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ACCA Level 4 Foundations in Accountancy

Course Overview

Whether you are looking for a career in finance, accounting, business, business administration or even want to start your own company, an ACCA Qualification provides multiple pathways to success.


During this Level 4 ACCA Foundations in Accountancy course you will gain an understanding of how organisations operate and how different business functions contribute to an efficient, effective and ethical organisation. Upon completion of this course, will have learnt how to prepare and process basic cost information and be able to support management in planning and decision-making, be technically proficient in using double-entry accounting techniques, and have and understand the principles and concepts behind financial accounting.


Once you have gained these skills you will be able to take on more responsibility within a finance or accounting function, progressing to a trainee accountant or an accounts clerk.


To apply for the course or for further information please contact Lisa Franks (Centre Manager) via email at Lisa.Franks@fmbusinessschool.com or by phone on 07876 196040

What topics are covered?

During this course you will study the following modules:

  • Accountant in Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting


These modules are designed to develop your knowledge of the business environment and the role of the accountant, understand how to use financial information to support organisational decision-making, and learn about the underlying principles and regulations for financial accounting.


You will also need to complete the Foundations in Professionalism ethics module which helps you develop your understanding of what it means to act professionally and ethically in the workplace.

Who is the course aimed at?

Whether you are looking for a career in finance, accounting, business, business administration or even want to start your own company, an ACCA Qualification provides multiple pathways to success.


The Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 4) is aimed at those aspiring to employment – or already employed in:

  • a broad accounting role within an SME
  • a supporting financial reporting role
  • a supervisory role in an accounting department
  • accounts payables and/or receivables
  • fixed asset accounting role


On completion of the course you will be awarded a Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 4) which is equivalent to the first year of a university degree programme.

What are the entry requirements?

ACCA does not have any minimum entry requirements to complete this course however you should have a basic knowledge of accountancy, business and finance, or have already taken the Introductory and Intermediary Certificates in Finance and Management which will give you a better chance of successfully completing the Diploma.


There are no lower or upper age restrictions to complete this course and it is suitable for adults as well as school leavers.

What qualifications will I gain?

ACCA offers a pathway to a number of qualifications. These can be gained as you improve your skills and experience:

  • Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 2)
  • Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 3)
  • Oxford Brookes BSc Degree
  • Qualified Professional Accountant
  • University of London MSc in Professional Accountancy
  • Oxford Brookes Global MBA


The further you progress through the Qualification the greater your career opportunities.


ACCA is one of the largest accountancy bodies globally, with almost half a million students worldwide.


Priding itself on flexibility of learning and career progression through their very own global jobs board; ACCA offers courses from entry to expert level to support each student on their own career journey.

Who is the awarding body?

ACCA - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

How will I be assessed?

These modules are completed via on-demand computer-based exams. You can sit these at any time of the year and your tutor will help you decide when it is right for you. When you are ready for your exams you will be able to take them at your college and receive your results immediately.


You can take on-demand computer-based exams at any time but you will need to make sure that you are registered as a student and that you have your student registration number with you on the day.


For the Foundations in Professionalism module, this is an online, interactive course which can be completed at any time between starting and finishing your Diploma.

What can I do after this course?

You can follow the ACCA qualification pathway to technician level or professional level. You are also able to complete an undergraduate BSc degree with Oxford Brookes University and an MSc degree with the University of London.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

Bath College are running this course in partnership with Finance & Management Business School.


How do I apply?

Potential applicants may register their interest using the form below:


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