Please telephone ACCA on 44 141 582 2000 or see details at www.accaglobal.com

Students can also email:students@accaglobal.com.

Module list

Taxation, Performance Management, Audit.

Trimester B (Feb 21 Intake) w/c February 8

Fundamental Level (Applied Skills)
Paper FR: Financial Reporting - Wednesday (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
Paper FM: Financial Management -  Tuesday (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
Paper PM: Performance Management - Thursday (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
Paper LW: Corporate and Business Law - Monday (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
Professional Level (Strategic Professional)
Paper AAA: Advanced Audit and Assurance - Thursday (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
Paper ATX: Advanced Taxation - Tuesday (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
Paper SBR: Strategic Business Reporting - TBC (5.30pm - 8.30pm)

Study and duration

Part-time, three years approximately

Programme duration is dependent on how many papers the student is exempt from and how many the student chooses to study per trimester. It is not recommended that students study more than two papers per trimester.

Please note: where relevant, the paper taught will be the International Version except for F4 which is the Scottish version.

This course features a mix of assessments and exams.
This course is accredited by ACCA.

As well as completing our online application form, you must also be registered with the ACCA to sit the exams.

Although there is no deadline date to submit your completed application form to GCU, we would ask that you submit it as soon as possible to allow adequate time for processing.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Fees 2020/21

Fundamental level: £620 per paper (no VAT)

Professional level: £670 per paper (no VAT) (except Strategic Business Leader SBL which is £930)

The fees per paper include one day of revision (either Sat or Sun), mock exam and coursework.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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The fees do not include required textbooks(s) which cost approximately £37 each.

We recommend that you buy two books per paper: the study textbook and exam kit book (approx £50). We will advise students on registration which recommended text to purchase.

SAAS fee grant

Some ACCA courses are eligible for the SAAS part-time fee grant, download our notes for students applying

There are Revision Courses available for each of the papers listed above which are incorporated into the course fee for current students. These courses take place near the end of the course, usually on a Saturday and/or Sunday, and are intended as revision before the exam in either April, June, September or December. Please note; Strategic Business leader has two revision days.

If you are interested in attending the revision day only, please email accaenquiries@gcu.ac.uk