Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)

BPP is proud to be the only training provider of ICAS courses in England, as part of our exclusive joint venture with the ICAS – the world's first accountancy body.

The ICAS qualification is highly regarded throughout the world. It opens up a whole host of new career opportunities for you, and greatly improves your professional credibility. Indeed, for UK members the letters CA are an exclusive privilege.

As an ICAS student you will receive balanced, integrated training through a combination of classes and work experience with your employer. Ultimately you will become a highly competent professional in your field, with specialist knowledge and all-round business skills.

BPP Professional Education prepares you for exams that are assessed and awarded by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).

BPP now offers the JIE and CPI/CPPI and CPCI qualification in Scotland in partnership with ICAS’ click here.

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Key Information

  • Open the door to top finance and management jobs – globally
  • Benefit from highly experienced and knowledgeable BPP tutors
  • Develop specialist knowledge and all-round industry expertise
  • Choose from an extensive network of training centres with excellent facilities
  • Gain a leading professional accountancy qualification

Gain your letters with the ICAS qualification

Studying for your ICAS qualification with BPP gives you a unique opportunity to improve your career prospects and maximise your professional success. We are the only training provider of ICAS courses in England, as part of an exclusive joint venture with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland – the world's first professional accountancy body – which received its Royal Charter in 1854.

The ICAS qualification is highly regarded throughout the world, and the initials 'CA' are an exclusive privilege for UK members. Moreover, 'CA' provides you with a passport to the top jobs in management and finance, all over the world. You'll have the chance to advance your career as far as you want to take it, and make the most of your abilities.

ICAS teaching and tutors

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ICAS enjoys a widely-recognised reputation as the 'gold standard' in accountancy education provision. BPP offers you the most extensive network of training centres in the UK, and our unrivalled quality of service and outstanding reputation for delivering Chartered Accountancy education means that we continue to provide you with first-class teaching and knowledge.

All our ICAS courses are taught by highly-experienced tutors who are experts in their particular field. We have an exemplary record in ensuring success for our students, as a result of our exam-focused courses.

Becoming a Chartered Accountant

In order to become a Chartered Accountant you need to obtain a three-year training contract with an ICAS authorised employer and study the ICAS qualification at the same time.

There are a diverse range of organisations to obtain a training contract with – from public practice to business and industry, from multinationals to smaller companies and firms. Contact the ICAS to view the latest ICAS training contracts.

As an ICAS student with BPP, you can look forward to receiving balanced, integrated training through a combination of classes and structured work experience within your employer's organisation. Ultimately, you'll gain specialist knowledge and all-round business skills that will make you an expert in your chosen profession.

Course structure

The BPP ICAS qualification consists of three levels: the Test of Competence (TC), Test of Professional Skills (TPS) and Test of Professional Expertise (TPE). These levels break down as follows:

Test of Competence (TC)

Test of Competence is the first level of ICAS and provides students with basic concepts, knowledge and skills in core areas. You will cover the following subjects:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Auditing and Reporting
  • Finance
  • Principles of Tax
  • Business Management
  • Business Law

To help you prepare for your exams we provide opportunities to test your knowledge with Progress Tests and Mock exams before sitting the real exam.

Test of Professional Skills (TPS)

Test of Professional Skills (TPS)

Test of Professional Sills (TPS) is the second level of ICAS, which equips students with practical skills in core areas necessary for an entry level professional accountant. The TPS course is split in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Financial Reporting & Assurance and Business Systems
  • Phase 2: Advanced Finance & Taxation
  • To help you prepare for the TPS exams we provide Mock exams.

Test of Professional Expertise (TPE)

Test of Professional Expertise (TPE) is the final level of ICAS and is intended to bring together the knowledge from the earlier two levels in order to provide professional advice in business scenarios.

At the TPE Level, TC and TPS are assumed knowledge. During the course you will cover a range of case studies.

Exam-focused courses

BPP is proud of the success of our ICAS students. They consistently achieve outstanding pass rates at all levels – and receive prizes and commendations. Our approach to tutor training and course presentation means that your learning will be consistent regardless of the course you choose or the centre you attend.

Professional Entry Route

The CA qualification is suitable for accountancy and finance professionals with:

  • A university degree or international degree formally recognised as a UK equivalent; or
  • Five years' experience in a financial environment.

The school leaver route

The school leaver entry route into the CA qualification enables school leavers to train to become a CA over a five year training contract with an ICAS authorised employer.

Study locations

You can study for the BPP ICAS qualification at a number of BPP study centres across the UK, including: