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    Sorry but this is probably going to be a bit of a complicated and lengthy question from someone relatively clueless. I currently work in a Stock Control role for an online retail site. I deal with invoices and the finance department somewhat but I have little to no knowledge of accountancy. I do, however, hold a degree in Mathematics. Due to severe illness during my course I, unfortunately, came out with a 3rd class degree. I do, however, have 390 UCAS points (A-level results AAB - one of which is Maths)
    I am ideally wanting to become a Chartered Accountant. I have researched the possible avenues I can take into this but am a little confused as to where I begin and where my background puts me in terms of starting off. I've looked into Graduate schemes but these all ask for 2:1 degree classifications, which I don't have. My original plan was to do the AAT whilst working in my current role (just by studying in my spare time) but would, obviously, much prefer a job that provides on the job training. Also, after researching accountancy, I would prefer to go into Chartered accountancy. I believe that ACCA is the way to do this?

    Can anyone give me some advice as to what I should do/what my first step should be? Am I going to have to start off on the same foot as those without a degree? Is there any chance that I can get a place on a Graduate Scheme?Any help would be greatly appreciated - I'm hard working and I believe I am more than capable of studying hard whilst also working hard. I've had experience in full-time employment so I have gained disciplinary and time-management skills - I just had some bad luck whilst doing my degree.ThanksCheryl


    A lot of the graduate schemes have the ability to look past not having a 2:1 if there are 'extenuating circumstances' which I believe would include a serious illness whilst taking your finals. For more information I would directly email graduate recruitment to ask about this for any graduate scheme you may be interested in.

    If this is route is not available to you some AAT-ACA schemes are open to graduates who graduated without a 2:1 (some prefer to leave these positions to school leavers). For example;

    I know historically Moore Stephens has been open to allowing graduates on their AAT scheme, (I can't promise this is still the case)


    Smith & Williamson also has a large AAT intake but again I'm unsure if they allow graduates on their scheme.


    There's also the option to self study, the ACCA and try and move in somewhere after you've passed a few exams but I think other people could probably give you better advice on this route than I can.


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