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Routes into accountancy

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)

Gives a good grounding in the main principles of accountancy, in order to become an Accounting Technician.

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ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Ideal if you'd like a career in finance, business or accountancy, or would like to become a Chartered Certified Accountant.


CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

Aimed at those in business or industry who want to be a Chartered Management Accountant.


ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales)

Aimed at those in finance, practice or business who wish to become a Chartered Accountant.


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Accountancy in a nutshell

An accountant is a professional or qualified person who generally performs tasks related to accounting, such as auditing or analysing financial statements. They might also do bookkeeping, or prepare annual reports and financial statements for businesses. Accountants can be employed within an accounting firm or can set up on their own.

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If you're still in the early stages of research, here's a short list of articles that may help with your understanding of accountancy:

  • Flexible

    As one of the most flexible professions, accountancy can help you achieve the perfect work-life balance. Part-time roles and career breaks are possible, as well as plenty of self-employment opportunities.
  • Dynamic

    Accountancy isn't just about numbers. It employs a wide range of other skills such as communication, teamwork, strategy, leadership and problem-solving.
  • Respected

    Accountancy can be extremely rewarding. Senior roles often attract high value salaries and benefits packages, with huge scope for progression
  • Rewarding

    You benefit from being part of a prestigious profession that is respected and trusted by organisations and communities.

Just some of the many professions you can do with either AAT, ACCA, CIMA or ACA (ICAEW)

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A management accountant helps organisations prosper, whether you choose to work for a large corporation or start your own business.

Qualification needed:


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A financial accountant lives and breathes numbers, so you'll be analysing and maintaining statements, and reporting to stakeholders and investors.

Qualification needed:


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Working for some of the largest accounting firms in the world, an auditor gets a unique insight into many different businesses.

Qualification needed:


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The exciting world of forensic accounting allows you to solve mysteries where finances are involved.

Qualification needed:


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