Studying at home while working full time

After doing a variety of admin jobs after University and saving to go travelling I decided to look into accountancy as a career. The AAT course looked like the best way to get my foot in the door as I didn’t have any relevant qualifications or work experience, it was very well recognised by employers and laid the foundations for further study if I decided to take that route later on. I find it easier to stay motivated when I’m responsible for my own learning so I liked the idea of studying at home at my own pace while working full time. I was drawn to Accountancy Learning as it seemed much more personal that the larger online training providers, they specialised purely in accountancy and their reviews were fantastic, as well as being based in Exeter.

The learning materials were excellent and a lot of them are available online, everything was explained clearly and there are plenty of tasks and practice tests which meant I’ve always felt well prepared going into the exams. The admin team are always available for any queries or booking exams and the Welcome Pack you get on starting the course was very informative and gives you an idea of how the course is structured. It’s great being able to take the exams at Accountancy Learning’s premises as you get to know all the staff which really puts you at ease, there are always only a few students in there with you and it’s generally much more relaxed compared to traditional exams. My tutor has been really helpful, any problems have been well explained and papers have been marked promptly with plenty of notes so I know where I’ve gone wrong.

Thinking about starting your AAT journey?

Go for it! I was unsure about returning to studying but I’ve found the course really enjoyable and have achieved Level 2 and 3 in less than a year and am making a start on Level 4.  It’s really rewarding marking off the subjects on Moodle and the learning plan as you progress. Once you get your head round the initial concepts introduced in Level 2 most of the topics are simply building on this so they become easier to grasp.  I’m now looking for my first job in accountancy and I feel I have a lot to offer potential employers. Accountancy Learning have been brilliant and I would highly recommend them.