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Risk demands careful processes that record, classify, summarise, interpret and communicate financial information. Accountants are needed to take on a variety of roles in financial accounting, management accounting, credit control and financial control. Qualification in this field means you have highly transferable skills and the opportunities to progress are excellent. Around 80% of FTSE 100 companies have at least one chartered accountant on the board.

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Finance Graduate Scheme Trainee
  • Management Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Finance Director

Qualifications required for an accountancy career

The general route to qualification is to pass the professional examinations of one of the UK professional accountancy bodies such as ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA, ICA and AAT. Entry regulations vary, but typically a good honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject plus maths and English GCSE (grades A or B) are required. Business-related degrees are common, but other subjects are strongly represented, including science, maths, languages, arts and social sciences. It is possible to secure a role without a degree, through an Apprenticeship or having completed a professional qualification at a college.

Skills and qualities required for a career in accountancy

To get on in accountancy you'll need good mathematical and computer skills and an analytical and logical approach. Accuracy and attention to detail and the ability to explain technical financial information clearly are essential.

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