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Study routes

Kick start your career


ACA Overview


Studying towards a professional qualification alongside a demanding job is always going to present challenges, but for those that persevere, the rewards are undoubtedly worth it.

The ACA qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales is valued by businesses worldwide, with 153,000 members and more than 28,000 students.

SAS have been an ICAEW Approved Training Employer since 2015 and we encourage all our trainees to undertake the qualification.

The title ‘chartered accountant’ can only be used by those who have met the requirements of the ICAEW’s ACA qualification. To qualify students must undertake a minimum of three years on-the-job training, pass a series of rigorous examinations and commit to continuing professional development.

What’s Involved


The ACA qualification is made up of four elements which provide students with a combination of finance knowledge, accountancy skills and real-world business experience.

They are:

450 days of practical work experience


Offering invaluable insights into the realities of a career in chartered accountancy.

15 exam modules


Covering a broad range of topics including: financial management, law, assurance and business strategy.

Professional development


Preparing you to successfully handle different situations that you’ll encounter throughout your career.

Ethics and professional scepticism


Providing you with the skills to work under close scrutiny and be confident you are making the right decisions.

ACA What's Included


As part of your training, you will undertake classes with an BPP, who are an ICAEW-authorised training provider. These can be face-to-face or online, and will give you the benefit of an expert tutor.

Alongside this, we provide you with a buddy to help you through the ACA, as well as receiving support from the rest of your colleagues.

ICAEW will also provide you with a range of tools and resources to help you, such as wellbeing support, events and volunteering opportunities and access to the Student Insights hub.

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AAT – Apprenticeship Route Overview


Undertaking an apprenticeship will kick start your career and in recent years the popularity of this study route has increased significantly. Offering the chance to skip the cost of university by providing a debt-free route to employment, it’s easy to see why!

AAT Accounting Qualifications teach practical finance and accounting skills and will develop your grasp of business and accounting. As an AAT member you demonstrate a commitment to exceptionally high standards and ethics in accounting.

SAS have been awarded AAT employer accreditation in recognition of the valuable training and development provided and our commitment to supporting students throughout their employment.

Recognised by leading employers, achieving the AAT qualification allows you to practice as an Accounting Technician, as well as apply for full AAT membership to adopt the internationally recognised professional status of MAAT. There is also an AAT-ACA fast-track route, for those looking to further their study.

What’s Involved


The AAT qualification is made up of three levels which provide students with the base knowledge required for a successful career within the accounting industry.

They are:

Foundation Certificate in Accounting


(Level 2)

Advanced Diploma in Accounting


(Level 3)

Professional Diploma in Accounting


(Level 4)

AAT – Apprenticeship Route
What's Included


As part of your training, you will undertake classes with an BPP, who are one of the leading training providers, having achieved trusted adviser status from the AAT. The tuition can be face-to-face or online, and will give you the benefit of an expert tutor.

Alongside this, we provide you with a buddy to help you through the AAT, as well as receiving support from the rest of your colleagues.

Interested in becoming part of the
team?