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    Hi, Im studying for my AS right now in maths business and accounting and im weighing up my options on how to get into chartered accountancy.

    Right now an ACA school leaver scheme looks good but its severely competitive. Plus i got a C (few marks off a B) in GCSE due to certain circumstances), so would a good A level in maths compensate for that?

    For uni id be sending off my UCAS application in at least November 2017 to secure a good chance of getting in for September 2018, but ACA school leaver schemes for 2018 mostly start advertising in January. So i'll have to choose between the two

    Any advice??????
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    (Original post by Sstar123)
    Hi, Im studying for my AS right now in maths business and accounting and im weighing up my options on how to get into chartered accountancy.

    Right now an ACA school leaver scheme looks good but its severely competitive. Plus i got a C (few marks off a B) in GCSE due to certain circumstances), so would a good A level in maths compensate for that?

    For uni id be sending off my UCAS application in at least November 2017 to secure a good chance of getting in for September 2018, but ACA school leaver schemes for 2018 mostly start advertising in January. So i'll have to choose between the two

    Any advice??????
    Apply for both anyway.

    An accounting degree can offer a number of exam exemptions towards the ACA / ACCA (depending on the course and uni) have a look at their websites.

    If you can get an ACA training contact after college I recommend going with that as you'll qualify sooner, won't be in uni debt, earn a salary, plus experience is valued far more than a degree with little experience.

    Which school leaver program are you referring to?
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    Apply for both anyway.

    An accounting degree can offer a number of exam exemptions towards the ACA / ACCA (depending on the course and uni) have a look at their websites.

    If you can get an ACA training contact after college I recommend going with that as you'll qualify sooner, won't be in uni debt, earn a salary, plus experience is valued far more than a degree with little experience.

    Which school leaver program are you referring to?
    Yeah, thats what ive been thinking. Experience seems to be valued more. On the ICAEW availabilities at decent sized firms are posted.

    Which means they'll have swarms of applications
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    (Original post by Sstar123)
    Yeah, thats what ive been thinking. Experience seems to be valued more. On the ICAEW availabilities at decent sized firms are posted.

    Which means they'll have swarms of applications
    Yeah it's v competitive
    ACA training contracts are more exclusive as well, which is why I'm doing the ACCA as it was more accessible.

    I graduated in September and many employers I've encountered have valued AAT apprentices above me due to their 1-3 years of experience.

    For you, I'd recommend trying to get some experience in a local practice in the meantime as that'll help a lot in your applications.
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    (Original post by sh9)
    Yeah it's v competitive
    ACA training contracts are more exclusive as well, which is why I'm doing the ACCA as it was more accessible.

    I graduated in September and many employers I've encountered have valued AAT apprentices above me due to their 1-3 years of experience.

    For you, I'd recommend trying to get some experience in a local practice in the meantime as that'll help a lot in your applications.
    Ill do that, thank you for your help

    I also considered ACCA but the fact that id have to find myself 3 years worth of experience is a really big setback.

    So my options either ACA school leaver program or Uni, then ACA graduate programme i guess.
 
 
 
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