Professional Certificate in Accounting
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This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting skills in a management or other role. You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of financial and management accounting and its role in business organisations – including how to prepare accounts and how to use accounting information for decision-making, planning and control. You’ll also explore issues of business law, corporate governance and ethics as they relate to accounting and management. The certificate is accredited by a range of professional bodies and is excellent preparation for professional accountancy training.
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There are no formal entry requirements to study this certificate. However, this is a Level 2 certificate. You should ensure that you have adequate study skills, such as those gained from Level 1 study or its equivalent, before you begin. In addition, if you have no previous experience of accounting we advise you to study the Level 1 module
Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting (B190) first, but please note that the credits you gain for B190 cannot be counted towards the Professional Certificate in Accounting (S25) or the BA (Honours) Business Studies (Q70).
Career relevance and employability
The Professional Certificate in Accounting provides a solid foundation in accounting skills. Although it does not qualify you as an accountant (for which you need to pass the qualifying examinations of a professional accounting body), it will help you progress to professional training. The institutions in
this list have granted exemptions to holders of this certificate.
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Pathways allow you to specialise or choose particular topics that interest you. You will need to choose a pathway before registering.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
If you have already completed some successful study at higher education level at another institution (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW or other accounting qualifications for example) you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible, and before you register for this qualification.
If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete this qualification. This may also mean that the next start date and the maximum time limit for this qualification are different to those shown.
Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Practical and professional skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded a Professional Certificate in Accounting and will be entitled to use the letters Cert Acc (Open) after your name.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our
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If you have a disability
Choosing the qualification that’s right for you is very important. Depending on your disability, long-term health condition, mental health disability or specific learning difficulty, you may need to consider any challenges posed by:
the learning objectives: for example, to gain an honours degree in a language you must be physically able to speak the language
how the modules are taught: for example, some of our science qualifications require that you complete laboratory work
any work-based competency requirements.
Choosing the right qualification can be a complex mix of the subject requirements and the support you may need. To help you assess whether the qualification you are interested in will work for you, further advice is available from:
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007),
Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you
will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you
register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities
we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move.
As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed
feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online
tutorials, or by phone.
For more information read
Distance learning explained.