Intermediate Management Accounting

This online course is on-demand. You can start learning whenever you like and study at your own pace.
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Course length
6 weeks
Course price
Estimated effort
5 hours of self-study per week

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About this course

Intermediate Management Accounting is part two of a programme designed for anyone who is just starting out on their business, finance or accountancy journey and wants to expand their accounting and finance skills.

Building on what you learned in Introduction to Management Accounting, this free online course from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants will:

  • Enhance your finance and accountancy skills, exploring how to use accounting concepts to aid decision-making 
  • Arm you with the knowledge you need to take your exam in Managing Costs and Finance (MA2)
  • Prepare you for a position as an accounting administrator

If you have some basic knowledge of accountancy, business and finance, then this is the course for you. If you do not, then start with the Introduction course.

What you will learn

In this course we will guide you on the next step of your finance journey by exploring:

  • Costing and financial principles and techniques
  • How to use management information to support decision making

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements but basic knowledge of accountancy and business is strongly recommended.

If you do not have this knowledge, you can start with the Introduction course


You won't get a certificate for completing this course but if you want an award simply register with ACCA as a student and take the related exams.

Related ACCA computer-based exams:

  • 'Maintaining Financial Records' (FA2). Study Intermediate Bookkeeping course.
  • 'Managing Costs and Finance' (MA2). Use this Intermediate Management Accounting course to prepare for the exam.

You need to pass the FA2 and MA2 exams and complete an online and interactive module on the 'Foundations in Professionalism' to be awarded the ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting (RQF Level 3).

Course Staff

  • Dr Bruce Clayton

    Dr Bruce Clayton

    Bruce is a management accounting and financial planning specialist based in Australia. He is a qualified chartered accountant (SA), and completed his undergraduate qualifications at the University of Natal; his MBA at the University of Cape Town and his Doctorate at Potchefstroom University. Bruce qualified by working first as an articled clerk and then as an audit manager with Ernst & Young and Deloitte. He then moved into teaching and has had visiting scholar positions in the UK, US, South Africa and China. He was associate professor in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at Deakin University, Australia, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervising research at Masters and PhD levels. Bruce has published in the prestigious academic journals, Accounting, Organizations and Society and Critical Perspectives on Accounting among others, and has a forthcoming publication (with Professor Chris van Staden), in the Australian Accounting Review titled The impact of social influence pressure on the ethical decision-making of professional accountants: Australian and New Zealand evidence.