We have already discussed what education and skills you need to become a chartered accountant, but is it really the case that you don’t have to study accounting at university to become a chartered accountant? We look at what current ACA student studied at university, and you might be surprised at the results.

As of 2018, there were over 150,000 members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 153 countries across the world. There are over 27,000 students currently taking the ACA qualifications in order to become chartered accountants.


So what did those students study? The accountancy profession is for everyone, of all degree backgrounds not just accounting or finance. While it is true that a lot of students do study accounting and finance, 28% of all ACA students in fact, the same percentage studied business and management.

Proficiency in maths is just one requirement to become an accountant, with employers valuing softer skills including communication and team work which is why so many arts and humanities students find their place in the accountancy profession.

Science and engineering graduates have also found that they can apply the skills they learnt in their degree in the wider context of the accountancy profession.

As you can see in the chart below, the accountancy profession is for everyone of all degree backgrounds, not just accounting and finance. You can read profiles by students from a range of degree backgrounds here.


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