We offer various entry points into ACCA studies, so your students can choose what is right for them. School and sixth form leavers with GCSEs and A Levels can study for a Diploma in Accounting and Business, while those without can start working towards an Introductory Certificate, both of which will lead to the ACCA Qualification.

Take a look at our resource pack designed to help careers advisers in schools and colleges. It is full of information on entry routes, career paths and case studies specific to school and sixth form leavers. 

The dedicated ‘Careers for UK School Leavers’ section of our website can offer lots of further advice and information. Here you will find details on apprenticeships, starting salaries and career options, as well as profiles of school leavers who went on to become members of ACCA.


ACCA members come from a huge variety of educational backgrounds - many left school after their GCSEs and embarked on foundation level qualifications, while others went straight from A Levels to ACCA membership. With starting salaries ranging anywhere from £15k - £26k, there is a brilliant future for any school leaver starting a career in accountancy, whichever route they choose and whatever exam results they leave with. Meet some of our members and see what your students could be doing in a few years’ time.


90% of employers agree that ACCA is a world-class organisation, and with good reason. School leavers studying for our business-relevant qualifications can expect to boost their CVs and gain new knowledge and skills that are guaranteed to impress future employers. Meet some of the companies who currently employ ACCA members.


Not all accountants come as the full package, and that is where the ACCA Qualification really stands out from the crowd. Our students are fully grounded in all areas of finance and business, including reporting, audit and taxation. That means your school leavers will be totally prepared for a rewarding career in any sector, which will help them progress to senior level if they choose to. Find out more about the Complete Finance Professional.