graduate scheme

Trainee Chartered Accountant - ACA

Job description

Chartered Accountants? We get them there.

What does it mean to be an accountant?

Is it helping businesses make crucial decisions? A step into an industry where your passion lies? Building sustainable change from the inside out? It’s everything.

The ACA is our globally recognised chartered accountancy qualification. It’s designed to provide trainees with the professional skills and strategic insight they'll need to make a real impact.

Prospective accountants can start the ACA after completing an undergraduate degree in any subject. They don’t have to have studied accountancy, business or finance. Companies offering ACA training agreements are interested in graduates from a range of backgrounds.

What’s involved?

The ACA offers a structured training and development programme with four integrated elements. Emphasising professional development and nurturing skills, the qualification covers far more than technical accountancy. It’s designed to develop leadership potential, and its content is reviewed annually to make sure trainees are kept informed about the latest developments in finance, accounting and business. Here’s what ACA students will be doing:

  • Practical Work Experience

They need to record 450 days of relevant ‘on-the-job’ work experience during their period of approved training. If they have completed an internship or placement year with one of our authorised employers, they may be able to count up to 12 months’ experience towards their ACA training.

  • Ethics and Professional Curiosity

Ethics and professional curiosity are an essential part of being a chartered accountant. Trainees will follow a structured programme to make sure they know how to apply them – focusing on areas such as integrity, objectivity and independence.

  • Accountancy, Finance and Business Modules

There are 15 modules, each with its own computer-based exam. These modules are staged across three levels: the first introduces trainees to core concepts; the last two build on their growing technical knowledge and experience.

  • Professional Development

Demonstrate their competence in seven key professional skills (such as communication, teamwork and decision-making) by providing examples from their work experience.

For more information on what’s involved as part of the ACA, view our graduate brochure.

The ACA application process

To start the ACA after graduation, trainees will need to have two A-level passes (grades A*-E) or equivalent. They'll also need three GCSE passes (grades 9-4/A-C) or equivalent. However, entry requirements vary depending on their employer, so check their entry requirements before applying. GCSE, UCAS points and degree result requirements vary.

Find out first-hand from the people who chose this route

Once they’ve qualified, the sky's the limit and we’re committed to getting them there. Some ICAEW Chartered Accountants have ended up analysing the finances of fashion brands, advising charities on tax, shaping schools’ spending, and working on the boards of multinational consumer companies – all they have to do is take that next step in their career and apply.

  • Hours: full time
  • Job roles: accounting; business & finance
  • Contract type: Apprenticeship
  • Location: UK Nationwide

What we are looking for

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

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 21 September 2023

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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