At ICAEW, our members are more than accountants. They’re innovators, explorers and thinkers. They use their creative minds to find new solutions, to solve problems, and to have a positive impact on the world. That’s why 96 of the world’s 100 global leading brands employ ICAEW Chartered Accountants.

From the most renowned professional service firms, to entrepreneurial start-ups, charities and government bodies, there’s no end to where this career can take you. You could be managing the funding of cutting-edge technology products one day, to guiding the financial development of an international charity the next.

So, whether you’re considering an apprenticeship, a school leaver programme or a university degree, it’s time to start exploring your options and see where you can go.

Who are we?

We’re one of the world’s leading providers of training and professional development for accountants. Through us, aspiring business professionals can take globally recognised qualifications and become ICAEW Chartered Accountants. It’s our job to support you during your training and make sure that you’re reaching your full potential.  

How can you become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant?

You might be thinking about going straight to work, or going to university first. Either way, we have plenty of options for you.

You can complete an ICAEW Apprenticeship in Accountancy. We have two levels of apprenticeship available, Level 4 and Level 7. Which one you choose depends on your end goal and your employer, and you can find out more about both of these on our website.

You could also complete a school leaver programme which includes our ICAEW CFAB or ACA qualifications, or the AAT-ACA Fast Track scheme.

There are multiple options if you want to go to university, and you don’t need to study Maths or Accountancy.

Why choose us?

  • With the ACA on your CV you can work in any industry around the world, so you can build your career around your interests.
  • The ACA prepares you for leadership right up to board level. That’s why 83 of the FTSE 100 have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.
  • We have a high pass rate - 90% of all ACA students qualify in four years or less, meaning fewer resits and faster career progression.
  • Rewarding salaries; the average salary for newly qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant 0-2 years post qualification is £51K.

What are the entry requirements?

You don’t need to be a mathematical wizard to do the ACA. You don’t even need maths as one of your A-levels. What’s more, if you choose to go to university, we welcome all degrees.

What you will need from most employers is at least a B/5 in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) and also above 112 UCAS points. If you choose to complete a degree, you’ll be expected to achieve a 2:1 by most employers. 

What are the next steps?

Visit our website to find out more about careers in chartered accountancy.

If you think you’re ready to start applying to jobs, visit ICAEW Training Vacancies.

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