ICAEW Advanced Stage results
Just got a press release through from the ICAEW announcing that 1,754 students completed their Advanced Stage exams in November.
Alexander Hird, from Garbutt & Elliott in York, won Joint First Place and the Walton prize for his result in the Business Change paper as well as Joint First Place and the Peat prize in the Advanced Stage Annual International Order of Merit.
Overall, 3,654 students sat Advanced Stage exams and 2,508 passed all the papers they sat.
The pass rates for all papers were:
• Business Reporting – 77.4%
• Business Change – 82.5%
• Case Study – 73.9%
I haven't got the comparable figures for last year, but am interested to know whether the ICAEW is sustaining its student numbers under continuing pressure from rival professional bodies. And when there's a downturn, is accountancy a more attractive career option?
There have also been a number of initiatives responding to the increase in student fees where firms are reaching down to recruit school leavers and sponsoring them through university. And there is a new Higher Apprenticeship programme in the offing, with involvement from PwC, the ICAEW and AAT. Does anyone have any ideas about how these might affect the institutes' education and training strategies?