Cert(CPD) ACCA Fundamentals Programme - paper F5

The F5 Performance Management paper assesses your knowledge and understanding of how to manage the performance of a business. It’s an essential element of the ACCA Fundamentals Level, and is one of six ACCA Fundamental Skills training programmes delivered by the University of Bolton to support your achievement of the external ACCA qualification.

Cert(CPD) ACCA Fundamentals Programme - paper F5

Course details

If you want to work as a chartered certified accountant, the F5 Performance Management paper is an essential step in helping you to realise your ambitions.

The University’s highly qualified and experienced staff will offer you support and expert tuition to help you develop a deep understanding a deep understanding of how to manage the performance of a business, and build on the knowledge you gained while completing F2 Management Accounting paper.

During your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to explain and apply cost accounting techniques; identify appropriate budgeting techniques and methods for planning and control; discuss performance management information and measurement systems; and assess the performance of an organisation from both a financial non-financial viewpoint.

  • Start date: 18/08/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: Cert(CPD)
  • Duration: 15 weeks

Course highlights:

  • Regular examination practice sessions give you the chance to get detailed feedback about your knowledge and future objectives.
  • You’ll be taught by a subject specialist with either a relevant PhD or full CCAB qualifications.
  • You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who will guide and advise you throughout the programme.
  • The University of Bolton is a gold status ACCA Approved Learning Partner.

Key features:

  • This is step five of the ACCA Fundamentals Programme qualification pathway, continuing your ongoing professional development and expertise.
  • You’ll receive up to 45 hours of tuition over 15 weeks, giving you the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding at an advanced level.
  • Weekly sessions cover tuition, revision, question practice and examination technique, and are taught by friendly and dedicated tutors focused on helping you become a qualified accountant.
  • You’ll have the chance to support your learning with the University of Bolton’s extensive library, 24/7 IT facilities, and free Wi-Fi access.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 18/08/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: Cert(CPD)
  • Duration: 15 weeks

You must have successfully completed papers F1-F3 of the ACCA programme, or have a qualification that gains you exemptions from papers F1-F3; such as a Level 4 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification or a relevant Honours Degree in Business.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

This paper is an essential element of the ACCA Fundamentals Level, and is one of six ACCA Fundamental Skills training programmes delivered by the University of Bolton to support your achievement of the external ACCA qualification.

What can I do with this qualification?

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Performance Management

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll be expected to attend a three-hour learning session (6pm to 9pm) once a week for 15 weeks.

The first hour of each session will be a formal lecture introducing a key topic on the syllabus. The following two hours will be conducted in a seminar format, looking at past exam questions on the subject area covered in that week’s formal lecture.

There is no written coursework for this qualification. Your grade will be based entirely on the results of a professional written examination set by ACCA.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Written exams (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (22%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (78%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    15 weeks

Contact us

Carl Bridge
Head of Accounting and Programme Leader
Email: C.Bridge@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903019

Kashif Anwar
Senior Lecturer in Accountancy
Email: K.Anwar@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903024

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903