FIA/CAT LONDON

FOUNDATIONS IN ACCOUNTANCY (FIA) / CERTIFIED ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN (CAT) SUITE OF QUALIFICATIONS

The Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) consists of foundation-level qualifications designed for aspiring accountants who are starting out in areas of accounting and finance or those who are already in the industry but lack the qualifications to advance their career

  • A Suite of Qualifications
  • Accelerated Progression
  • Flexible
  • Locally and Globally Recognised

FIA / CAT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry Point for FIA
FIA offers various entry and exit points that cater to students with different backgrounds and career goals. It is important that you pick the right qualification to maximise your chances of success. Making an approriate choice of entry improves pass rates, avoids unnecessary cost and time spent to repeat the papers and instils confidence to take on
further advanced papers.

Entry Requirements
In order to qualify for any of the qualifications under FIA, local and international students must be at least 16 years old and fulfill the English language proficiency requirement.

Intake
Malvern International is offering a well-paced tuition programme for the 4 intakes every year in January, March, July, and September.

Duration
Introductory and Intermediate Certificates can be completed at a minumum duration of 3 months. Diploma and Foundation Certificates require at least 6 months for completion

FIA / CAT PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

In 2011, the original Certificate Accounting Technician (CAT) programme is revised by ACCA and is redesigned as Foundations in Accountancy (FIA).

The overall structure remains the same as shown below.

Foundations in Accountancy (FIA)
Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting FA1  Recording Financial Transactions
MA1 Management Information
*Foundations in Professionalism
Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting FA2  Maintaining Financial Records 
MA2 Managing Costs and Finance
*Foundations in Professionalism
Diploma in Accounting and Business FAB Accountant in Business
FFA Financial Accounting
FMA Management Accounting
*Foundations in Professionalism
Exemptions for F1 – F3
Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Foundation Certificates # (All the 7 exams above, plus 2 out of the following 3 specialist exam.)
FAU Foundations in Audit
FTX Foundations in Taxation
FFM Foundation in Financial Management
*Foundations in Professionalism
* Foundations in Professionalism is an online interactive module that needs to be completed only once via the ACCA website.
# Each Options Paper can be taken as a Foundation Certificate. The Foundations in Professionalism module must also be completed.

Examinations

Under the FIA suite of qualifications on Demand Computer-Based Examinations (CBEs) are available for papers at Introductory, Intermediate or Diploma level. CBEs are strongly encouraged because it allows students a greater control in planning their studies. CBEs are available monthly and results are instantly available at the end of the examination.

For Specialist Papers, only paper-based examinations are available. These are held in June and December every year.