Foundation level

You can start your journey towards ACCA membership with our Foundation level qualifications - referred to collectively as 'Foundations in Accountancy'. They are the perfect place to start if you are new to accountancy or if you’re already working in finance but have no qualifications. You'll be starting at the right level to suit your ability.

You can achieve certificates and diplomas along the way before progressing onto the ACCA Qualification. So you'll have proof of your hard work, plus it's a great way to keep motivated.

Do I need any qualifications to start?

We recommend you start at the ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (RQF Level 2) if you have no formal qualifications, especially if it has been a while since you completed any studies.

This is because students who start at the ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (RQF Level 2) and work their way through the Foundation level-qualifications perform better in the higher level exams.

After you complete the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (RQF Level 4) (or the Foundation Diploma if you are based in Bangladesh or Pakistan) you can transfer onto the ACCA Qualification. You can claim free exemptions for the Applied Knowledge exams, because you will have already passed them at the diploma level. You can then continue your journey with us on the ACCA Qualification.

What kind of work can I do with this qualification?

With Foundations in Accountancy Qualifications, you’ll be ready to work in businesses and organisations of any size and take on a range of roles as you progress, such as:

  • Level 2 Certificate In Financial And Management Accounting = Junior accounts clerk/bookkeeper in a financial and/or cost accounting role
  • Level 3 Certificate In Financial And Management Accounting = Accounts clerk/financial administrator in a financial and/or cost accounting role
  • Level 4 Diploma In Accounting And Business/Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) = Trainee accountant or administrator in a financial/cost accounting role
    • Depending on the options selected, a CAT holder could also specialise in an audit, tax or financial management based role.