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New to accountancy

New to accountancy

Accountancy is a great career, which can lead down so many different paths.. You could..

  1. Run your own accountancy practice
  2. Become an accountant for a company
  3. Become an auditor
  4. Run your own separate business using your accountancy knowledge
  5. Become a lecturer (perish the thought!)

Basically it means you will always be in demand

What it also allows is for further specialism afterwards, if so needed, or you can concentrate on practical experience as your qualification is so highly regarded anyway

Am I qualified enough to study to become an Accountant?

What are the entry requirements for ACCA or CIMA?

ACCA

None, it is open access to start the Qualification. If you are starting out in accounting and finance or already working in finance but have no formal qualifications, you can start your journey with ACCA at our foundations level. Start Here

CIMA

None, If you have never studied business or accounting before then you can still study the CIMA qualification and will begin with the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting The Certificate Level will help students with little or no accounting experience. Cert BA syllabus is the perfect stepping stone towards a career in business and finance. Start Here

Why ACCA?

It is a professional qualification that is instantly recognisable around the world. It’s a seal of approval and essential to have a qualification as an accountant to sign off on reports. With the focus on financial accounting, audit & tax ACCA gives a rounded view of finance and accountancy that will further an individual’s career and open up a range of opportunities both in and out of finance.

Why CIMA?

By studying CIMA, you will develop the critical knowledge and skills that employers are looking for and be ready to work in any business – large or small, public or private, all around the world. CIMA focusses on business strategy and management accounts The CIMA qualification has been designed to blend management accounting, financial accounting and business-focused subjects to ensure CGMAs have the skills that employers demand

Where do you want to work?

Both CIMA and ACCA are widely recognised qualifications. In the UK, you’ll find that both are highly respected and can turn the heads of employers seeking the right professional talent. Around the world, both can also offer a wide variety of opportunities.

CIMA-qualified accountants are entitled to use the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), which makes you part of an international network that will earn you recognition wherever you go. At the same time, ACCA is accepted in well over 100 countries worldwide, including a series of partnerships with local accountancy bodies in many locations.

Think about where you would like to work throughout your career, and ensure the qualification you choose is recognised there - the chances are you won’t be disappointed. You may, however, have to think about the types of business that are most common in that region.

Who would you like to work for?

This is probably one of the biggest differences between the two qualifications. Because of CIMA’s focus on management accounting in a business context, it’s ideal for those who know they want to work in the finance or management functions of bigger organisations. It equips you with skills that will enable you to work across functions with the strategic needs of the business in mind, and that’s great for large employers.

However, ACCA’s broader approach to accountancy skills means you can work in a wide range of sectors. It also ensures you have everything you need to work for yourself as a self-employed accountant, or in an accountancy practice where you will work with clients. If you’re not sure that a career in big business is right for you, this could be a better option.

Fees

How much is this going to cost?

Boo, we know everything comes at a price:( but we do know your career deserves it and will be worth it in the end when you're earning the big bucks, yay! Sorry, giving that premier service to clients and businesses

So, on top of the expertise and cost of the RCA classes you will need to pay initial registration, annual and exam fees, these are all external costs and paid direct to the relevant bodies

Check out ACCA fees

Check out CIMA fees

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So, loaded with information and your decision made, you're ready to get started with your studies and step through the doors of Riddel Hall (the premier academic venue in Northern Ireland) on the journey to big bucksville:) But why RCA?

Well, not only is RCA the only private provider of tuition in NI but it has to be our focus on offering the Best Lecturers, the Best Customer Service, the Best Studying Support but more importantly the focus on you, the student, exam focussed classes to simply get you to your end goal, passing exams and becoming a qualified accountant

Pass Rates too - as the Belfast Academy continues to go from strength to strength which means we are consistently above worldwide averages across the board. Richard used to work for ACCA as a marker, he also created alongside the examiners a “Train the Trainer” course for the ACCA & CIMA, where he went around the world with the examiners training other tutors - so basically he knows ACCA & CIMA inside and out!

More Experienced tutors - Richard has worked virtually all his working life as an accountancy tutor. and was in fact, responsible for training all BPP tutors worldwide before setting up his own successful academies and with Aaron Crozier now heading up the Belfast & Edinburgh Academies and quickly becoming one of the most respected and talented ACCA tutors in the UK - In fact all of the subjects taught at RCA are lectured by those that have been there, seen it, done it, people who are doing the job day in and day out - they know what they are doing.

Consistent Message - even more importantly, the lecturers are the ones who create their notes and slides etc. Meaning that everything is perfectly tailored.

The Personal Touch - RCA prides itself on service. Yes you need to pass your exams, but we know we have that covered. What you also need is help along the way - in many different ways - and our team is second to none.

Online support - RCA Belfast has recently raised the bar with its online tuition to support, compliment and reinforce the students classroom studies. This is free to all our students.

Innovation - RCA have consistently been at the forefront of innovation. From their online support to the new swanky website - you will never be left behind.

Finally - Our advice would be - don’t just read this and take our word for it - go out and ask around, and we will see you soon at the Academy. Any problems just come and ask us - we like it personal.

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  • At RCA everybody counts! Lectures aren’t old school style (you won’t be sleeping on the desk for sure!) and individual attention is always given. Also all past papers are worked throughout the course

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    Leonora Attard
  • Ur one of the best lecturers ive ever been too... you make it easy to understand and i just love ur lessons , they're fun also

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  • RCA is a great academy to study for your professional accounting exams, as an ACCA student I can say that all staff to the lecturers are fantastic and always there to help, always replying quickly.

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  • Completely different approach to tuition, factoring in that most students are adult students. RCA lecturers have been there done that, which I think Is both unique but fundamental at the same time."

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  • Massive thanks for all your help over the last 3 years, making it as enjoyable as possible, passed my final exam, P6 with 64 marks! I honestly couldn’t think of a better place to get through ACCA.

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  • My ACCA lucky charm, never failed a session under the tenure of this great lecturer. My experience with Acowtancy.com is a fantastic one too!

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    Nadine Mifsud
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    Daniela Attard

    Daniela Attard
  • I would like to thank you and RCA Belfast for all your help and guidance during all the exams. It has added great value and learning which helped me in passing all the exams in first attempt.

    Saurabh Garg

    Saurabh Garg
  • I have to say though I couldnt have done it without you.. You truly give us hope and your method of teaching rocks !!

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    Becky Bajada
  • Thank u very much for your help and patience through P3 & 7. If it wasn't your support and help I wouldn't have made it. Once again thanks to you, Michelle and all your team @ RCA that I made it smile

    Frances Degabriele

    Frances Degabriele
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    Russell Camilleri
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    Bronagh Farren
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    Stephanie Ellul
  • Just heard that I was placed 2nd in CIMA F2 and 5th in CIMA P2 in Ireland. Again massively due to the great standards set by RCA. Many thanks again for all your help

    JJ Hannaway

    JJ Hannaway
  • I want to thank the whole team from RCA Belfast. I think your way of teaching is brilliant and I enjoyed all CIMA classes. Done all pro papers and didn’t fail one. RCA is just a different level.

    Sina Scharakowski

    Sina Scharakowski
  • Studying at RCA, showed there's a fun way to learn not only for exam day but for my future. A new learning experience to ease the pressure of studying. Big thanks to all the crew at RCA.

    Jonathan Scerri

    Jonathan Scerri
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    Luisa Mangion
  • P2 course with Richard added real value into my journey towards ACCA. Unforgettable experience and really nice time, quality teaching and complete success in the exam!

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    Yana Loannou
  • P3 passed 1st attempt! You were spot on, exam technique/approach is important as much as the knowledge! and F9 you were right, it was all about time management! CU at the next course sessions!

    Matthew Fenech

    Matthew Fenech
  • I started with RCA in December 2010, a completely different and creative way of tutoring that help me achieve my goals

    Rob Hamdi

    Rob Hamdi
  • Really proud and happy to be a student in Richard Clarke Academy... When I had the pleasure to sit in his lectures Richard Clarke was really helpful... Richard has time for everyone!

    Bernadette Rizzo

    Bernadette Rizzo
  • Thanks to everyone at RCA especially CIMA P1 tutor Simone,she was excellent both in class and help with questions outside class, I would not have passed had it not been for her teaching methods smile

    Stacey McKinstry

    Stacey McKinstry
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    Caroline Magro
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    Tiziana Ellul
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    HJ Martin
  • Great & outgoing tutors, nice ambience, easy-to-follow material, excellent support whenever needed...What else would a student need?? Thanks to RCA today I can say I am an ACCA Affiliate.

    Diane Baldacchino

    Diane Baldacchino
  • The experience with RCA tuition was simply amazing! Richard Clarke lectures were fun and easy to follow. Accountancy made simple indeed!

    Aaron Darmanin

    Aaron Darmanin
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    Julie Glackin

    Julie Glackin
  • Thanks to RCA again, contacted by ACCA this week and my P1 result was 3rd in Ireland and 13th in World. I made it clear to ACCA that this was down to RCA and Patrick Barr in particular.

    Gareth Feeney

    Gareth Feeney
  • I must say that the CIMA Strategy mock exam that Aaron, John and Paddy set and the mock review class really helped prepare me for this exam, it is probably what helped me pass.

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    Bryan Carson
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    Tao Wang
  • Thanks John & RCA for all your help over the last term. Your teaching methods are first class and you bring a bit of humour to the class as well. I really looked forward to CIMA P2 classes last term.

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    Steven Scullion
  • Aaron is by far the best lecturer I have ever had, the way he taught P2 and P7 was fantastic, made it fun. Paddy was great for P3 and made P3 interesting (something I thought I would never say)

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    Zakie Mahmood
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    Hutchinson Engineering

    Hutchinson Engineering
  • If you want to qualify you have to attend Richard Clarke's classes. Concise, well structured & straight into exam technique. Exceptional teaching ability! Richard, thank you & keep up the good work!

    Catherine Asiani

    Catherine Asiani
  • Just to say that Aaron was an unbelievable teacher, the best financial accounting one that I've ever had. so glad that I'm studying with the Richard Clarke Academy Belfast

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    Simon Jenkinson
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    Marketa Novakova
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    Edward Engerer
  • I passed P7!!!!!!!!!! I want to tell you something - you are the BEST teacher I have ever had!! hehhe smile I wouldnt have passed without u and ur techniques! thanks!!!

    Krista Attard

    Krista Attard
  • “I was close to throwing the towel in before joining RCA, would have been a huge mistake but with the support of the staff I managed to get there in the end so thank you so much" Now CIMA qualified smile

    Michaela Grant

    Michaela Grant
  • I gained my CIMA letters today ! Would like to thank you all for the first class tuition and craic smile I'll miss RCA

    Paul Houston

    Paul Houston
  • I want to show my appreciation and gratitude to Richard for being a great lecturer. He's always positive, very helpful and make things simple to understand. Failure is not an option with Richard!

    Manuella Lamellari

    Manuella Lamellari
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