Pathways to becoming a Chartered Accountant

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Routes to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant
Hazel Garvey, ICAEW
Kate Awdry, PwC
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What we’ll cover today
• A bit about the ICAEW
• Who employs trainee accountants?
• Pathways to our profession
– Straight from school
– Combined degrees
– Graduate training
• What are employers looking for?
• What does it mean for you?
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ICAEW
• Since1880
• 160+ countries
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•142,000 +
members
•20,000 + ACA
students
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Employers
INDUSTRY
PRACTICE
NOT FOR PROFIT
FINANCIAL SERVICES
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Entry routes to the
ACA
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Routes to the ACA
Talented school leavers
School and College
Leaver Opportunities
Combined Degrees
Graduate Training
(Undergraduate
Placements)
Professional Qualification
Career as a Chartered Accountant
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Straight from school
What are the options?
• School Leaver
Programmes
• Higher Apprenticeships
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What are the qualifications?
ICAEW CFAB
Professional Services
Higher Apprenticeship
– level 4
AAT ACA Fast Track
ACA
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• No formal entry requirement
• Teaches fundamentals of finance,
accounting and business
• Entry route to the ACA
• Developed in partnership
• Gain ICAEW CFAB
• Entry route to the ACA
• Developed in partnership
• Knowledge, skills and experience can count
towards ACA requirements
• Can take as little as 4 years to qualify
• Often 5 years to qualify
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What do employers offer?
• PwC School and
College Leaver jobs
• Higher
Apprenticeship
• 2 years
Induction
CFAB
• Long term career
prospects
• 1:1 Support
• 280 UCAS
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On-thejob
Learning
Network
building
Technical
and skills
Training
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Working
with a
team
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What’s it really like?
Lucy Halliday – Assurance Higher
Apprentice, Reading
PwC
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Combined Degrees
What are the options?
• Open programme
• Employer strategic
partnership degree
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Open degree
“I was originally inspired to start
my career in accountancy from a
young age, as I watched my
mother progress her career
through AAT courses while I was
growing up. On my Manchester
Metropolitan University degree
course I gain valuable work
experience in a busy accounting
environment, whilst studying for
my degree and ACA exams,
which is sponsored by my
employer”
Bethany Atkinson
A I Cherry
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Employer strategic partnership degree
BA (Honours) Business Accounting and Finance
www.ncl.ac.uk/flyingstart
UCAS Code NN14
BA (Hons) Accounting & Business
www.henley.reading.ac.uk/pwc
UCAS code NN41
BSc (Honours) Accountancy
www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/ug/FlyingStart
UCAS Code N410
BSc Accounting
Applications via KPMG website
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What are the qualifications?
Potentially all of:
• AAT
• ICAEW CFAB
• BA/BSc
• ACA
Plus the possibility of gaining an MSc
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What do PwC offer?
• PwC Flying Start Degree
Year 1: Fulltime study at
university
• BA Degree and ACA
• 4 years at University
Year 2: First
term time
placement
• 5 years to qualify
• Embedded placements
• Best of both worlds
Year 3: Second
term time
placement
• 340 UCAS plus B grade
GCSE maths
Year 4: Longer
term time
placement
• Gain a 2:1 and secure a
graduate job
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What’s it really like?
Ben Francis – Flying Start Student, Henley
Business School
PwC
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Graduate Training
What are the options?
• “Standard” degree
• Placement programme
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Which degree?
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What do employers offer?
• PwC
Undergraduate
Programmes
• Build employability
whilst at University
• 320 UCAS
• 2:1 Degree from
any discipline
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What’s it really like?
Alice O’Connor – Assurance Graduate,
London
PwC
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What are employers looking for?
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What does it mean for you?
How can you help
your students?
How can PwC
help you?
Extra-curricular opportunities
Teacher Toolkit
Research the options
E-learning tools
Prepare for the recruitment
process
Open Days/Evenings
Commercial Awareness
Virtual Events
Work Experience
Brochures and material
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How can ICAEW help you?
• Careers fairs
• Employability skills sessions
• Interactive business games
• Presentations
• Webinars
• Literature
• Training Vacancies:
publication and on-line
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• Local student recruitment contact
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