ACCA Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Professional Stage

Complete the ACCA professional accountancy exams in just nine months to accelerate your path to becoming a chartered ACCA accountant.

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The demand for ACCA qualified accountants is growing in every sector. We’ll prepare you for financial roles at companies large and small, anywhere in the world.

In just nine months you can complete your ACCA professional papers. To start this course, you need to have successfully completed (or been granted exemptions from) the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers (formerly F1-F9).

This is a significant step towards chartered accountant status and other roles as a financial professional.

Make the most of your studies

We have a long-standing relationship with the ACCA and are renowned for the quality of our accounting courses.

Our lecturers are accountancy specialists. Between them they have over 100 years of experience in teaching professional exams. You can also attend guest lectures from leading practitioners.

You’ll have access to the Business School’s excellent facilities, including our Student Hub, employability service and a 24-hour library which is located right next door.

Theory in practice

Your seminars and lectures will cover everything you need to know for your ACCA exams. Sharing their experience, your lecturers will also put the theory into the context of real businesses. 

This will help you understand how your skills can benefit organisations of all sizes and show you how to apply accounting theory in your work.

Features and Benefits

  • ACCA platinum status – we have the highest rating from the ACCA. Our professional stage teaching is well respected.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • City of opportunities – study in central Manchester, one of Europe’s largest financial hubs. It's a great lab for your studies.
  • Accountancy professionals – our staff are qualified professionals experienced in teaching the ACCA curriculum. Benefit from their extensive knowledge of how to apply theory to real business practices.
  • Focused learning – complete the remainder of your ACCA professional exams in just nine months. Dedicate your time to this professional development before taking the next steps in your career.
  • Exam ready – make the most of exam-focused sessions, including supervised exam practice taught by subject specialists.
  • Industry-standard software – enjoy free access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform used by banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
  • Beyond your exams – get involved with the student society to attend regular events and guest lectures from top accountancy and financial practitioners.
  • Support after graduation – make the most of our career service while you’re here and up to three years after you graduate. We’ll help you become a fully-fledged ACCA member.
"The class sizes are quite small which means they are very interactive. The tutors all have industry and teaching experience, which means they are able to explain complex concepts in a way that is easy to understand." Grace Gomo, ACCA Professional Stage.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"Our students have the opportunity to network with many large firms such as PWC, EY, Deloitte, KPMG. Banking firms, such as Handelsbanken, Barclays, and we think that's really, really important to give students that opportunity."

Deputy Head of Department, Accounting, Finance and Banking

Career Prospects

This course is an important step on your journey towards becoming a chartered accountant. Once you’ve completed your ACCA papers, you’re ready for the next stage.

You’ll be ideally placed to work in assistant accountant roles. This will allow you to build up the experience you need to become a full ACCA member and chartered accountant.

The ACCA qualification is globally recognised. So you can kickstart your career anywhere in the world. You could work for an international organisation, putting all the skills you’ve learned into practice.

Once you have three to five years of experience, you’ll be ready to apply for more senior roles, such as financial controller.

Small businesses and global firms need skilled financial professionals – ACCA qualified accountants work in finance teams and specialist firms in auditing, advisory and taxation.

You could also set up an accountancy practice if you have ambitions of running your own business.

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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 Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers.

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Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


“The landscape of accounting, finance, and banking is constantly evolving. We equip students with the necessary skills in order to compete in the global job market…”
Listen to what Anna Hardy-Watmough, Deputy Head of Department, Accounting, Finance and Banking, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

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

Throughout the course 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 course combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research active academic staff. 

Meet the lecturers:

Barry Mounsey | Course Leader, ACCA Professional Stage

To achieve ACCA Professional Stage you must complete two essential papers, followed by two option papers.

Essential papers

  • Strategic Business Leader
  • Strategic Business Reporting

Option papers

Choose two from:

  • 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: £4,400 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: £7,250 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).

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.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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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.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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