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 straight away, the direct entry school leaver pathway offers an alternative to college. You don’t have to study Honours Maths or a 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. Read more about this route on the Accounting Technicians page

Requirements to start

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 365 points from any combination of six subjects in one sitting.

In Northern Ireland students must have 3 GCSE Advanced Level subjects at a 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.

The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy (HLA)

The HLA in Accountancy 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.

More information available at http://www.hla-accountancy.co.uk/.

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