NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Details of a series of digital, high-quality and open access courses were announced today by global accountancy body ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) with the creation of a new venture called ACCA-X.
ACCA-X’s courses will be delivered on the world-renowned edX platform, an online learning destination founded by MIT and Harvard. ACCA-X’s open access courses will feature content developed by Epigeum, a spin-out from Imperial College London, whose courses are used by 95% of Russell Group universities.
At the heart of ACCA-X’s creation is the desire to provide accessible, affordable and high-quality learning that provides ambitious individuals anywhere with the opportunity to obtain the skills and qualifications they can use for a rewarding career.
Explaining ACCA-X, Helen Brand OBE, chief executive of ACCA, says: “Along with EdX and Epigeum, we believe that ACCA-X will attract a diverse range of talent to the profession. ACCA-X will broaden access to learning and allow more learners than ever before to gain valuable financial literacy skills and prepare for the ACCA Qualification. We will also collaborate closely with our existing learning partners, employers and universities through a variety of partnership arrangements to support their overall delivery and success, making ACCA-X a valuable addition to their offerings.”
Terry Sweeney, chief executive of Epigeum says: “Epigeum has extensive experience in producing courses to the highest quality standards used by learners across the world. For ACCA-X, we have developed courses that utilise a mix of media that will appeal to a range of learning styles. We have worked with ACCA-X to design courses that will deliver a more effective learning experience than self-study alone, and will complement face-to-face course delivery.”
Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX concludes: “ACCA’s commitment to innovation and to delivering business-relevant content to meet the diverse needs of professionals and learners aligns with edX’s mission to increase access to high-quality education. We are pleased to welcome ACCA to edX.org as they share their expertise in accountancy, finance and management with our global learning audience.”
Details of the course
Anyone interested in the first courses to be offered can register starting today, April 7, 2015. These courses will start in July and, in common with other upcoming ACCA-X courses, will be ten weeks long and will typically require around three hours of study per week.
ACCA-X’s first two free courses, which are available to anyone anywhere in the world, are:
- Introductory Financial and Management Accounting Course, leading to ACCA’s Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
- Intermediate Financial and Management Accounting Course, leading to ACCA’s Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting.
Much of the course functionality will be mobile-friendly and supported by tutors who will guide learners through exciting and interactive content that is designed to support individuals gain financial literacy skills.
ACCA-X will then offer three highly affordable courses in Bangladesh, India, Nigeria and Zambia; they will be open for registration in July and available starting in October 2015. These are:
- Accountant in Business course, preparing learners for ACCA’s Accountant in Business paper;
- Management Accounting Course, preparing learners for ACCA’s Management Accounting paper; and,
- Financial Management Course, preparing learners for ACCA’s Financial Accounting paper.
Success in these three papers and the completion of ACCA’s Professionalism and Ethics module will lead to the Diploma in Accounting and Business. The cost of each course will be $89.
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. ACCA supports its 170,000 members and 436,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 91 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.
Founded in 2005, Epigeum provides bespoke online programmes to the professional and higher education sector, and is a leading publisher of professional development courses designed to support universities in transforming their core activities – teaching, learning and research. Its courses are developed through the global collaboration of experts and partner universities and shared by subscription – ensuring that high quality, innovative and peer reviewed courses are affordable for all. Originally a spin out from Imperial College London, Epigeum is celebrating 10 years at the forefront of online course innovation and has collaborated with 33 of the top 100 global universities in the QS world ranking to develop world class programs. Epigeum’s courses are now used by 250 universities in 28 countries, including 95% of the Russell Group. Learn more at https://epigeum.com/epigeum/.