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Accountancy professional qualification

ACCA Applied Knowledge

The ACCA Applied Knowledge level is the first part of the full ACCA qualification. This acts as a basis and introduction to the fundamentals of accounting, giving you a solid foundation in the role accounting plays in an organisation. This course is delivered online.

The ACCA provide an accounting qualification with a strong focus on professional values, ethics, and governance, achieving the full ACCA qualification is ideal for those with a strong interest in tax and audit. This course helps learners begin their journey at their own pace and with continued support from an experienced tutor.

The ACCA Applied Knowledge course allows you to develop your accounting career, as you develop an understanding of the fundamentals of accounting, tax, and auditing. On completion of this course, you can progress into more senior roles, gain greater responsibility, whilst improving your ability. You will also be able to further your learning and experience.

Topics covered:

  • Unit BT: Business and Technology
  • Unit MA: Management Accounting
  • Unit FA: Financial Accounting

At a glance

Relevant to

Those looking to advance their accounting careers

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs and 2 A levels (or equivalent), including maths and English

Professional Qualification


Professional Qualification


ACCA Applied Knowledge

Level 4


Level 4


Virtual delivery


12 – 24 months





£525 per paper

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Learning journey overview

This professional qualification with Babington is made up of three detailed units, comprising:

  • Focuses on business organisation, structure, governance and management while considering environmental influences and constraints. Also covers the history and role of accounting in business, specific functions and internal financial control. Includes knowledge on leading and managing teams

  • Covers the nature and purpose of cost and management accounting, including cost classification, behaviour and purpose. Includes a focus on business mathematics and electronic spreadsheets, cost-accounting techniques and short-term decision-making methods

  • Explores context and purpose of financial reporting, alongside qualitative characteristics of financial information and bases of accounting. Includes overview on using double entry and accounting systems and recording transactions. Learn to prepare a trial balance, statements and group accounting basics

  • You will be assessed through computer-based exams sat at an ACCA approved centre with quarterly exam windows

Course highlights

  • Personal study plan
  • Self-grading activities
  • Downloadable revision materials
  • Practice & mock exams

Programme outcomes

For employers

Organisations will have an experienced and trained individual with the ability to carry out basic accounting and auditing tasks for the business in an ethical manner. Learners will understand how accounting fits into organisations and how businesses operate, helping to apply their learning to their current and future roles. Organisations can place their professionals on this course as a means of refreshing their basic skills and knowledge, allowing employees to learn at their own pace.

For learners

This course will support leaners in gaining an understanding of what a management accountant is and understand basic costing principles. You will also learn how to do basic double entry bookkeeping to produce a set of financial statement. Upon completing the ACCA strategic professional level, you will qualify for membership with ACCA. You will also be eligible for roles such as a Personal Banker or Financial Analyst.

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What is expected of learners?

We provide the very best in teaching and resources to guide learners through the programme and are committed to support every step of the way. Learners must also commit to learning aims as part of the programme, building a partnership with Babington which not only ensures successful completion of the course, but also builds valuable new skills, knowledge and working styles.

  • We will support you with your online distance learning course, which is self driven home study.
  • Help you prepare for your unit assessment.
  • We will guide and mentor you through your development.
  • Learning support will be available from a tutor via email, phone or virtual TEAMS session.

  • Aim to spend 15 to 20 hours per week learning and studying.
  • To complete units and sit AAT assessments within advised timeframe.
  • To take responsibility to “self drive” your learning journey using all the resources provided to fully engage in the home study/independent learning experience.
  • Purchase books, register with AAT and use AAT Link to book and pay for your own exams.

Why us?

  • Personalised independent e-learner journey.
  • Access to learning 24/7 with Babington's digital platform EQUAL - track your progress and test your learning.
  • Dedicated tutor - support when you need it.
  • Tailored 1-2-1 study support session.
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What our experts have to say


There is no better satisfaction from a job than seeing how your support and influence has allowed someone to succeed. Developing individuals to reach potentials they never thought possible is truly inspiring!

Kelly Goddard

Accountancy Performance Manager


Delivering meaningful outcomes

Trust your professional development to the experts. We're proud to help upskill thousands of accountancy professionals every year and support businesses in building the talent pipelines of tomorrow.


In a recent study by ACCA, 72% of CFO respondents indicated that the role was increasing or significantly increasing in the wake of the pandemic.


Babington received a Customer Satisfaction rate of 83% for academic year 2020/21


66% of ACCA survey respondents felt that not enough attention was being paid to the development of the next generation of senior finance professionals and CFOs


Learners supported each year across our Accountancy portfolio


PQ Awards Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year 2022

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