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Masters and postgraduate qualifications

If you’ve finished your degree and are interested in continuing your studies while taking a step towards qualifying as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, a Masters degree or a postgraduate qualification could be an option for you. ICAEW works closely with a number of universities to offer postgraduate programmes that incorporate elements of the ACA, ICAEW CFAB and practical work experience.

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Benefits

  1. Boost your CV

    Stand out from the crowd with a postgraduate and professional qualification

  2. Get ahead

    Gain credits towards the ACA while continuing your academic studies

  3. Flexible

    Full-time and part-time study options that incorporate modules from the ACA.

At a glance

  • Key

    Requirements

    Varies upon course

  • Calendar

    Duration

    One to three years

  • Notebook

    Study options

    Classroom, distance learning

  • Prices vary

    Cost

    £3,780-£12,400 (fees for students from outside the UK are higher)

How it works

ICAEW is working with a number of universities to provide postgraduate qualifications with both full-time and part-time study options that incorporate modules from the ACA. Courses are available for prospective students that have not previously studied towards an accounting and finance related qualification.

Once you have completed your qualification you will have to complete any outstanding ACA modules and secure a training agreement to fulfil the compulsory practical work experience, ethics and professional development elements of the ACA and qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Where can you study?

BPP University

Course: Graduate Diploma in Accounting

Duration: 12 months (full time)

What’s included:

BPP University has joined forces with KPMG to offer a fast-track graduate route to completing the ACA. As part of a three-year programme at KPMG, you will study full-time for 12 months completing BPP’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting, 14 of the 15 modules of the ACA and two work placements.

The diploma is made up of seven modules which gives credit for prior learning (CPL) for six ACA modules with the seventh module linked to your work placements and how to implement theory in practice. You complete the remaining eight ACA examinations with ICAEW alongside your diploma studies.

Entry requirements:

  • No requirement for a qualification in business or accounting.
  • Degree: 2:1 or above UK honours degree (or international equivalent)
  • GCSEs: Maths and English Language B (or international equivalent)

Applications to this course should be made via the KPMG website.

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University of Liverpool

Course: Accounting Masters degree

Duration: 12 months (full time)

What’s included:

On this course you will be able to graduate with all of the Certificate and Professional Level ACA papers completed whilst gaining a Masters degree.

You will also be prepared for, and entered into the Advanced Level exams.

Entry requirements:

  • Degree: 2:1 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an Accounting related degree.

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Kenneth Law, Capital Markets Group Manager, PwC

Kenneth LawCapital Markets Group Manager, PwC

Location: London, UK

Next steps

  1. Apply for the postgraduate programme of your choice.
  2. Complete your studies.
  3. Secure a training agreement with an ICAEW authorised training employer.

Training internationally

If you want to train for the ACA in another country, you must ensure you are entitled to work in that country. It is your responsibility to understand what work visa you need and how to secure one. ICAEW cannot support you in this process, but your potential employer might be able to offer advice.

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