ICSA qualifying programme update

We will be introducing a new syllabus for our qualifying scheme in autumn 2019. Our first priority is to make sure that you know what’s changing, how it may affect you, and exactly what your next steps should be. It is important to us that your studies are not disrupted by these changes and that you move seamlessly from the current syllabus to the new one.

To find out more about these changes, please see the FAQs below. If you have any further questions please contact us on +44 (0)20 7580 4741 or email enquiries@icsa.org.uk.


I’ve only studied one finance module, what do I do?

In order to receive full credit for the new Interpreting Financial and Accounting Information module, please complete your second finance module. 

I’ve not yet studied finance, what do I do?

If you have not started either of the finance modules, there are certain cases where we might advise you to focus on your other outstanding modules and wait for the start of the new syllabus. To discuss your options further please contact our Student Support team.

I’ve passed Applied Business Law, now what?

Please ensure that you have completed the Corporate Law module before the changes to the syllabus come into effect. Due to the coming changes in the structure of the syllabus, there is not enough content from the Applied Business Law module in the new syllabus. While the knowledge you have gained from Applied Business Law will be useful in your career, we are unable to award a credit within the context of the new syllabus.

Is the Chartered Secretaries Case Study being replicated for the Boardroom Dynamics Exam?

No, Boardroom Dynamics is an entirely new module. It will provide an advanced knowledge and understanding of the skills needed to support boardroom performance. Boardroom dynamics explores the behavioural, cultural and psychological aspects of boardroom practice that are required to be an effective modern company secretary or governance professional.

I only have Applied Business Law and the Chartered Secretaries Case Study left to study, what do I do?

Including the June 2018 exams, there are still three exam sessions remaining. You can complete your studies before these changes take effect, so we advise you to take Applied Business Law and the Case Study within the next three exam sessions.

Based on my current progress through the qualifying programme, I will only have the Chartered Secretaries Case Study left to complete by the November 2019 exams. As this is the first session of the new syllabus, what will I need to do to complete my studies?

Students who only need to complete the Case Study by the time the November 2019 exam session arrives will take the Boardroom Dynamics module in place of the Case Study.

Why do I only get one credit for doing two finance modules?

The two finance modules each make up about half of the new syllabus. Therefore, we can only award a credit once both modules are complete.

How much does the e-learning package cost?

We are pleased to announce that we are introducing an e-learning pilot for students studying Corporate Secretarial Practice. If you have purchased the study text you will be automatically eligible to participate in this pilot. We will be contacting you shortly to let you know how you can self-register and take advantage of this special offer. As it is a pilot we will be using your feedback to help us create more learning materials and support throughout the rest of the new syllabus.

I’m planning on sitting Corporate Governance in June 2018, but will not complete all my exams by June 2019. Should I continue to do so, as it maps to the new syllabus?

Yes, many modules map to the new syllabus and Corporate Governance is one of those. Please speak to our Student Support team if you are looking to study the law or finance modules.

I have already passed some CSQS exams via the open entry route. Will I have to go back and sit the Foundation Programme exam?

No, this is only for new students starting after April 3. If you are currently studying CSQS you will not need to take the Foundation Programme.

Are the changes in syllabus going to affect the validated postgraduate courses?

Not in the short term. The universities will need to update their programmes within a set timeframe to map against the new qualifying programme and student rules, but they will not all change in June 2019.

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Qualification Structures - Appendix A

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