ICAEW Student Scheme
All students at university – no matter what course they are studying or where they are – are able to join ICAEW’s Student Scheme (USS). This online toolkit of resources is designed to help students boost their employability and help prepare them for life as a professional.Register Your Interest
What is USS?
The ICAEW Student Scheme (USS) is designed to help you develop the workplace skills employers in the finance, accounting and business sectors are looking for.
Whether you want to enhance your CV, access additional resources to support your university studies, or simply stand out from your peers in job applications, USS can help you.
USS offers a fantastic opportunity to really stand out when applying for graduate jobs.
- Matthew, university student, UK
Xero cloud accounting certificate
Learn key digital skills in six hours and get a certificate that is highly valued by employers.
Access to our world-leading library e-resources – great as reference material for assignments, dissertations and interview preparation.
Skills development webinars and workbooks
Online skill building resources covering commercial awareness, emotional intelligence, decision making, problem solving, resilience and much more.
Access to ICAEW’s Microsoft Excel online training programme.
Practice psychometric tests and assessment day tasks – before the big day.
Dedicated bi-monthly e-newsletters and job alerts.
At a glance
Applicants must be studying a course at university
Access to USS lasts throughout your university course plus one year after graduating
One-off fee for the whole duration of your studies
Xero cloud accounting certificate
Employers are increasingly seeking recruits who have good digital skills and tech know-how. This short online course takes about six-hours to complete. You’ll learn in your own time by completing real-life client tasks and you receive a recognised certificate at the end of the course – it’s a great way to evidence the digital skills that employers look for.
A stepping stone to ACA - ICAEW CFAB
Joining USS gives you free registration* to study ICAEW CFAB – this is our certificate in business, finance and accounting. ICAEW CFAB provides students with an understanding of business and is made up of the first six ACA modules. If you are studying a finance or business-related degree, you may be able to claim exemptions for some of the exams.
Job Essential Skills
You get access to a range of presentations, videos and workbooks which cover skills topics, such as: commercial awareness, CV tips, presentation skills, working in a team, solving problems and much more. These will help you develop skills vital for any career.
USS students can practice a variety of psychometric tests and assessment day tasks online – to help you get ready for your interviews.
Microsoft Excel training
Joining USS gives you free membership to ICAEW’s Excel Community (normal cost £60 +VAT) and you’ll be able to access a Microsoft Excel online training programme. After you've taken an Excel iQ test to find out your ability level, you’ll learn at your own pace with video tutorials, practical exercises and blogs.
And much more
USS members qualify for: the opportunity to have your CV on our Available Student Register; access to research via ICAEW’s e-library; a monthly e-newsletter from a faculty of your choice.