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ICAEW accredited degrees

If you want to study accountancy, finance or business at university and you are considering a career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, it’s worth knowing that some courses incorporate elements of the ACA. This means that when you come to study the ACA after graduation you might not have to complete all the modules.


  1. Real-world application

    Gain professional knowledge while studying a degree

  2. Qualify faster

    Get a head start on qualifying as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

  3. Start strong

    Enjoy a starting salary of up to £30,000

How it works

ICAEW is working with universities all over the world to grant credit for prior learning (also known as exemptions) for relevant content covered in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Once you have finished your degree you will only have to complete any outstanding modules, the compulsory practical work experience element of the ACA and demonstrate your ethical and professional development, to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.


average starting salary for Accounting and Professional services graduates in the UK*

* Data source: High Fliers: The Graduate Market in 2018

Where can you study?

ICAEW has partnered up with more than 190 universities across the world which allow graduates up to eight credits for Certificate and Professional Level modules.

You can find a full list of eligible degrees and what credits they offer through ICAEW’s credit for prior learning directory.

ICAEW has also developed strategic partnerships with a number of universities that allow graduates to gain up to 12 credits towards the ACA by studying one of their degrees.

Degree options include those listed below.

European University Cyprus

Course: BBA Accounting

Duration: 4 years

What’s included:

Completing this course provides credit for 12 out of the15 modules of the ACA. The course requires the completion of 32 business and accounting modules, with options available to study computer applications in accounting and international oil and gas accounting. You can also opt to undertake an accounting internship.

Entry requirements:

  • Successful completing of high school level education (12 years of secondary education or its equivalent)
  • Selection is based on academic merit

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University of Liverpool

Course: BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Degree

Duration: 3 years (full time)

What’s included:

This degree offers accreditation for all 12 ACA modules at the certificate and professional levels. The course also offers an option to spend a year studying abroad.

Entry requirements:

  • A-levels: AAB or equivalent
  • BTEC extended diploma: D*DD
  • GCSE: A*-C Maths and English

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PA College Cyprus

Course: BA (Hons) Business Administration

Duration: 4 years (full time)/5 years (part time)

What’s included:

This employer-affiliated degree offers credit for all 12 ACA modules at the certificate and professional levels. The course is run in partnership with Grant Thornton Cyprus and also provides 190 days of practical work experience.

Entry requirements:

View entry requirements on the college's website

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Next steps

To become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant you need to complete 450 days of practical work experience with an authorised training employer alongside completing your studies.

The knowledge, skills and experience you gain as part of your training agreement gives you the opportunity to put what you’re learning into practice.

How to secure a training agreement

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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