L'ecole starts CA classes from 16th with British Council

KARACHI, July 12: The L'ecole for Advanced Studies has introduced a new professional degree for chartered accountancy in collaboration with the British Council in addition to the BSc and LLB programs it offers.

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is based out of Glasgow, Scotland.

There are six institutes offering chartered accountancy in Karachi, CAMS (College of Accounting and Management Sciences), Anees Hussain-School of Accountancy, Tabani's School of Accountancy, Al-Hamd Academy, The Center of Management Sciences and SBS (School of Business Studies).

L'ecole is introducing three different entry routes for students of different calibers interested in pursuing a career in accountancy. The registration began in January 2007 and classes begin July 16.

According to ACCA programme coordinator, Saira Mansoor, 20 students between the ages 20 and 25 years have registered for the course.

The ACCA professional scheme has 14 papers, and an average student can complete them within two-and-a-half years via the professional examination route (PRE) which requires students to have passed university matriculation 2 GCSEs (Advance level) with grades A-E passes and 3 GCSEs (Ordinary level) with grades A-C passes, including five separate subjects, English and Mathematics. Intermediate or high-school certificates with 50 percent or above are also acceptable as a substitute for Ordinary levels. The entry age is for individuals above 18.

Students who do not meet these educational requirements can join the ACCA through the ACCA Accounting Technician (CAT) route. Students who are 16 years or older can complete in ACCA's CAT qualification and will be eligible for direct entry to Part 2 of the ACCA's professional examination.

There is also a mature student entry route (MSER) which can be taken up with individuals above 21 years old and they must have relevant practical experience, with a minimum of three years and a Professional Ethics module.

Since the ACCA examinations take place twice a year in June and December, L'ecole requires students to register by December 15 for the following year and by August 1 for the December examinations.

The tuition costs are split into three parts, the registration for the university providing the external degree, i.e. University of London, the British council fee and the L'ecole tuition and examination fee. A student can sit for a maximum of four papers per session. Daily times



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