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Who can study AAT?

AAT is the perfect start if you’re looking to study a professional qualification in accounting.

Unlike some other qualifications, there are no entry requirements with AAT, and you don’t need any relevant work experience. This means AAT’s ideal if you’re leaving school or college or thinking about a change of career.

Even though there are no entry requirements, it will help if you’re good with numbers and committed to putting in the study hours.

Here are some other skills which will help you on your way to becoming AAT qualified:

  • Enjoy working with numbers
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to analyse and interpret

Key facts:

  • Average time to complete is around three years
  • There are three AAT qualifications
  • Students typically take between six and 18 months to complete a level
  • Depending on previous qualifications or experience, you might be able to skip some of the AAT qualification

Take AAT’s Skillcheck to see where you should start.

What is an Accounting Technician?

Accounting Technicians aren’t limited to just one role in one industry - becoming AAT qualified means you could work in the accounts department of any business - whatever shape, size or sector. You could even work for yourself in your own business!

AAT combines practical skills with accountancy knowledge. Roles are varied, but here are some of the things you could be doing:

  • Preparing financial accounts
  • Business restructuring
  • Company financial control
  • Corporate finance
  • Double bookkeeping
  • Financial journalism
  • Financial legislation and compliance
  • Fund management
  • Insolvency
  • Investment banking
  • Management consultancy
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Offshore trusts
  • Tax consultancy

Did you know AAT can also lead to further professional accountancy qualifications? ACCA, CIMA, ACA (ICAEW) and CIPFA are all great options after AAT.

What is accountancy?

  • Find out if a business has a profit or loss
  • Measure business financial performance
  • Decide which products to invest in
  • Guide future business decisions
  • Help decide how much should a business pay its employees

What can I earn when I qualify?

The average salary for someone who is AAT qualified and an AAT member (MAAT) is around £24,534#. This can rise to to £36,913# for Fellow Membership (FMAAT).

Earning potential increases as you progress through the qualification and your career. For example, senior managers earn an average of £43,463# a year.

Here’s what you can expect at each Level:

  • AAT Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) - Accounts Administrator - £16,400#
  • AAT Level 3 (equivalent to A Level) - Accounts Assistant - £17,600#
  • AAT Level 4 (equivalent to a degree) - Assistance Financial Accountant - £18,400#
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What are the benefits of qualifying with AAT?

AAT members can use the letters MAAT after their name, which employers look for when they’re recruiting.

As an AAT member you also get access to the AAT members benefits package. This includes things like discounts on car and home insurance and even money off holiday accommodation!

Not yet qualified or haven’t completed the required amount of work experience? AAT Affiliates still get access a whole range of benefits:

  • Online CV builder
  • Tips from employers
  • Job site
  • eLearning and other industry resources.
What do AAT statuses mean?

Payment Plan

0% interest payment plans when you enrol on a full level. Spread the cost of your study with no interest and no fees.+

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Aged 19 or over? Cover part or all of your course costs with an Advanced Learner Loan. Available for Advanced or Professional Diploma. You won't need to repay anything until you start earning over £21,000!*

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Free training for 16-18 year olds, or partial funding for your course if you’re 19 or above with an AAT Apprenticeship.*

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Why choose Kaplan for your AAT studies?

We’re really proud of our AAT courses, but we don’t want to go on and on about it - here are just some of our favourite reasons why you should study with us:

  • Different study methods to suit your own learning style: in class, from home, or Live Online
  • Pass rates of up to 94%.**
  • Award winning AAT courses
  • Example based learning giving you the knowledge and skills to put into practice.
  • AAT study materials included in every course so there’s nothing extra to pay
  • Support until you pass with our Lifetime Pass Guarantee.
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+Only available when purchasing a full level. Full terms and conditions apply.
*Free training for 16-18, partial costs covered, plus employer contribution and exam registration fees for those aged 19+. Funding subject to eligibility and government restrictions, terms and conditions apply. Advanced Learner Loans are available for those aged 19+ and starting after 1st September 2016. Terms & Conditions apply.
**AAT pass rate of 94% based on overall AQ2013 Level 2 pass rates from Sept 14 - Aug 15
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#Source: 2015 AAT Salary Survey

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