The Academy of Business Leaders is offering students a unique opportunity to enrol in a work study programme that will accelerate, enhance and fast track their career in Accounts. The first year of this programme will offer nine ACCA modules and the opportunity to apply skills to the workplace on an apprenticeship basis. This is an excellent chance for students to obtain knowledge in the classroom, gain skills in the training room and become competent within the workplace. This challenging and rewarding programme is ideal for budding accountants who wish to enter into the accounting and finance sector and/or progress to complete the ACCA professional qualifications.

Programme Type

This course is delivered face-to-face in a classroom environment and online.

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  • Duration
    30 Months
  • Start date
    4 Oct 2019
  • Delivery Mode
  • Credits

Awarding Body

MQRIC Accredited

The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) deems this Professional Programme (Equivalent to a Masters Programme) to be at Level 7 in the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.

Entry Criteria

Learners should have a background in Accounts/Business Studies and be fluent in written and spoken English.

Mode of Assessment

Candidates need to successfully complete a series of work-based assignments and examinations.

Course Outline

This qualification is currently the only one of its kind worldwide. Learners will develop an understanding of current practice together with specialist analytical skills and knowledge in a range of aspects of financial management and accounting, This qualification specifically aims to:

  • Provide an intensive, academically demanding and applied programme that both critically evaluates and synthesises current academic concepts, theories and research to address key issues in Accounting and Finance (AF).
  • Enable students to develop purposefully and refine their own comprehensive ‘toolbox’ of AF techniques and encouraging them to practice the application of such tools.
  • Equip students with specialist analytical skills and knowledge to take advantage of opportunities and minimise threats within the complex real world environment.
  • Facilitate students in the development of the deeper subject specific knowledge and skills in applied settings.
  • Setting in place an approach to lifelong learning and the acquisition of skills which will enable you to apply a structured and reflective approach to both personal development and contribution to society.
  • Develop students’ problem-solving and decision-making skills and judgment in the field of AF.

1.      What is ACCA Accelerate?
Our ACCA accelerate work study programme, is an opportunity to both learn and apply knowledge within the field of accountancy. This is based on a two to three year set up. Through partnerships with different business, we are offering sponsored spots on this programme. This challenging and rewarding programme is ideal for budding accountants who wish to enter the accounting and finance sector and progress to complete the ACCA Professional-level exams.
2.      How does this vary from the ACCA route?
Our Diploma in Professional Accountancy, is a first step into the ACCA route and is an ACCA Accredited Programme. Our students are registered onto the ACCA accelerate programme once they are through the bootcamp. Our bootcamp is an intense and fulltime period of study where students go through the 3 fundamental levels of our progamme, which are all tested by exam at the end. These subjects give students a sound foundation to then enter the word of work. Once students make it through to the bootcamp, they will be given access to all ACCA resources including the ACCA student hub, forums, and webinars. The second year of the ACCA accelerate work study programme with Business Leaders Malta follows through to the ACCA Professional level exams.
3.      Does the ACCA accelerate route prepare students to the same level as other ACCA programmes? 
The ACCA Accelerate programme is a more intense route for students. The end qualification is the same, with students graduating with 13 ACCA exams, 8 of which are received through exemption.  Students cover the similar hours of tuition to ACCA students. The added value is that more study time is allocated to students during the week. The first 2.5 months of the programme is on a full-time study basis. The last 9.5 months of the first year are then divided into 2 days of study and 3 days of work/ on-the-job training. 
In the second year, students will attend work 4 times a week and have 1 day a week to study. We believe that students gain a lot from lectures during the day and that the commitment to study needs to take place on more than just evenings or weekends in order for it to be of very high standards. 

4.      Are the exams easier?
No. Exams sat through the Diploma of Professional Accountancy are of the same level, quality and standard as that of other ACCA exams. Our delivery and assessment for ACCA content and set up through the diploma of professional accountancy needs to be up to 80% similar to all other ACCA exams in order for students to receive ACCA exemptions. We have gone through an assessment process with ACCA to validate this and we will consistently run checks to make sure that the standard of testing is the same. We value the integrity of the accountancy profession and want to be sure that our students leave with the same value. Our intention is not to deliver a lower quality or easier programme, instead we aim to add value to the students’ experience by offering our students a structured programme that is integrated with work exposure, allocates study time, provides day time lectures and carries out regular/frequent assessment.

5.      How do the ACCA exemptions work?
Once students successfully complete the diploma, students will be exempted from 9 ACCA foundation level exams. Once students graduate from the diploma, students will move towards the ACCA professional exams.

6.      What if I fail one of the exams?
Just like any other institution we do hold resits. Resits are planned into the academic year. The first set of resits cover the bootcamp topics and are held within a month of the bootcamp. The second resits are set at the end of the first academic year and cover any of the 6 subjects covered in the second part of the year.   Students will not be able to follow onto the second year until they have achieved a pass rate for all subjects for the first year.

Benefits for individuals

  • A more applied and empowered approach to learning, allowing students to be assessed both by assignment and examination.
  • An opportunity for students to fast track their accounting and finance career through support provided by tutors.
  • A diploma delivered by subject experts who work in key roles within the accounting field.
  • Training by industry professionals to develop the soft skills for that extra edge.
  • A fully-fledged programme that leads to ACCA accreditation.
  • A paid work placement with an industry leader.

Benefits for employers

  • Fully fledged programme that prepares your new workforce for the work placement
  • A fast track to recruit talent and immerse new employees into the workforce whilst still building their knowledge and skills
  • A great solution to attract recruits who may otherwise have opted for full time study

Course Modules

Module 1: Principles of Accounting

  • Understand the role of the accounting function in a business
  • Understand how financial information is used within a business
  • Understand financial statements and their interrelationships
  • Prepare financial statements for specific purposes

Duration: N/A
Trainer s: Klara Grech, Justin Borg

Module 2: Principles of Business Finance

  • Understand the importance of finance to businesses
  • Understand sources of finance
  • Understand the investment opportunities available to businesses
  • Understand regulation issues relevant to business finance

Duration: N/A
Trainer s: Noel Cassar, Maria Giulia Pace

Module 3: Management Accounting and Finance

  • Analyse financial data and information
  • Understand investment appraisal techniques used to evaluate projected
  • financial returns on investment
  • Understand the use of financial information systems to support senior managers in planning and controlling activities
  • Understand behavioural aspects of management control systems
  • Understand the use of performance measurement systems

Duration: N/A
Trainer s: Alexia Busuttil, Maurice Cachia

Module 4: Management Accounting

  • Understand techniques used for specialist cost and management accounting
  • Understand techniques used for decision-making
  • Understand budgetary control systems
  • Prepare forecasts and budgets for a business
  • Understand performance monitoring against budgets within a business

Duration: N/A
Trainer s: Alexia Busuttil, Carmelo Borg

Module 5: Financial Reporting Processes

  • Understand issues in the financial reporting regulatory framework
  • Understand the characteristics and limitations of financial information
  • Prepare and present single entity and consolidated financial statements from complete or incomplete records which conform to IFRS
  • Interpret financial statements
  • Understand the roles of directors, company secretaries and auditors in the financial management process

Duration: N/A
Trainer s: Maryna Lisova, Olga Peremot

Module 6: Principles and Techniques of Financial Management

  • Understand the function of financial management
  • Understand working capital management techniques
  • Use working capital management techniques
  • Perform investment appraisal and draw conclusions
  • Calculate cash flows for investment projects
  • Evaluate alternative sources of business finance
  • Understand how to choose sources of finance and investment
  • Understand risk management techniques used in financial management

Duration: N/A
Trainer : Noel Cassar

Module 7: Auditing Principles and Practice

  • Understand regulatory and conceptual frameworks of auditing
  • Understand the principles and practice of planning and conducting audit work
  • Understand the principles and practice of internal control, internal audit and internal review

Duration: N/A
Trainer s: Olga Peremot , Irina Barladean

Module 8: Principles and Practice of Business Law

  • Understand the legal system and the selected areas of the laws of contract, torts, and employment
  • Understand legal rules and regulations which apply to business organisations
  • Understand the relationship between legal rules, which apply to the
  • operation of business organisations
  • Understand the interactions between legal rules in the operation of
  • business, and business organisations
  • Understand the principles of securities law
  • Understand the principles of company law, corporate behaviour and legal liabilities

Duration: N/A
Trainer s: Ilona Schembri , Robert Attard

Module 9: Principles of Taxation

  • Understand the purpose of taxation
  • Understand the role of taxation legislation, practice and administration
  • Understand corporation tax calculations
  • Calculate tax for a company or group of companies
  • Calculate tax for partnerships and limited liability partnerships
  • Calculate tax for an individual
  • Calculate the capital gains tax liability following disposal of different types of assets
  • Give advice on options for tax planning

Duration: N/A
Trainer : Robert Attard