Become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant for a career journey with limitless possibilities

A career in chartered accountancy offers far more than you’d imagine. It’s a passport to opportunity across a huge range of workplaces around the world.

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.

Who are we?

We’re ICAEW, one of the world’s leading providers of training and professional development for accountants. Through us, aspiring accountants can take a qualification called the ACA and become ICAEW Chartered Accountants.

We train, support, and develop accountants throughout their career, ensuring that they have the expertise and values to match the needs of tomorrow’s businesses.

Our profession is right at the heart of the decisions that will define the future, and we contribute by sharing our knowledge, insight and capabilities with others.

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.

ICAEW Apprenticeships

We have two levels of apprenticeship available, Level 4 and Level 7. To find apprenticeship opportunities, visit ICAEW Training Vacancies.

School Leaver Programmes

Join a school leaver programmes and you can become a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered accountant within 4-5 years.

AAT Accounting Qualification

You could also leave school or college and begin an AAT qualification.

University Degree

There are also multiple options if you want to go to university; you can study any degree and then begin your training.

Find out more about all of these options at ICAEW Careers.

What do you need?

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 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 at least a 2:1 by most employers.

What are the next steps?

Visit ICAEW Careers 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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