AdvDip(CPD) ACCA Strategic Professional Level

Looking to become a chartered certified accountant The University of Bolton is a Gold-status ACCA Approved Learning Partner and completing this programme at our Institute of Management Greater Manchester will allow you to achieve your ACCA Strategic Professional Level in just 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).

ACCA Strategic Professional Level

Key information

Award:

AdvDip(CPD)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

2 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

02/09/2020

Course Details

The University of Bolton is proud to be a Gold-status ACCA Approved Learning Partner, and this ACCA Strategic Professional Level programme provides up to 10 hours’ specialist tuition per week (two three-hour sessions and two two-hour sessions) to help you secure ACCA Strategic Professional status.

Each paper is only taught by a subject specialist who holds or is working towards a PhD in that area, or a fully qualified CCAB accountant. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from up to 70 hours’ tuition per paper, with timetabled blocks set aside for tuition, revision, question practice and exam technique.

A personal tutor will be available to guide and advise you throughout the programme, with the focus consistently aimed at helping you to acquire the essential techniques needed to pass each exam.

ACCA is one of the world’s pre-eminent accountancy bodies, with members and students in more than 170 countries. If you’ve already successfully completed (or been granted exemptions from) papers F1-F9, this course will allow you to acquire your ACCA Strategic Professional Level in just 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time).

Highlights
  • The ACCA Strategic Professional Level is a key element in acquiring ACCA membership, which could improve your career progression and earning potential.
  • Students learn only from specialist tutors or fully qualified CCAB accountants.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge relevant to any business sector.
  • You’ll also have the chance to explore professional ethics in depth.
  • This course is designed to explore the advanced techniques, values and skills needed by accountants working at senior levels in advisory or consultancy roles.
Key Features
  • Two weeks of intensive exam revision and planning sessions are built into the programme.
  • There is a consistent focus on helping students acquire the essential techniques needed to pass each exam.
  • You’ll be assigned a personal tutor, who’ll be available to guide, advise and assist you throughout your studies.
Professional recognition
The University of Bolton has Gold partner status as an approved learning partner and upon completion of the ACCA Strategic Professional stage the ACCA awarding body will recognise the student as being ACCA exam qualified.

  • You should have successfully completed, or been granted exemptions from, ACCA papers F1-F9. Exemptions can also be from undergraduate accounting degree programmes; for instance, graduates of the University of Bolton’s BA (Hons) Accountancy are granted the maximum nine paper exemptions from the ACCA.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Successful completion of the ACCA Strategic Professional Level exams is an essential step on the way to achieving the ACCA Qualification and becoming a Chartered Certified Accountant. Chartered Certified accountants can work across many different organisations that range from large, multinational companies to small, local businesses.

What can I do with this qualification?

This course will provide you with a platform to enter a range of sectors including banking, investment and insurance, retail and sales, IT, recruitment and human resources, management consultancy and government agencies such as HM Revenue and Customs. Once you have achieved all the elements of the ACCA Strategic Professional Level, you’ll be eligible to apply for ACCA membership. You can also pursue an MSc programme. After five years as an ACCA member, and dependent on the completion of continuing professional development (CPD), you're awarded the title of Fellow (FCCA).

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or post graduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Auditing
  • Risk management
  • Insolvency
  • Forensic accountancy
  • Purchasing
  • Tax and pensions advice
  • Law
  • Teaching, education and training
  • Transport and logistics
  • Stocks and shares
  • Charity work
  • Loss adjusting
  • Credit and investment analysis
  • Claims inspection
  • Advertising, marketing and PR
  • Investment banking
  • Insurance
  • Statistics and market research

Course fees

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The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/2020.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


To achieve the ACCA Strategic Professional Level, you’ll need to complete two modules: ‘Essentials’ and ‘Options’. Each module builds on the technical knowledge you already possess. The ‘Essentials’ module involves completing two exam papers; the ‘Options’ module needs two papers to be completed from a choice of four.

For each paper you’re studying, you’ll take part in a weekly three-hour tutorial followed, an hour later, by a question-focused seminar/tutorial session lasting a further two hours. Full-time students study two papers per semester (10 hours per week), while part-time students study one paper per semester (five hours per week).

You’ll have the chance to benefit from an exam practice session for each paper, with tutors providing prompt feedback on your performance. The final two weeks of the programme for each paper (10 hours) are dedicated towards exam revision and planning.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Strategic Business Leader
  • Strategic Business Reporting
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Performance Management
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Advanced Audit and Assurance
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneWritten exams 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 22%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 78%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Kashif Anwar
Programme Leader

K.Anwar@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903024

Carl Bridge
Head of Accounting

C.Bridge@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903019

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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