Weekend classes give more access for CA Students


27 February 2015

ICAS has announced the introduction of weekend classes as an alternative study path to the CA qualification.

As part of the aim of broadening access to the CA qualification, the launch of weekend classes has been driven by demand and ensures delivery of the CA qualification remains flexible and accessible to a wide range of employers and students. The classes are open to new and existing ICAS Authorised Employers and prospective and existing students.

The weekend class model will run in addition to the current Block and Modular delivery models at Test of Competence (TC) and Test of Professional Skills (TPS). TC weekend classes will be offered from April 2015 at CA House and be delivered by ICAS tutors. The same approach will apply for TPS and weekend classes will be offered from September 2015. Students using these classes will be supported by online learning through the CABLE. This ensures students using the weekend classes experience the same high quality and consistent education delivery as students following Block and Modular routes.

This approach provides increased flexibility for organisations wishing to train CA students, giving finance and accountancy staff the opportunity to pursue the CA qualification without having to take time out of the office to attend courses.

The TC weekend classes commence on Saturday 18 April 2015 at ICAS headquarters in Edinburgh. The TPS weekend classes will begin in September 2015. Further weekend classes are planned at the ICAS office in Glasgow starting in September 2015.

Mark Allison, executive director, education, said: "We want to ensure any perceived barriers to accessing the world-class CA qualification are removed. The introduction of weekend delivery at competitive prices and with highquality tuition, offers students from all backgrounds the chance to progress to become an ICAS member."

Also part of the widening access initiative, in 2014 ICAS launched the professional entry route to the CA qualification. This enables graduates (with or without an accountancy degree) or experienced professionals working in an accountancy or finance role to study to become a CA without having to secure a training contract with an ICAS authorised training office.

David Smith, a maths graduate studying through the professional entry route, supported by his employer Target Advisers, commented: "The professional entry route gives an opportunity to qualify as a CA that many people employed within industry may not be aware of. For employers it provides flexibility through multiple options and dates for the studies. For students, it gives a great opening into the most prestigious of business qualifications. If you work hard, the course is incredibly rewarding."

ICAS also offers a direct entry route aimed at school leavers and non-graduates. CA students following this route study the CA qualification over a five-year period.

To find out more about weekend classes, the various entry routes to the CA qualification and how to enrol as a CA student or become an ICAS authorised training office, please contact Andrew Murphy on 0131 347 0295 or amurphy@icas.com.


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