Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The ACCA Professional Qualification, covering all accounting disciplines, can act as a springboard to career success in many different areas of accountancy and finance. The University of South Wales is an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, the highest level of accreditation that a tuition provider can obtain. We were also awarded PQ Magazine’s ‘Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year’ in 2016, for the third time.

We offer tuition for all 16 papers of the Professional Qualification (F1 to F9 and P1 to P7) on a part-time basis, and some papers are offered on either a day release or afternoon-evening basis. The course is flexibly designed to allow different study combinations at all levels. There are entry points for December, March (selected papers) and June exams. Our Professional Accounting and Finance course information brochure provides further details on part-time fees, timetables and the next available entry points.

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Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 4 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 4 Years September Newport City C

Fundamentals Level*

Knowledge Papers:

  • F1 Accountant in Business
  • F2 Management Accounting
  • F3 Financial Accounting

Skills Papers:

  • F4 Corporate and Business Law
  • F5 Performance Management
  • F6 Taxation
  • F7 Financial Reporting
  • F8 Audit and Assurance
  • F9 Financial Management

Professional Level

Essentials Papers:

  • P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics
  • P2 Corporate Reporting
  • P3 Business Analysis

Option Papers (2 from 4):

  • P4 Advanced Financial Management
  • P5 Advanced Performance Management
  • P6 Advanced Taxation
  • P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance

Students who need to complete all elements can do so over a four year period. Students with exemptions will take less time than this, while others may opt for a longer period of study. Tuition hours are between 50 and 60 hours per paper, depending on level.

*Students taking the Fundamentals Level papers at Newport City campus can choose between external ACCA exams or internal, exemption awarding university exams. These internal exams earn exemptions from ACCA Fundamentals Level papers on a paper by paper basis, aswell as earning University of South Wales awards, a Certificate of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 120 credits and a Diploma of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 240 credits.


The combination of the practical experience and technical expertise of our lecturing team and our excellence in teaching and learning make our ACCA course very special.

Workshops are delivered in various combinations of morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Tuition occurs in weekly slots, with students attending one day per week. Our brochure gives details of tuition offered for December, March and June exams. September-December deliveries also include 2 or 3 additional whole study days and January-March deliveries include 1 additional study day. Students can commence studies in either September, January or March (March entry for selected Cardiff papers only). Please note that for our Cardiff campus, where papers are offered January to March (P1, P7) and March to June (P3, P6), workshops are held 1.30pm to 9pm.

Course delivery has been designed to offer an excellent platform to learn, with knowledge built up gradually and sustainably through exam question practice which is undertaken week-on-week. This mode of delivery also ensures that students are not required to be absent from their work place for long periods of time.

Fees, timetables and the next available entry points can be found here.

Note that our tuition fees include the provision of study texts.

For the latest information about fees payable directly to ACCA, (including student membership, exemption and exam entry fees) visit the ACCA website.


The internal papers are assessed by coursework (30%) and an end of module examination (70%). The coursework is designed to test soft skills such as group work, report writing and presentations. The external papers are assessed by end of session examination.


The internally assessed Fundamentals Level at Newport City campus, will not only start to equip you with the knowledge required to become a fully qualified accountant but will also develop a range of soft skills, including group work, report writing and presentation skills.


Our Accounting teaching team includes 14 qualified accountants and a qualified solicitor, who have significant industry and accounting practice experience, as well as significant experience of teaching professional accountancy qualifications. Question practice reinforces technical knowledge and exam technique each and every week on all of our programmes. The learning environment here is friendly and supportive, and we are able to offer an exceptional level of pastoral support.

Rhian Gosling – Academic Manager
Nicola GilbertACCA Course Leader

Two A Levels and three GCSEs or equivalent including English and Maths. Students who do not have the minimum academic qualifications may be eligible for the Foundations in Accountancy qualification. Holders of relevant degrees and accounting technician qualifications can apply to ACCA for exemptions. For example, holders of AAT or CAT qualifications are exempt from the ACCA Knowledge Papers F1-F3.

Where English is not a first language, applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English Language at IELTS level 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each band).

Register with ACCA

Students wishing to join the course MUST also have applied for student membership with ACCA before the start date and obtained confirmation of their exemptions. Ensure to upload your exam/exemption statement as part of your application if you already have these.
During the ACCA registration process please select ‘Studying with an ACCA partner programme’ in the Employment status field and enter the code 82S to associate yourself as a student of USW.

How to Apply

Applications for all professional courses should be made directly through our MyUSW online portal. In the Personal Statement section of the application form please indicate the papers you wish to complete and your preferred delivery time if there is a choice, see the course brochure for details.

If you wish to study individual papers or start on the professional papers please state which paper/s, in the Personal Statement section of the application form, you wish to complete.


August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Additional assessment or memberships: Student Membership of ACCA Professional body - initial registration £79
Cost as at July 2016. Commencement. See:
Additional assessment or memberships: Student Membership of ACCA Professional body - annual subscription £85
Cost as at July 2016. All Year. See:
Additional assessment or memberships: Payment of exemption fees for all papers where external ACCA exams not sat (exemptions based on prior studies or internally- sat USW ACCA F-Level papers) £72 - £93
The minimum cost is for F1 - F3 and the maximum cost is for F4 - F9, as at July 2016. All where exemptions claimed. See:
Additional assessment or memberships: Exam entry fees for all exams sat externally with ACCA £76 - £128
The fee is per paper (applies to December 16 sittings). All where external exams are sat. See:

UK and EU students

Applications for all professional courses should be made directly through our MyUSW online portal. If you wish to study an individual paper/s please state which paper/s in the Personal Statement section of the application form.

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

This qualification, subject to ACCA’s practical experience requirements, enables you to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, use the designatory letters ACCA after your name and to typically work across a range of finance or management roles in any business. Some students then opt to study at postgraduate degree level.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.