Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Professional Stage

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Highly experienced, professionally qualified, tutorial team with over 100 years cumulative experience of teaching professional exams
  • ACCA Platinum status
  • Impressive modern teaching facilities
  • Prime location in the centre of Manchester, with its diverse and vibrant culture
  • active and hugely popular student society with regular events
  • Complete the remainder of your ACCA professional examinations in just 9 months, if you have successfully completed or been granted exemptions by ACCA from papers F1 to F9 of the Fundamentals level.
  • Multi-award-winning Business School.
  • Complimentary access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

If you have successfully completed or been granted exemptions by ACCA from papers F1 to F9 of the Fundamentals level, this programme enables you to complete the remainder of the ACCA professional examinations in just nine months.

You complete two essential and 2 core papers. 

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to apply advanced professional skills and techniques that are used by an expert accountant acting in an advisory role at a senior level.

Teaching staff on this programme combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research active academic staff. 

Meet the lecturers:

Barry Mounsey | Course Leader, ACCA Full-time

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

To complete Strategic Professional Stage you must complete two Essentials papers and two Option papers.

The essential papers are:

  • Strategic Business Leader
  • Strategic Business Reporting

followed by a choice of two Option papers from the following four possibilities

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Performance Management
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Advanced Audit and Assurance

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

You will be assessed through written examinations set and marked by ACCA.

Each paper is assessed by ACCA through examinations in December or June, following enrolment in September.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

Applicants must have either passed all nine ACCA Fundamental papers or have a 1st or 2:1 UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) and have been granted  exemption from all nine ACCA Fundamental papers.

International Students please see

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Career options after the course

Candidates can apply for accountancy positions relevant for ACCA associate members in practice, the public or private sectors.

Upon completion of this programme, you will be eligible to apply for affiliate membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). If you successfully complete the examinations for this programme you will be eligible to apply with advanced standing to any of our MSc programmes in the area of Accounting and Finance. The skills, knowledge and professionalism acquired will be sought by organisations of all sizes and not just by accounting firms.

For further information on ACCA visit .

Decidated career and employability support

The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate.  With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.

You are encouraged to explore your employment options during your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships. 

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.