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If you're in school, you may be wondering if a career in Chartered Accountancy is for you. Chartered Accountancy offers a varied and rewarding career, allowing you to work in any sector across the globe.

Many students interested in Chartered Accountancy study a business degree at university and after that apply for a graduate programme in an accountancy firm or a company.

Study direct out of school

You can start your studies directly out of school. If you’re bright, ambitious and want to get your career off the ground straightaway, the direct entry school leaver pathway offers an alternative to college. You don’t have to study Honours Maths or  Business at Leaving Cert / A-Level, but an aptitude for these subjects will be very helpful.

In your first year, you would be studying with our partner body, Accounting Technicians Ireland, and there are various ways you can progress.

Starting requirements

To begin the Direct Entry School Leaver Route, students must get a minimum of 360 points in the Leaving Certificate out of 6 subjects (this must include English and Mathematics at Higher Level Grade D or better, or Ordinary Level Grade C or better)

From 2017 onwards: students must pass 6 subjects in their Leaving Certificate in one sitting only, students must achieve at least H6 or O5 in both English and Mathematics, and students must secure at least 356 points from any combination of six subjects in one sitting.

In Northern Ireland students must have 3 GCE Advanced Level subjects at Grade C or better with GCSE Ordinary Level English and Mathematics at Grade B or better. Students must then secure a merit pass in Accounting Technicians Ireland First Year examinations.

Work in any sector

Work in practice, business, the public sector, and not-for-profit.

Global recognition

Take the qualification with you around the globe with our Mutual Recognition Agreements with Chartered bodies around the world.

Rewarding career prospects

Secure your success with the No.1 accountancy and business qualification in Ireland

The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy (HLA)

The HLA in Accountancy is run by Accounting Technicians Ireland and provides young people with a practical, fully-funded route to a professional career in accountancy. Employers from all sectors are offering ‘earn-as-you-learn’ contracts in accountancy. The programme is available through all six Regional Colleges in Northern Ireland and the Level 5 Diploma for Accounting Technicians is awarded upon completion: at this stage students can then progress to the Chartered Accountants Ireland Qualification.

Training options 

Entry Routes

Training route: Training Contract

The Training Contract route is a structured programme that combines working and training. Traditionally employers will hire recent college or university graduates. The contract typically lasts 3.5 years. During the period of the contract the Chartered exams are taken and the relevant work experience is acquired in order to qualify.

Register for a school visit

If you are a member and interested in speaking at your local school or are a teacher and interested in having a talk on Chartered Accountancy register your details on the page below. 

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