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About ACCA

Are you studying for a degree related to finance or accounting?

You could join us at Professional level. At this level, you will take three essential and two options papers, meaning you can specialise according to your role and strengths.

You will also be required to have three years' relevant work experience and complete an online ethics module before you become fully qualified.

If you are a student studying accounting and finance at one of our partner universities, you could join our exclusive Accelerate programme which gives you an early start to a successful career.

You will also receive discounted fees, employability advice and exclusive job opportunities.

Are you studying for a University degree in an unrelated subject or 3 GCSEs and 2 A-Levels (or equivalent)

You could join us at Fundamentals level. This level comprises of nine compulsory exams, which make up the essential areas of knowledge for someone working in the finance function – from taxation to management accounting.

If you don’t have the minimum entry requirements as per the above, you can start at the Foundations level, or complete an ACCA Apprenticeship.

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) School Leavers
Job Title
ACCA Qualification
United Kingdom
£45,000 - £55,000
Job Type

Millions of Opportunities

Our in-demand ACCA Members work across multiple industries for top brands around the world from Coca-Cola and Nestle to Microsoft and Santander.

Whether you want to work in fashion, technology, sport or travel – ACCA will get you there. Start discovering millions of opportunities today.


  • We are truly global - our qualifications are recognised in 181 countries worldwide, meaning your skills will be in demand internationally.
  • You can keep your options open – you can specialise in whichever area you wish, from audit to management accounting, thanks to our unique option papers.
  • Our qualification is accessible - you don’t need a training contract to study with ACCA.
  • We offer exceptional support and flexibility - allowing you to fit your study and work around lifestyle and family commitments. Our contact centre operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we have a wealth of online resources.
  • Our syllabus and exams are clearly structured – our transparent exam marking system allows you to see exactly where your strengths lie, and helps you to progress through your studies quicker.
  • We also offer a range of study options to suit your lifestyle, budget and situation. We have key partnerships with learning providers offering quality tuition for our students.
Farah Iqbal
Finance performance analyst, BP

Quotation-Marks-24 [square]  I chose ACCA for a few reasons. Firstly, my tutors at university made it clear that ACCA was the best qualification and strongly supported it as the best option after graduation. Secondly, it was the most varied of the qualifications. I think you come out of uni not knowing exactly what you want to do, and ACCA gives you that flexibility and choice. You can learn about tax and audit, and it gives you more skills than just pure accountancy."

Now a Finance Performance Analyst at BP and a full ACCA Member, Farah supports other teams and ensures that they are following the BP forecasting and adhering to controls. She also report to key deadlines and give insight to various teams, as well as reviewing with leadership teams to ensure everything is on track.

"I love the fact I’m not stuck in a finance team and get to liaise and attend meetings with people across the business. It gives me an insight into the bigger picture, which I think is really important."

Sam Bailey
Brand Finance Manager, Britvic

Quotation-Marks-24 [square] I have now been at Britvic for over 2 years and it is a great place to work. Firstly I love how ambitious the company is. Being ambitious myself, it is important to work for a company that has similar values. Secondly, there is a real emphasis on making Britvic a great place to work and ensuring that individuals reach their full potential."

"It is important to love where you work so I would encourage graduates to not give up when looking for their dream job and evaluate lots of different options. Sometimes it takes a while for the job you are looking for to come up and I believe that it is better to wait for a job you are enthusiastic and excited about, rather than one that is available. The same goes for when I have looked to progress in my own career - I have always had to wait for the right role to come up."

"My long term goal is to become a Finance Director. In order to achieve this I need to gain experience working in different roles within the finance function and gain a broad understanding of the business environment. ACCA has been key to this – giving me a great deal of freedom in my career and opening up opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t have been available."

Rebecca Pitt
Assistant VP, Finance Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Quotation-Marks-24 [square] She enjoys the variety in her job - "A lot comes in last minute - you have to be prepared to get stuck in to satisfy demands in short time periods!"

More than 140,000 businesses benefit from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch's commitment to provide them with the best resources, insights and solutions across 150 countries around the world. Rebecca takes it in her stride, having worked her way up quickly via previous roles in other organisations; she was appointed Assistant VP just six years after graduating from the University of Leeds with a 2:1 in Law and Accountancy.

Rebecca views success as "a combination of commitment, passion and fresh thinking – bringing new ideas to the table is how you help businesses develop and grow"