Frequently Asked AAT Questions

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?

By no means – you will be undertaking all 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 register with the AAT soon after enrolment, once you have got yourself settled into a study routine. 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 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping can be completed in as little as 1½ months ~ great if you want to add a qualification to your CV quickly!
    • The Foundation Award in Computerised Accounting can be completed in as little as a few weeks, although 1-2 months is the norm.
    • For the Foundation 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).
    • For Advanced, between 5½ and 20 months (12 months is typical)
    • For Professional, between 6 and 22 months (12-14 months is typical)

It can be confusing deciding which course is best for you, if you are unsure please call our friendly team on 01392 435349 for impartial advice and detailed guidance on the recommended study hours for each qualification. You can also contact us here

Q 7: What are your exam pass rates?

Our pass rates are currently 95% – 100% across all AAT levels ~ well in excess of the overall national average.

Q 8: How quick is your response time?

We pride ourselves on our quick response time, so we will generally respond 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, and often over the weekend!

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?

Again, we have a very quick response time, so 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 or interest charged, so this is a great way to spread the course costs.

Another potential thing that we can do is check out the possibility of accessing partial funding for your course. Please click here to see more about funding availability, or give us a call for more information on this option.

Q 12: How can I enrol?

The are a couple of ways that you can do this:

  1. You can download an enrolment form here, complete it and either email it across to us at or post it to us at: Accountancy Learning, Southernhay Lodge, Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, EX1 1QT.
  2. You can also enrol over the phone by calling our friendly, professional team on: 01392 435349

Q 13: Can I study AAT if I have been declared bankrupt, have a criminal offence or a civil offence record?

If you have been declared bankrupt, or had either a criminal conviction or civil offence record you will need to declare this. We would recommend contacting the AAT prior to enroling on a course with us by calling them on 0845 8630801, more information can be found here:

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