Strategic Programmes

Strategic Partnership #1: ‘Grant Thornton Route to ACA’

The B.A. (Hons) degree in Business Administration (specialisation in Accounting and Finance), in collaboration with the ICAEW, is the only undergraduate programme in Cyprus which offers 12 exceptions out of the 15 papers required for the ACA qualification along with considerable technical work experience. This is achieved through the collaboration with Grant Thornton Ltd (Cyprus) and the ICAEW. The programme incorporates a 12-month internship programme at Grant Thornton (Cyprus) Ltd.

This hybrid programme aims at preparing undergraduate students for an outstanding professional career in the field of Accounting/Auditing. During the programme, the students receive excellent quality and up-to-date knowledge as well as experience, acquiring practical and theoretical skills in Accounting, Economics, Taxation and Auditing in Businesses automatically securing 12 exceptions out of the 15 papers for the ACA professional qualification of the ICAEW. Alongside their academic studies, students have the privilege to participate in a unique training programme at Grant Thornton (Cyprus) Ltd obtaining at least 190 days of technical work experience out of the 450 days required for the ACA professional qualification. The first graduates of the 'Grant Thornton Route to ACA' completed the programme in February 2016 and they have all already been employed in reputable auditing firms.

This hybrid strategic degree programme is exclusively designed to:

Prepare top ranked undergraduate students for exceedingly lucrative professional accounting careers.

Deliver supreme quality contemporary university education and experience to students.

Provide students with technical and theoretical accounting, finance, taxation, auditing and business skills.

Award students with 12 exemptions out of 15 ICAEW Chartered Accountancy exams.

Give students the privilege to join a unique training programme at Grant Thornton (Cyprus) Ltd, secure at least 190 days of Technical Work Experience out of the 450 days required for the ACA qualification and be eligible for a job offer with the firm upon completion of the programme.

Testimonials of leading officials of the three distinct Organisations

The Managing Partner of Grant Thornton (Cyprus) Ltd, Mr. Stavros Ioannou

The Director of P.A. College, Dr. Andreas Patsalides

The Head of Qualifications at ICAEW, Mr. Shaun Robertson

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Administration 

(Accounting and Finance)

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Administration (Accounting and Finance) is a dynamic, contemporary, university degree with distinct features outlined as follows:

Accredited by the Council of Educational Evaluation-Accreditation (C.E.E.A.).

Recognised by the Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KY.S.A.T.S.) since the onset of its establishment.

Awarded with 12 exemptions out of 15 ICAEW Chartered Accountancy exams, the only one in Cyprus and one of only a few worldwide.

Positioned in an elite class of undergraduate degree programmes together with a handful of leading UK university programmes.

Enriched with a nine month training programme with Grant Thornton (Cyprus) Ltd, an ICAEW Authorized Training Employer. Students are privileged to secure 190 days of Technical Work Experience out of the 450 days required for the ACA qualification through this unique training programme.

Employer affiliated providing a solid prospect to graduates to secure employment.



Strategic Partnership #2: ‘School Graduates Route to ACA’

The ‘SCHOOL GRADUATES ROUTE TO ACA’ is a hybrid programme that has been established based on the collaboration of the world-class Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the renowned auditing firm KPMG Limited, Cyprus and P.A. College the Executive Business School in Larnaca.

The programme is intended for secondary school graduates; it prepares participants for an outstanding professional career in the Accounting/Auditing sector. The programme offers:

A university degree in Business Administration, with specialisation in Accounting and Finance, which is recognised by KY.S.A.T.S.

12 ACA exemptions out of the 15 papers (maximum number of exemptions) required for the professional qualification of the Chartered Accountant of the ICAEW.

Participation in a unique training scheme at KPMG Limited, Cyprus that secures at least 1.050 hours of technical work experience (at least 1/3 of the total number of hours of work experience required for the professional qualification of ACA).

The students who participate in the scheme will enjoy unique benefits and achieve the ACA qualification through a scheme that runs under the auspices of the ICAEW. The details of the scheme are as follows:

Participants will be selected by KPMG on the basis of their normal recruitment processes.

Participants will register as P.A. College students and join the B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration degree (specialisation Accounting and Finance) of the College.

The length of the degree programme is 4 years.

Participants will partake in a one year internship with KPMG Limited, Cyprus.

Participants will receive a stipend during the duration of the internship.

Participants will be registered as ICAEW students upon commencement of the internship.

During the internship participants will receive at least 1/3 of the work experience (Technical Work Experience – TWE) required toward the award of the ACA qualification.

Upon completion of the programme participants will receive 12 ACA exemptions. The total number of papers required for the ACA qualification is 15.

Upon completion of the programme participants will be awarded a university degree in Business Administration (B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration) with specialisation in Accounting and Finance recognised by KY.S.A.T.S.

Participants will pay only half of the tuition fees charged for the programme; that is, €6.000 per year.*

KPMG Limited, Cyprus will cover the other half of the tuition fees; that is, €6.000 per year.*

Participants will be entitled to the student grant offered by the government which ranges from €2.650 to €3.470 for every year of their studies. This amount will count toward paying off the €6.000 of their tuition fees which implies that the actual cost of the programme ranges from €2.530 to €3.350 per year.

Upon successful completion of all aspects of the scheme participants may be entitled to:

An employment offer by KPMG Limited, Cyprus.

A full coverage of the tuition fees for the last 3 ACA modules.

Interested students should communicate their commitment to join the ‘SCHOOL GRADUATES ROUTE TO ACA’ scheme to the Registrar’s Office at P.A. College.

*Terms and conditions apply.



Strategic Partnership #3: ‘Graduates Route to ACA’

The ‘GRADUATES ROUTE TO ACA’ is a hybrid programme that has been established in collaboration with the world-class Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and P.A. College the Executive Business School.

The academic programme is intended for university degree holders in any field; it has a total academic duration of 16 months and prepares participants for an outstanding professional career in the Accounting/Auditing sector. The programme offers 12 exceptions out of the 15 papers required for the professional qualification of ACA of the ICAEW. Additionally, participants have the privilege to participate in a unique training scheme at KPMG Limited, Cyprus and secure at least 1050 hours of technical work experience which is 1/3 of the total number of hours of work experience required for the professional qualification of ACA.

The Graduates who participate in the scheme will enjoy unique benefits and achieve the ACA qualification through a scheme that runs under the auspices of the ICAEW. The details of the scheme are as follows:

Participants will register as P.A. College students and join the B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration degree (specialisation Accounting and Finance) of the College.

The length of the degree programme is only 16 months; that is, four four-month terms.

The participants will receive a one year internship with KPMG Limited, Cyprus. The internship will take place between the third and fourth terms of the academic programme.

The participants will receive a stipend during the duration of the internship.

The participants will be registered as ICAEW students upon commencement of the internship.

During the internship participants will receive at least 1/3 of the work experience (Technical Work Experience – TWE) required toward the award of the ACA qualification.

Upon completion of the programme participants will receive 12 ACA exemptions. The total number of papers required for the ACA qualification is 15.

Upon completion of the programme participants will be awarded a degree in Business Administration (B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration).

Participants will pay only half of the tuition fees charged for the programme; that is, €3.000 per term for a total of €12.000.

KPMG Limited, Cyprus will cover the other half of the tuition fees; that is, €12.000.

Participants travelling from any other city will be given an additional €1.000 discount.

Upon successful completion of both aspects of the scheme participants may be entitled to:

An employment offer by KPMG Limited, Cyprus.

A reimbursement of the tuition fees participants have paid by KPMG Limited, Cyprus (€12.000).

Interested graduates should communicate their commitment to join the ‘GRADUATES ROUTE TO ACA’ scheme to the Registrar’s Office at P.A. College.