What Is Foundation In Accountancy (ACCA-FIA)

Foundation in Accountancy (ACCA-FIA) is a stepping stone onto the ACCA Qualification. It is a rigorous and flexible qualification that kick starts students’ higher education journey at the most relevant level through a range of Foundation level awards made up of certificates and diplomas which provide the ideal starting point for anyone new to accounting and finance.

Upon achieving the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (RQF Level 4), students can start studying the ACCA Qualification and claim exemption from the Applied Knowledge exams. They can then continue their journey to becoming a fully qualified professional accountant.


Why study Foundation in Accountancy (ACCA-FIA)?

ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner (ALP)

UOW Malaysia was awarded with the Platinum seal of approval as an ACCA Approved Learning Partners (ALP), the highest and most prestigious level of approval for universities and colleges globally.

ACCA Platinum ALP must meet the challenging performance targets to attain Gold approval followed by further targets relating to the course delivery and the way the institution is run. It must also demonstrate that their students’ examination results consistently meet pass-rate targets set by ACCA.

With this award, UOW Malaysia is recognised to be a leading provider of high-quality learning and support to ACCA students in Malaysia.


Foundation in Accountancy (ACCA-FIA) career pathways

Upon completion of this foundation program, graduates can decide to continue on the pathway to becoming a professional accountant by pursuing ACCA qualifications. 

If you decide to join the workforce, the skills and competencies you develop in a Foundation in Accountancy course will enable you to support financial managers and assist in finance departments in many types of businesses locally as well as internationally. 


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Program information


At UOW Malaysia, students benefit from our faculty of experienced and Professional Accounting lecturers, all of whom carry a 10-year average teaching experience.

CAT / Foundation in Accountancy (FIA), an internationally-recognised qualification awarded by the ACCA, is designed to train you to be an accounting technician of today and tomorrow needs. It is not only a rigorous and flexible qualification to help you contribute to business performance and an ever-changing business landscape, but also allow you to fast-track towards being a qualified accountant. CAT / Foundation in Accountancy (FIA) covers the key areas of financial accounting, management accounting, taxation and finance.



  • Weekend classes are available (professional level papers) for those who’d need to juggle between work and study.



  • We track students’ learning capabilities through lecturer-marked progress tests, mock examinations, as well as examination reviews, to ensure a higher passing rate.
  • Employability Enhancement Program (EEP) embedded for soft skill enhancement.
  • FREE SQL Accounting Software Training.



  • Assistance in ACCA Malaysia initial registration, payment of subscription and registration for exams.
  • Guidance in Practical Experience Requirement (PER) for attaining ACCA membership.
  • Academic counselling on study pathways.
  • Recording services for the classes are available upon request.



Corporate sponsorship and job placement by reputable accounting firms

Job placement

  • Our students have been placed at and rose the ranks as Associates, Senior Associate, Assistant Managers, Managers and Directors in various lines such as Audit, Tax, Advisory Business Services and Outsourcing at medium and large audit firms.

Corporate and government sponsorships

  • Our students also enjoy financial sponsorship (both partial and full) from various audit firms, as well as appointed government agencies.



The PAC Club at UOW Malaysia, especially for Professional Accounting students, is the best place for students to enhance their communication, organisational and leadership skills. Students are able to participate and engage in various activities that not only develop their skills, but also build friendship and camaraderie. Some of the activities recently organised include:

Intra-varsity PAC Camp (PACC)

  • Team building activities which emphasised on team work and leadership skills.

UOW Malaysia’s Got Talent

  • An opportunity for students of complete Accounting courses to showcase their talents and learn how to communicate with public audience on the stage.

UOW Malaysia Awards, Talent and Prom (ATP) Night

  • Planning and organising skills were crucial to make this major event a successful story.

Charity Drive – Volunteer work

  • Doing charity work together as a team as it builds bonds, strengthens communication skills and boosts morale, while making a positive difference in the lives of people who need it most.
1 year
Program Location
UOW Malaysia KDU College, Utropolis Glenmarie

ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting
(RQF Level 2) (2 Papers)

  • FA1 Recording Financial Transactions
  • MA1 Management Information


ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting
(RQF Level 3) (2 Papers)

  • FA2 Maintaining Financial Records
  • MA2 Managing Costs & Finance


ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business
(RQF Level 4) (3 Papers)

  • FBT Business and Technology
  • FMA Management Accounting
  • FFA Financial Accounting


Foundations in Professionalism (FiP)

FiP is an online and interactive module that helps develop students’ understanding of what it means to act professionally and ethically as a finance professional.

Compulsory Subjects
  • Introduction to Financial Planning
  • Introduction to Taxation

Intake dates


12 January 17 May 15 July 17 September
Estimated fees
Local students


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International students


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  • All fees paid are not refundable or transferable.
  • All fees payable directly to ACCA are not included in the abovementioned fee.
  • Material fee is payable to Advanced International Training Sdn Bhd (AIT).
Academic Qualification

SPM / O-Level :
Min. 5 credits (5Cs) inclusive of English and Mathematics


Min. 3 Credits (3Bs) inclusive of English and Mathematics


English Requirement

Local Student :
Credit (SPM / 1119 / UEC / GCE O-Level examination); Band 4 in MUET


International Student :
Band 6.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 60 (IBT) or 8.5 (Essentials-Online) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English (169); or PTE Academic (59)



Malaysian students who do not possess the English requirement stated above, will have to attempt and pass a compulsory English module concurrently in the first semester of the ACCA-FIA program.


Foundation in Accountancy FAQ

Who is eligible to apply for the ACCA FIA program?

The ACCA FIA program is open to students who have completed their SPM/O-Levels or equivalent and wish to pursue a career in finance and accountancy.

How long does it take to complete the ACCA FIA program?

The program can typically be completed in 1 year, depending on the student’s pace and availability.

What is the difference between FIA & ACCA?

FIA qualification is suitable for those who want to study accounting and finance from basic level. ACCA qualification offers courses which are more advanced and for top level management in the field of Accounting and Finance.

Is ACCA FIA a diploma?

The ACCA FIA is a foundation-level program that prepares you for entry into ACCA, It is also the fastest pathway to ACCA.

What are some ACCA FIA subjects?

The ACCA-FIA program at UOW Malaysia KDU College covers the following subjects:

  • Recording Financial Transactions
  • Management Information
  • Maintaining Financial Records
  • Managing Costs & Finance
  • Business and Technology
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Foundations in Professionalism (FiP)
  • Pengajian Malaysia 1
  • Study Skills

What is the assessment process for the FIA program?

Students will usually be assessed via coursework, assignments and written examinations. The format and weight of each assessment component depends on the institution.

Is the Foundation in Accountancy program internationally recognized?

Yes, it is widely accepted by employers and professional bodies since it is offered by leading international professional accountancy organisations, such as the ACCA.