The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
graduate scheme
Expires20 days

Chartered Accountant (University Graduate)

Job description

Qualify as an ICAS Chartered Accountant (CA) to unlock a world of lucrative opportunities in accounting, business and beyond.

  • Qualify for more than accountancy
  • Earn the prestigious CA designation
  • Unlock global opportunities
  • Competitive salaries and job security

The prestigious ‘CA’ tag indicates that an accountant has reached the highest level, undertaken the ICAS programme of rigorous training and examinations in accountancy, business and ethics, and committed to a process of continuous professional development.

Qualify for business and beyond
The CA is a complete business qualification that’s highly respected internationally, so you could go on to work anywhere in the world, at the highest levels of accountancy, finance and business, at a charity, government body or cutting-edge tech firm.

Furthermore, for those with an entrepreneurial streak, becoming a CA provides the key skills to start a successful business.

The ICAS CA qualifies you for a range of professions including:

  • Accountancy
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Competitive salaries and job security
Starting salaries for CAs compare favourably with those for sectors such as law, general management and banking.

The variety of roles the ICAS CA qualifies you for, and the constant need for top-level accountants, means that chartered accountancy is a highly recession-proof profession with fantastic long-term prospects.

Classroom study and paid training

  • Three-year duration
  • Invaluable practical experience
  • Earn while you learn
  • Supported study and exams

The route to CA qualification usually takes three years. Whilst studying and passing exams with us, you’ll also work a training agreement with an ICAS-authorised employer. This approach allows you to quickly put your newfound theoretical skills to the practical test, gain invaluable real-world experience and earn a competitive salary.

We offer an array of training opportunities, with everyone from small local companies to large multinationals, and you can study at centres UK-wide, depending upon where your employer is based.

We’re committed to helping our students gain high pass rates so, no matter where you train, you’ll receive the first-class ICAS experience.

What we are looking for

  • Ambitious and self-motivated?
  • Seeking an extraordinary career?
  • No accountancy experience necessary

Our trainees come from a variety of backgrounds, because in order to become an ICAS CA you aren’t required to have any previous experience in accountancy or business.

An interest in business, a commitment to hard work, and the ambition to begin a truly extraordinary career.


  • No related qualifications or previous experience in accountancy or business are required to begin training as an ICAS CA, because everything is covered by our syllabus.
  • All degree types accepted
  • All you need is a good degree pass, and we accept accountancy, non-accountancy and international degrees

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

UK wide
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

You may be eligible for some exemptions from the initial, test of competence, stage of the CA qualification, depending upon the degree you studied.

The first step to becoming a CA is to apply for a training agreement with an ICAS-authorised employer, and the entry requirements vary per employer, so it’s worth checking these before applying.

You can browse our current training vacancies at the dedicated ICAS job site via the Apply button.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 August 2020

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

Expires20 days

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