Routes to IFA membership via IFA Direct

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Studying on IFA Direct is ideal if you are looking for a route to IFA membership, gaining a practising certificate or want to invest in relevant continuing professional development.

You will develop your knowledge and skills and gain a broader and deeper understanding of key subjects relevant to accountants and tax advisers in, or supporting, small businesses. 

14 units, three routes to membership

IFA Direct Units Unit level Credit value GLH  

Intermediate Financial Accountant 

IFA AIPA

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Associate Tax Adviser 

ATA

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Associate Financial Accountant 

AFA MIPA

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Financial Accounting 2  4 15 60  
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Budgetary Control  4 15 60  
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Cost and Management Accounting  4 15 60  
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Personal Taxation  4 15 60  
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Business Environment   4 15 60  
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Law for Accounting  4 15 60  IFA Direct Image tick graphic  
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Financial Reporting  5 30 120      
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Financial Management  5 30 120      
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Financial and Management Control  5 30 120      
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Business Taxation  5 15 60    
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Assurance  5 15 60      
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Corporate Reporting for Strategic Business - Advanced  7 20 60      
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UK Taxation for Business and Individuals - Advanced 7 20 60    
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Institute designation 

Institute grade 

IPA designation  

IPA membership grade 

Access to PC (UK only) 

 Suitable for 

IFA 

Intermediate Financial Accountant 

AIPA 

Associate 

Not eligible 

Accounting technicians/junior and intermediate accountants 

AFA 

Associate 

MIPA 

Member 

For eligible members only 

Members in practice/senior accountants 

ATA 

Associate Tax Adviser 

 

 

For eligible members only 

Tax advisers 

Detailed information on each unit syllabus is available on syllabus aims.

Credit value

This is the number of credits that will be awarded to a learner who has achieved each unit. The credits that you achieve accumulate and can be used towards completion of the full ATHE accountancy qualifications or can be transferred towards additional study for example a top-up degree.

Guided learning hours (GLH)

This is an estimate of the amount of time, on average, required to achieve a unit to the appropriate standard. 

Discover how IFA Direct could be a route to membership in our video