How to become an accountant

Why study accounting?

Accountants are a crucial part to any company, providing a financial backbone through the management of financial statements and financial information. They also provide financial advice to clients that can range from small businesses to international and government bodies.

With a career in a accounting, you will work in profession that is constantly in high demand, giving you a strong degree of job stability. It is a job that offers good prospects for promotion and career advancement through an often structured and dependable career path.

Working in accounting is a rewarding and fulfilling career, providing variety and plenty of opportunities to pursue jobs in different industries and specialisms.

Should I become an accountant?

Accountancy is a profession that requires a high level of concentration and attention to detail. But it can lead to a satisfying and successful work life. Alongside being good with numbers, you will need a range of skills to succeed in accountancy.

Critical thinking, planning, analysing, problem solving and organising are just a few of the key skills you will need to become an accountant.

With a variety of different specialisms and career paths available, such as an forensic accountant or stockbroker, you will be able to follow the one best suited to your strengths and goals.

By working in accountancy you can expect:

  • Excellent graduate prospects

  • It is an in-demand profession

  • To provide direct value to employers

  • Good salaries

  • Multiple career paths

  • Opportunities to work abroad.

Steps to becoming an accountant

There are three main steps to becoming an accountant:

To get into a good university in order to study accounting, you will need three strong A Levels with high grades. You should be aiming to achieve grades of AAA or AAB.

The A Level subjects best suited for those pursuing an accounting degree are:

Alternatively, you could study a foundation course, such as a Business, Finance and Management Foundation. You will need to achieve a high grade of at least 70%, especially if you want to apply to a UK top 20 ranked university.

To make a career as an accountant, you will need to study a qualifying undergraduate degree which takes three years in England and Wales or four years in Scotland.

Accounting or Accounting and Finance degree will be the most desired by potential employers.

There are a number of accounting qualifications to help you boost your accountancy career. If you want to become a chartered accountant, some qualifications you could study for include:

  • Chartered Accountant (ACA)

  • Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA)

  • Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA)

How long to become an accountant?

  • Accounting degree - 3 to 4 years
  • ACA qualification - 3 to 5 years

Accountant job profile

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Want to become an accountant? Find out about accountancy careers, key skills, day-to-day duties and salary.

Physiotherapist education requirements 

If you would like to get the qualifications to train as a physiotherapist, you have the choice to study either A Levels or a Foundation course. Explore our programmes at Bellerbys College:

A Levels

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To pursue a career in physiotherapy, you will need three good A Levels, including biology and/or physical education.

Foundation

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Study a respective alternative to A Levels with a foundation programme. Achieving at least 70% in a foundation course can help you to attend a top ranking university. 

Career progression opportunities for physiotherapists

What can I do with a physiotherapy degree?

There are a variety of roles you can go into with a degree in physiotherapy. Related jobs include:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports therapist
  • Animal physiotherapist
  • Higher education lecturer

Other jobs you can pursue with a physiotherapy degree include:

  •  Health service manager
  •  Dance movement therapist
  • Personal trainer
  • Exercise physiologist

Career progression

There are a variety of career progression opportunities for physiotherapists.

If you start in a hospital, you will initially move around different departments, gaining as much experience as possible. You can then start to specialise and become an advanced practitioner. If you would like to move into management, this is an option, as is teaching, training or research.

You may also choose to work in the private sector, progressing to opening your own practice and becoming self-employed.