ICAS School Leaver

Qualify as an ICAS Chartered Accountant (CA) and launch into 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

ICAS is the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Were proud of our roots, but now

train all over the UK and provide a globally recognised qualification.

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 thats 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

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.

There will always be a demand for the skills of CAs in business. ICAS CAs in their early career average salaries between £29k £65k.

Classroom study and paid training

  • 5-year duration
  • invaluable practical experience
  • earn while you learn
  • supported study and exams

The route to CA qualification usually takes five years. Whilst studying and passing exams with us, youll 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 learning and exams are delivered across the UK through a flexible blend of online and face-to-face support and resources.

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


  • 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 arent required to have any previous experience in accountancy or business.

All you need are good Higher or A Level results, an interest in business, a commitment to hard work, and the ambition to launch a truly extraordinary career.


  • a global business network
  • our exclusive CA designation
  • a proud past and a bright future

ICAS is the world-class business network that promotes, inspires and enables professional excellence in Chartered Accountants (CAs).

Over 160 years of experience have gone into refining our internationally prestigious qualification. Its a broad-scope business course that equips the 22,000 members of our global community for more than accountancy.

Having the letters CA of Chartered Accountant after your name will impress employers and open doors to a host of amazing opportunities. And did you know, those two letters are exclusive to ICAS members? No other Institute, training body or organisation in the UK can use the prestigious CA designation.

We were the worlds first body of Chartered Accountants, but our focus is firmly on the future. Through our efforts as regulator, thought leader and exclusive educator we constantly work to advance the careers of our members.


  • no accountancy qualifications required
  • apply with Highers or A Levels

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 you need are good Higher or A Level results, like those that would secure a place at university.


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 its worth checking these before applying.

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