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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 the ICAEW 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 the scheme


  1. Xero cloud accounting courses and certificates

    Learn key digital skills in accounting and get certificates highly valued by employers.

  2. Skills development resources

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

  3. Excel training

    Access to ICAEW’s Microsoft Excel online training programme.

  4. E-newsletters

    Dedicated bi-monthly e-newsletters and job alerts.

  5. 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 the ICAEW Student Scheme?

The ICAEW Student Scheme (USS) is designed to help you develop the 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, the scheme can help you.

What’s included?

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Xero online courses and certificates

With the Xero software used by businesses all over the world, these cloud-accounting courses will provide you with vital digital skills and a certificate greatly valued by employers.

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ICAEW CFAB – a stepping stone to the ACA 

Joining the scheme provides you with free registration* to study ICAEW CFAB – this is our Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business. 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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Microsoft Excel training

Joining the scheme 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

As a student of the scheme, you will have the opportunity to have your CV on our Available Student Register, a monthly e-newsletter from a faculty of your choice and bi-monthly newsletters with resources to support your development.

*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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