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 combination of the practical experience and technical expertise of our lecturing team and our excellence in teaching and learning make USW's ACCA course very special.
USW is an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, the highest level of accreditation that a tuition provider can obtain. We have been awarded PQ Magazine’s ‘Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year’ three times and our students have won numerous awards, including awards for achieving the highest scores across Wales.
Tuition includes all the syllabus content, question practice, and revision sessions needed to prepare you for the final ACCA exams.
Our ACCA course is flexibly designed to allow different study combinations at all levels. There are entry points for December and June exams in September and January respectively. Our Professional Accounting course brochure provides further details.
Options Papers (two from four):
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. The exception is Strategic Business Leader, which has 90 tuition hours.
*Students taking the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers can choose between external ACCA exams or internal, exemption awarding university exams. These internal exams earn exemptions from ACCA's Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers on a paper by paper basis, as well 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.
ACCA's Practical Experience Requirements
In addition to completing their exams and the Ethics & Professional Skills module, all ACCA students are required to complete the PER (Practical Experience Requirement) before they can become a full ACCA member. See more information about the PER.
Workshops are delivered in various combinations of morning, afternoon or evening sessions (session availability subject to student demand). Tuition occurs in weekly slots, with students attending one day per week. Our brochure gives details of tuition offered for December and June exams. September-December deliveries also include one to three additional whole study days. Students can commence their studies in either September or January.
Delivery of our ACCA course 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.
Tuition includes all key elements that you need, for one price per paper. Our teaching team impart the required knowledge (syllabus content), engage you in question practice, and undertake revision sessions close to exam time. Progress tests are included for all papers; mock examinations are included for externally examined papers.
We offer tuition for all 15 papers of the Professional Qualification (Applied Knowledge, Applied Skills and Strategic Professional papers) on a part-time basis, and some papers are offered on either a day release or afternoon-evening basis, subject to sufficient student demand.
Fees, timetables and the next available entry points can be found here.
Note that our tuition fees include the provision of study texts, but exclude fees paid directly to the ACCA Professional Body.
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.
Our Accounting teaching team includes 10 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.
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 Applied Knowledge Papers.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
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.
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 study between Sept - Dec 2018 and Jan - May 2019, and your preferred delivery time if there is a choice, see the course brochure for details.
It is possible to study individual papers or enter part-way through the qualification. Please clearly state your requirements on your Personal Statement.
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.
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Students will be required to pay separately for ACCA student membership, exemption and external examination fees. For the latest information, visit: www.accaglobal.com
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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. As our ACCA course is a part-time course only, international students may want to consider our full-time MSc Professional Accounting (with ACCA Tuition) as an alternative.
USW's ACCA 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.
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.