Foundations in Accountancy (FIA)

Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) is the perfect starting point for a career in accounting and finance. If you're a school-leaver, have no accounting experience, or would like to start the ACCA qualification but don't have the minimum academic qualifications, this is the place to begin.

This suite of awards from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) covers a range of core skills and looks at the wider role of the accountant in business. With each qualification you complete, you'll be better prepared to take your career to the next level.

FIA – Key information

  • Completion of the Diploma allows entry on to the ACCA qualification

  • Expert tuition – BPP is Platinum Approved by the ACCA for Student Tuition

  • Flexible options allow you to study how, when and where you want

  • Dedicated tutor support (classroom and online classroom courses)

  • The best learning media on the market – BPP Learning Media is the only Platinum Approved provider for Content


Who is it suitable for?

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountant's (ACCA) Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) suite of awards will provide staff who are looking for a solid foundation in finance and accounting with all the necessary technical skills and knowledge required to perform an accounting-support role.

Whether they wish to start a career in finance; gain recognition for the wealth of skills and experience they have already achieved, or want accelerated progression to the ACCA Qualification and a more senior position in accountancy, the FIA qualifications will help them towards their career of choice.

How Many Papers?

Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting:

FA1 Recording Financial Transactions 2hr paper or computer based
MA1 Management Information 2hr paper or computer based

Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting:

FA2 Maintaining Financial Records 2hr paper or computer based
MA2 Managing Costs & Finances 2hr paper or computer based

Diploma in Accounting and Business:

FAB Accountant in Business 2hr paper or computer based
FMA Management Accounting 2hr paper or computer based
FFA Financial Accounting 2hr paper or computer based

To obtain the full CAT qualification students will need to pass the above awards plus complete 2 options from:

FTX Foundations in Taxation 2hr paper based examination
FFM Foundations in Financial Management 2hr paper based examination
FAU Foundations in Audit 2hr paper based examination

The 3 Option papers are also available as stand-alone Certificates if taken in conjunction with the Foundations in Professionalism module.

Foundations in Professionalism

This free online module must be completed once to be awarded any of the above qualifications

Ways to study

Taught Course

Offered face-to-face or online, our Taught Course gives you the perfect foundation on which to prepare for the exam. As well as guiding you through all the key topics and building up your knowledge, your tutor will help you to make an early start towards understanding how different topics are examined.

If you book both a Taught and Revision Course you will be covered by our Free Lifetime Pass Assurance providing you meet the terms and conditions

If you book a taught course you will receive:

  • BPP Study text
  • Pass Cards
  • Course notes
  • Mock exams
  • IPass CD Rom

Revision Course

Syllabus knowledge is only part of what's required to pass the exam - our revision courses focus on the skills and techniques needed to pass your exams. As well as receiving everything you would expect from an ACCA Platinum Approved provider, our expert tutors will help and advise you every step of the way.

Book a Revision Course, and you'll receive:

  • Practice and Revision Kit
  • Guided Exam Practice Course sessions
  • Online debriefs about key questions showing you how to achieve maximum marks
  • Techniques for impressing the marker
  • Guidance on how to interpret past exam questions
  • Techniques for managing your time in the exam


Our online courses offer our students the choice to listen to BPP tutors in their own time wherever they may be. Hard copy and soft copy material such as course notes, study text and the practice and revision kit are all included in the price. For more information about online classroom click on the link for the OCR & OCR Live Flyer.

Free Lifetime Pass Assurance

With pass rates consistently above the ACCA Global average, we are proud of the quality of our education and training. But we're also proud of the peace of mind we offer our students with free Pass Assurance that protects you if you fail the exam on your first attempt.

BPP's Pass Assurance varies dependent on how you study, and at which level.

Download Pass Assurance information for your level or paper:

All terms and conditions stated are subject to BPP's additional Pass Assurance Terms and Conditions.

Learning materials

Please note that Pass Assurance covers the cost of tuition only. Additional BPP Learning Media physical study materials are not included. You will get full online support with updated and refreshed content.

Additional support

Should you fail your exam at the second attempt without lifetime pass assurance we can still offer you support. Please contact your tutor or call customer services so we can advise you on your next steps.

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Entry requirements

The Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) course is an entry-level series of awards and has no formal academic entry requirements. This means you can register to sit exams for any FIA award at any level.

If you're aiming to progress to the main ACCA qualification and already have the minimum entry requirements for ACCA (two 'A' Levels and three GCSEs) you're advised to start with ACCA. However, if you haven't studied for some time you may opt to study for any or all of the FIA awards first.

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