ACCA Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Professional Stage

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This full-time usually course begins on the first Monday of September.

ACCA is recognised globally. This course is designed to allow those who have successfully completed (or been granted exemptions from) papers F1-F9 to complete their ACCA Professional papers in just nine months.

These papers are taught at the Business School by experienced accountancy specialists who share close links with the accounting bodies. In the Autumn term you will study one essential paper with a December exam, before studying the remaining essential paper and two option papers to the June exams. 

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

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.

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Dedicated 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. 

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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.

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Course details

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

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

Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking

Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.

The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £4,200 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £6,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

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How to apply

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


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