Course details

Course code


Next course date

September and January


Classes run over 11 weeks



Course description

The ACCA qualification is one of the main routes to becoming a fully qualified accountant. Those who complete this complex qualification demonstrate that they are dedicated to the accounting profession and have the knowledge and skills to match. It will become an invaluable asset to your career.

Throughout the programme you will cover a wide selection of interesting and technically challenging subjects that will stretch you intellectually and will require hard work to fully understand. This course focuses on what the examiners look for from successful candidates, incorporating question based practice to improve your exam technique.

At Derby our class numbers tend to be small, so we are able to provide more personal tuition and discuss the subjects we are covering as a group.

Choose full classes or just revision sessions

If you enrol for each ACCA paper a two day revision course is included in the paper fee. We also welcome those who wish to pick up just the revision sessions. Classes run January – April, 10am-4:30pm. All classes are online. 

It is a requirement of ACCA that you register with them before applying to sit any exams. Registration can be completed via the ACCA website.

Contact ACCA

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
89 Hydepark Street
G3 8BW

Tel: +44 (0)141 582 2000

Structure, certificates and assessment

There are two stages of study with the ACCA qualification, fundamental and professional.

Depending on your relevant education, you’ll start at the right level for you. In order to gain and complete this qualification, you must successfully pass (or be exempted from) 11 papers and any two of the optional papers (P4-P7).

  • FAB Accountant in Business
  • FMA Management Accounting
  • FFA Financial Accounting
  • CBL Corporate and Business Law
  • PM Performance Management
  • TX Taxation
  • FR Financial Reporting
  • AA Audit and Assurance
  • FM Financial Management
  • SBL Strategic Business Leader
  • SBR Strategic Business Reporting
  • AFM Advanced Financial Management
  • APM Advanced Performance Management
  • ATX Advanced Taxation
  • AAA Advanced Audit and Assurance

How you will learn

You will learn by a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises. In the revision phase you will learn by attempting exam standard questions and debriefing advice by tutors on how the questions should be approached to maximise marks. It is advised that you sit one to three papers per sitting.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed by sitting external exams set by the professional body ACCA.

Exams centres are located worldwide and determined by ACCA. Once you have registered for an exam, you can log in to your ACCA account and select the country you want to sit the exam in. This will provide you with a list of available exam centres within that country, for that particular exam session.

You need to be a registered student with ACCA to be eligible to take an exam. Registration can be completed via the ACCA website.


Upon completion of this qualification you will be eligible to apply for affiliate membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). To become a Certified member you will need to demonstrate three years’ work experience.

As a University of Derby student you will also have access to our careers service which can help you find a relevant position in accountancy.

A variety of career options are available from working in practice to working in industry. You can choose to specialise in areas such as taxation, audit (internal or external), financial reporting, forensic accounting, management accounting and chief financial officer.

Entry requirements

In order to sit the ACCA exams, you will need to register with ACCA and meet their entry requirements. Please visit

Fees and funding

Tuition and Revision

Revision session only


Exam fees are not included in the fees we charge and are payable directly to ACCA for papers performance management onwards and to a Computer Based Exam Centre for papers the first four papers. Further information can be found on the ACCA website.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

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Who will teach you

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Nagin Lad
Programme leader

Nagin Lad is the Professional Programmes Lead and in charge of the ACCA Programme. Prior to joining the University he ran his own accountancy practice and has been teaching since 1996 both in the UK and overseas. He was nominated by his students and won the PQ Magazine Public Sector Lecturer of the Year award in 2017.

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Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees
Mandatory costs not included in your fees

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