ACCA is pleased to announce the launch of the new Foundation Diploma in Pakistan and Bangladesh, available from 9 May 2013. If you want a rewarding career in finance and accountancy and have no previous qualifications, then the Foundation Diploma is a great place to start. Once you’ve completed it, you’ll be automatically transferred to the ACCA Qualification and given exemptions from the first three exams.
The Foundation Diploma is currently only available to new students, registering from 9 May 2013 in Bangladesh and Pakistan and this is in response to demand in these countries for this award. Students in other countries are still eligible to complete individual qualifications within Foundations in Accountancy which include Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting; Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting; and Diploma in Accounting and Business. These awards are essentially the equivalent of the Foundation Diploma and both qualifications provide entry to the ACCA Qualification on completion, with exemptions from exams F1-F3.
Five great reasons to choose the Foundation Diploma
1. Fast-track to the ACCA Qualification
The Foundation level is the best preparation for the ACCA Qualification if you don’t have any other qualifications or experience. So if your ultimate goal is the ACCA Qualification, then starting with the Foundation Diploma will give you essential knowledge to help you pass. You will be automatically transferred onto the ACCA Qualification, free of charge, and given exemptions from the first three exams when you complete the Foundation Diploma.
2. Starting out at the right level
You could start the Foundation Diploma after completing O’ Levels, Matriculation or Intermediate if you are based in Pakistan; or O’ Levels or SSC exam if you are based in Bangladesh. These qualifications will give you a good basis from which to start your Foundation Diploma studies.
3. Earn more money
ACCA’s Foundation Diploma is your first step to becoming a professional accountant. You’ll get a better job and be paid more if you have a qualification in a profession that is in demand (like Accountancy). ACCA’s Students and affiliates salary and career survey 2012 reported that ACCA students and affiliates around the world frequently earn salaries that exceed the national average across professions, and they expect their salaries to increase as they progress through their studies. Qualifications awarded by ACCA are recognised, respected and in demand by all sorts of employers around the world.
4. Fast and flexible
With computer-based exams available throughout the year and paper exams twice a year, you could complete the entire Foundation Diploma and be registered as an ACCA students in less than 12 months. And there’s no time limit on completing the exams so you really can fit studying around your work and personal life.
You pay for your exams fees and tuition at each level as you go along, so there are no big upfront costs. The Foundation Diploma is a lower cost alternative to studying at University, and you can study and work at the same time. You will be transferred free of charge onto the ACCA Qualification once you’ve completed it, with free exemptions for F1, F2 and F3.
The new ACCA Foundation Diploma consists of seven exams and the Foundations in Professionalism online module:
- FA1 – Recording Financial Transactions
- MA1 – Management Information
- FA2 – Maintaining Financial Records
- MA2 – Managing Costs and Finance
- FAB – Accountant in Business
- FMA – Management Accounting
- FFA – Financial Accounting
To gain the Foundation Diploma and be eligible for the ACCA Qualification you must pass all seven exams and complete the Foundations in Professionalism online module. The knowledge gained by completing FA1 and MA1, then FA2 and MA2 will give you the essential knowledge you need to pass FAB, FMA and FFA. Therefore, ACCA strongly recommends students take FA1 and MA1 before moving onto FA2 and MA2, and finally to FAB, FMA and FFA. Having the right building blocks in place will ensure you have every chance of success in the Foundation Diploma and in at the ACCA Qualification, if you choose to continue your studies.
Once you have completed the Foundation Diploma, you will be automatically transferred to the ACCA Qualification and given exemption from the first three exams (F1, F2 and F3).
You can register for the Foundation Diploma from 9 May 2013.