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ACA - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Course Description

The ACA qualification is from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). ICAEW Chartered Accountants are always in demand and the ACA Qualification equips students to perform at the highest levels of accountancy, business and finance.

The majority of ACA trainees work in accounting practice and the qualification has a strong practice subject focus (audit, taxation) as well as covering other key technical accounting areas. An increasing number of students are now training in other sectors too.Once qualified, ICAEW Chartered Accountants work in all sectors, from accounting practices to commercial organisations, financial institutions, not for profit organisations and the public sector.

We offer tuition for the ACA Qualification at our Newport and Cardiff campuses. We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations (day release and block delivery) and we are an ICAEW Partner in Learning (City Campus Newport; Cardiff Campus application pending).

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1224-institute-of-chartered-accountants-in-england-and-wales-icaew

What you will study

To qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant students are required to complete:
• 15 examinations
• 450 days of technical work experience, which you gain by obtaining a training contract with an appropriate employer
• Professional development (delivered through ICAEW or your employer)
• Ethics and professional scepticism programme (delivered through ICAEW)

The ACA Qualification comprises three examination levels: Certificate, Professional and Advanced. A Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) qualification is available upon completion of the Certificate Level, which is an excellent qualification in its own right for non-financial managers.

At the Advanced Level students are required to study a number of technical areas, which are then examined together in the Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management papers. These papers aim to simulate real-life business and accounting practice environments, and the concept is taken further with a final case study examination.

Certificate Level #
- Accounting
- Assurance
- Law
- Principles of Taxation
- Business and Finance
- Management Information

Professional Level *
- Audit and Assurance
- Tax Compliance
- Financial Accounting and Reporting
- Financial Management
- Business Planning: Taxation
- Business Strategy

Advanced Level **
- Corporate Reporting
- Strategic Business Management
- Case Study

#Only available at City Campus, Newport

*Available in block delivery mode (from 2016) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

**Available in block delivery mode (from 2017) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

How you will study

We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations.Our average student pass rate on our ACA course since its inception in 2012 has been 83%.

Weekly day release tuition (with block revision):
• Available at City Campus, Newport for all Levels (Certificate, Professional, Advanced)
• Papers taught for one day per week, with a block revision period at the end
• Typical tuition period lengths:
• Certificate Level papers – 10 weeks plus revision block
• Professional Level papers – 11-14 weeks plus revision block
• Advanced Level – 18 weeks plus revision block
• Advantages: Knowledge built up and exam question practice undertaken week on week. Students build skills gradually and sustainably, and are not absent from their work place for long periods of time (which is particularly important for smaller accounting practices)

Full block delivery:
• Available at Atlantic House, Cardiff for Professional and Advanced Levels
• For example, students study two papers at a time at Professional Level and attend tuition for four whole weeks, spaced across a number of months
• 2-3 days spent on each paper per week
• Four tuition weeks: two focus on knowledge building, one on question practice, and one on revision

Why study ACA at USW?

The University of South Wales has a rich history of providing first class tuition for ACA, ACCA and CIMA Professional Qualifications and we typically teach 300-350 part-time professional accountancy students each year. We also franchise AAT tuition to local further education colleges.

Our Professional Tuition Hub is a key element of the School of Law, Accounting & Finance with a focus on professional tuition. We have over 40 years experience of teaching ACCA and CIMA and we launched our ACA course in 2012, working closely with ICAEW.

There are many reasons why you should choose to study with us:

1. Experienced and focused tuition team
Our permanent professional course tuition team consists of 11 qualified accountants and 1 qualified lawyer (plus other subject specialists). Members of the team:
• have significant accounting practice and industry ‘first career’ experience, as well as vast experience of teaching students to pass professional exams;
• also work/have worked for the private sector tuition providers;
• provide CPD sessions for the local professional bodies; and
• engage in bespoke CPD training for large organisations.

We are able to supplement our permanent tuition team with excellent local visiting lecturers, and we also have access to ICAEW’s freelance tutor register. Our team regularly attend professional body Lecturers’ Conferences.

2. Quality accreditation
We are an ICAEW Partner in Learning, an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner and a CIMA Premium Learning Partner (Newport City Campus; Cardiff applications pending), in recognition of our excellent pass rates and pastoral support for students. As an example, our average student pass rate on our ACA course since its inception in 2012 has been 83%.

3. Award winning
We offer award winning tuition. We were the PQ Magazine ‘Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year’ in 2010 and 2012, and we have been shortlisted in 2011 and 2013-2015. We also have award winning students. Two of our final year ACCA students have won national prizes in both 2013 and 2014, and a Newport ACA student was shortlisted for PQ Magazine ‘Student of the Year’ in 2015. One of our ACCA students won this award in 2011.

4. Tuition in key South Wales locations
Our Professional Tuition Hub is located at our state of the art City Campus on the banks of the river Usk in Newport City Centre. Opened in 2011, City Campus has excellent teaching rooms, library and student catering facilities. City Campus is easily accessible from across South Wales and border counties – being near Newport train station and M4 Junctions 27 and 28 – and has ample safe, secure parking on the doorstep. We also now offer ACA tuition at our Cardiff Campus Atlantic House building (from Jan 16), situated in the heart of the Cardiff Financial and Professional Services enterprise zone and close to our Atrium building with its first class student amenities.

5. Study and employer resources
Study texts and other resources (including progress tests and mock examinations for all papers, to reinforce exam technique) are supplied to our students as part of the tuition fee. Our tuition sessions can be recorded and replayed by students for the duration of the teaching year. Student performance reports for sponsoring employers are available on request.

6. Professional body relationships
We work very closely with the professional bodies, locally and nationally. For example:
• We hosted the ICAEW BASE Business Game in March 2015
• Our Academic Manager is a member of the South Wales Society of Chartered Accountants committee
• We were the headline sponsor of the ACCA Wales national conference in 2013 and 2014
• We are members of ACCA’s Exam Review Board
• We have hosted CIMA CPD lectures at City Campus for a number of years
• The professional bodies regularly sponsor student prizes

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend workshops which will contain lecture, tutorial and question practice elements.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

ACA students enjoy early responsibility and excellent career progression. Many ACA students double their salary during training. Salaries for newly qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountants are on a par with careers in law and banking and many become partners or financial directors early in their careers, leading to a greater variety of opportunities.

ICAEW Chartered Accountants work at the highest levels of some of the world’s largest organisations; 80% of UK FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.

Visit the ACA - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) page on the University of South Wales web site for more details!

Entry Requirements

There are various entry routes, including open entry without previous qualifications.The main requirement is a training contract with an employer. Completion of the AAT qualification gives exemption from up to 5 of the ACA exams. You must apply for student membership and exemptions (where applicable) with ICAEW before joining the course.

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