ACCA Qualification Level 9


Entry requirements:

You must be 18 years of age or over and hold the minimum entry requirements of the Irish Leaving Certificate (in at least 5 separate subjects with at least 3 of the 5 subjects at Higher Level [Ard] [Grade C or higher], at least 2 of the remaining subjects at Grade D3 or above, either Higher Level [Ard] or Ordinary Level [Gnáth Grade D or above] including English and Mathematics). Students are reminded they should register with the ACCA before they enrol with our College. Or;

CAT Level B (complete) or;

Degree (from a recognised institution in any subject). Holders of higher-level qualifications may receive exemptions from some of the ACCA Qualification examinations. Students are reminded they should register with the ACCA before they enrol with our College. Or;

Mature Students. Individuals over 21 years who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may register through the Mature Student Entry Route (MSER). MSER students must pass the equivalent of Paper F2 Management Accounting and Paper F3 Financial Accounting within two years of registration and prior to undertaking F1 and progressing further.

Awarding Body: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)


Fundamental Knowledge Papers: €510 per paper
Fundamental Skills Papers: €640 per paper
Professional Essential Papers: €750 per paper
Professional Options Papers: €750 per paper

ACCA Examination Fees

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All ACCA fees are payable directly to the ACCA.

Duration: Semesterised Basis

Commencement Dates

Start Date: September 2018
Days/Times: TBC

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ACCA Qualification (Level 9) – Career Opportunities

One of the greatest strengths of the ACCA syllabus is the breadth and depth of subjects that it covers. Not only will you have a qualification that is relevant on a global scale, but by having the option to take variant papers, in law and tax, your qualification will be relevant to your local working environment. The ACCA Qualification is highly regarded throughout the world and enables you to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, use the designatory letters ACCA after your name and work in any aspect of finance or management in any sector of business. Gaining such a qualification is evidence that the holder possesses skills and knowledge which are in high demand by employers in sectors such as banking, auditing, consulting, taxation and law.


The ACCA Qualification is a highly relevant, targeted combination of study and practical experience. The qualification is designed to deliver a broad-based qualification, focusing on the essential skills of accounting, business and finance. The syllabus is a result of extensive research and consultation with governments, students, colleges and employers from a range of public and private sector organisations. The ACCA Qualification is your passport to reaching the highest levels in any organisation and the programme offers a choice of examinations and work experience competences to allow participants to tailor the path of the qualification to suit their needs and aspirations. The ACCA Qualification will deliver professional accountants who are capable of building successful careers across all sectors, from practising in accountancy firms to the corporate, financial services and public sectors.


Fundamentals (9 Papers)


  • F1 Accountant in Business
  • F2 Management Accounting
  • F3 Financial Accounting


  • F4 Corporate and Business Law
  • F5 Performance Management
  • F6 Taxation
  • F7 Financial Reporting
  • F8 Audit and Assurance
  • F9 Financial Management

Professional (5 Papers)


  • P1 Professional Accountant
  • P2 Corporate Reporting
  • P3 Business Analysis

Options (2 Papers to be Completed):

  • P4 Advanced Financial Management
  • P5 Advanced Performance Management
  • P6 Advanced Taxation
  • P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance

Computer Based Examinations (CBE) are now available for ACCA F1, F2 & F3 and ACCA CAT Papers 1, 2, 3 & 4 as an alternative to the paper-based examinations. Cork City College is an accredited CBEs centre that offers CBEs at various times during the year. The benefits of Computer Based Examinations include:

  • ICTC will offer CBEs continuously throughout the semester
  • Your result is given immediately on completion of the examination
  • A failed paper can be retaken immediately if required The CBE consists of 50 questions per examination to be completed within 2 hours. The nature of the questions will be predominantly multiple choice or single number entry.

For further details, please contact Glen Anderson, Director of ICTC

Work Experience:

To become a Chartered Certified Accountant, you must satisfy the ACCA’s practical training requirements. In addition to passing the professional examinations, you will need to:

  • Gain a minimum of three years’ supervised, relevant practical experience
  • Satisfy the minimum competence requirements for membership
  • Record your experience in your personal Student Training Record (STR)

Participants will sit ACCA examinations in both June and December of each year of study. In order to qualify as a member of the ACCA the following must be completed:

  • 14 examinations (9 of which are eligible for exemptions)
  • A minimum of three years relevant practical experience
  • A professional ethics module

On successful completion of the ACCA Qualification examinations, graduates will receive an invitation to become a Certified Chartered Accountant. In order to obtain the qualification and use the designated letters ACCA after their name, graduates must also satisfy the appropriate practical financial work experience requirement (3 years). Cork City College recruitment service will assist students in fulfilling the practical work experience component of the ACCA Qualification Scheme.

Academic Progression Opportunities

The ACCA Qualification is a passport to a new world of opportunity – once you become a member, the learning process continues throughout your career. The range of educational opportunities includes both undergraduate and postgraduate degree qualifications. The innovative partnership between the ACCA and Oxford Brookes University allows ACCA students to study for a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, whilst taking their ACCA examinations. For further information, prospective students may contact our administration team or the ACCA Connect directly :

ACCA Connect
110 Queen Street
G1 3BX
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)141 582 2000