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Diversity in the profession

Diversity through routes into the profession

Author: ICAEW

Published: 03 Dec 2020

To ensure that a diverse range of people with different circumstances and needs enter the accountancy profession, there are a variety of routes available. ICAEW and employers in the sector offer a range of entry points, through which an individual can become qualified and embark on their career in accountancy.

What routes are available?

School leaver programme – Training can start straight from school after completion of A Levels or an international equivalent.

University options – There are lots of opportunities to start working towards the ACA while completing a degree. This includes studying any undergraduate degree and working towards the ACA separately, degrees that offer accredited work placements and/or ACA exam credits.

Apprenticeships – ICAEW and its employers offer both level 4 and level 7 apprenticeships in accountancy. The level 7 qualification results in someone becoming a fully qualified chartered accountant.

ICAEW CFAB – The certificate in finance, accounting and business is internationally recognised. It can be studied flexibly and independently, and can provide a gateway to the full ACA qualification.

AAT - ACA fast track – ICAEW has teamed up with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) to provide a route that allows people to gain the AAT qualification and to progress onto the ACA via a faster route.

Training as a graduate – ICAEW employers welcome students from all degree disciplines onto their programmes because they value people from a range of backgrounds, with different ideas and perspectives.