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Statistics - Students

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Published: 17 Jul 2018 Updated: 19 Jul 2023 Update History

Sources for statistics on student numbers in the accountancy profession, both in the UK and worldwide.

Students of accountancy bodies in the UK

Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession
Latest edition of the Financial Reporting Council’s annual survey of the profession, published in August 2023. Includes the following statistics for the six UK Chartered Accountancy bodies and the Association of International Accountants:

  • Students registered in UK and ROI
  • Students registered worldwide
  • Students who became members worldwide
  • Age of students worldwide
  • Location of students
  • Sectoral employment of students worldwide
  • Female students worldwide
  • Graduate entrants to training

Some student statistics for the Association of Accounting Technicians are also provided.

An archive of previous editions are available through the FRC website.

Historical Statistics

The ICAEW published an annual update on education and training statistics between May 1980 and 2003/04. The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds copies of the update - see Library holdings: Education and training statistics for further details.

Headline statistics on the number of ACA students have been included in some editions of the ICAEW annual report.

Students of the world's professional accountancy bodies

A world survey of the accountancy profession was published in the January 2018 edition (Issue 6170) of The Accountant and provides student numbers for 123 professional accountancy organisations in 146 countries. A Europe edition of the survey, containing student numbers for the European accountancy bodies included in the survey, is available on the Accountancy Europe site. Please see the full edition of The Accountant for figures for other regions.

Previous surveys were published in the March 2014 edition (Issue 6124) and the December 2009 (Issue 6073) edition of The Accountant and also provide student numbers for professional accountancy bodies in a number of countries.

The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds a complete run of 'The Accountant' up to January 2022. To find out more about the availability of issues please see Library holdings: The Accountant.

For information on obtaining copies of individual issues of The Accountant please contact the publishers

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