Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)


The ACCA Professional Qualification, covering all accounting disciplines, can act as a springboard to career success in many different areas of accountancy and finance.

The combination of the practical experience and technical expertise of our lecturing team and our excellence in teaching and learning make USW's ACCA course very special.

USW is an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, the highest level of accreditation that a tuition provider can obtain. We have been awarded PQ Magazine’s 'Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year' three times and were again shortlisted under two categories in 2021. Our students have won numerous awards, including two students in as many years achieving top mark in the world prizes for their Strategic Professional Level papers, Nicola Lloyd in June 2019 and Bryony Lewis in September 2020.

Tuition includes all the syllabus content, question practice, and revision sessions needed to prepare you for the final ACCA exams.

Our ACCA course is flexibly designed to allow different study combinations at all levels. There are entry points for December and June exams in September and January respectively. Our Professional Accounting course brochure and full-time Professional Accounting brochure provides further details.

Accounting At USW Is ranked Top 20 in the UK for Accounting and Finance. (Guardian League Table 2022)

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2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year January Newport City C
Full-time 2 Years January Newport City C
Full-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Full-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 4 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 4 Years January Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Full-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 4 Years September Newport City C

Fundamentals Level*

Applied Knowledge:

  • Business and Technology
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting

Applied Skills:

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Performance Management
  • Taxation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Financial Management

Strategic Professional


  • Strategic Business Leader
  • Strategic Business Reporting

Options Papers (two from four):

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

Students who need to complete all elements can do so over a four year period. Students with exemptions will take less time than this, while others may opt for a longer period of study. Tuition hours are between 50 and 60 hours per paper, depending on level. The exception is Strategic Business Leader, which has 90 tuition hours. 

*Students taking the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers can choose between external ACCA exams or internal, exemption awarding university exams. These internal exams earn exemptions from ACCA's Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers on a paper by paper basis, as well as earning University of South Wales awards, a Certificate of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 120 credits and a Diploma of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 240 credits.

ACCA's Practical Experience Requirements

In addition to completing their exams and the Ethics & Professional Skills module, all ACCA students are required to complete the PER (Practical Experience Requirement) before they can become a full ACCA member. See more information about the PER here and on the ACCA website.

Study Duration

Students who need to complete all elements part-time can do so over a four year period. Students with exemptions will take less time than this, while others may opt for a longer period of study. Note that study of Applied Skills and Strategic Professional Levels on a full-time basis will take two years (one year for each Level). Tuition hours are between 50 and 60 hours per paper, depending on level. The exception is Strategic Business Leader, which has approx. 84 tuition hours.


Workshops are delivered in various combinations of morning, afternoon or evening sessions (session availability subject to student demand). Tuition occurs in weekly slots, with students attending one day per week. Our brochure gives details of tuition offered for December and June exams. September-December deliveries also include one to three additional whole study days. Students can commence their studies in either September or January.

Delivery of our ACCA course has been designed to offer an excellent platform to learn, with knowledge built up gradually and sustainably through exam question practice which is undertaken week-on-week.

This mode of delivery also ensures that students are not required to be absent from their work place for long periods of time.

Tuition includes all key elements that you need, for one price per paper. Our teaching team impart the required knowledge (syllabus content), engage you in question practice, and undertake revision sessions close to exam time. Progress tests are included for all papers; mock examinations are included for externally examined papers.

We offer tuition for all 15 papers of the Professional Qualification (Applied Knowledge, Applied Skills and Strategic Professional papers) on a part-time basis, and some papers are offered on either a day release or afternoon-evening basis, subject to sufficient student demand.

Fees, timetables and the next available entry points can be found in our brochure.

Note that our tuition fees include the provision of study texts, but exclude fees paid directly to the ACCA Professional Body.

For the latest information about fees payable directly to ACCA, (including student membership, exemption and exam entry fees) visit the ACCA website.


The internal papers are assessed by coursework (30%) and an end of module examination (70%).

The coursework is designed to test soft skills such as group work, report writing and presentations. The external papers are assessed by end of session examination.


Our Accounting teaching team includes 9 qualified accountants and a qualified solicitor, who have significant industry and accounting practice experience, as well as significant experience of teaching professional accountancy qualifications.

Question practice reinforces technical knowledge and exam technique each and every week on all of our programmes.

The learning environment here is friendly and supportive, and we are able to offer an exceptional level of pastoral support.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Two A Levels and three GCSEs or equivalent including English and Maths. Students who do not have the minimum academic qualifications may be eligible for the Foundations in Accountancy qualification. Holders of relevant degrees and accounting technician qualifications can apply to ACCA for exemptions. For example, holders of AAT or CAT qualifications are exempt from the ACCA Applied Knowledge Papers.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Please note that whilst this course does not require a DBS Check for entry, some professions will not consider candidates who have certain types of criminal convictions.    Therefore, if you have a criminal conviction and you are considering a particular career path we would recommend that you check with the relevant professional body or refer to their recruitment policy to make sure that your conviction will not disadvantage you.

Register with ACCA

Students wishing to join the course MUST also have applied for student membership with ACCA before the start date and obtained confirmation of their exemptions. Ensure to upload your exam/exemption statement as part of your application if you already have these.

How to Apply

Applications for all professional courses should be made directly through our MyUSW online portal. Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted for your paper choices and preferred session dates and times.

It is possible to study individual papers or enter part-way through the qualification. 


August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
ACCA membership *
Students will be required to pay separately for ACCA student membership, exemption and external examination fees. For the latest information, visit:

UK students

Applications for all professional courses should be made directly through our MyUSW online portal. If you wish to study an individual paper/s please state which paper/s in the Personal Statement section of the application form.

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. International students should choose the full-time ACCA route and may want to consider our full-time MSc Professional Accounting (with ACCA Tuition) as an alternative if eligible to join at the Strategic level.

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Admissions statement

USW's ACCA qualification, subject to ACCA’s practical experience requirements, enables you to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, use the designatory letters ACCA after your name and to typically work across a range of finance or management roles in any business. Some students then opt to study at postgraduate degree level.