Yes you can start ACCA qualification in certain cases even without doing any entry level qualification offered by ACCA body i.e. CAT or FIA. Certified Accounting Technicians (CAT) or Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) are basically for those who do not qualify the minimum entry requirements stated by ACCA or if the candidates think that they are really weak in basics and need some improvisation then they can start from entry level qualifications/certifications and then carry on to ACCA.
However, it is not necessary that you must go through CAT or FIA. As I said if you qualify minimum criteria you can register under ACCA qualification. The general criteria, which is applicable to almost every student living in different countries, is:
Students must have a minimum of 2 A levels and 3 GCSEs or equivalent.
Please do not misunderstand that only having 2 A levels and 3 GCSEs can ensure you to start ACCA directly. The word equivalent appended at the end of the statement is really important and also different from country to country.
I recommend that students must download the minimum entry requirement document and check for minimum criteria for their respective country as ACCA has established different criteria for different countries. You can download the minimum requirement document here
However, for students from Pakistan the minimum requirements have been reproduced as follows:
(Intermediate Examinations/ Higher School Certificate at 50% or above can be accepted as a substitute for O Levels)
|Sufficient for Registration|
|Bachelor (Pass)||Sufficient for Registration|
|BComm (2 years)||Sufficient for Registration|