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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.

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