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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.


  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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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.


BPP University

KPMG has 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.


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, Henley Business School, University of Reading and University of Manchester, Alliance Business School.  

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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University of Manchester

Course: BSc Business Accounting with Industrial/Professional Experience 

Entry Requirements 

A-levels: AAA

International Baccalaureate offer: 36 points overall. 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.

GCSE: A Maths B English Language 

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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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In Mauritius

In collaboration, Curtin Mauritius (Charles Telfair Campus), ICAEW and PwC have launched the PwC Flying Start programme.

The programme is open to HSC leavers and provides the opportunity to study towards a degree with Curtin University whilst kick-starting their career at PwC and progress towards becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Students will benefit from:

  1. Graduating with 12/15 ACA exams
  2. Gaining paid work experience at PwC
  3. Developing key finance and business skills to help future proof their career
  4. Achieving a BCOM degree from Curtin Mauritius, ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  5. Opportunity to join PwC after graduating

Curtin University

Course: BCom Accounting and Finance

Duration: 4 years (full time) with the PwC Flying Start Programme

Entry requirements:

  • Cambridge Higher School Certificate.
  • At least 3 Ordinary level passes (min grade C) in the Cambridge School Certificate (GCE O Level).
  • A minimum of 5 points obtained from two or three Advanced level subjects or a minimum of 5 points obtained from a maximum of 2 Advanced level subjects and a maximum of two Advanced Subsidiary levels (AS).
  • English requirement: Grade A to C in English, English Literature, First Language English or English as a second Language at GCE O Level or English General Paper or English competence at A level can also be taken into account.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    Successful completion of the IB Diploma with at least 24 points plus English competence.
  • French Baccalaureate
    Successful completion of the Baccalaureate General with an overall min grade of 10 points (out of 20)
  • Separate evidence of English is required (IELTS or TOEFL).

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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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