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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). This online toolkit of resources is designed to help students boost their employability and help prepare them for life as a professional.

Join USS


  1. Xero cloud accounting certificate

    Learn key digital skills in six hours and get a certificate that is highly valued by employers.

  2. Skills development webinars and workbooks

    Online skill building resources covering commercial awareness, emotional intelligence, decision making, problem solving, resilience and much more.

  3. Interview practice

    Practice psychometric tests and assessment day tasks – before the big day.

  4. ICAEW library

    Access to our world-leading library e-resources – great as reference material for assignments, dissertations and interview preparation.

  5. Excel training

    Access to ICAEW’s Microsoft Excel online training programme.

  6. E-newsletters

    Dedicated bi-monthly e-newsletters and job alerts.

  7. Study ICAEW CFAB

    Consisting of six modules, this qualification can be the first step onto a career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

At a glance

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    Entry requirements

    Applicants must be studying a course at university

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    Access to USS lasts throughout your university course plus one year after graduating

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    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?

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Xero cloud accounting certificate

Employers are increasingly seeking recruits who have good digital skills and tech know-how. This short online course takes about six-hours to complete. You’ll learn in your own time by completing real-life client tasks and you receive a recognised certificate at the end of the course – it’s a great way to evidence the digital skills that employers look for.

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A stepping stone to ACA - ICAEW CFAB

Joining USS gives you free registration* to study ICAEW CFAB – this is our certificate in business, finance and accounting. 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 or business-related degree, you may be able to claim exemptions for some of the exams.


Job essential skills

You get access to a range of presentations, videos and workbooks which cover skills topics, such as: commercial awareness, CV tips, presentation skills, working in a team, solving problems and much more. These will help you develop skills vital for any career.

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Interview practice

USS students can practice a variety of psychometric tests and assessment day tasks online – to help you get ready for your interviews.

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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’ll learn at your own pace with video tutorials, practical exercises and blogs.

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And much more

USS members qualify for: the opportunity to have your CV on our Available Student Register; access to research via ICAEW’s e-library; a monthly e-newsletter from a faculty of your choice.

*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.

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