Our qualifications are recognised worldwide for their depth and status. Successful students typically become Chartered or Affiliated members of ICSA, with all the benefits these memberships entail.

ICSA qualifying programme 

Study time: 1 – 4 years

This is our flagship qualification and the most common route to GradICSA status and Chartered membership of ICSA. The programme covers seven subjects at two levels. Students with a law, finance or governance background may be able to start at Part One at Level 6 (equivalent to final year undergraduate level). You complete your learning at Part Two at Level 7 (equivalent to a post graduate degree). Depending on your academic or professional background you may be eligible for some module exemptions. 

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Foundation Programme

Study time: 200 hours

The ICSA Foundation Programme provides a broad introduction to business, how companies are governed, maintained and financially managed, and the laws to which they must adhere. The knowledge and skills gained through the Foundation Programme prepare you for studying Part One of the qualifying programme. This programme is open entry.

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Postgraduate qualifications

Study time: 1 – 2 years

ICSA has dual-award partnerships with universities across the UK. These postgraduate courses (full-time or part-time) cover the same content as the qualifying programme and successful graduates also receive GradICSA status.

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Short course qualifications 

Study time: 6 – 24 months

ICSA offers sector-specific qualifications in financial compliance, corporate law, education, sports and health service governance. Graduates are eligible to become Affiliated members of ICSA.

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Next exam session: June 2019
Closing date to enter: 1 April 2019

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