ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
graduate scheme

Chartered Accountant

Job description

Chartered accountancy involves more interaction with people than you may think. The numbers are important, but it’s also about being able to understand key business challenges; solving problems, finding answers, analysing information and interpreting facts and figures to make business recommendations. You’ll also need to communicate your expertise to colleagues, managers and clients in an easy to understand way. Because of this, chartered accountants find themselves at the heart of business, making decisions that affect the strategy, direction and profitability of organisations around the world.

To become a successful ICAEW Chartered Accountant, you will need to complete our internationally recognised chartered accountancy qualification, the ACA. Specifically designed to make sure you develop all the skills and expertise you’ll need throughout your career. The ACA combines work with study, so you will have the opportunity to earn a salary while studying for a globally-recognised qualification.

You can start studying without a job, but we recommend you secure a training agreement with an authorised employer as soon as you can. A training agreement is what outlines the on-the-job training you'll do and the support you’ll receive from your employer, such as paid tuition, study leave and mentoring. Authorised employers must meet strict standards to train ACA students meaning you’ll benefit from a first-rate employer who is committed to giving you support and guidance throughout your training. Securing a training agreement early on means not only will you gain a world-leading qualification, you’ll be paid a competitive salary throughout
your training too!

Kick start your search today with our jobs portal icaewtrainingvacancies.com. Our employers advertise a range of graduate and placement opportunities for you to search by location and type. Register on the site, create your own profile and upload your CV to be searched by employers. You’ll also receive relevant job alerts, updates and our monthly e-newsletter.

What we are looking for


There's more to being a chartered accountant than academic ability. The skills most in demand by employers include:

  • communication
  • commercial awareness
  • decision making
  • problem solving
  • team work and co-operation
  • leadership; and
  • adding value.

As well as these key skills, training organisations are also looking for a number of other competencies. The following will be useful to think about when planning your applications and preparing for interviews: personal motivation and commitment, creativity and flexibility, planning and organisation and problem solving.

Entry requirements will vary depending on your chosen employer. Generally, employers will consider your broad academic abilities in addition to your employability skills. Don’t forget, if you have studied a related degree subject at university you may be eligible to claim credit for prior learning, visit icaew.com/cpl to find out more.

Here are guidelines based on what some of our employers advertise as their academic requirements:

  • At least three GCSE A*–C with a B or above in maths and English (or equivalent).
  • At least two A-levels totalling 280+ UCAS points (or equivalent).
  • At least 24 International Baccalaureate points
  • You don’t need an A-level in maths.
  • Many employers expect a 2:1 or above in any degree discipline, although some will consider a 2:2.
  • The ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) meets ICAEW’s minimum entry requirements. Visit the website for more information.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Number of vacancies
Range of accountancy roles
UK wide
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 11 December 2019

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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