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Accountancy is a popular career choice open to graduates from all disciplines. The University of Exeter has formed a partnership with ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, to offer this exceptional opportunity for current students.  There will be a four day training programme, where students will learn more about accountancy and the ACCA and undertake a ‘Business Challenge’ and then undertake a week-long paid internship in an accountancy firm.

 The interactive programme comprises of 2 key elements:

  • Training - a four day programme, where students will learn more about accountancy and the ACCA and undertake a ‘Business Challenge’; 19th to 22nd June 2017.
  • Internship - a week-long paid internship in an accountancy firm, organised by ACCA, this will be completed by the end of September 2017

Applications for the 2016/17 programme are now closed.


See below for more information:

You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for the programme. We welcome applications from all disciplines and levels of study, as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area. Open to all years and disciplines, 40% of ACCA students come from disciplines other than Accounting and Finance.

It is important to note that this programme will be running at our Exeter Streatham campus although we are keen to accept applications from students from any campus.

International students must have the right to work in the UK and provide your visa status and explanation on your application form. If you are called to the selection assessment session you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

To work in the UK you will need a National Insurance number. For more information on how to obtain one please go to:

This program is very competitive so you need to ensure you submit your best application - making sure that you stand out from the crowd. Subsequently it is recommended that you book on and complete an “Effective application form” workshop bookable via My Career Zone. This will also count to your Exeter Award. (More information about the application process can be found below.)

Applications are now closed

It is important to note that information you provide on your application form will be shared with ACCA as part of the internship matching process.

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes on 12th March 2017. After application forms have been reviewed students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session on campus where the final 20 students will be chosen. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not by 20th March 2017. 

The assessment sessions will take place on 27th March 2017. This will be the only sessions delivered so in order for you to be successfully chosen for the programme you will need to be able to commit to attending.

The application process is highly competitive and therefore only the best performing students will be selected for an assessment session and subsequently for inclusion on the programme. Any students not successful in the application process will receive feedback for their performance, and will be signposted to resources and support available.

Training will take place the week after the end of the summer 2017 term (Monday 19th June – Thursday 22nd June 2017)

The 20 successfully selected students will undertake a week of intensive trade training, delivered by ACCA.

This will comprise a mix of presentations, social events and a business challenge.  We are even expecting Helen Brand OBE, the Chief Executive of ACCA to deliver a keynote address to the participants.

Training will take place over 4 full days based in Exeter.

If selected, you will need to undertake a week long internship with an accountancy firm who are members of ACCA. These internships will take place after your training has been completed. The earliest you can begin your internship will be Monday 26th June but must be completed by the end of September 2017.

This week long (36.5 hour) internship will be paid.

If selected you will be invited to a pre course briefing session prior to the training week starting where the range of internship projects will be presented to you and you will be required to identify which projects you are most interested in.

ACCA colleagues will then complete a matching process based on their understanding of their clients business and your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preferred project but our aim is to match as many students to their preferred projects as possible.

Applicants will need to be geographically mobile as not all placements will be offered in Exeter.




If you have been successful in securing a place on this programme or would like to ask any further questions please contact the Pathways to Accounting team by emailing