Foundation level

The Foundation level qualifications are suitable for you if you’re just starting out in finance. Or, if you work in finance but have no professional qualification to show for your experience yet.

How difficult is it?

The foundation level qualifications are broadly equivalent to the following:

ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (RQF Level 2)GCSE standard or equivalent
ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (RQF Level 3)A-level standard or equivalent
ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (RQF Level 4)First year of a degree programme or HND standard or equivalent
ACCA Certificate in Financial Management (RQF Level 4) First year of a degree programme or HND standard or equivalent
ACCA Certificate in Taxation (RQF Level 4) First year of a degree programme or HND standard or equivalent
ACCA Certificate in Audit (RQF Level 4) First year of a degree programme or HND standard or equivalent
Foundation Diploma (Pakistan and Bangladesh only)First year of a degree programme or HND standard or equivalent
Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) QualificationFirst year of a degree programme or HND standard or equivalent

Do I have the minimum skills required in English and Maths?

You can check your maths and English skills to see if you have the minimum requirements to start the ACCA Qualification. Find out more about the BPP University English language support resources. This course gives you over 75 hours of English language study support. It's written and delivered by BPP University School of Foundation and English Language Studies.

Content is tailored to support ACCA students at each stage of the ACCA Qualification, from Applied Knowledge to Strategic Professional. 

To help you with your maths and English skills ACCA have also created some self-check tests and interactive learning modules in the Student Virtual Learning Centre

Free online courses through ACCA-X

We have launched a high quality online learning programme available to students starting their studies in accountancy and business.

We have teamed up with two world leaders in education provision – EdX to deliver the program and Epigeum to provide the content and support.

The following courses are free and available to anyone wherever they are in the world:

The Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting course will prepare you to sit the FA1 and MA1 Foundations level exams. The Intermediate Financial and Management Accounting course will prepare you to sit the FA2 and MA2 Foundations level exams.

The courses are supported by online tutors who will guide you through exciting and interactive content that is designed to support you gain financial literacy skills.

Sign up to ACCA-X free of charge