Full Time ACCA Course – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • What we offer
  • Requirements


Accountancy School at Independent Colleges

Independent Colleges’ School of Professional Accountancy is led by two of Ireland’s most respected accounting and finance educators Dave O’Donoghue FCCA, MSc, Dip IFRS and Liam Doran FCCA, FCPA, MBS Finance. Independent Colleges is recognised as a leading educational institution in preparing students to sit the professional accountancy examinations of all the major accountancy bodies in Ireland in particular ACCA.

The School launched its first full time ACCA course in February 2009. The full-time course is specifically designed for students who are from a non-accountancy related background. The full-time course offers more contact hours with day-time lectures and revision courses. Full-time students are also given Question Based Assessment facilities. We are a Platinum Approved college and we have had five first in the world prize-winners in our Professional level courses.

Independent Colleges – ACCA Full-time

ACCA full-time classes have small student numbers and focuses more on interactive learning. International students who require a study visa must register under the full-time course scheme. Students must register for four subjects for one full year in order to obtain a study visa. This is in line with study visa requirements set out by the Department of Justice.

The next course commences 23rd February 2015

Download Timetable here 

ACCA Registration

Students wishing to study ACCA must register with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) directly. Registration details are available on the ACCA website www.accaglobal.com. Students with previous Accounting or Business related qualifications may get exemptions from some of the subjects (except for Professional level papers). Please contact ACCA directly to enquire about your exemptions.

Accountancy School Full-time Fee Schedule (for June 2015 examinations)

Students currently residing in Ireland:

  • Papers F1 to F3 – Euro 500 per paper
  • Papers F4 to F9 – Euro 750 per paper
  • Papers P1 to P7 – Euro 920 per paper

Tuition fees include study materials, revision course, mock exams and progress tests.

Fees must be paid prior to commencement of the programme.

New Discount for multi bookings

We are delighted to announce that we are now offering multiple booking discounts, applicable on all ACCA Main Course subjects from F1 to P7 (Terms & Conditions apply):

€350 off the total course fees when you book 2 ACCA Main Courses
€500 off the total course fees when you book 3 ACCA Main Courses
€650 off the total course fees when you book 4 ACCA Main Courses

- Our existing 50% Discount for repeat and unemployed students continues to be available*.

*Our 50% discount for repeat and unemployed cannot be used in conjunction with the multiple discount offer (Terms & Conditions apply).

Contact Details: acca@independentcolleges.ie T: +353 (0)1 635 5800

Download Application Form for Students for students in Ireland (6 month course)

Download Application Form for Students for students in Ireland (12 months course)


International Students currently not living in Ireland/EU

Please contact Roderick Smyth to request for an application form and course fees

Contact Details: roderick.smyth@independentcolleges.ie T: +353 (0)1 635 5800

How to apply for ACCA Full Time for International Students

  • Please submit a completed application form with two passport size photographs (email copy is suitable)
  • Copy of ACCA registration letter
  • Certified copies of previous qualifications and transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • The IELTS band score needed to apply for ACCA with college is 5.5

Please submit application to roderick.smyth@independentcolleges.ie or post to, 60-63 Dawson St, Dublin 2, Ireland. 

ACCA Connect

2 Central Quay

89 Hydepark Street

Glasgow, United kingdom G3 8BW

Email: info@accaglobal.com
Web: www.accaglobal.com

Phone: +44 141 582 2000

ACCA Ireland

9 Leeson Park,Dublin 6, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)1 447 5678

Web: www.accaglobal.com


Course Duration

Full Time

Course Fees

Full Time: See Application Forms
Part Time:


A Full Syllabus with subject details is available on the ACCA website at


What We Offer

Key features of ACCA full-time at the Accountancy School at Independent Colleges include:

  • Extensive lecture/contact hours
  • Thorough coverage of all topics covered on the ACCA syllabus
  • Application of theory
  • Extensive use of practice questions (including past examination questions)
  • Small class sizes allow students to discuss topics with peers and lecturers
  • Regular class/progress tests to examine understanding of each topic
  • Easy access to lecturers
  • All relevant study materials provided at the beginning of the programme and updates given throughout the teaching period
  • Library and study facilities on campus
  • Timetables that allow students to balance work and self study
  • On line support – Access to moodle; the college Intranet
  • Mock exams with comprehensive feedback at the end of the programme


ACCA offer you various entry points on to the ACCA Qualification depending on your previous academic qualifications.

The minimum entry requirement is two A Levels and three GCSEs or their equivalent. These need to be in five separate subjects including English and maths.

Full information for each country is available in the minimum entry criteria document, which is located on the exemptions enquiry database.

If you do not meet the minimum entry requirements to start the ACCA Qualification, then you will need to apply for Foundations in Accountancy and take some or all of these awards before continuing with the ACCA Qualification. If you complete the Diploma in Accounting and Business you will be able to transfer over to the ACCA Qualification, claim exemption from F1, F2 and F3 and continue your studies from F4 onwards. Please visit the Foundations in Accountancy section in the Related links list on the left-hand side of the page for more information.

ACCA Qualification Graduate-Entry Route

If you have a relevant degree from a university accredited by ACCA, then you may not need to take all of the ACCA Qualification exams. Nine exams at the Fundamentals level of the ACCA Qualification are eligible for exemption. You cannot claim exemptions from any exams at the Professional level.

Even if your qualifications are not from an accredited institution, you still may not need to take all of the exams. The amount of exemptions you can get will depend on how well your current qualifications match ACCA studies.

Please refer to the Exemptions enquiry database to find out what exemptions you may be able to claim by clicking on the Related links list on the left-hand side of this page.

ACCA Exam Entry Process:

The key changes to the exam entry process are the addition of an early exam entry period to the standard and late exam entry periods which already exist and combined initial application with exam entry for students who apply online.

These changes and new dates will impact on when potential students should submit their initial application to ACCA. Students can now choose to submit an initial application at any time. However their application must be received by ACCA in plenty of time for ACCA to process it in respect of their chosen exam entry period. ACCA’s guideline is that initial applications should be received at least 20 days in advance of the published exam entry period closing dates. The dates are as follows and will be introduced from the beginning of July 2011.

Key Dates


Exam entry period Early* Standard Late
June exam session 8 March 9 March - 8 April 9 April - 8 May
December exam session 8 September 9 September –8 October 9 October –8 November
Exam entry method online only online and paper online only

*The early exam entry period only applies to students entering for exams online or submitting a fully online initial application.


Please note:

  • discounted exam fees will be available in the early exam entry period
  • the new dates only apply to entries for paper-based exams held in June and December and not CBEs
  • ACCA will no longer have registration closing dates of 31 December and 15 August going forward (or earlier in some countries)
  • a student who expects to receive a posted paper exam entry form from ACCA must be registered with ACCA by the time exam results are published (currently mid February or Mid August)
  • a student submitting a paper exam entry form by post will pay the standard exam entry fee 








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