Graduates

ACA Programme

Each year CBW recruits a number of Graduates to enrol on our ACA Graduate Training programme and become ACA Chartered Accountants. These positions are an excellent opportunity for new graduates like yourself to kick-start your career. Should you be successful in securing one of CBW’s graduate places, you can expect to gain accounting experience across a broad range of clients covering multiple sectors.

The prestigious ACA qualification takes 36 months to complete as stipulated by the ICAEW. The ACA qualification is run in conjunction with our graduate scheme. Graduates are expected to pass 15 ACA exams and complete 450 days of technical work experience with the firm. During their time in the office Graduates will have access to the wealth of knowledge within our General Practice team. In order to complete the qualification Graduates will need to complete online ethics training too. All our Graduates attend several SWAT courses to ensure that they understand Money Laundering and compliance issues. These are all critical elements that will support their professional development.

For all 15 ACA exams, Kaplan delivers tuition that ranges from 3 to 10 days which depends on which module is being studied. CBW provides all Graduates, on our scheme, study leave to attend classes which are held during the week. As Graduates progress through the ACA scheme modules will become more involved and this is where CBW’s support is invaluable. The practical casework and technical guidance available to our Graduates enables them to apply their academic knowledge. We aim to give our Graduates an insight into all areas of accountancy within the firm. Examples of the type of work a Graduate can expect to get involved include: auditing, account preparation, financial planning and forensics. Many of our graduates have attended client meetings early on in their training. We feel that face-to-face client exposure is an integral part of being a successful Accountant.

Once you have attained your professional qualification with Kaplan, it opens up a wide range of further opportunities to progress and develop your career.

Do I qualify for the ACA programme?

In order to apply for either of these opportunities, you must have a minimum of 280 UCAS points (or equivalent) all gained in the same exam period and excluding General Studies, and have or are expecting to achieve a 2:1 or higher. Alternatively, you may already be AAT qualified.

More information

For further information on the ACA programme, take a look at the graduate FAQs, or contact Rebecca Britton.