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ACCA + MBA/MA online

Intakes:
  • On-going throughout the year
Duration:
  • Minimum of 1.5 years
Fees:
  • For information regarding fees and funding please fill in the enquiry form on the right
  • 25 MBA/MA scholarships available*

Sponsorship towards MBA/MSc

Take your career further by adding the advanced business skills of an MBA to your ACCA qualification.

ACCA accreditation means joining one of the world's largest accounting bodies, while an MBA sets you apart as a committed business leader. Combining the two provides the unique ability to manage accounts, people, and organisations across the world.

When you study the ACCA+MBA/MA programme you will benefit from the ACCA Live Tuition content and comprehensive MBA tuition, emphasising case studies and real-world applicable skills.

Additionally, if you book 12 to 14 ACCA papers you can choose any 2 executive certificates (worth £650) in any of the following areas; Business Management, Finance or Marketing.

Dual ACCA+MBA/MA programmes are delivered by London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) and InterActive, allowing you to complete all of your studies 100% online and enjoying maximum flexibility.

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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is a leading professional body for accountants worldwide. Becoming ACCA certified gives you access to vast professional networking and development opportunities, as well as jobs that would otherwise be unattainable.

Studying the Global MBA (Financial Management) or MA Finance and Investment will complement your practical accountancy skills with the theoretical business knowledge you need to advance your career to the next level.

The dual ACCA+MBA/MA programme provides you with the knowledge and expertise that allows you to move from consulting to managerial roles and become an invaluable asset to any company.

 

The award-winning LSBF faculty is comprised of tutors with the specialist expertise required to help you pass your exams first time. They have been hand-selected for their wealth of knowledge, and possess over 30 years' teaching experience. Roll your mouse over the images below to find out more about your ACCA tutors.

Rob Sowerby,
Professional
Courses Director

Robert began teaching in 1990, both in London and around the world. His specialist areas are management and cost accounting, along with financial management. He teaches with a passion and enthusiasm that brings ACCA to life.

Francis Braganza,
Senior Tutor

Francis has more than 30 years of global experience in teaching financial analysis. He was awarded the National Lecturer of the Year prize in 2004 by PQ Magazine and received nominations by FTC for Lecturer of the Year in 2005 and 2007. His detailed, up-to-date understanding of the industry has also led to him having numerous articles published in leading accountancy journals.

Martin Jones,
Senior Tutor

Working as an accountancy practitioner for 7 years, principally with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Martin gained a wealth of knowledge and is considered an expert in audit and financial reporting. Martin began teaching in 1994 and was a founding partner of FTC.

David Laws,
Senior Tutor

More than 10 years of lecturing experience has made David a key asset to LSBF’s accounting department. Being Awarded MSc and BSc degrees from Washington State and Hull University respectively, he has a strong, international academic background.

Carolyn Napier,
Senior Tutor

Formerly a chemistry academic, Carolyn trained as a chartered accountant, gaining the ACA qualification before moving into professional training. Having dedicated more than 20 years to lecturing, Carolyn is one of LSBF’s most experienced tutors and a widely respected authority in both general and advanced taxation.

Debbie Crossman,
Senior Tutor

Debbie has taught law for almost 30 years, helping countless students to achieve the careers they aspire to. Her dedication and enthusiasm have made her a favourite amongst law students.

Paul Merison,
Senior Tutor

An ICAEW member, Paul has been teaching accountancy students for 16 years. He has also been an examiner, and was Head of Training for a firm of UK Chartered Accountants. He has taught in many countries and has specialised in audit, ethics and corporate governance. He is renowned for being able to inspire interest in subjects that many students previously regarded as boring and difficult to study.

You will benefit from Global Live Online sessions with your tutors, enabling them to give you tailored advice and identify areas for improvement. These are supported by a wide range of study resources such as lecture notes, question and answer sessions, and tutor marked mock questions which are all designed to help you succeed.

The ACCA element of this dual programme helps you develop in-depth accounting and finance skills. You will progress according to the ACCA syllabus and the details of each individual paper can be viewed below:

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Knowledge:

F1 Accountant in Business (Int*)

This paper will help you to understand the modern day business environment and its influence on the operation of accountants and organisations. It also sheds light on the accountant’s role within this structure and in contributing to an efficient and ethical organisation, as well as developing in you a thorough understanding of the foundations of effective management.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Business organisation structure, governance and management
  • Key environmental influences and constraints on business and accounting
  • History and role of accounting in business
  • Specific functions of accounting and internal financial control
  • Leading and managing individuals and teams
  • Recruiting and developing effective employees
F2 Management Accounting (Int*)

This paper will teach you how to prepare and process basic quantitative information, with the aim of supporting management with decision-making and planning.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • The nature and purpose of cost and management accounting
  • Cost classification, behaviour and purpose
  • Business mathematics and computer spreadsheets
  • Cost accounting techniques
  • Budgeting and standard costing
  • Short-term decision-making techniques
F3 Financial Accounting (Int*)

Learn the underlying concepts, principles and regulations of financial accounting and acquire technical proficiency in double-entry accounting techniques — including the preparation and interpretation of basic financial statements.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Context and purpose of financial reporting
  • Qualitative characteristics of financial information and fundamental bases of accounting
  • Use of double-entry accounting systems
  • Recording transactions and events
  • Preparing a trial balance
  • Preparing basic financial statements

Skills:

F4 Corporate and Business Law (UK or Rus*)

Develop a better understanding of the larger legal framework, as well as more specific legal issues relating to business, while identifying areas where specialist legal advice is necessary.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Essential elements of the legal system
  • The law of obligations
  • Employment law
  • The formation and constitution of business organisations
  • Capital and the financing of companies
  • Management, administration and regulation of companies
  • Legal implications for companies in difficulty or crisis
  • Governance and ethical issues relating to business
F5 Performance Management (Int*)

The objective of the paper is to develop the skills relevant to management accounting techniques and apply them to quantitative and qualitative data for the purposes of planning, making decisions and evaluating performance.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Cost accounting techniques
  • Decision-making
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Standard costing and variance analysis
  • Performance measurement
F6 Taxation (UK or Rus*)

Gain a more thorough understanding of the system as it applies to individuals, individual companies and groups of companies.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Trading profits
  • Capital allowances
  • Employment income
  • Property business profits
  • Investment income
  • Personal tax computations
  • National insurance
  • Corporation tax
  • Capital gains tax
  • Value added tax
  • Self assessment
F7 Financial Reporting (Int*)

Develop an understanding of accounting standards and their applications. You will also study the theoretical framework behind the construction of financial statements of various groups, with particular focus on financial statement analysis and interpretation.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Conceptual framework
  • Regulatory framework
  • reparation of financial statements
  • Business combinations
  • Analysing and interpreting
F8 Audit & Assurance (Int*)

Acquire the skills necessary for carrying out assurance engagements and understand their application within the framework of professional regulation.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Conceptual framework
  • Regulatory framework
  • Preparation of financial statements
  • Business combinations
  • Analysing and interpreting
F9 Financial Management (Int*)

Develop the knowledge expected of a Financial Manager relating to financing, investment and dividend policy decisions.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Financial management function
  • Financial management environment
  • Working capital management
  • Investment appraisal
  • Business finance
  • Cost of capital
  • Business valuation
  • Risk management

Essentials:

P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics (Int*)

Gain the knowledge and skills relevant to the exercise of professional judgement with regard to the accountant’s role in governance, compliance, internal control and risk-management – particularly in the context of a larger ethical framework.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Governance and responsibility
  • Internal control and review
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk
  • Professional values and ethics
P2 Corporate Reporting (Int*)

Learn how to make sound professional judgements in the application and evaluation of financial reporting principles – in a variety of business contexts.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Financial reporting framework
  • Reporting financial performance
  • Financial statements for groups
  • Specialised entities
  • Changes in regulation
  • Appraisal of performance and position
  • Current developments
P3 Business Analysis (Int*)

Develop the ability to form business strategy, making sound professional judgements in relation to business processes, structural changes, information technology, projects and staff.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Strategic position
  • Strategic choices
  • Strategic action
  • Business process change
  • Information technology
  • Quality issues
  • Project management
  • Financial analysis

Options (choose any 2 from the following 4):

P4 Advanced Financial Management (Int*)

Develop in-depth knowledge of financial theory and the world of finance, as required of senior financial advisors and executives.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Role and responsibility towards stakeholders
  • Advanced investment appraisal
  • Acquisitions and mergers
  • Corporate reconstruction and re-organisation
  • Treasury and advanced risk management techniques
  • Economic environment for multinationals
  • Emerging issues in finance and financial management
P5 Advanced Performance Management (Int*)

Learn to accurately assess performance, including the strategic development of whole organisations, taking into account economic and external factors.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Strategic planning and control
  • Economic factors
  • Performance systems and design
  • Strategic performance measurement
  • Performance evaluation
  • Current developments
P6 Advanced Taxation (UK*)

Develop the ability to offer well informed advice on how large-scale taxation affects financial decisions.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Advanced facets of the UK tax system
  • The impact of taxes and tax interaction
  • Tax planning measures
  • Communicating with clients, HM Revenue and customs, and professionals
P7 Advanced Audit & Assurance (Int*)

Learn to analyse, evaluate and report on assurance engagements, as well as other issues in audit and assurance, in the context of current financial developments.

The main elements of this paper are as follows:

  • Conceptual framework
  • Regulatory framework
  • Preparation of financial statements
  • Business combinations
  • Analysing and interpreting

*Variants
Int = Internatinal variant
Rus = Russian variant
UK = UK variant

When you’ve passed all of your ACCA papers, you may benefit from exemptions* from certain modules while studying the Global MBA (Financial Management) or MA Finance and Investment. The modules covered during the second stage of the programme will depend on whether you choose to study the Global MBA (Financial Management) or MA in Finance and Investment. Please see the standard syllabus for both programmes below:

The Global MBA (Financial Management) syllabus begins with 4 core modules followed by 2 elective modules of your choice. The final part of the programme is a research project which forms part of the dissertation. Click below to find more.

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4 core modules:

Marketing and Business Environment

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Critically evaluate and analyse the principles of marketing
  • Summarise and critically assess the key factors affecting business performance in international markets.
  • Critically analyse and appraise the impact of emerging issues on international marketing activities.
  • Analyse and combine elements of the marketing mix, and the role each element plays in achieving marketing objectives.
  • Evaluate the response of an organisation to global external forces.

Topics covered

  • Marketing Philosophy and Strategy I: Marketing and the Job of the Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Philosophy and Strategy II: A Strategic Marketing Framework
  • Analysis for Marketing Decisions I: Marketing Research and Analysing Consumer Behaviour
  • Marketing Decision Making I: New Product Development
  • Marketing Decision Making II: Product Decisions
  • Marketing Decision Making III: Pricing and Sales Promotion
  • Marketing Decision Making IV: Communications and Advertising Strategy
  • Marketing Decision Making V: Channels of Distribution (Direct Channels of Distribution: Personal Selling and Direct Marketing)
  • Marketing Decision Making VI: Customer Relationship Management
Accounting and Managerial Finance

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Summarise key principles, trends and tools in accounting and corporate finance.
  • Demonstrate effective approaches to the analysis of corporate finance structure and analysis of corporate financial statements using tools and techniques that are applicable
  • Assess the practical application of models and theories to decisions on corporate financing.
  • Critically evaluate the economic benefits of various types of financing.
  • Use internal and external financial information to appraise business performance

Topics covered

  • Introduction to financial statements I: Balance sheet and income statement
  • Introduction to financial statements II: Statement of movement in equity and cash flow statement
  • Introduction to financial statements III: Notes to the accounts and analysing financial statements
  • Financial management I: Investment decision; Traditional methods of investment appraisal
  • Financial management II: Investment decision; Discounted cash flow methods of investment appraisal
  • Financial management III: Financing decision; capital structure theories
  • Financial management IV: Financing decision; sources of finance
  • Financial management V: Financing decision; cost of capital
  • Financial management VI: Managerial; decision working capital and risk management
Systems and Operations Management

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Critically appraise how operations and information systems contribute to an organisation’s competitiveness and strategic direction
  • Evaluate the ‘competitive advantage Vs. necessary cost’ debate
  • Combine and evaluate complex IT related issues
  • Establish and implement effective operational decisions, with particular reference to change management
  • Describe and critically assess organisations from systems, information and business process perspectives.

Topics covered

  • Operations management I: Operations context and strategy
  • Operations management II: Operational functions in the provision of goods and services; Planning and control issues
  • Operations management III: Design of products, services and processes; Production Management: Plant and facilities management
  • Operations management IV: Processes: design, control and change management; Improvements in operations through quality; Understanding the nature of change and problems of implementation and control
  • Operations management V: Constraint Management
  • Operations management VI: Supply Chain Management
  • Organisations, Management, and the Networked Enterprise I: Information Systems in Global Business Today and Global E-Business and Collaboration
  • Organisations, Management, and the Networked Enterprise II: Information Systems, Organisations, and Strategy and Ethical and Social Issues in Information Systems
  • Key System Applications for the Digital Age I: Achieving Operational Excellence and Customer Intimacy: Enterprise Applications
  • Key System Applications for the Digital Age II: E-Commerce: Digital Markets, Digital Goods, Managing Knowledge and Enhancing Decision Making
Strategic Management and Leadership

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Evaluate the most relevant strategic management tools, techniques and concepts
  • Analyse strategic planning processes
  • Understand the decision-making process within complex organisations and environments
  • Apply and appraise the strategic approaches within various types of organisations
  • Assess current leadership innovations and developments and offer alternative responses related to strategy

Topics covered

  • Introduction to classic concepts of the strategic planning process
  • Corporate mission, vision value, and goal
  • Business Economics: the macroeconomic environment and microeconomic choices
  • Competitive strategies – cost-led and differentiated strategies
  • Organisational resources, cultures and competencies
  • Strategic development options and portfolio models
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Evaluating strategies and matching them to organisational capabilities
  • The relationship between business ethics and business strategy
  • Contemporary issues in strategic management
  • Competitive advantage through innovation
  • Strategic analysis of internal and external environment
  • Contemporary issues in strategic business management
  • Critical evaluation of strategic planning process
  • Ethics and strategic planning
  • Differentiating between management and leadership
  • Models of leadership

2 specialist modules:

Advanced Corporate Reporting

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Understand the professional and ethical duties of an accountant
  • Evaluate financial reporting conventions
  • Advise and report on financial performances
  • Prepare financial statements of groups of entities in accordance with relevant accounting standards and explain reporting issues relating to specialised entities
  • Discuss how changes in accounting regulation impact on financial reporting
  • Appraise financial performances and positions, and evaluate current developments

Topics covered

  • The Financial Reporting Framework
  • Reporting the Financial Performance of Entities
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Groups IV: Notes to the Accounts and MDA
  • Specialized Entities
  • Consideration of Changes in Accounting Regulation and their implication of Financial Reporting
  • The Appraisal of performance and position of Entities
Performance Management and Control

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Identify and analyse principles and trends in performance measurement and control.
  • Determine the different budgeting techniques and critically evaluate their use in short term decision making
  • Analyse the current approach to performance measurement and control in a selected global organisation, and both create and appraise suggestions for improvement.
  • Appraise the application of performance criteria in ‘not for profit’ and ‘public sector’ organisations.
  • Evaluate the importance of the key elements in successful performance measurement and control

Topics covered

  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy I: Organizational Tensions to be managed and Basics for Successful Strategy.
  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy II: Organizing for Performance and Using Information for Performance Measurement and Control
  • Creating Performance Measurement System I: Building a Profit Plan
  • Creating Performance Measurement System II: Evaluating Strategic Profit Performance
  • Creating Performance Measurement System III: Designing Asset Allocation Systems and Linking Performance to Markets
  • Creating Performance Measurement System IV: Building a Balanced Scorecard
  • Creating Performance Measurement System V: Performance Prism
  • Creating Performance Measurement System VI: Other New Age Tools
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies I: Using Diagnostic and Interactive Control Systems Public Sector Organizations
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies II: Aligning Performance Goals and Incentives
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies III: Identifying and Managing Strategic Risk
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies IV: Levers of Control for Implementing Strategy

Final research project:

Integrative Research and Consultancy Project

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:

  1. Formulate a research proposal and design this into a workable research plan
  2. Design and manage a business critical independent applied research in their chosen discipline and present their findings, to a professionally acceptable standards
  3. Critically evaluate and analyse their findings, reporting on their conclusions in clear and acceptable standard in the form of an engagement report
  4. Synthesize theory in a practical context to evidence knowledge, understanding and transferrable skills with regards to the taught components of their studies

Topics covered

  • The nature of business and management research/consultancy
  • Formulating and clarifying the research/consultancy topic
  • The practice of management consulting
  • Negotiating a scope of work; developing a research proposal
  • Consulting as a profession; business research methods and practice;
  • Formulating the research design and negotiating access and research ethics
  • Understanding research philosophies and approaches
  • Critically reviewing the literature
  • Applicable models for consulting and research
  • Selecting samples and using secondary data
  • Collecting primary data through observation
  • Collecting primary data using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews
  • Collecting primary data using questionnaires
  • Analysing quantitative data and qualitative data
  • Writing and presenting your project report

The MA Finance and Investment syllabus consists of 3 core modules and 3 elective modules of your choice, followed by the final research and consultancy project. Please click below for further details.

MA Finance and Investment syllabusread more

Core modules:

Business and Financial Analysis

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify rules and principles in the international accounting standards and financial regulations
  • Understand the core values in business that lead to a competitive advantage
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge in the sphere of business and financial analysis with a view to corporate evaluation
  • Critically assess businesses and accounting data and financial information available to make investment decisions
  • Discuss the link between current theory and common practice, and be able to organise appropriate evidence and reasoning to produce balanced analysis
  • Demonstrate problem solving and analytical approaches to provide effective business and financial decision-making

Topics covered:

  • Business Analysis I: Internal Analysis ;Value Chain, Audit and Competitive Advantage
  • Business Analysis II: External Analysis; PESTLE, SWOT and Five Forces
  • Business Analysis III: Competitive Strategy; Generic Strategies and SPACE Model, Stakeholder Analysis and Choices
  • The Basic Financial Statements I: The Balance Sheet
  • The Basic Financial Statements II: The Income Statement
  • The Basic Financial Statements III: The Statement of Cash Flows
  • The Basic Financial Statements IV: A Closer Look at Profits.
  • The Applications and Limitations of EBITDA.
  • The Reliability of Disclosure and Audits
  • Forecasts and Security Analysis: Forecasting Financial Statements.
  • Financial Statement Analysis for Credit
  • Financial Statement Analysis for Equity
Quantitative Methods and Financial Markets

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Design and apply quantitative tools in financial markets
  • Critically evaluate the changes that might occur if certain assumptions in the models used are changed
  • Compute basic valuation analysis for financial markets instruments
  • Evaluation of the inputs variables and their outputs in the use of quantitative tools in financial markets
  • Combine and evaluate findings and present same in a professional manner to a varied audience

Topics covered:

  • An Overview of the five main financial markets (Equity, Fixed income, Derivatives, Money Markets, and Alternative Investments)
  • The Time Value of Money and its application in the financial markets
  • Discounted Cash Flow Applications and their application in the financial markets
  • Statistical Concepts and Market Returns and their application in the financial markets
  • Probability Concepts and their application in the financial markets
  • Common Probability Distributions and their applications in the financial markets
  • Sampling and Estimation and its application in the financial markets
  • Hypothesis Testing and its application in the financial markets
  • Correlation and Regression and its application in the financial markets
  • Multiple Regression and Issues in Regression Analysis and their application and management in the context of the financial markets
  • Time-Series Analysis and its application to the financial markets
  • Portfolio Concepts and their application to the financial markets
Corporate Finance

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Summarise key principles and tools for financial decision-making
  • Compare various investment decision rules and apply the process of capital budgeting
  • Analyse the concept of corporate capital structure and compute cost of capital
  • Determine and critically evaluate the economic benefit of various types of financing
  • Explain the concept of risk management and analyse the role of derivative instruments in mitigating risks

Topics covered:

  • Corporate Governance and its impact on firm value
  • Capital Structure: The MM and other relevant theories
  • Measures of Leverage: Internal and External
  • Dividends and Share Repurchases Basics
  • Dividends and Share Repurchases: Analysis
  • Working Capital Management: Different approaches
  • Introduction to Portfolio Theory
  • Sources and Cost of Capital I:
  • Sources and Cost of Capital II:
  • Capital Budgeting I: Traditional Methods and Discounted Cash flow I
  • Capital Budgeting II: Discounted Cash flow approaches II
  • Capital Budgeting III: Advanced Approaches

Choose any 3 of the following elective modules:

Corporate Governance and Ethics

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Define governance and explain its function in the effective management and control of organisations and of the resources for which they are accountable
  • Evaluate the accountant’s role in risk management and internal control, including review and compliance
  • Explain the role of the accountant in identifying and assessing risk
  • Explain and evaluate the role of the accountant in controlling and mitigating risk
  • Demonstrate the application of professional values and judgement through an ethical framework that is in the best interests of society and the profession, in compliance with relevant professional codes, laws and regulations

Topics covered

  • Governance and responsibility I: The scope of governance, Agency relationships and theories and the board of directors
  • Governance and responsibility Ii: Board committees, Directors’ remuneration and Different approaches to corporate governance
  • Internal control and review i: Management control systems in corporate governance
  • Internal control and review II: Internal control, audit and compliance in corporate governance and Internal control and reporting
  • Internal control and review III: Management information in audit and internal control
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk I: Risk and the risk management process and Categories of risk
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk II: Identification, assessment and measurement of risk
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk III: Targeting and monitoring risk and Methods of controlling and reducing risk
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk IV: Risk avoidance, retention and modeling
  • Professional values and ethics I: Ethical theories and Different approaches to ethics and social responsibility
  • Professional values and ethics II: Professions and the public interest and Professional practice and codes of ethics
  • Professional values and ethics III: Conflicts of interest and the consequences of unethical behavior and Ethical characteristics of professionalism
Advanced Corporate Reporting

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Discuss the professional and ethical duties of the accountant evaluate the financial reporting framework
  • Advise on and report the financial performance of entities
  • Prepare the financial statements of groups of entities in accordance with relevant accounting standards and explain reporting issues relating to specialised entities
  • Discuss the implications of changes in accounting regulation on financial reporting
  • Appraise the financial performance and position of entities and evaluate current developments

Topics covered

  • The Financial Reporting Framework
  • Reporting the Financial Performance of Entities
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Groups IV: Notes to the Accounts and MDA
  • Specialized Entities
  • Consideration of Changes in Accounting Regulation and their implication of Financial Reporting
  • The Appraisal of performance and position of Entities
Performance Management and Control

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse principles and trends in performance measurement and control
  • Determine the different budgeting techniques and critically evaluate their use in short term decision making
  • Analyse the current approach to performance measurement and control in a selected global organisation and critically appraise suggestions for improvement of current practices
  • Critically appraise the application of performance criteria in ‘not for profit’ and ‘public sector’ organisations
  • Critically evaluate the relative importance of the key elements in successful performance measurement and control

Topics covered

  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy I: Organizational Tensions to be managed and Basics for Successful Strategy
  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy II: Organizing for Performance and Using Information for Performance Measurement and Control
  • Creating Performance Measurement System I:  Building a Profit Plan
  • Creating Performance Measurement System II: Evaluating Strategic Profit Performance
  • Creating Performance Measurement System III: Designing Asset Allocation Systems and Linking Performance to Markets
  • Creating Performance Measurement System IV: Building a Balanced Scorecard
  • Creating Performance Measurement System V: Performance Prism
  • Creating Performance Measurement System VI: Other New Age Tools
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies I: Using Diagnostic and Interactive Control Systems Public Sector Organizations
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies II: Aligning Performance Goals and Incentives
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies III: Identifying and Managing Strategic Risk
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies IV: Levers of Control for Implementing Strategy
Equity and Fixed Income Investments

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Analyse and apply concepts and techniques to the valuation of equity and fixed income investment
  • Apply models derived from fundamental analysis to valuing equity and cash flow approaches to valuing fixed income investments
  • Identify and critically appraise the impact of the current global financial environment on equity valuation
  • Perform appropriate valuation analysis of private companies and identify and critically evaluate the relevance of issues in valuing private and public companies
  • Critically assess the use of fixed income securities in the investment process

Topics covered

  • Asset Valuation I: Equity Valuation Application and Processes
  • Asset Valuation II: Equity Markets and Instruments and Return Concepts
  • Industry and Global Analysis from a Qualitative Approach I: Equity Concepts and Techniques
  • Industry and Global Analysis from a Qualitative Approach II: The Five Forces that Shape Industry Competitions and its application to Equity Investments and Sustainability of returns
  • Discounted Dividend Valuation Model I: Present Value Models and The Dividend Discount model
  • Discounted Dividend Valuation Model II: The Gordon Growth Model and the Multi Stage Dividend Discount Model
  • Valuation Models and Contemporary Equity Valuation Techniques I: Free Cash Flow Models and Market Based Valuation Models
  • Valuation Models and Contemporary Equity Valuation Techniques II: Residual Income Valuation Models and Private Company Valuation
  • General Principles of Credit Analysis and The Term Structure and Interest rates volatility I: Credit Rating Agencies; What they do and The Traditional means of credit analysis
  • General Principles of Credit Analysis and The Term Structure and Interest rates volatility II: Historical and Contemporary review of the yield curve and Theories of the term structure of Interest rates and their practical applications
  • Bonds as Fixed Income Securities and Valuation of Bonds I: Valuation of Bonds without embedded Options
  • Bonds as Fixed Income Securities and Valuation of Bonds II: Valuation of Bonds with Embedded Options
Derivatives and Alternative Investments

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Value derivative and alternative investment instruments
  • Demonstrate through an application of various strategies how these instruments are used to create or enhance value (or in some case destroy value) on a strategy basis
  • Evaluate the applicable strategies in derivatives and alternative investments showing evidence of insights
  • Critically analyse derivatives and alternative investment strategies and proffer alternative strategies considering the various pay-offs
  • Write and present “senior management level” report on their findings in an advisory position status

Topics covered

  • Forwards and Futures Financial Instruments and Markets I: Types, Pricing and Valuation of forwards
  • Forwards and Futures Financial Instruments and Markets II:  Types, Pricing and valuation of futures instruments in the futures markets
  • Options Financial Instruments and Markets I: Types of Options
  • Options Financial Instruments and Markets II:  Pricing and valuation of swaps
  • Swaps Financial Instruments and Markets I: Types of Swaps
  • Swaps Financial Instruments and Markets II: Pricing and valuing swaps
  • Derivatives Instruments Designed on Interest Rates and Enhancing Return I: Interest Rate Futures, Interest Rate Options, Interest Rate Swaps, Caps and Floors
  • Derivatives Instruments Designed on Interest Rates and Enhancing Return II: Credit Derivative Strategies
  • Alternative Investments I: Open and close ended funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFS)
  • Alternative Investments I: Hedge Funds
  • Alternative Investments I: Real Estate Investments
  • Alternative Investments I: Commodities and Metals Investments
M&A and Private Equity

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse the relative importance of different types of drivers of M&A and private equity
  • Identify value creation and critically assess the success or otherwise of a range of M&A transactions and private equity
  • Analyse the current M&A and private equity strategies of a selected global organisation and critically appraise suggestions for improvement of current practices
  • Critically evaluate the relative importance of the key elements in successful M&A and private equity transactions
  • Perform critical analysis of comparative issues in M&A and private equity

Topics covered

  • M&A And Private Equity Valuation methods I: Comparable Companies Analysis and Precedent Transaction Analysis 1
  • &A And Private Equity Valuation methods I: Comparable Companies Analysis and Precedent Transaction Analysis 2
  • M&A And Private Equity Valuation methods II: Discounted Cash flow Analysis 1
  • M&A And Private Equity Valuation methods II: Discounted Cash flow Analysis 2
  • Leveraged Buy Outs I: Leveraged Buy Out Process
  • Leveraged Buy Outs II: LBO Analysis 1
  • Leveraged Buy Outs II: LBO Analysis 2
  • Mergers and Acquisitions I: Basics
Money and Foreign Exchange Markets

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and value foreign exchange market instruments
  • Design strategies to hedge risk using instruments identified in money and exchange markets
  • Identify clients or financing needs and recommend the right money market instruments for the clients or principals
  • Critically evaluate strategies designed around money and foreign exchange market instruments
  • Write reports on an advisory basis recommending the most appropriate strategy designed around foreign exchange and money market instruments

Topics covered

  • Money Markets I: An Overview of the Money Markets
  • Money Markets II: Systemic Risks, Moral Hazards, Treasury Bills and Discounting Treasury Bills
  • Money Markets III: US Commercial Paper and Credit Risk on USCP, Bankers’ Acceptances and The Eurocurrency Markets
  • Money Markets IV: Eurocurrency Loans and Deposits, Eurocurrency Interest and Day-Count and Eurocurrency Certificates of Deposit.
  • Money Markets V: CD Yield-to-Maturity, Euro-Commercial Paper
  • Money Markets VI: Repos and Reverses, Other Features of Repos and Repo: Case Study.
  • The Foreign Exchange Market I: Market Overview and Market Structure
  • The Foreign Exchange Market II: Sterling and Euro Quotations and Factors Affecting Spot FX Rates
  • The Foreign Exchange Market III: FX Dealers and Brokers and Spot Foreign Exchange Deals.
  • The Foreign Exchange Market IV: Spot FX Trading, Spot Position Keeping and FX Risk Control
  • The Foreign Exchange Market V: Cross-Currency Rates, Outright Forward FX Rates and Outright Forward FX Hedge: Case Study.
  • The Foreign Exchange Market VI: Forward FX Formula, FX or Forward Swaps and FX Swap Two-Way Quotations
International Retail Banking

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Describe and critically analyse the management challenges facing banking institutions
  • Evaluate the profitability and performance of banks during the lending cycle
  • Critically evaluate the efficiency of asset-liability techniques and hedging against risks
  • Assess the main issues and challenges facing banking groups in the management of their liquidity and capital requirements
  • Produce logical arguments that clearly explain and analyse key strategic decisions in the context of changing regulation

Topics covered

  • The financial system and the function of banks I: Economics of money, banking and financial markets
  • The financial system and the function of banks II: Organization and structure of banking and financial services industry
  • Regulation of the banking industry I: The impact of government policy and regulation on banking and financial services industry
  • Regulation of the banking industry II: The impact of Basel 2 and 3 agreements in terms of capital requirements
  • Basic Bank Business Model I: The Different Businesses with the Retail Banking
  • Basic Bank Business Model II: Performance Measurement
  • Financial analysis of banking institution I: Financial statements of banks and their closest competitors
  • Financial analysis of banking institution II:Measuring the performance of banks and managing their liquidity positions
  • Corporate and marketing strategies in banking I: Management of deposit and non-deposit liability - Sources of fee income
  • Corporate and marketing strategies in banking II: Consumer loans, credit cards and real estate lending - Lending to business firms and pricing business loans
  • Managing banks in a global market place I.M&A in financial services management
  • Managing banks in a global market place II: International banking and the future of financial services industry
Financial Risk Management

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the inherent challenges and risks facing banking institutions
  • Critically evaluate the pricing, profitability and credit risks taken during the lending cycle
  • Evaluate the nature of market and operational risk
  • Explain and compare the challenges facing banking groups in the management of assets and liabilities
  • Clearly and concisely explain, analyse and evaluate, using logical arguments, the key strategic issues in management of risk in financial institutions

Topics covered

  • Interest Rate Risk Exposure I: Interest Risk Measurement
  • Interest Rate Risk Exposure II: Funds, Hedge Funds, Financial Institutions and how they manage individual interest rate risk and portfolio approach
  • Market Risk I: Typologies of Market Risk
  • Market Risk II: Market Risk Measurement and Management
  • Credit Risk I: Retail Banking and Credit Risk Management
  • Credit Risk II: Corporate and Wholesale market approach to credit risk management
  • Operation Risk `Management I: Basel approach to Operational Risk Management
  • Operational Risk Management II: Different assessment methodologies
  • Liquidity risk and asset-liability management I: Traditional measurement approach
  • Liquidity risk and asset-liability management II: New Basel requirements
  • Basel: Basel II: A Closer Examination
  • Basel: Basel III: the different approach?
Fundamentals of Islamic Finance

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse principles and trends in Islamic banking
  • Determine and critically evaluate the key differences between Islamic banking and conventional banking
  • Analyse the current application of Islamic Finance principles in the relevant department of a selected global banking organisation, and critically appraise suggestions for improvement of these practices
  • Critically evaluate the economic benefits of various types of banking system
  • Identify and critically assess the range of roles, skills and responsibilities needed for effective management of corporate governance in Islamic Banking

Topics covered

  • Induction to Islam and Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance I: Key concepts of Sharia’a, the Quran, the Sunnah, ijma’, Qiyas, ijtihad of Islamic law and the authorities for interpreting the Quran.
  • Induction to Islam and Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance II: The main sources for application of Islamic Guidance to commerce. The concepts underlying Islamic finance. The historical development of modern finance and banking
  • Financial techniques in Islamic Banks I: The distinction between a traditional bank and an Islamic bank and the operation of current accounts under Sharia’a conditions
  • Financial techniques in Islamic Banks II: The Islamic banking model and the challenges it presents
  • Financial Statements for Islamic Banks I: The conceptual framework of OFRS/IAS
  • Financial Statements for Islamic Banks II: The need for Islamic accounting standards and The role and responsibilities of AAOIFI
  • Islamic Corporate Governance I: The reasons for Islamic banks presenting different corporate governance challenges to conventional banks
  • Islamic Corporate Governance II:The role of the Sharia’a supervisory board in the corporate governance and how RIAH and UIAH works in corporate governance
  • Islamic Bond Market and Islamic Co-operative Insurance I: The difference between conventional and Islamic securities will be introduced. Application of the Mudaraba Sukuk, the Ijara Sukuk, and Salam Sukuk
  • Islamic Bond Market and Islamic Co-operative Insurance II: The position of Islam regarding insurance. The three models for understanding and managing the investments of the Takaful
Islamic Banking Operations

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse principles and trends in Islamic portfolio management.
  • Determine and critically evaluate the key differences between the Islamic banking operations
  • Analyse the current approach to Islamic portfolio investment in a selected organisation and critically appraise suggestions for improvement
  • Critically evaluate the economic benefits of investing in the Islamic world
  • Identify and critically assess the range of roles, skills and responsibilities needed for effective management of a portfolio in Islamic Finance.

Topics covered

  • Islamic Banking Operations I: Outline of the Conventional Banking System
  • Islamic Banking Operations II: Deposit and Resource Mobilisation by Islamic Banks (Liability Side)
  • Islamic Banking Operations III: Deposit and Resource Mobilisation by Islamic Banks (Liability Side)
  • Islamic Banking Operations IV: Financing by Islamic Banks (Asset Side)
  • Islamic Banking Operations VI:  Islamic Financial Markets and Instruments
  • Islamic Banking Operations VII:  Islamic Financial Markets and Instruments
  • Islamic Banking Operations VIII: Venture Capital under the Islamic Financial System
  • Islamic Banking Operations V: Islamic Banks Services and Fee-based Operations
  • Cooperation between Conventional and Islamic Banks
  • Islamic Banking Operations IX: Venture Capital under the Islamic Financial System
  • Islamic Banking Operations X: Islamic Funds and Unit Trusts
  • Islamic Banking Operations XI: Securitisation and Sukuk
  • Islamic Banking Operations XII: Securitisation and Sukuk
Islamic Portfolio Management

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse principles and trends in Islamic portfolio management.
  • Determine and critically evaluate the key differences between the Islamic securities market and the conventional securities market.
  • Analyse the current approach to Islamic portfolio investment in a selected organisation and critically appraise suggestions for improvement of current practices
  • Critically evaluate the economic benefits of investing in a portfolio in the Islamic world
  • Assess the range of skills needed for effective management of a portfolio in Islamic Finance

Topics covered

  • Financial instruments and markets and an Introduction to portfolio management I
  • Financial instruments and markets and an Introduction to portfolio management II
  • Understanding and applying passive asset allocation I
  • Understanding and applying passive asset allocation II
  • Understanding and applying active portfolio management I
  • Understanding and applying active portfolio management II
  • Islamic law of contract and Hedging/ Islamic portfolio insurance I
  • Islamic law of contract and Hedging/ Islamic portfolio insurance II
  • Islamic Asset and Fund Management and Islamic Portfolio management in practice I
  • Islamic Asset and Fund Management and Islamic Portfolio management in practice II
  • Globalization and Challenges for Islamic Finance
  • Corporate Governance in Islamic Finance

Final research project:

Integrative Research and Consultancy Project

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Formulate a research proposal and design this into a workable research plan
  • Design and manage a business critical independent applied research in their chosen discipline and present their findings, to a professionally acceptable standards
  • Critically evaluate and analyse their findings, reporting on their conclusions in clear and acceptable standard in the form of an engagement report
  • Synthesize theory in a practical context to evidence knowledge, understanding and transferrable skills with regards to the taught components of their studies

Topics covered

  • The nature of business and management research/consultancy
  • Formulating and clarifying the research/consultancy topic
  • The practice of management consulting
  • Negotiating a scope of work; developing a research proposal
  • Consulting as a profession; business research methods and practice;
  • Formulating the research design and negotiating access and research ethics
  • Understanding research philosophies and approaches
  • Critically reviewing the literature
  • Applicable models for consulting and research
  • Selecting samples and using secondary data
  • Collecting primary data through observation
  • Collecting primary data using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews
  • Collecting primary data using questionnaires
  • Analysing quantitative data and qualitative data
  • Writing and presenting your project report

To commence your studies at the ACCA Knowledge level (papers F1-F3), you must have a minimum of two A Levels and 3 GCSEs in five separate subjects (including English and Mathematics), or equivalent qualifications. For students with higher education, please see below for details of any exemptions you may be eligible for.

Do you already have a degree?

If you have a recognised business and/or accounting degree, you may be eligible for ACCA exemption from some or all of the papers in the Knowledge (papers F1-F3) and Skills (papers F4-F9) levels. Please check with ACCA before enrolling to check which papers you should start from.

To be accepted onto the ACCA exam preparation programme you must provide:

  • A completed application form
  • ACCA registration number
  • Transcript of passed ACCA exams (if applicable) 
  • CV/Resume (in English)
  • Copy of passport
  • Passport photo (jpeg format)

Please check with the ACCA before you enrol for full details of all exemptions.

Current qualifications ACCA entry route
No qualifications You first need to complete the final level of the AAT or FIA qualification.
2 A-levels and 3 GCSEs in 5 separate subjects, including English and Maths Apply for the ACCA Knowledge modules
A non-relevant degree or other Apply for the ACCA Knowledge modules
Relevant degrees Relevant degrees at ACCA-accredited institutions may be exempted from all Fundamentals (ACCA Knowledge and Skills modules) and some ACCA Professional modules. We recommend that you enquire/apply for exemptions when you register with ACCA as a student.
AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)/CAT (Certified Accounting Technician) qualified Apply for the ACCA Skills module (with exemptions from the Knowledge modules).

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