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Are you considering becoming a Chartered Accountant? 

Meet some of our team and learn about their experiences of training at Clarkson Hyde:

If you’re considering training to be a Chartered Accountant then you’ve arrived at the right place! We usually take on two to three new students each year, starting the recruitment process in the Spring, with the students joining us in the September of the same year, following them receiving the appropriate grades at A level or with their degree.

There are two routes to training with us at Clarkson Hyde. First of all, A level students have the opportunity to begin with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification, which sets them directly on a career path from higher education at school, earning a good starting salary and receiving full study package support. Our minimum A level grade requirements are three Bs (or equivalent for at least the same number of ucas points), so we’ll only be able to consider students who have predicted grades at that level or above.

There are 15 exam modules in the course and students typically take around 1 – 2 years to complete them (there is freedom to speed things up or slow things down, depending on the student’s preference). Students will gain practical work experience as a ‘junior’ on client jobs, initially shadowing and then working alongside more senior members of our team, and they will attend First Intuition College in Central London for the courses. Some courses are held over the weekend.

Once the student has successfully completed the AAT course, they can then move on to the ACA qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (the highest professional body for accountants in this country and our governing body at Clarkson Hyde).

The second route is for university degree level students to begin with the ACA qualification. There are also 15 exam modules and, as with the AAT course, students at Clarkson Hyde will be given time to attend courses at First Intuition College in London. Our students usually take these exams comfortably over a 3 year period and there is a requirements to have 450 hours of practical work experience, among other requirements, before you can qualify.

The minimum entry requirement for our ACA students is a 2.1 degree, or a good pass at AAT.

As a Chartered Accountant, you will have an excellent skills base, great earning potential and the opportunity to develop a varied career in either practice (helping client businesses) or in industry, as a member of an in-house accounting team.

If you’d like to learn more about the training path at Clarkson Hyde, or to be considered for the next intake round, please get in touch with our training manager Paula Seton at pls@clarksonhyde.com