Studying Accountancy via The Non-Uni Route - AAT
The AAT qualification is open to everyone and anyone and you don’t need any previous qualifications to study with them. A lot of students decide to study AAT as an alternative to university. School leavers decide to do the AAT as a vocational option so they can avoid building up student debt and they want the freedom to train and work at the same time.
Also, many school leavers are enticed to study for the AAT as they want to climb the career ladder faster and are passionate about being an accountant from a young age. Training with AAT can give students the chance to gain generous exemptions from certain stages of the professional qualifications which are offered by bodies such as CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS. This can mean you can qualify as a chartered accountant quicker than someone who has gone through the university route.
This year the AAT commissioned research which predicts that 55% of 2011 graduates will be unemployed or underemployed in jobs where a degree is not necessary. The Chief Executive of AAT, Jane Scott Paul, comments: “With the average student debt estimated at £27,000 for a three-year degree course and set to rise to £45,000 in 2012, we have to ask young people whether this is a good return on investment if there is no guaranteed job prospect at the end of it. The reality is a large majority of graduates are coming out of university and are ending up in menial and low skilled jobs for which a degree is not necessary.”
A newly qualified AAT member can expect to earn an average of £21,600. Plus, the AAT member will have been earning throughout their training and will have avoided student debt. Accounting technicians work at all levels of finance, depending on the level of their career. Some accounting technicians work as accounts clerks, others go on to become managing directors or finance directors of well known companies.
AAT courses are designed to be flexible and to fit in around each individual’s home and work commitments. Students can study full- or part-time while working at the same time.
In taking the AAT Accounting qualification with The Training Place, there is a guaranteed opportunity for Accounting Work Placement within our partner Accounting firm, subject to receiving two references for you. The length of your Accounting Work Placement depends on the level and combination of other trainings you attend.
If you have any questions, or would like to request an application form for our AAT courses, please do not hesitate to get in contact.
The Friendly Team
The Training Place of Excellence Limited