Short Courses

Short Courses

Our Short Courses are designed for individuals looking to refresh or develop new knowledge and skills in a particular area. You can combine any selection of programmes to create your own learning journey where you set the pace.

These programmes also offer organisations a flexible and cost-effective way to develop individuals or teams. We can adapt any combination of programmes with additional bespoke elements to create new solutions tailored to your organisation’s needs.

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Tel: 01443 482482
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ICAEW CFAB is an internationally recognised certificate that teaches essential knowledge and practical skills in business, finance and accounting. The qualification comprises 6 modules, benchmarked at Level 4, and provides an initial grounding in all key areas of accounting. The course is delivered by experts from the USW School of Law, Accounting and Finance.

Who is this for?

  • Relevant for anyone that has financial responsibility in a business or organisation.
  • Managers in organisations who are required to use financial skills on a regular basis.
  • ICAEW firms


The six modules in the CFAB qualification cover the following areas:

Accounting: This module introduces students to the preparation of ‘accounts’ or ‘financial statements’ – the periodic financial reports that organisations have to produce to report their profit/loss, assets and liabilities.

Assurance: What is assurance and why is it needed? This module introduces students to the area of audit and assurance – the independent checking of and reporting on financial information produced by others.

Principles of Tax: This module introduces students to key, basic notions of tax. It covers various types of tax, such as income tax, national insurance contributions, VAT, corporate tax and chargeable gains.

Law: This module introduces students to corporate and business law. It covers the impact of civil and criminal law on business and professional services. This module is mainly studied via e-learning.

Management Information: This module demystifies and introduces students to the key areas of management accounting, including costing and pricing, budgeting and forecasting.

Business, Technology and Finance: This module introduces students to the way businesses are run and financed. It covers business objectives, functions and the accountancy profession. This module is mainly studied via e-learning.

All modules include professional ethics.


£550 standard fee per module (£440 discounted fee for accounting practice customers).

Tuition fees include the cost of ICAEW study materials but exclude any fees payable directly to the ICAEW professional body. For the latest information on student fees payable to ICAEW (including student membership and exam entry fees), visit their website.

Upcoming courses

Assurance - 4th - 6th & 20th September 2019

Accounting - 2nd - 4th & 18th October

Management Information - 6th - 8th & 22nd November

Business, Technology and Finance - 2nd, 10th & 16th December

Law - 7th & 21st February

Principles of Tax - 4th - 6th &20th March 

To book a place, please contact us on 01443 482482 or email

Design Thinking is a process for creative problem-solving which uses group thinking and a human-centred approach to understanding problems. It helps us to uncover new ways of approaching complex challenges which deliver on our promises for our business, organisation and more importantly our customers!

Benefits for your organisation?

Design thinking can help you and your teams to:

• creating a culture of innovation

• adopting new thinking and behaviours

• develop a flow of creative ideas

• Validate ideas and prioritise the best way forward

Who should attend?

This programme is for those who are looking for new ways to think about strategy, innovation and solving complex problems. Or for those that wish to take a fresh approach to a programme or project and need to think differently to uncover the best possible solution.

Benefits to you 

• Explore the Design Thinking process and the impact it can have on the way you do things

• Provide you with hands-on experience of the process through a real challenge

• Help you become more creative in everyday problem solving and project approaches

• Give you the skills, tools and confidence to apply design thinking across your area of responsibility or business.


Design Thinking: An Introductory Session- 26 February - Book here

MODULE 01. Design thinking and innovations in problem-solving - 27 March - Book here

MODULE 02. Designing business futures - 28 May - Book here

MODULE 03. Human-centred and responsible organisations - 23 July - Book here

MODULE 04. Initiating collaborative innovation - 24 September - Book here

Please email or call 01443 482 482 for more information. Download the e-brochure here

Each module will cost £120 per delegate, and the Introductory session will cost £70 per delegate. Lunch, Refreshments and course materials will be provided. A discount is available for multiple bookings.