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Entry requirements and exemptions


Open to all disciplines

It is not necessary to have studied business or legal disciplines before undertaking the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.  For example, engineers, scientists and teachers have become highly successful tax advisers. However, if candidates have studied law, accounting or tax previously, they may benefit from exemptions.

Entry requirements

Applicants who hold an undergraduate degree at honours level (Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications) or equivalent can enrol on our programme.


If you have studied law, accounting or tax previously, you may benefit from exemptions. Check your exemptions on pages 11 - 16 of the Student Handbook.

If your qualification is not listed, you can still apply for exemptions on a case-by-case basis. See page 11 of the Student Handbook.

If you do not hold a Level 8 qualification or equivalent

Candidates who do not hold an honours degree or equivalent may be considered on a case-by-case basis, through the recognition of work-based learning (see page 10 of the Student Handbook).