It is suitable for learning providers already teaching through Face to Face, Online or Blended Learning delivery and able to demonstrate that they meet the 12 performance targets required at Gold. It is possible to apply for Gold without applying for Silver in the first instance.
If you are unsure which level is for you - Silver or Gold - please get in touch by emailing PQApprovals@accaglobal.com.
Full details of the Approved Learning Partner programme can be found in our Gold Learning Partner Pre-approval Guide (PDF, 117kB)
As a Gold Approved Learning Partner, you can take advantage of the following exclusive benefits that will provide you with a competitive edge over non-accredited providers:
We will also promote your approved status by strongly recommending that our students study with your institution and explaining to them the high-quality learning experience they can expect from accredited providers.
There are 12 performance targets that a learning provider is expected to demonstrate as part of an application. Each target is explained in full as part of the application pack for each mode of learning. An outline is available in the table:
|Assessment Areas||Peformance Targets|
|Student Expectations and Policy||✔ Pre-enrolment information
✔ Contact details and information about ACCA
✔ Promotional material
✔ Programme of study
|Student Experience and Continuous Improvement||
✔ Course review
If you're planning on making an application, use this guide to prepare.
Read the below definitions in relation to each mode of study to identify the relevant application pack. Each application pack details the Performance Targets your institution will be assessed in relation to and are relevant to each mode of delivery.
Note: If you teach more than one mode and wish to apply for approval for each mode we would require separate applications to be submitted as each mode will be awarded a separate approval.
If you currently hold any of the below delivery methods at Gold or Platinum level approval you will be required to make a Gold application for any additional streams of delivery.
This is for those learning providers that offer full or part time classroom based tuition delivered at a learning provider’s premises. Full-time tuition typically takes place over a period of several weeks or months. For the duration of the course, students may be taught one or more of the ACCA’s examinations, learning the syllabus and applying the knowledge acquired through question practice and mastering examination techniques.
This is for those learning providers that offer courses that are primarily accessible online. Learning can take place at any geographical location and students can learn at their own pace with 24/7 access. Students are offered the full online learning experience. For example, students should expect to have access to live or pre-recorded lectures, while supported remotely by tutors or subject area experts.
Online courses are structured and offer recommendations for the most effective ways to achieve optimum results, including coursework and mock examination requirements. Students should have the flexibility to organise their study and attempt any coursework in their own time. If teaching is solely undertaken face to face with supplementary support online, this would be considered face to face tuition
This is for providers that offer a learning experience that combines face to face tuition and online learning through access to live or pre-recorded lectures in a single course. Participation in both elements of the tuition is necessary to complete the course and students can access their tuition both face to face and online.
Once you have selected the correct application pack for your mode of delivery, you’ll be required to complete all the necessary details about your institution, as well as contact details for any potential enquiries.
This includes the ACCA exams you teach and variants delivered for each of our taxation, audit and law examinations. Along with your application, you are required to provide documentary evidence that meets each of our 12 performance targets.
The Performance Assessment Matrix within the application pack outlines the documentation we require for each performance target allowing you to tick off when each document is ready along with space for you to include relevant comments to explain how your institution fulfils each performance target.
Please note: All documentation is required to be translated into English for review.
If you application is successful there is an initial GBP650 (plus sales taxes, if applicable) payable on approval and annually thereafter. Please note that this must be paid in Pound Sterling (GBP).
If you gain approval for multiple modes of study, there will be additional fees payable.
If you have completed the appropriate application pack(s) for your mode of learning and prepared the required documentary evidence for each performance target you are ready to submit your application.
If you are located in any of the countries listed, please email the relevant contact for further guidance:
If your country is not specified, you can send your application directly to the Professional Qualifications Approvals team at PQApprovals@accaglobal.com. We will contact you within 5 working days to advise if we have all the necessary documentation to progress your application.
Once your application has passed our desk based review stage, it will be forwarded to a local ACCA representative who will contact you directly to arrange a site visit.