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Diversity in the profession

Diversity through routes into the profession

Author: ICAEW

Published: 03 Dec 2020

Routes to the profession
In order to ensure accountancy is an accessible profession, it is important to provide a variety of entry points for all people interested in the career. ICAEW and employers recognise this and have ensured we offer a range of routes through which an individual can become qualified and embark on their career in accountancy.

What routes are available?

Three routes into the profession

School leaver routes - Watch video 

Apprenticeship opportunities - Watch video

AAT-ACA Fast Track - Watch video

Training as a graduate

Students from any degree disciplines such as engineering, philosophy, law, history and modern languages can all qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in three years. Graduates do not require a finance-related degree or even maths at A-level to start their rewarding career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. 

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The ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business, also known as ICAEW CFAB, covers the first six modules of the ACA qualification and provides a solid foundation in key finance and business skills. It is also a stepping stone to the ICAEW Business and Finance Professional (BFP) designation. There are no academic entry requirements to study ICAEW CFAB: it is open to all including school leavers, undergraduates, mature students and career changers. 

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