Foundations in Accountancy (FIA)-UK

ACCA’s suites of entry level awards — Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) enables students to get supplementary certificates and diplomas in addition to a revised Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification on route to their high performing and rewarding career as an ACCA. It is designed to equip the students with all the necessary technical skills and basic knowledge required to fulfill an ethical support role in accountancy.


FIA syllabi is designed in such a way that on completion of FIA exams students are expected to have core skills of Financial and Management Accounting and ready to perform their duties as a support accounting role with complete responsibility and professionalism.

Introductory Certificate in Financial & Management Accounting

FA1 Recording Financial Transactions
MA1 Management Information

Intermediate Certificate in Financial & Management Accounting

FA2 Managing Financial Records
MA2 Managing Costs and Finances

Diploma in Accounting and Business

FAB Accountant in Business
FFA Financial Accounting
FMA Management Accounting

Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)

(Any 2 out of 3)
FTX Foundations in Taxation
FFM Foundations in Financial Management
FAU Foundations in Audit

Foundations in Professionalism

Foundations in Professionalism is an online interactive module that is designed to understand the meaning and importance of professionalism and ethics in the profession. This module has to be completed just once before or after completing the exams components of any or all of the above qualifications that students are aiming for.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic qualifications necessary to register at any level of FIA qualifications. However, we strongly recommend students to have a detailed session with our counselor to see which level suites them best to start these dynamic qualifications as per their academic background. This will help students in developing strong basics of core subjects to pass the exams in straight attempts in minimum time frame as possible.

Computer Based Examinations (CBE)

Flexibility is the key when it comes to the exams of Knowledge Modules (papers F1, F2 & F3) of ACCA or Introductory/Intermediate and for Diploma in Accounting of Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) qualifications of ACCA. The paper-based exams are held twice a year in June and December whereas; students can take the CBEs throughout the year outside the set June and December manual exams schedules. This allows students rapid progress towards their ACCA qualifications.

The students do not need to register by the usual registration dead lines. In order to take the CBEs they just need to ensure that they are registered as FIA/ACCA students and in possession of their registration number before taking the CBEs.

ACCA-UK Contact Details

64 Finnienston Square, G3 8DT, Glasgow, UK
Tel: 44 141 582 2000,
Fax: 44 141 582 2222

Practical Experience Requirements

The Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification will prepare you for a challenging and often demanding career as a professional accountant in a support role. It is not sufficient to solely rely on theoretical knowledge developed through exam process. The CAT qualification closely links practical experience to the exam syllabus.

To qualify as an Accounting Technician students will need to complete one-year relevant practical experience in order to achieve ACCA membership as an Accounting Technician. Ideally, students should start working while studying for their CAT examinations. However, this may be completed before or after qualifying CAT papers.

CAMS Job Placement Services

CAMS also provide placement services to its students and graduates. It is very important to choose the right employer to work for and gain required practical experience. Amongst lots of other resources available to get the right training and development opportunities CAMS Placement Office should be your first choice as it provides the appropriate link between the students / graduates and the potential employers.

B.Sc. (Hons) Applied Accountancy (Oxford Brookes University UK)

B.Sc (Hons) in Applied Accountancy is an additional qualification that gives ACCA students an edge over other accounting qualifications. The unique partnership between ACCA and Oxford Brookes University (OBU) gives students an opportunity to gain this degree while they study for their ACCA examinations or after completing ACCA.

Students must apply for registration with OBU for the degree prior to passing ACCA Skill module papers F7, F8 and F9. In addition to this, they will also be required to write and submit a Research and Analysis Project to the University after completing all Skill module examinations. CAMS provides mentoring for the students applying for the degree. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) recognizes the OBU degree as equivalent to a three-year bachelors degree.

To apply for the recognition of the degree to HEC, students must submit college joining and leaving certificates, an attendance certificate (minimum 80% in all ACCA papers), grade report of all ACCA papers and a copy of the B.Sc. degree from OBU.

ACCA- Equivalent to a Master level degree (HEC of Pakistan):

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has granted equivalence to ACCA qualification to a Masters level degree. HEC recognizes the membership of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) after completion of professional qualification and other requisites including training and required professional experience as equivalent to M.Com awarded by Pakistan universities on the following terms and conditions:

i. There will be no exemption awarded to incomplete qualification of ACCA.

ii. Initial admission in ACCA programme must be after having at least 12 years of education (Intermediate, A- level or equivalent certification from IBCC Pakistan.

London South Bank University

LSBU- CAMS Collaboration

London South Bank University (LSBU), located on the vibrant south Bank of the River Thames, originated in the Borough Polytechnic founded in 1982. It is over a hundred year old educational institution, with the Vision to be the leading UK University for professional education, giving students the chance to “become what they want to be.” LSBU has over 22,000 students enrolled in 4 Faculties and 33 departments. It is indeed a University with history and numerous study options.

CAMS and LSBU have agreed to form a strategies alliance in order to offer a range of degree options for our students to study in the United Kingdom. The CAMS -LSBU Collaboration shall provide greater flexibility to the Pakistani students, making it easier and affordable to study in the United Kingdom – a popular destination for many Pakistani students.

ACCA students, studying at CAMS shall have options to transfer to a Bachelor or Master’s degree program at LSBU, receiving advanced standing. Specifically, the advanced placement is as under:

ACCA Papers Passed Advanced Standing
F1 -F3 / CAT/FIA 2nd Year Entry – BA(Hon) Professional Accounting
F1 – F6 3rd Year Entry – BA(Hon) Professional Accounting
F1 – F9 1 – Year MSc. Finance & Accounting
F1 – F9 1 – Year MSc. Accounting with Finance
ACCA Qualified 6 Months MSc. Accounting with Finance

All students seeking transfer to LSBU are expected to have a level of English equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 fee Bachelors and IELTS score of 7 for the Masters programs. In order to ensure this requirement, students may have to sit the LSBU English Language Test and be interviewed.