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Employer affiliated degrees

Practical work experience is a key requirement of the ACA qualification. This is why universities have partnered up with ICAEW authorised employers to offer degrees that combine classroom learning with invaluable work placements.

Benefits

  1. Gain a degree

    Complete an academic degree that will support your chosen career

  2. Meet employers

    Start your career while at university buy working at a major accountancy firm

  3. Get ahead

    Get a head start on your peers by beginning your career while at university

  4. Qualify faster

    Gain credits towards ACA exam modules and work experience requirements

Grant Thornton Cyprus

Grant Thornton Cyprus offers independent assurance, tax and advisory services to a range of clients from small private firms to large corporates.

Grant Thornton Cyprus has collaborated with PA College Cyprus and ICAEW to offer a degree programme which incorporates a nine-month training scheme.

On finishing the BA course you will have completed 190 of the 450 days of practical work experience needed to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, and will be able to claim credit for 12 of the 15 ACA exam modules.

PA College Cyprus

Course: BA (Hons) Business Administration

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

View entry requirements for this course on the PA College website

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KPMG

One of the Big Four multinational auditing firms, KPMG employs more than 12,000 staff in the UK across 20+ offices. KPMG offers tax, assurance, audit and advisory services, as well as risk and management consultancy services.

An ICAEW authorised training employer, KPMG works with Durham University and BPP University to offer degrees providing work experience placements alongside credits towards the ACA exam modules.

Durham University

KPMG is working with Durham University and ICAEW to offer a study programme which provides students with a BSc degree and the ACA qualification.

In the first three years of the programme you will complete the first 12 modules of the ACA while working at a KPMG office. You will study part-time for the majority of the year completing half the required exams, with the remainder delivered in intensive summer-term blocks.

In the fourth year, you study full-time at the business school completing your dissertation and four other modules. In the fifth year you train full time at KPMG while completing the remaining elements of the ACA qualification.

Course: BSc Accounting

Duration: 5 years (full time and part time)

Entry requirements:

  • GCSEs: Maths and English B (or equivalent)
  • A levels: ABB (or equivalent)

Applications to this course should be made via the KPMG website

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BPP University

KPMG has also joined forces with BPP University and ICAEW to offer a three-year postgraduate programme for students looking to complete the ACA.

The route sees you study full time at BPP University, completing its Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDA) and 14 of the 15 ACA modules in 12 months.

PwC

Another of the Big Four global financial service providers PwC operates in 157 countries offering assurance, tax and advisory services. PwC has partnered with ICAEW and a number of universities to create the Flying Start Programme.

The programme offers you the opportunity to gain a degree, study elements of the ACA and complete a significant proportion of the practical work experience needed to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

In the UK

Degrees offered in partnership with UK universities offer credit to the Certificate and Professional Level modules of the ACA and include three work experience placements at PwC offices.

The placements are paid and take place during term time of your second, third and fourth years on the course.

After completing a Flying Start Programme degree in the UK you will only have to study the three Advanced Level ACA modules and fulfil the outstanding work experience requirements to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

You can join a Flying Start Programme in the UK at Newcastle University, Nottingham University Business School and Henley Business School at the University of Reading.

Newcastle University

Course: BA (Hons) Business Accounting and Finance

Duration: 4 years (full time)

Entry requirements:

  • A levels: AAB (excluding General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points
  • GCSEs: Maths A and English B.

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The Henley Business School (University of Reading)

Course: BA (Hons) Business and Accounting

Duration: 4 years (full time)

Entry requirements:

  • A levels: AAB
  • GCSEs: Maths A and English B.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points

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Nottingham University Business School

Course: BSc Accountancy

Duration: 4 years (full time)

Entry requirements:

  • A levels: AAB
  • GCSEs: Maths B and two further GCSEs grade C or above.
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points, including 18 points at Higher Level.

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In China

PwC and ICAEW have also teamed up with Tsinghua University in China to offer the International Flying Start Programme. By completing the programme you will have the opportunity to study the first 12 modules of the ACA and undertake work experience placements at PwC.

The programme is open to students at the university who major or minor in Accounting, with undergraduates on its Accounting programme qualifying for exemptions for up to eight ACA exam modules.

If you pass all ACA exams at first attempt you are able to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant within the first year of graduation and will join a PwC firm outside mainland China for one year.

Tsinghua University

Course: International Flying Start Programme

Duration: 4 years (full time)

Entry requirements:

  • Exclusive to students who major or minor in Accounting at Tsinghua University.

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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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