Entry Requirements


You don’t need a background in accountancy or a business-related subject at university or even have maths as one of your A-levels or equivalent school-leaving qualifications to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

It helps if you’re competent with numbers and confident in your ability to problem solve, discuss, argue and present a business case – key skills that you will have picked up at university

Employers will expect:

  • Degree: First or 2:1 (some employers will consider a 2:2)
  • 280+ UCAS points (or international equivalents) covering two A2 and AS levels (General Studies not usually accepted)
  • International Baccalaureate or equivalent school-leaving qualifications are also accepted
  • GCSEs: Three A*-C grades including Maths and English

School Leavers

The grades you have achieved so far are going to shape your future career. The good news is that while your grades are important, less emphasis is put on the actual subjects. That’s why we tell you that you don’t need A-level maths to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Each employer has their own idea about their ideal candidate but here is some guidance.

GCSEs: At least three A*-C grades. Some employers look for five A*- C and most will expect an A or B in Maths and English

A-levels: 260-320 UCAS points, at least two A-level passes

International Baccalaureate: 24 points

NVQ/SVQ: NVQ Level 3 qualifications, including BTEC National Certificates and Diplomas. NVQ level 4 qualifications, including BTEC Higher National Certificates or Diplomas

AAT-ACA Fast Track

The AAT-ACA Fast Track is a great way to start a career in chartered accountancy without going to university.

About the AAT
The AAT is a leading qualification for accounting technicians from the Association of Accounting Technicians. It gives you an excellent understanding of the fundamentals of accountancy, finance and business. You can work at the same time as studying for the AAT, so it’s a great opportunity for you to start your accountancy career straight from school.

About the AAT-ACA fast track
The AAT-ACA Fast Track recognises the knowledge, skills and experience you have already gained through the AAT. You can count some of the AAT learning and assessment areas, as well as up to 12 months of practical work experience towards the ACA qualification.