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 a school leaver programme, an apprenticeship, 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 accountants can take a qualification called the ACA 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. 

Find out more about us at icaew.com/careers.


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.

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

Alternatively, you can complete an ICAEW Apprenticeship. We have two levels of apprenticeship available, Level 4 and Level 7.

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

There are also multiple options if you want to go to university.

Find out more about all of these options at icaew.com/routeplanner.


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 78 of the FTSE 100 have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.
  • We have a high pass rate - 92% of all ACA students qualify in four years or less, meaning fewer resits and faster career progression.
  • Very rewarding salaries; the average salary for newly qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant, 0-2 years post qualification is £49.9K.


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.com/careers to find out more about careers in chartered accountancy.

If you think you’re ready to start applying to jobs, visit icaewtrainingvacancies.com.

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