School Leaver

Accounting Pathways for School Leavers

A professional qualification can offer a real alternative to university for those wanting to embark on a career in accounting, business or finance and also allows you the option to work whilst studying, gaining crucial work experience as you learn. 

Accountancy Education & Skills

To start your career in accountancy you will need to develop new relevant skills for accountancy and finance, as well as build upon your existing communication and interpersonal skills.

Having good financial information and making decision based on that data is vital for all businesses. Accountants and finance professional are key to developing financial strategies and therefore need to have excellent numerical and analytical skills, an eye for detail and a sound understanding of core accountancy topics.

It is also important to also develop commercial awareness of the sector that you are working in and be able to confidently communicate your findings and analysis skills when dealing with different colleagues or clients.

Entry Level Qualifications from AIA 

Having a qualification from a professional accountancy body demonstrates to employers, clients and the general public that you have the training and skills necessary to carry out accountancy work to the highest standard.

All AIA qualifications were designed after extensive research with a range of industries and stakeholders to ensure that they provide the skills employers demand, building up your knowledge bank as you move through the levels and giving you the ability to apply those key theories to practical work scenarios.

You can enrol on the AIA's entry level qualification, the AIA Certificate in Business Finance or you can start your journey with the AIA professional qualification if you have a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent. 

Achieve Your Potential

You don’t have to get a degree to become a qualified accountant. The AIA professional qualification is broken down into 3 stand-alone qualifications, each designed to allow the student to develop their skills and knowledge and reach their full potential.

After passing each stage of the exams, you will receive a qualification, rewarding your progression and demonstrating your advancement to employers.

Student Support Services

No matter where you are in the world, or what your personal situation is, AIA believes in offering a pathway to membership for all and has a range of flexible study options, including AIA Achieve Academy, to suit your home and work commitments.

International Qualification, Local Understanding

AIA is a global body, with members all over the world, and throughout our long history of delivering high quality professional qualifications we know how to deliver a qualification with international appeal. AIA’s professional qualification is examined on IFRS, but with local expertise applied, where possible, to your home country.

  • A recognised professional qualification
  • The skills employers demand
  • Credibility and employability
  • Career progression
  • Student support
  • Full Online Learning Programme: AIA Achieve
  • Exceptional student support services