Have some questions? Here is what other AAT course enquirers ask us that could help you!
Just in case you hadn’t seen our FAQs page (which is in the STUDENT section of our website) we thought we’d share them with you here.
People who are thinking about starting a new course (like you!) often ask similar questions, so we wrote down a selection of the ones our current students came up with before they enrolled:
Q 1: Are AAT qualifications well recognised?
Yes, with 125,000 global members, the AAT is the UKs leading qualification and professional body for accounting technician and finance staff. It is well recognised by employers and is often an entry requirement in the accountancy profession. The AAT qualification is also recognised internationally.
Q 2: How quickly can I start my AAT distance learning course?
All of our AAT distance learning courses are ‘roll on, roll off’, meaning that you can start at any time of the year.
Q 3: When I start the course, does it matter if I’m not working in an accounting or finance role?
Not at all – many of our students start off in a non-accounting role. The AAT courses are designed to help you achieve your ambition of obtaining work in a finance role, or to set up as a self-employed bookkeeper.
Q 4: Does it matter where my AAT training provider is located?
Not at all – you will be undertaking all of your studying from the comfort of your own home. When it comes to sitting your exams, you will be able to sit them at an approved exam centre near you. You can call us for more information about this, or, you can visit the AATs site to search for an assessment venue here.
Q 5: Do I have to register with the AAT before I enrol?
No, the first step is to enrol and get started on your course. You should then register with the AAT (AAT rules state that you should register within 4 weeks of enrolment). It will be essential to register once you start revising for your first exam since you will need to be able to access the AATs online sample assessments and other resources such as the Green Light Zone.
Q 6: how long will it take to complete my course?
This all depends how much time you are able to devote to your studies:
- The Level 2 Bookkeeping Certificate can be completed in as little as 1½ months ~ great if you want to add a qualification to your CV quickly!
- The Level 2 Award in Computerised Accounting can be completed in as little as a few weeks, although 1-2 months is the norm.
- For the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting, it can take as little as 3 months (if you are really going for it e.g. 15 hours per week) or as much as 12 months (if 4 hours per week). However, don’t plan to take too long or you will get bored.
- For Level 3, between 5½ and 20 months (12 months is typical)
- For Level 4, between 6 and 22 months (12-14 months is typical)
Please contact us on 01392 435349 or email me at [email protected] if you would like more detailed guidance on the recommended study hours for each qualification.
Q 7: What are your exam pass rates?
Shown below are our current pass rates across all three AAT levels ~ as can be seen, well in excess of the overall national average!
Q 8: How quick is your response time?
We pride ourselves on being able to respond really, really quickly, so we will generally reply to your emails on the same day. We work late on Mondays through to Thursdays so you might receive an email from us during the evenings too!
Q 9: If I get stuck and want to phone a tutor, will there be someone there to help me?
Yes. However major or minor the query, there will be a tutor available to help you ~ we won’t make you set an appointment to talk to us and we won’t limit the time spent on the phone with you (although we might change our phone number if you’re on the phone to us every 5 minutes!)
Q 10: How quickly will you mark my work?
We will generally mark your work within 48 hours (during working hours) but often within 24 hours. So, you won’t have to wait long before you have a result along with detailed feedback in order that you can get back to your studying.
Q 11: I can’t afford to pay for my course all in one go; is there anything you can do to help?
Well, the first thing that we can do is offer you a monthly payment option over 6 months by standing order (3 months if the Certificate in Bookkeeping). There is no administration fee, so this is a great way to spread the course costs.
Q 12: How can I enrol?
There are a couple of ways you can do this:
The quickest way is via our website shop HERE
Or, you can download an enrolment form to complete (these are located on the AAT course pages of our website HERE – just complete it, save it and then email it across to us at [email protected] or you can download the form and post it to us.
Finally, you can also enrol over the phone (we can complete your enrolment information and take card payments over the phone).
I hope that you found this useful!
If you would like to find out more, or need any questions answering please give me a call on 01392 435349 or email me at [email protected]