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Professional Accounting

Programme content and structure

The stage at which you join the programme is determined by the qualifications you hold.

For example if you have AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3 or 280 UCAS points, you would normally enrol at Stage 1.

If you have already achieved some accountancy qualifications you may be able to join at a later stage. For example you have the ICAEW ACA Professional Stage you would join the programme at Stage 4

Stage 1

You will study towards the AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 4, which is equivalent to the first year of study of a degree, developing your skills in preparing accounts and basic costing principles, progressing to performing complex management accounting tasks.

Stage 2

You continue your studies and have the opportunity to study for the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB)* building on the skills you have learnt in Stage 1. CFAB is a great way to start your journey to the ACA qualification*

To be awarded the CFAB qualification by the ICAEW students must also successfully pass one external ICAEW examination, namely 'Accounting' or 'Financial Accounting & Reporting'

Stage 3

You study for the BA (Hons) Professional Accounting and ICAEW ACA Professional Stage. Again building on the knowledge and skills developed during Stage 2, you will further develop your understanding of the application of accounting and business principles as well as business strategy and implementation.

Stage 4

This stage consists of the ICAEW ACA Advanced Stage papers and Case Study. The two technical integration papers enable you to demonstrate your knowledge, planning and advisory skills. The Case Study will test your professional skills in the context of a specific business issue.

Stage 5

The final stage of the professional accounting programme will enable you to achieve a Master’s degree. You will complete a dissertation – a piece of research – in an area of you’re your choice.

Delivery and assessments


Since this is a partnership programme, there are assessments from AAT, ICAEW and Manchester Metropolitan University. All of the units are taught by Manchester Metropolitan University and all classes take place at the University.
However any ICAEW exams will be sat at an external venue.



The Business School is located in Manchester Metropolitan University All Saints Campus which is just off Oxford Road, Manchester.

For specific information about location, travel and car parking click here.


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