Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting

This course has now been retired. We've replaced it with two more flexible and enhanced on-demand courses: Introduction to Bookkeeping and Introduction to Management Accounting

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Course start date
The final session opened on 3 July 2017. Now please wait for the on-demand courses, launching on 7 August 2017
Course price
Estimated effort
3 hours per week, plus 1-2 hours of self-study per week

Prepare for ACCA’s Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting.

About this course

Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting is the ideal starting point for future accountants.

This free online course from ACCA will:

  • Arm you with the knowledge you need to take your exams in Recording Financial Transactions (FA1) and Management Information (MA1)
  • Integrate interactive activities and discussion forums so that you can share your ideas with your instructor and other students
  • Prepare you for a junior position in accounting or bookkeeping.

You do not need any previous knowledge of accounting. Simply sign up and start your accountancy journey.

What you will learn

In this course you will learn about:

  • Business transactions, the banking system and double entry bookkeeping
  • Payroll and ledger accounts
  • Reconciliation and preparing the trial balance
  • The nature and purpose of cost and management accounting
  • How to record and classify costs
  • How to use spreadsheets.

Entry requirements

None - this is an introductory course.


If you would like a certificate with the course, please register with ACCA as a student

Once you sit and pass ACCA's computer-based exams, all you need to do is complete an online and interactive module on the Foundations in Professionalism which helps you understand what it means to be a professional and to act ethically at work. You will then be awarded the Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting from ACCA.

Course Staff

  • Barry Walsh

    Barry Walsh

    Barry is a professionally qualified accountant with experience working in a number of different industries. He has also been employed as an accounting software consultant. For the past 15 years Barry has worked in professional accountancy publishing and training. He has written study texts and other products, covering a range of subject areas and qualifications including products reviewed and approved by ACCA. He has also written objective test questions for use in professional accountancy examinations

  • Tara Askham

    Tara Askham

    Tara has a wealth of experience in teaching, examining and writing assessment and training materials for the accounting profession. Tara has taught Bookkeeping and taught and co-ordinated Accounting courses at Central College, Nottingham. She has worked as a freelance examiner and writes examination papers for bookkeeping and has broad experience in writing assessments for computerised testing