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Career Opportunities & Progression

the Foundations in Accountancy course/s offers superb career opportunities in many different contexts. It provides a clearly defined career path with excellent academic opportunities. ACCA Accounting Technician qualification provides the knowledge and understanding required to work in accounting support roles in all aspects of the financial sector and is an ideal introduction into accountancy. Successful completion of the examinations offers automatic transfer to Part 2 of the ACCA Qualification. This leads to an Oxford Brooks Honours BSc in Applied Accounting.


ACCA Certified Accounting Technician Courses (CAT)

ACCA Foundations in Accountancy Course

This ACCA Certified Accounting Technician Course  (ACCA CAT) prepares students for the examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).  The ACCA Foundations in Accounting qualifications are the first step in ACCA's lifelong learning path. Graduates of this course will have shown that they are able to offer competent accounting support to business managers in all aspects of the financial sector.  

How will you as a student benefit from Foundations in Accounting?

  • The ACCA Accounting Technician course offers a clearly defined career path
  • Provides the opportunity to work in accounting support roles in all aspects of the financial sector
  • Provides easy access and an ideal introuction into accountancy
  • Provides excellent academic progression opportunities
  • The qualifications are international recognisition and highly regarded
  • Successful completion of the examinations offers automatic transfer to Paper 4 of the ACCA Qualification.

We Provide:

  • The endorsement from the ACCA-Association of Chartered Certified Accountants professional body who have awarded Dorset College “Gold Status”.
  • A Dynamic team of Experienced and Highly Qualified CAT Lecturers.
  • Small class sizes guaranteed with personal support.
  • Course delivered and designed to ensure students maximize their opportunity for results.
  • Excellent facilities and a unique campus atmosphere.
  • Centrally located with easy access to all transport networks. 
  • Our 30 Years of success in business with thousands of successful students and many award winners at National and Worldwide levels.


ACCA Foundations in Accountancy
Entry to this ACCA Certified Accounting Technician Course is open with no pre-requisites*. Where a student has no qualifications, he/she will be expected to complete all three levels of the technician examinations.  Certain prior qualifications may entitle the student to exemptions from some or all papers. However, even with exemptions, the student will have to satisfy the necessary training requirement to complete the ACCA Certified Accounting Technician Course qualification as a whole.

* IELTS 5.0 or equivalent TOEFL score is acceptable for applicants whose first language is not English.

Course Aim

To demonstrate the skills, knowledge and understanding of financial and cost accounting systems and processes within the accounting department and from a business perspective at intermediate level.   To demonstrate the required skill and attribute set in order to undertake a wide range of roles within the accounting department.

Principal Areas of Study

This course is for those who have completed Year 1 of the ACCA Accounting Technician Course Management Accounting (FMA) To develop the knowledge and ability to apply appropriate management accounting concepts and techniques for decision making, planning and control including forecasting techniques, the preparation of budgets and standard costs and performance measurement. Accountant in Business (FAB) To understand business in the context of its environment, including economic, legal, and regulatory influences on such aspects as governance, employment, health and safety, data protection and security. The syllabus also introduces key management and people issues such as individual and team behaviour, leadership, motivation, personal effectiveness and professional ethics in accounting and business. Foundations in Taxation (FTX) To develop the core knowledge of the underlying principles and the major technical areas of taxation, as they affect the activities of individuals and businesses, at a level appropriate for someone working at technician level. Foundations in Financial Management (FFM) To examine all aspects of cash and working capital management, and to develop an understanding of the sources of short and long-term finance. To develop the knowledge and understanding of the way organisations finance their operations and plan, allocate and control resources to optimise returns.


 ACCA is assessed by formal examinations for all papers.  Dorset College is a registered CBE (Computer Based Exam) Centre. Students registered with ACCA may take Computer Based Examinations for Papers 1-7 in Dorset College at scheduled times. 

Compulsory Module: Foundations in Professionalism and Ethics to be completed online
Students taking any of the ACCA entry-level qualifications within Foundations in Accountancy are required to complete Foundations in Professionalism. This is an online, interactive module, designed to help students develop their understanding of what it means to act professionally and ethically in the work carry they out.

You can complete Foundations in Professionalism before or after completing the exam component of the qualification you are aiming to achieve and you only need to successfully complete this module once, even if you decide to complete one or more of the qualifications.  There is no set time allocated to completing Foundations in Professionalism. It is advisable to complete the module at your own pace to allow you to reflect on what you have learnt.

Students are responsible for the payment of registration and examination fees which are made directly to ACCA.  All candidates MUST be registered with ACCA and hold a valid ACCA registration ID card prior to being entered for CBE’s.   Registration for Paper-based Examinations is made directly with ACCA. Textbooks will be required for each subject and full details will be given on enrolment.

If  you wish to take part in specific paper-based examination sessions, please click on the link below for detailed information.

ACCA Contact details:
ACCA Connect
Tel: (Dublin) 00 353 (0)1 4475678

Dorset College is one of ACCA’s “Gold” Approved Learning Partners Registration directly with ACCA online: ACCA Connect Telephone: 01 4475678 ACCA Connect Address: 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow G3 8BW Email: Website:


Awards on Completion of Modules
Compulsory Module:
Foundations in Professionalism and Ethics to be completed online

Introductory Certificate in Financial & Management Accounting
Recording Financial Transactions (FA1)
Management Information (MA1)

Intermediate Certificate in Financial & Management Accounting
Maintaining Financial Records (FA2)
Managing Costs and Finances (MA2)

Diploma in Accounting & Business
Financial Accounting (FFA)
Management Accounting (FMA)
Accountant in Business (FAB)

Certified Accounting Technician (above  + 2 Options below + 1 Year Work Experience)
Foundations in Taxation (FTX)
Foundations in Financial Management (FFM)

On successful completion of the ACCA Certified Accounting Technician examinations year 2, you will receive an invitation to become a Certified Accounting Technician. In order to obtain the qualification and use the designatory letters CAT (Certified Accounting Technician) after your name, you must also satisfy the appropriate practical financial work experience requirement (1 Year).

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  We are delivering the final 4 papers of this Award
Code Location Start Date End Date Duration Days EU Cost Non EU Cost Exam Fee Funding %  
ACCACAT2 Dublin 1 29/09/2014 22/04/2015 Year2: Academic Year (Final 4 Papers) Accounting T Mon&Wed 18.30-21.30+Revision €1,400.00 €0.00 €85.00
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