Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Professional Studies in Accounting

University of Brighton · Brighton Business School

Entry requirements

ACCA qualifications

You must gain ACCA exemptions or passes for the Fundamentals Knowledge Papers (F1–F3) as a minimum to be eligible to apply for the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting.

We do not teach Fundamentals Knowledge Papers (F1–F3). However, the ACCA grant exemptions if you have a relevant degree or professional qualification. To find out whether you are exempt check the ACCA website.

GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)

At least three subjects including English language and maths or a science. You will need to provide documentary evidence from the ACCA that you have passed, at a minimum*, the Knowledge Papers or have gained ACCA exemption from the Knowledge Papers stage.

*If you hold more passes/exemptions than papers F1–F3, email the school for more information.

ACCA student membership

You need to be a current registered student of the ACCA. It is advisable to apply for membership as soon as possible, since the process of obtaining membership takes much longer between September and December. Membership brings a number of advantages, including a subscription to Student Accountant magazine and practical online support.

For more information about ACCA student membership, registration and exemptions see the website.

ACCA professional-level papers
If you hold passes or exemptions for the whole fundamental stage (papers F1–F9) you might be interested in our Accounting PGDip/MSc course that provides you with tuition for your professional-level papers.

Months of entry


Course content

This course has been developed in conjunction with the ACCA to meet the requirements of both a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting and the ACCA Fundamental Skills syllabus.

On completion, you will be able to apply to the ACCA for exemptions from their Applied level papers.

This course is offered on a part-time and full-time basis.

You will study a broad range of subjects, including financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, taxation, auditing, law, quantitative techniques and economics, preparing you for a senior role in accountancy.

Membership of ACCA also provides you with access to the institute’s resources and the opportunity to network with senior professionals and executives.

As an ACCA Gold Learning Partner, the university is recognised as providing high quality standards of tuition and excellent student support.

On completion of the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting you will be able to progress onto the Accounting PGDip/MSc course. You will also be able to apply to the ACCA for exemptions from their Applied skills level papers.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Brighton Business School
01273 642197