ICAEW Chartered Accountants come from many educational backgrounds and bring multiple skills to their career. There are many ways to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant meaning you can find the right route for you.

Do I need an A-level in maths or an accountancy degree?

No. Most employers look for students with maths at GCSE level at grade B/5 or above, but do not require it at A-level. Employers encourage applicants from all degree backgrounds and welcome the variety of skills you develop in any degree. Not just accountancy.

What grades do I need to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant?

There are no set entry requirements to start ICAEW CFAB. When you’ve completed ICAEW CFAB you can continue onto the ACA. If you haven’t completed ICAEW CFAB you want to start the ACA, you’ll need to have two A-level passes (grades A*-E) or equivalent. You’ll also need three GCSE passes (grades 9-4/A-C) or equivalent.

Before applying to an employer, check their entry requirements. GCSE, UCAS points and degree result requirements vary.

If you choose to go to university, employers welcome all degrees. If you have completed a degree that is not directly related to accountancy, you can still use the knowledge and skills you have developed in your future career.

Employability skills

These skills look beyond what you’ve learnt in education. They show you are a great communicator, a real team player and a key decision maker. Stand out in your application by showing you’ve got what it takes to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

ICAEW promotes sustainability, diversity, inclusion, society and ethical business


ICAEW Chartered Accountants interact with people from a wide range of backgrounds, abilities and culture.


ICAEW Chartered Accountants are able to convert complex financial information into simple, digestible advice for clients and colleagues.


The ability to be able to research, collate, analyse and interpret data from a wide range of sources helps chartered accountants to make sound, ethical business decisions that provide professional solutions all round.


Chartered accountants behave professionally and ethically which comes as no surprise as this is the foundation of ACA exams. Sustainability, society and ethical business are at the heart of an ICAEW Chartered Accountant’s work.

To view the full list of skills and how you can develop them. Visit icaew/careers

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