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.

To read more about the course, download the ACCA Course Leaflet 2018-19 here.

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.

Find out more at www.accaglobal.com/graduate

Trimester A (Sept-Nov)

Fundamental Level
Paper F5: Performance Management
Paper F6: Taxation
Paper F8: Audit & Assurance
Professional Level
Paper P1: Governance, Risk and Ethics
Paper P2: Corporate Reporting
Paper P4: Advanced Financial Management
Paper P7: Advanced Audit and Assurance

Trimester B (Feb-May)

Fundamental  Level
Paper F4: Corporate and Business Law
Paper F7: Financial Reporting
Paper F9: Financial Management
Professional Level
Paper P3: Business Analysis
Paper P5: Advanced Performance Management
Paper P6: Advanced Taxation

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.

Download the ACCA_Course_Leaflet and the ‌ACCA_General_Information.

  • 2018/19


Mode of study


Start date



Part Time
3 Years
11 Feb 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
CPD Part Time 3 Years 11 Feb 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date



Part time
3 Years
26 Aug 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
CPD Part time 3 Years 26 Aug 2019 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

Students must register with the University to study this course. They must also register with 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.

Registering with ACCA

New students must register with ACCA in order to sit April, June, September or December exams. 

Contact ACCA
T: 44 141 582 2000
E: students@accaglobal.com


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.

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.

Visa Information

Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student visa are not eligible for this part-time course. Please see our full-time listing.

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

Programme Fees 2018-19 

Fundamental level:£600 per paper (no VAT) 
Professional level:


£650 per paper (no VAT), except Strategic Business Leader (SBL) which is £900.

The fees per paper include:
  • one day of revision (either Sat or Sun) 
  • mock exam and coursework 
These fees do not include required textbooks(s) which cost approximately £37 each. We recommend that you buy two books per paper: the study text book and exam kit book (approx. £50).

SAAS funding

Some of our ACCA courses are eligible for the SAAS part-time fees grant. Please download our notes for students applying for SAAS Part-time Fee Grant

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.