If you already hold a degree in law or finance, then being a company secretary could be a great career choice. You'll expand your skillset whilst putting your knowledge from your existing qualification to good use. You can find out more about the career here.
If you've decided to become a company secretary and you hold a degree in law or finance, then you are eligible to take the law or finance degree route through CSQS, ICSA's qualifying scheme, which entitles you to exemptions from two modules, dependent on your qualifications.
If you have a law degree, you can apply for exemptions in two level one modules of CSQS:
If you have a finance degree, you can apply for exemptions in two level one CSQS modules:
The following study options are available to all CSQS students, regardless of the route being taken.
Every ICSA registered student gets the following free study support, whether they purchase tuition or not:
You also have access to module-specific webinars and recordings, presented by the examiner of the module.
Please note: choosing to use a tuition provider will incur tuition fees to be paid direct to the provider, on top of your ICSA student fees.
All students must pay an initial registration fee, plus their subscription fee. Exams and exemptions are also paid for separately.
|Description||UK and overseas||Reduced rate countries*|
|Annual subscription (1 Aug–31 July)||£180||£125|
|Half year subscription (1 Feb–31 July)||£90||£62.50|
|Description||UK and overseas||Overseas reduced rate*|
|Exam fee (per module)||£220||£150|
|Resit fee (per module)||£220||£150|
|Postponement fee (per module)||£110||£75|
|Exemption fee (per module)||£220||£150|
|Chartered secretaries case study fee||£300||£228|
|Professional diploma certification||£60|
|Late exam entry (up to five days after closing date)||£100|
|Extra late exam entry* (more than five days after closing date)||£200|
|Exam entry change admin fee (applicable any time after entry processing)||£30|
|Refund admin fee (applicable if refund granted)||£55|
Complete your registration and start your CSQS journey today through the Law/ Finance Degree exemption route.
If you would prefer to send your application by post, please download, print and complete the following application forms. Submissions must include certified copies of academic or professional qualifications and transcripts or evidence of membership to relevant professional bodies.
As you are applying for exemptions, please submit certified copies of your academic/professional qualification and a transcript. These must be in English. If they weren't issued in English they should be:
Certified copies of the original document and translated document should be submitted.
Please note: exemptions are offered and confirmed only once your previous qualifications and experience have been assessed. You will be awarded the exemptions available to you on the date of registration as a student. An exemption fee is applicable for each module you are exempted from.
Registration includes a payment of the initial registration fee and the annual subscription fee.
You can pay in one of the following ways:
*Currently, ICSA offers overseas reduced rates to CSQS students living in, registered and sitting their examinations in a number of countries. Check which countries this applies to.
Once you've completed forms, please send them, with accompanying payment details, to:
Members & Students
6–10 Kirby Street
N.B. Those choosing to study with a registered tuition provider should register with ICSA before doing so with a tuition provider so that the modules you are required to sit have been confirmed.
If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone about your route through CSQS, please contact us
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