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    Hi am current studying at university about to start my third year. At college I didnt do as well as I could and only managed to get 120 UCAS points in A-Levels (I know its bad
    However I managed to be accepted at a good university and decided to turn things around and worked hard everyday. I managed to get 80% in my 2nd year and if I carry on working hard in my third year, will predict a 1st degree in Bsc Accounting.

    To the point, Would it be possible for me to join one of the big 4 (Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, EY) working for them whilst preparing for the ACA qualification. Their website states you'll need minimum 280 ucas and 2.1 degree therefore has anyone managed to join with less than the minimum or have any advice.
    Also Audit and corporate finance are my strong points in accounting therefore which one do you believe is a better career opportunity and which firm is the best in offering that.

    Sorry for the long post but would be greatly appreciated for any advice.
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    Unfortunately if big 4 is your goal, you are going to have to qualify elsewhere and then move over as an experienced hire. Graduate scheme is not going to happen.

    I suggest you try to secure an internship somewhere small, after graduating apply for training contracts at some smaller companies or accounting practices. once you qualify, jump ship to big (if you still want to at that point).
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    I'm not entirely sure that you meet the ICAEW's entry requirements with only 120 UCAS points, I thought it was 160 (stated as at least 2 A-Levels at C grade and above). Potentially having a degree negates that these days, but worth checking with the institute.

    Realistically, unless you have good extenuating circumstances, you are unlikely to find a training provider asking for less than 240 UCAS points. There may be one or two who will feel your degree negates your A-Levels but I don't know of any.

    I think your best bet will be to do ACCA or CIMA in industry and then try to get into practice and convert to ICAEW as an experienced hire.
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    (Original post by AW1983)
    I'm not entirely sure that you meet the ICAEW's entry requirements with only 120 UCAS points, I thought it was 160 (stated as at least 2 A-Levels at C grade and above). Potentially having a degree negates that these days, but worth checking with the institute.

    Realistically, unless you have good extenuating circumstances, you are unlikely to find a training provider asking for less than 240 UCAS points. There may be one or two who will feel your degree negates your A-Levels but I don't know of any.

    I think your best bet will be to do ACCA or CIMA in industry and then try to get into practice and convert to ICAEW as an experienced hire.

    Yh thanks for the advice, I'll contact ICAEW and ask them about it. If I am not eligible to join, i'll join ACCA as they dont take UCAS points into consideration.
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    (Original post by idris987123)
    Yh thanks for the advice, I'll contact ICAEW and ask them about it. If I am not eligible to join, i'll join ACCA as they dont take UCAS points into consideration.
    Actually they do, but their requirements are lower. Two A-Levels at Grade E or equivalent plus three GCSEs A-C including Mathematics and English.
 
 
 
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