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Graduate Certificate ACCA Accredited Papers at Professional Level

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2023
This programme is aimed at preparing students with nine (F1-F9) exemptions/certificates for their Professional Level Examinations. Modules will be assessed using the required assessment strategies and guidelines set by ACCA.
The programme is designed to enable you to apply and evaluate financial principles and practices in different business contexts and situations. You will build and cover the fundamental techniques that both financial and management accounting use within the industry. Upon completion, you will have the skillset to excel at a professional level.
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Application guide

Advance in your career with one of our professional courses. Read our Application Guide for everything you need to know about applying to BNU – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.  

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Professional Open Days

We understand that when it comes to deciding to study for a professional qualification, there’s a lot to consider. Come along to our Professional Open Day to meet the course team and get all your questions answered.


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Life at BNU

At BNU, we believe in putting our students first and will support you every step of the way. You can benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, impressive industry links, and valuable networking opportunities, helping you to enhance your skills and bolster your career prospects.

Why study this subject?

ACCA qualifications have a worldwide reputation for excellence and the rigorous qualifications are recognised and respected across the globe. Employers seek out ACCA-trained professionals because they know they have the strategic thinking, technical skills and professional values to drive their organisations forward. It is respected globally, and will help open doors to opportunities all over the world. It also gives you the flexibility to branch out into new areas and develop new skills throughout your career.

You will become a member of the world’s most forward-thinking accountancy body – the ACCA letters after your name show employers that you work to the highest professional and ethical standards.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Bucks New University is proud of our Silver Learning Partner status by ACCA which enables us to deliver the professional papers.

This is a unique opportunity for our existing Accounting and Finance students and graduates, as well as accounting and finance professionals and students from other institutions, who aspire to pursue a career as a Chartered Accountant.

This qualification enables you to be part of a global professional body with a reputation for driving global standards of professionalism, ethics, integrity and accountability.

The ACCA accreditation improves your career prospects and allows you to work on a global stage, - because of ACCA’s world-class reputation.

Qualified ACCA members have flexibility in their career choice, and are able to work in any business sector from the financial services and public practice to the public and corporate sectors.

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What will I study?

On this course, you will:

  • build on the fundamentals that introduce both financial and management accounting techniques.

  • cover the main technical areas that all accountants are expected to master.

  • explore advanced skills and techniques you need to excel at professional level.

The ACCA qualification is divided into two levels:

  • Fundamental
    • The Fundamentals level is divided into two modules – Knowledge and Skills and includes nine modules in total.  
  • Professional.
    • The Professional level is divided into two levels – Essentials and Options.

To complete the Professional level you are expected to complete two essential modules: Strategic Business Leader (SBL) and Strategic Business Reporting (SBR) and choose a further two from the Options level (options are: Advanced Financial Management (P4), Advanced Performance Management (P5), Advanced Taxation (P6) and Advanced Audit and Assurance (P7).

The Options papers are specialised papers and they cover, in depth, the specialist areas of professional accountancy, namely: financial management, performance management, tax, and audit and assurance.

How will I be taught and assessed?

We deliver this programme on a part-time basis, mainly evenings and weekends, offering you the flexibility to pursue a course that will enhance your career whilst balancing your professional and personal commitments.

This programme is aimed at preparing ACCA students with nine (F1 – F9) exemptions for their Professional Level Examinations only. The assessments are not written, approved or assessed by Bucks New University.

The course will consist of a combination of lectures and interactive seminars with additional online materials and ACCA approved teaching resources.

Useful Documents

ACCA Accredited Papers at Professional Level Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

We welcome applications from anyone with nine (F1-F9) exemptions /certificates. Bucks students who have successfully completed their BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance are eligible for this course.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Strategic Business Reporting

Strategic Business Leader

Advanced Financial Management (optional)

Advanced Performance Management (optional)

Advanced Taxation (optional)

Advanced Audit & Assurance (optional)

What are the tuition fees


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£3,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

The ACCA qualification is a gateway to a large and varied range of careers. MNCs and the big four accountancy firms prefer ACCAs for accounting and reporting roles.  Opportunities are also available in the fields of accounting forensics, business valuation, tax consulting and treasury or cash management.  It is also a useful foundation for general management or running your own business.

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

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Albert Owusu FCCA
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Dr Sainey Faye
Sainey Faye PhD, FCIM, FHEA
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