As a graduate or school leaver there are various different professional qualification routes you may follow, depending on the area you wish to specialise in.
Our Trainee Programmes fully support all of these qualification paths – providing dedicated study time to help you achieve your chosen certification.
As a school leaver you will most likely look to study towards one of the following qualifications:
AAT – Association of Accounting Technicians
On the AAT path, you have the option to start on level 2 or level 3 to build the foundation into your accounting career across topics such as double entry bookkeeping and preparations of financial statements. Once successfully completed you can undertake the Diploma in Professional Accounting (Level 4). From here you could progress to either the ACA or ACCA Chartered certifications.
ATT – Association of Taxation Technicians
For the ATT qualification you are required to pass 2 written exams, across a range of topics such as business and personal taxation along with a further 3 compulsory computer based examinations. ATT is the first step along the route to achieving the CTA qualification, the gold standard for tax professionals.
CFAB – Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business
This is an entry route into accounting, with no academic qualifications needed – it teaches you essential knowledge in finance, accounting and business. After completing CFAB you could go on to complete your ACA certification.
As a graduate you will most likely look to study towards one of the following qualifications:
ACA (ICAEW) – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
For the ACA qualification you are required to complete at least 450 days of on-the-job training while passing up to 15 exams, depending on exemptions, across a range of topics such as financial management, law, ethics and professional development. Completing the ACA qualification enables you to use the title “Chartered Accountant”
ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
For the ACCA qualification you are required to complete at least 3 years on-the-job training while passing up to 13 exams, depending on exemptions, across a range of topics such as audit and assurance, financial reporting and an ethics and professional skills module. Completing the ACCA qualification enables you to use the title “Chartered Certified Accountant”.
CTA (CIOT) – Chartered Institute of Taxation
The CIOT is the leading body for all aspects of taxation in the UK. Admission to membership of the CIOT requires success in the CTA exams, held every May and November, together with the ability to demonstrate 3 years’ relevant professional experience and enables you to use the title “Chartered Tax Adviser”.