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Support for teachers and advisers

If your students are considering working in finance, qualifying as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant offers them a variety of potential careers either straight from school or after university. ICAEW offers a number of routes to complete the ACA qualification and a range of tools to support teachers and advisers in explaining what a career in finance offers.

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ICAEW and the ACA

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is a professional body with more than 145,000 members across the world.

ICAEW runs the ACA professional qualification which enables students to qualify as chartered accountants, opening up a wide range of career opportunities and significant earning potential.

The ACA is made up of a combination of three to five years on-the-job training and a series of 15 rigorous exam modules

The quality of the ACA training means that ICAEW Chartered Accountants are highly sought after and more than 80% of FTSE 100 companies have at least one on their board.


School and college leaver routes to the ACA

Gone are the days when students had to complete a university degree to pursue a career as a chartered accountant.

Employers are recruiting ACA trainees from a variety of backgrounds and ICAEW offers a number of routes that enable students to start their training straight from school, via a specialist degree or after they have graduated.


How we can help you

Free resources

ICAEW offers a range of free online resources to support your students develop key skills many of which will help them secure a job in accountancy, finance or business, including:

Working with employers

ICAEW has a network of more than 3,300 employers all over the world, from global accountancy firms to UK-based charities.

Our knowledge on what employers want in their candidates, allows us to provide your students with first-hand advice and guidance to prepare for interview and help them land their ideal job.

ICAEW can support your school or college to make connections with employers, contact us to find out more.

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BASE is ICAEW’s annual business and accounting competition for students aged 16-19 in the UK.

The national competition sees teams of students pitted against each other to propose the best possible solution to a set of business problems.

The teams participate in day-long regional heats and they work with an ICAEW mentor to put themselves in the place of a chartered accountant and propose recommendations that are judged by an expert panel.

The winners of the regional heats then take part in the national final, where the final prizes are awarded.

BASE offers your students a great way develop their analytical skills and business acumen, while gaining an appreciation of what it’s like to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

They will also get the chance to meet local and national employers to hear about school leaver and graduate training opportunities.

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ICAEW’s student team support events at schools and colleges introducing students to a career in accountancy throughout the year. These include: 

Careers fairs

A representative from ICAEW to attend careers fairs to talk to students and parents about what a career in chartered accountancy looks like. Often we are supported by local ICAEW members who share their experiences of ACA training and a career in accountancy.


ICAEW can arrange for a member of staff or a local member to visit your school and speak about a career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant; the different routes available to study the ACA qualification and what the training involves. These presentations are suitable for a general audience, but can also be tailored for those who are studying a related subject. 

Employability workshops 

These sessions are designed for students aged 16 and over, to help them in creating their CVs and university application forms and in preparing for job interviews. We draw on students day-to-day lives and demonstrate how their activities and attributes can be transferred to their career. The workshops focus on five key competencies: communication and teamwork; commercial awareness; integrity and resilience; client service and being career minded. 

Commercial awareness sessions

Being commercially aware is a key attribute that many employers look for in future employees. Aimed at students over the age of 16, these events discuss students’ current commercial awareness and how they can develop it further. The sessions provide students with the ability to view situations from a commercial or business perspective and recognise what makes a business successful.

Business games

These events see students put in the shoes of an ICAEW Chartered Accountant for the day. Teams are presented with a pack of information about a fictitious company which they work through identifying the firm’s weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Designed for students aged 14 and above, these games emulate activities that students may face as part of recruitment processes in the future.

Personal finance

For ICAEW it is vitally important to help school students become financially aware at an early age. Volunteers from our membership work closely with schools to support teachers and delivery financial education sessions to students as young as five-years old. Topics for these sessions include: how to manage money; becoming a critical consumer; managing risk and emotions; and understanding the important role of money in our lives.