ICAEW.com works better with JavaScript enabled.
Your current browser is not capable of using this site without JavaScript. Please use an updated browser or enable JavaScript to continue.

ICAEW Student Scheme

All students at university – no matter what course they are studying or where they are – are able to join ICAEW’s Student Scheme (USS). The programme offers students interested in a career in business access to resources to boost their employability and the option to study the ICAEW’s Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB).

Join USS


  1. Study ICAEW CFAB

    This qualification can be the first step onto a career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

  2. Excel training

    Access to ICAEW’s Microsoft Excel online training programme.

  3. Webinars and workbooks

    A variety of resources on personal development and employability skills, covering topics from commercial awareness to business English.

  4. ICAEW Library

    Access to our library resources to support your research and revision.

  5. E-newsletters

    Bi-monthly e-newsletters with content tailored to USS students, as well as job alerts

At a glance

  • Key

    Entry requirements

    Applicants must be studying a course at university

  • Calendar


    Throughout your university course and for an additional six months after graduating

  • Desktop

    Study options


  • £20


    One-off fee for the whole duration of your studies

What is USS?

The ICAEW Student Scheme (USS) is designed to help you develop the workplace skills employers in the finance, accounting and business sectors are looking for.

Whether you want to enhance your CV, access additional resources to support your university studies, or simply stand out from your peers in job applications, USS can help you.

What’s included?

Contract ion

A stepping stone to ACA - ICAEW CFAB

After joining USS, you can begin studying ICAEW CFAB for free*. ICAEW CFAB provides students with an understanding of business and is made up of the first six ACA modules. If you are studying a finance-related degree, you may be able to claim exemptions for some of the exams.


Job essential skills

USS provides you with access to a range of webinars, presentations, videos and help sheets which cover topics, such as: commercial awareness, business English, CV tips, presentation skills and interview techniques. These will help you develop skills vital for any career.

Study icon

Microsoft Excel training

Joining USS gives you free membership to ICAEW’s Excel Community (normal cost £60 +VAT) and you’ll be able to access a Microsoft Excel online training programme. After you've taken an Excel iQ test to find out your ability level, you can access video tutorials, progress tests, webinars, blogs and technical updates.

Personal development icon

And much more

USS members qualify for: the opportunity to have your CV on our Available Student Register; access to the ICAEW online community of 33,000 students; access to research via ICAEW’s e-library; a monthly e-newsletter from a faculty of your choice and a 20% discount when you purchase your NUS Extra card (UK only).

*Usual cost of registration is £165. Please note that exams and learning materials cost extra. Read more information.

Register now

To register for USS you will need your university number. If you already know it you can register using the link below. If you don't, please contact our Student Support Team at uss@icaew.com or +44 (0)1908 248 250.

Register here