Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDA)

BPP University Business School in association with The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and KPMG (the professional services firm) have designed a unique, fast-track route for graduates, accredited by and leading to the ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification.

Compared to the traditional, integrated, part-time routes to qualification, which take three years to complete, this innovative route offers a fantastic alternative study method for graduates wishing to become qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountants.

Graduate trainees study full-time, with two work placements and complete 14 of the 15 ICAEW Professional Accounting examinations within their first year of employment with KPMG. Six of these examinations will be taken with BPP University as part of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting programme, the other eight examinations will be taken with the ICAEW Professional Accounting Body

  • Successful completion of the entire study route will lead to the award of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDA) from BPP University (7 Modules providing exemption from 6 ICAEW Exams) and also the ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification.
  • Students are employed by KPMG from the outset and paid a competitive graduate salary. All first attempt tuition and exam fees are covered by KPMG.
Programme details
Location

London City Birmingham, Manchester

Start Date

September

Length of programme

12 months full-time

Modes of study

Classroom

Assessment

Coursework, exams and supervised projects

How to apply

In order to secure a place on the programme an application needs to be made to BPP University via KPMG. Please visit KPMG for more details on how to apply for a place on this ground-breaking programme.

To apply for the programme please do so on the KPMG website.

Key Information

  • Study full-time, with two work placements and complete 14 of the 15 ICAEW professional examinations within your first year of employment. Six of these exams will be taken with BPP University as part of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDA) programme.
  • Gain employment from KPMG from the outset and be paid a competitive graduate salary
  • Qualify with a BPP University Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDA) (7 Modules providing exemption from 6 ICAEW Exams) and the ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification (8 exams)
  • A unique, fast-track route for graduates to achieve the ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification

Study programme

How the programme is taught

Your programme will be delivered by face to face lectures, delivered by experienced Faculty, who are all professionally qualified and have Practitioner experience.

Face-to-face lectures will be supplemented by virtual learning environment resources, such as online lectures, question debriefs, exam technique seminars etc.

Your programme materials will include study materials, formative assessments and revision guidance to fully prepare you for your BPP University GDA assessments and for your ICAEW professional examinations. You will also get regular feedback throughout the programme to help you realise your full potential.

The face to face teaching programme incorporates formative assessment in the form of an achievement ladder, with assessments building in complexity, to prepare you for the final course assessments.

Personal support will be provided by the BPP Performance Coach Team, who are available to provide individual support to facilitate your learning and help you realise your study goals.

Assessment

You will be assessed for each module of the GDA by the most appropriate method to enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes, and BPP University’s assessment framework includes coursework, examinations, presentations and supervised projects.

Modules

The GDA qualification is made up of 7 modules. 6 of which provide an exemption from the equivalent ICAEW Professional Accounting Examination. The seventh module is a unique module linking the technical knowledge gained on the programme to the two work placements with KPMG. You must complete all seven modules:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (15 credits)
  • Tax Compliance (15 credits)
  • Audit and Assurance (15 credits)
  • Business Planning: Taxation (15 credits)
  • Business Strategy (15 credits)
  • Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Theory into Professional Practice (work placement link module)(30 credits)

You will also take another 8 ICAEW professional exams in your first year of employment with KPMG


Admission

In order to secure a place on the GDA programme an application needs to be made to BPP University via KPMG. Details of how to apply to KPMG for a place on this ground-breaking study route can be found here.