ACCA careers
Careers in accounting, business and finance with the ACCA Qualification

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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. Qualifying with ACCA is your first step towards a successful career in accountancy, business and finance. Whatever your ambitions are 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.

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Organisation name: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Address: ACCA UK, 29 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3EE
Tel: (0)141 582 2000
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GCSE/ 'A' level/ Standard Grade/ Highers

If you are a school leaver with a minimum of three GCSEs and two A Levels, in five separate subjects including maths and English or if you have equivalent qualifications, you can start studying the ACCA Qualification straight away.

The ACCA Qualification is broadly equivalent to degree standard when you take the first nine papers (the Fundamentals level). When you take the Professionals level, it is equivalent to a master’s degree.


Our foundation level suite of awards is suitable for school leavers aged 16 and over, who have no previous qualifications. It is the perfect stepping stone towards a rewarding career, and allows you to progress through a range of qualifications that build up your skills and knowledge. This boosts your CV and can impress future employers, and allow you to move on to studying for the ACCA Qualification.

The awards within our foundations level are broadly equivalent to GCSE level and a degree or HND programme.

Graduate & Post-graduate training programme

ACCA has an exclusive partnership with Oxford Brookes University, so you can also gain a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, which is available exclusively to ACCA students who wish to obtain a degree while studying towards the ACCA Qualification.

However, if you are a graduate with a relevant degree, exemptions may mean fewer exams to sit.

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Work placements with combined qualifications

The ACCA Qualification closely links practical experience to your studies, and you need to complete three years’ relevant work experience to become an ACCA member, as well as completing the Professional Ethics module.

Internships at university can count towards the practical experience requirements of the qualification and enhance employability. As the qualification isn't tied into a training contract, you can take your hard work with you whenever you move jobs.

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