Kensington College of Business (KCB) has had accredited status with The Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA) since 1984 and is proud to provide tuition for the ICSA Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme.

The Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme is ICSA’s flagship qualification equipping successful ICSA graduates for a variety of different career paths and giving them GradICSA status and Chartered membership of ICSA upon completion.

The Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme is set at level 6 (equivalent to final year undergraduate level) and level 7 (equivalent to a postgraduate degree) and is comprised of two parts.  Assessment of each module is via a three-hour written examination, held in June and November.

Completion of the first four modules (part 1) gives students Affiliated member status.  Completion of the remaining three modules (part 2) gives students Graduate status and the post-nominal GradICSA may be used.

ICSA graduates upon fulfilment of the 6 years professional work experience requirement can apply for Associate (ACIS) status and with 8 years professional work experience can apply for Fellow (FCIS) status.

Course Content

The Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme consists of seven modules over two parts.

Part One

  • Company Compliance and Administration
  • Company Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Interpretating Financial and Accounting Information

Part Two

  • Boardroom Dynamics
  • Development of Strategy
  • Risk Management

The full syllabus can be found on the ICSA website.


There are six main routes into the Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme:

Foundation Programme entry – Students who are not eligible to start the programme at Part One will need to take the Foundation Programme to start their journey to GradICSA.  This is set at Level 4 (equivalent to first year undergraduate level).  We do not offer tuition for the Foundation Programme.

Part One entry –  Those with relevant education or experience will start at Part One of the qualifying programme.

Related Degree entry – Law or finance graduates start at Part One and may be eligible for exemption from the law or finance module.  MBA graduates start at Part One and will be assessed for other exemptions.

Professional entry –  Accountants or lawyers with up to five years’ professional experience start at Part One and may be eligible for exemption from two modules.

Fast Track Professional entry – Accountants or lawyers with more than five years’ experience may only need to complete two modules.

MOU entry – Members of ICSI and ICSAN may be eligible for module exemptions under ICSA’s Memorandum of Understanding agreements with these organisations.

Students should contact ICSA to find out their entry point and to apply for exemptions.

Course Fees

The cost for tuition of each Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme module is £375.

The cost for revision before the examinations is £275-325 per module.

Fees should be paid in full before the course begins.

Payment can be made by credit/debit card (WorldPay) or bank transfer.  Please note that card payment cannot be made over the telephone and we do not accept American Express.


Students can apply to start classes in either February (for June examinations) or September (for November examinations).

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all classes will be held online using Teams or Zoom.  This will be reviewed before the September 2021 semester.

Classes are held one evening per week per module (with extra weekend classes for the Interpretating Financial & Accounting Information module).  Evening classes start at 6.15pm and end at 8.45pm.  Weekend classes begin at 10am and finish at 5pm.  Risk Management classes are held over five Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

We also offer weekend revision courses prior to the exams.  These revision classes are available to students who are attending the evening classes and to those who aren’t.

Exams are held twice a year in June and November.  You can take a maximum of two exams in a single session.

Thinking about how many modules you will be taking and how many hours per week you can dedicate to study will give you an indication of how long it might take to complete Qualifying Programme.  The quickest time is 2 years.


Undertaking a professional qualification like the ICSA Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme is a big decision and requires careful consideration.

Entry requirements

Students should contact ICSA to find out their entry route: ICSA


All ICSA study material is produced in English.  All examinations are conducted in English.

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.

Time commitment

The vast majority of our Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme students study whilst they work, so it’s good to think about the time commitment required and how it might fit into your existing schedule.

ICSA recommend 200 hours of study per module – incorporating tuition, reading the study text, wider reading, online support, study time with other candidates, practice assessments and the exam.


If you would like to apply for this course please complete the below application form and return it to the college together with your payment:


Sponsored students should provide a letter from their sponsor.  This letter should state that you are being sponsored for the duration of this course and to whom/where they would like the invoice sent to.

This course is not appropriate for international students who require sponsorship for immigration purposes.

Please note that we are simply tuition providers for this course.  All students must pay an initial registration fee and their subscription fee to ICSA.  Exams and exemption fees are also paid for separately to ICSA.

Students must purchase the study books from ICSA before starting classes.