I'm in school

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.

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

What are my options?

Apprenticeship route

This route is most popular with school leavers. It's a work-based programme which means you can earn while you learn. Over 2 years, you work 4 days a week with an approved ATI employer, and attend college 1 day a week. You then transition into the Chartered Accountants Ireland programme and potentially benefit from partial CAP1 exemptions (subject to results).

Traditional route

The ATI programme can be completed on a part time basis. This route is most popular with mature students. You work full time and undertake the ATI study in the evenings.

The Traditional path offers two options;
1. Gain a merit grade in the ATI first year exams (and meet certain prerequisite Leaving Cert/GCSE or A Level requirements). You can then move on to studying our first year exams, CAP1.
2. Study with ATI for two years to gain the Accounting Technician qualification before joining us for further study (potential to obtain partial CAP1 exemptions).

How to apply?

Apply directly to Accounting Technicians Ireland. Detailed entry requirements are available on their website: www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie

Who is it for?

The Apprenticeship route that is popular with school leavers will suit ambitious, practically minded students who are certain that they want to be

Chartered Accountants and would like to be qualified as quickly as possible. The Traditional route will suit mature students who would like to return to study or change careers.

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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.

Entry Routes

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