The Institute of Chartered Accountants in
England and Wales (ICAEW) has partnered with the Association of
Accounting Technicians (AAT) and Manchester Metropolitan University
(MMU) to develop a part-time degree programme designed to widen
participation in higher education.

The new partnership will enable students to
gain Honours and Masters degrees, as well as the AAT and ICAEW CA
qualifications at competitive prices.

The ICAEW said the whole programme, up to the
completion of the Masters degree, will cost £15,000 ($24,193)
offering a more cost-effective and flexible opportunity to develop
professional skills.

ICAEW executive director for learning and
professional development Mark Protherough said with rising tuition
fees impacting on the affordability of higher education it is
essential that we provide flexible routes into the profession”.

“It’s important for employers to see a return
on their investment too. Programmes like this are not only
extremely cost-effective but also promote staff loyalty and

The Honours degree will include a full AAT
qualification that can be achieved in three years and nine months.
Two additional years will be required for the Masters degree and
will include the completion of the ICAEW’s ACA qualification.

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The ICAEW added the programme will have
multiple entry points and will deliver a recognised qualification
on completion of each stage.

The programme will start in January 2012.