Home » Accountancy Qualifications » Accountancy Degree Qualification

Accountancy Degree

Traditional Education

A-Level or Equivalent: Start by completing your A-levels or an equivalent qualification, with a focus on subjects like mathematics, economics, business studies, or accounting.

Pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or a related field. A common choice is a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Accounting and Finance. This typically takes three years to complete.

Alternatives to Traditional Education

For those who do not wish to attend University, there are a number of alternative routes to becoming an accountant.

Apprenticeships and employer qualification sponsorship

In the UK, apprenticeships are available for aspiring accountants. You can work for an employer while studying towards your professional accounting qualification. These apprenticeships often combine on-the-job training and education.

Online Courses and MOOCs

There are numerous online courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that can help you acquire accounting knowledge and skills. Platforms like Coursera, edX, and Udemy offer courses in accounting and finance. While these courses may not lead to a professional qualification on their own, they can be a valuable source of knowledge and skills.

Practical Experience and Self-Study

In some cases, you can gain experience in entry-level accounting positions and work your way up through on-the-job learning and self-study. While this path may take longer and limit your career prospects, it's possible to build a career in accounting with dedication and continuous learning.

Advancing through the AAT syllabus offers an earlier entry point in accounting education through to fully qualified and is an excellent alternative to University.

Accountancy Salary Guide 2024

With the well documented shortage of skills putting pressure on businesses across the UK, demand for is at an all-time high.

Stay informed with the very latest Accounting salary data to maintain and attract key talent. Explore salaries for Finance roles in your region.

Accountancy Salary Guide

Latest Accountancy Jobs

Group Accountant

London - West / £60,000

A well-established and growing industrial business is looking for an accomplished Group Accountant to join its team based in the Heathrow area, West London / Middlesex – this will be an office-based role. Reporting into the CFO, the successful candidate will lead and develop the finance function from a commercial perspective. You will enhance its...

Read more

Part-time Finance Manager

Staffordshire / £40,000 pro rata

A well-known and small organisation is looking for a qualified Finance Manager to join its team based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Please note this is a part-time role: 3-4 days (21-28 hours) per week and is office-based.   Reporting into the Head of Operations, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the finance function, including...

Read more

Head of Finance / Financial Controller

London - West / £60,000

A well-established and growing industrial business is looking for a driven Head of Finance / Financial Controller to join its team based in the Heathrow area, West London / Middlesex – this will be an office-based role. Reporting into the CFO, the successful candidate will lead and develop the finance function from a commercial perspective....

Read more
View all live jobs

Accountancy Qualifications

Explore further Accounting qualifications such as ACA and AAT, CIMAACCA, ACCA and Software Vendors specific training.