English and maths self‑check modules
Other key factors that must be considered when deciding the level at which to register is your level of English language and numeracy skills. To help you with this assessment, ACCA has developed online self‑check modules that allow you to check your levels of ability in maths and English.
Typical job roles associated with each qualification
The qualifications within the Foundation-level are suitable for a range of students and it is important that you make your study choices based on the level you are at, building up to the level you aspire to reach.
Table 1 shows the main purposes of these qualifications and the types of roles that you could undertake.
If you enter at a point or level beyond your academic or technical capability, or experience, you are more likely to fail, you will take much longer to complete your qualifications, you will pay more in exam fees and find yourself less well prepared for later studies.
You will also miss out on an opportunity to gain valuable certification to validate your accountancy knowledge and skills at different levels as you progress.
Therefore, to significantly increase your chances of success, you must ensure that you enter at the right level for you, reflecting your general academic or vocational background, your level of accountancy knowledge, experience and taking into account your English language and numeracy skills. Having considered these factors carefully, your decision should also be made taking into account where you are currently employed or where you want to work, as your experience or work readiness is also a key factor.
Always prepare adequately and take exams only when you are ready to and progress steadily rather than take too many too quickly. Also, leave sufficient (but not too much) time between exam attempts to ensure that any gaps in your knowledge have been properly addressed through focused learning or revision.