Female students have performed highly in accountancy exams this year, according to examiners.Prizes have been awarded to eight aspiring female accountants who passed highly in industry exams taken last month.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) awarded prizes in the in the International Subject Order of Merit to ten of the brightest candidates, who are all training with top UK and international firms.

Over 3,800 people sat the Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA) Professional Stage tests in June, with nearly three-quarters passing every paper they took.

ACA training takes between three and five years and also involves another set of examinations, the Advanced Stage, which 900 of this year’s entrants will now undertake.

After completing both groups of assessments as well as technical work experience, candidates are able to become chartered accountants.

Executive director of learning and professional development Mark Protherough complimented the high quality of this year’s entries.

"It is especially pleasing to have so many female students amongst our award winners this time," he added.

Assessors praised the standard of work, noting that the financial management, financial accounting and taxation results were particularly high.

Posted by Ross George