If you’re looking into qualifying as an accountant, you’re probably wondering about the benefits of choosing one course over another. We hone in on one of the most popular qualifications, and ask ‘why study AAT?’
1. A well-recognised qualification
One of the biggest things you’ll want to know about any course is what you’ll be able to do afterward.
There would be no point in taking the time to gain a qualification that didn’t advance your career prospects.
The good news is that AAT is a highly recognised qualification among employers. Whichever level you achieve – 2, 3, or 4, you will be in a great position to gain a relevant role. After becoming fully AAT qualified, you could go into a range of positions, from Tax Supervisor to Fixed Asset Accountant.
Many people are unable to study full time, and a flexible course allows you to become qualified without disrupting your current lifestyle.
You could choose to study in a classroom setting one day a week, which allows you to have lots of tutor contact while having the freedom to organise the rest of your week in the way that best suits you.
You can also opt for the distance learning option. This is ideal for those who work full time or have other responsibilities, and need their study to fit around other activities. Your learning will be centred on both online and physical learning materials that you can use where and when you like.
3. Lots of support
If you choose to study in the classroom, your learning will be led by an experienced tutor. Many people thrive in this kind of setting, and being closely guided instils confidence in a lot of learners.
On the other hand, many thrive through independent learning. While some might worry about studying from home on their own, rest assured that the distance learning option involves a great deal of support. You’ll be guided through your course by a wealth of resources and regular tutor contact. Even though you won’t be attending a class, your tutor will still help your prepare for exams by marking assessments and providing feedback.
4. No previous qualifications needed
Many people choose AAT over options such as ACCA because it allows you to take your first steps into accounting. The AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate introduces you to the basics of accounting, so you aren’t required to have any previous qualifications or experience. All you will need is your natural ability with numbers, and a passion for your subject.
5. The key to further qualifications
Not only does AAT qualify you to embark on a rewarding career, but it is also the ideal route into further qualifications.
You can start studying AAT Level 2 with no previous qualifications, and after achieving the full qualification, you’ll have a range of options.
You’ll be exempt from the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, so if your ambitions lie in management accounting, you can bypass the first five exams and be on your way to achieving the Diploma.
You will also be exempt from the first three papers of ACCA, F1 to F3. With AAT as your starting point, you can go as far as you like, opening up a world of new professional opportunities.