Eligibility criteria

Minimum requirements for entry

  • 2 A level passes PLUS 5 GCSEs/vocational GCSEs/GCE/O level passes (grades 9-4/A-C) (in five separate subjects including mathematics and English) or equivalent; and/or
  • Level 3 book-keeping or accounting qualification.

The IFA Direct programme requires a good understanding and use of English. Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of having completed an English language qualification or may need to undertake the English language test IELTS and achieve a grade of 6.0 or above.

Please contact the Education Team for more information.                     

Fast-track route to membership

If you already hold an accounting or associated degree or have completed or part-completed an accounting professional qualification you may not be required to undertake all 10 units. The units you need to complete to achieve Associate or Associate Tax Adviser status of the IFA will be dependent on the modules that form part of your degree or accountancy qualification.

The IFA Education Team can confirm to your route to membership once you have provided relevant transcripts from your university or professional body.