Exam exemptions for the CA qualification

Exemptions may be available from five out of six papers of the Test of Competence (TC) if you have either an ICAS accredited degree, non-ICAS accredited degree or if you are a full AAT member.

CA students must check the exemption policy with their employer before applying to ICAS for exemptions. Any queries regarding exemptions should be directed to the ICAS Exemptions Administrator who can be contacted by email at studentservices@icas.com.

Exemptions for other professional bodies

Full AAT members can apply for exemption from two out of the six TC courses and examinations, Business Management and Financial Accounting, provided the relevant AAT papers are selected and passed.

To apply for an AAT exemption you must submit:

An exemption for ICAEW members is also available.

Non-ICAS accredited degrees

Non-ICAS accredited degree exemption applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. To be eligible for an exemption in a particular subject, you must meet both the syllabus and subject requirements.

To apply for an exemption you must submit:

ICAS accredited degrees

Degrees in accountancy from universities which have been accredited by ICAS, and with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the TC stage of examinations.

Accredited universities and degrees

These are degrees in accountancy from universities which have been accredited by ICAS and with the appropriate module choices attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage of examinations. Please note that there are no exemptions available from Principles of Tax.

University of Aberdeen

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • MA Accountancy
  • MA Accountancy Single Honours
  • MA Accountancy Joint Honours
  • MA Accountancy with minor components

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the University of Aberdeen website.

Birmingham City University

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of two exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BA (Hons) Accountancy
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the Birmingham City University website.

The University of Dundee

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy
  • BAcc Accountancy

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the University of Dundee website.

The University of Edinburgh

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • MA (Hons)Business Studies and Accounting
  • MA (Hons)Economics and Accounting
  • LLB Law and Accounting
  • MA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the University of Edinburgh website.

Edinburgh Napier University

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BA Accounting
  • BA Accounting and Entrepreneurship
  • BA Accounting (and/with) Finance

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the Edinburgh Napier University website.

Glasgow Caledonian University

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BA Accountancy

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the Glasgow Caledonian University website.

University of Glasgow

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BAcc OrdinaryAccountancy
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy
  • BAcc Accountancy with Economics
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy with Language
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy with Finance
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy with International Accounting
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Statistics
  • BSc (Hons) Finance and Statistics
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Applied Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Pure Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Financeand Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Finance and Applied Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Finance and Pure Mathematics

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the University of Glasgow website.

Heriot-Watt University

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • MA/BA Accountancy
  • MA/BA Accountancy and Business Law
  • MA/BA Accountancy and Finance

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the Heriot-Watt University website.

Lancaster University

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

For the Exemption Application form, please click on the appropriate course above. Or for 2015 gradutes see below.

For further information, please visit the Lancaster University website.

City University London

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BSc Accounting and Finance
  • BSc Banking and International Finance
  • BSc Business Studies
  • BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management
  • BSc Management

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

Exemption Application Form - 2016 PDF [312 KB]

For further information, please visit the City University London website.

The Robert Gordon University

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the Robert Gordon University website.

University of Stirling

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BAcc
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Business Law
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Business Studies
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Computer Science
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Economics
  • BAcc )Hons) Accountancy and Finance
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Management Science
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Marketing
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Maths
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Spanish
  • BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Sports Studies
  • BA (Hons) in Accountancy and Business Studies
  • BA (Hons) in Accountancy and Computer Science
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the University of Stirling website.

University of Strathclyde

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BA Principal Subject Accounting
  • BSc Mathematics, Statistics and Accounting
  • BSc Technology and Business Studies with Principal Subject Accounting

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the University of Strathclyde website.

University of the West of Scotland

The following ICAS accredited degrees, with the appropriate module choices, attract up to a maximum of five exemptions from the Test of Competence (TC) stage:

  • BAcc in Accounting

For the Exemption Application Form for these degrees, please click below:

For further information, please visit the University of the West of Scotland website.

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