Chartered Accountant (School leaver)

Qualify with ACCA and you will have the skills and knowledge you need to become a successful finance professional, allowing you to progress your career in any sector, any industry and anywhere in the world. The world is your oyster!

When you choose ACCA, you choose a future full of opportunity. You become the strategic, forward thinking finance professional the world needs. And you open the door to an exciting, rewarding career that will take you wherever you want to go.

Your gateway to success

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the world's most forward-thinking professional accountancy body with more than 227,000 fully qualified members and 544,000 students worldwide.

With huge competition in the job market, it is important to stay ahead of the game and stand out. With ACCA’s strong reputation amongst employers around the world, you know you will have the skills to set you up for success and be in demand regardless of where you are based.

Your career

Accountancy is essential to all sectors and industries. The ACCA Qualification will enable you to work in a wide variety of sectors and job roles such as:

  • Corporate Sector: Management accountant, business analyst, risk manager, group accountant.
  • Financial Services Sector: Risk manager, corporate financier, anti-money laundering officer and fund accountant
  • Public Sector: Finance manager, management accountant, internal auditor, financial accountant.
  • Public practice sector: Audit/Assurance trainee, tax consultant, forensic accountant, business advisor and financial analyst.

Find the right starting point for you

Our qualifications are flexible – you can learn in your own way, at your own pace. And you can take exams at a time that suits you. There are many different ways to study – you can choose the path that works best for you. You can study online or face-to-face - and full-time or part-time, depending on your schedule.

With the ACCA qualification you get a much deeper and more rounded approach than the purely technical. It will provide the most up-to-date skills, knowledge and values you need to have a successful career and lead the organisations you work with into the future.

The journey will take you through a combination of exams, ethics and three years' professional experience. Which means you’ll enter the workplace ready to make a difference in today’s fast-paced business world.

If you are just starting out in accounting and finance or already working in finance but have no formal qualifications, you can start your journey with ACCA at our foundation level. ACCA also supports apprenticeships and offer two qualifications which are suitable for school leavers.

Person requirements

Our students have a variety of backgrounds and experience – having previous experience of accountancy is not required.

If you have two A Levels and three GCSEs in five separate subjects including English and maths (or equivalent qualifications), you can start your studies directly at the ACCA Qualification, and on completion you'll become an ACCA member.

If you don't have these qualifications, you can start at our Foundations in Accountancy qualifications and then progress onto the ACCA Qualification.

How to Apply

If you’ve made the decision to start studying ACCA, all you need to do is complete the application form. It should take you about 10 minutes. You'll need the following to complete your application:

  • proof of your qualifications, such as award certificates
  • proof of your identity, such as a copy of your passport or birth certificate
  • a passport style photograph.

For official documents such as award certificates and passports, don’t send us the originals. Copies are all we need.

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