About this course
Kensington College of Business (KCB) has had accredited status with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) since 1984 and is proud to provide the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS).
The CSQS is one of the most broad-based qualifying schemes available, equipping successful ICSA graduates for a variety of different career paths and giving them chartered status upon completion.
CSQS is set at Level 6 and 7 qualification (postgraduate level) and is comprised of two sets of four modules. Assessment of each module is via a three-hour written examination, held in June and November.
Completion of the first four modules allows students to opt for certification for a Professional Diploma in Governance for a small fee, to show that they are part-qualified.
Completion of the remaining four modules gives students graduate status, and the post-nominal GradICSA may be used.
ICSA graduates, upon fulfilment of the work experience requirement, can apply for full chartered status and membership of ICSA as a chartered secretary.
CSQS is open-entry qualification; ICSA leave it up to you to decide whether your previous qualifications or experience are suitable.
That said, it’s worth bearing in mind that CSQS is set at levels six and seven on the UK Higher Education Framework – the equivalent of a final year undergraduate degree and a Masters programme, respectively. If you have no degree-level qualifications or relevant professional experience, think about the level and breadth of the qualification before registering.
If English is not your first language, we recommend a score of six or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent. It will help if you have previously studied other subjects or have done essay-style assessment in English before.