(the association of chartered certified accountants)
ACCA – accountancy careers that are diverse, challenging and full of opportunity.

Any company that you name will employ accountants either working in the firm full-time or as consultants asked to come in to advise the company. Accountants are there to feed information to directors and help them make decisions to grow and develop the company - they have to be good at communicating with a wide range of people; at managing teams of people; and be able to come up with solutions to problems.

Qualifying with ACCA is your first step towards a successful career in accountancy, business and finance. Whatever your ambitions in the business world, a background in accountancy will ensure that you are equipped to achieve them. The ACCA Qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to build a career full of opportunity, diversity and rewards.

There are lots of different ways you can qualify as an accountant. You can start studying immediately after your A’ Levels or after you graduate from university. The diagram below shows the different entry routes.

ACCA Entry Levels

Entry Route 1 – School Leaver To start studying towards the ACCA Qualification, you need a minimum of three GCSEs and two A levels in five separate subjects including Maths and English.

Entry Route 2 – AAT or CAT entry Students that have achieved a technician level qualification such as AAT or CAT can start their ACCA Qualification at this stage.

Entry Route 3 – Graduate Students that have graduated from university may qualify from exemptions and so can start their ACCA Qualification at this stage. You will however still need to complete the Professional Ethics module.

* Students will have to complete three years’ of relevant practical experience in order to qualify as an ACCA member. This can be gained before, during or after your exams.

ACCA Videos

Why Accountancy? http://www.youtube.com/user/ACCAHQ#p/u/5/K8Ob7v7qXrM

ACCA for Graduates http://www.accaglobal.com/ukgraduates/tv/

ACCA Fast Facts
  • 154, 000 members
  • 432,000 students
  • 50% of students are female
  • 44% students are under 25
  • 67% members are under 45
  • 83 offices around the world
  • 8500 Approved Employers

ACCA Contact Information:

2 Central Quay
89 Hyde Park Street
Glasgow, G3 8BW

Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.accaglobal.com/uk/join?utm_source=TSR&utm_medium=LEC&utm_campaign=schoolleaver

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ACCA Case Studies - Indi Bola – Centrica

An assistant manager and analyst for Centrica’s trading division, Indi Bola is reaping the rewards of the hard work required to gain his ACCA Qualification.

What does his current role involve? “We built a power station n Holland and I’m involved in the numbers around that,” Indi explains, “things like setting up the billing system, looking at how we will verify how much power we have produced, how we present information to finance. It’s the step before finance. It’s quite hands on. Somebody coming to this role from another discipline may not be able to appreciate the complexity around the billing and the numbers, which ultimately make the company survive. I’m working alongside technical people, understanding their issues and then applying them to the finance.”

One reason Indi chose the ACCA Qualification was because of its international reach. “I have lived in quite a few countries and wanted to continue that after qualification,” he says. “ACCA is recognised in a lot of countries. It gives you a global work passport to go where you want and earn a certain standard of living.”

ACCA Case Studies - Joanne Moore - HMRC

Joanne is just over half way through her training contract with HMRC. She is also half way to achieving her ACCA qualifications.

Her route into accountancy has been more by accident than design. Initially working for a telecoms company and then being made redundant Joanne took a role with a firm of solicitors working in their debt recovery department.

Joanne continues: “When I left University I wasn’t really sure what I wanted from my career. Being made redundant made me focus on what I wanted. I’d had very little exposure to finance during my degree so while I was at the solicitors I approached them about sponsoring me through the AAT. It seemed the natural step that, as I was dealing with client accounts on a daily basis I should look towards gaining professional qualifications.

“Having completed the AAT, being accepted onto a training contract with HMRC was a thrill for me. I needed to continue studying and go on and complete my professional qualifications. I looked at CIMA and ICAEW but ACCA suited me the best out of the three. It had the flexibility I wanted from my studies; it was a qualification that had a combination of industry and practice based which was what I needed working in an environment such as HMRC.”

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