Where AAT can take you

Finance is at the heart of every business, and accounting and finance skills will always be in demand. Jobs in this sector are extremely diverse and deliver exciting career opportunities in every industry from fintech to film and fashion. With your AAT on your CV, you demonstrate a level of industry excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers globally. 

We’ll be here to help you develop you throughout your career, long after you complete your studies. Whether you’re focused on bookkeeping or accounting, considering becoming chartered, or even want to run your own practice, we can provide the support and resources you need to achieve your goal.

Becoming a qualified bookkeeper

A qualified bookkeeper helps businesses of all sizes stay in complete control of their finances. They ensure financial records are accurate and that accounts are up to date. They can prepare anything up to trial balance and deal with a range of tasks including: 

  • purchase orders and invoicing
  • sales accounting and credit control
  • cash and banking admin
  • data processing
  • payroll accounting
  • using data to prepare financial statements.

Typical job roles include clerical assistant and professional bookkeeper. 

Once you’ve completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting, you can apply for professional status by becoming an AAT bookkeeping member, when you’ll gain the letters AATQB after your name. This designation marks your first step into the world of finance as a professional and will help you stand out to clients or employers. It’s evidence of your bookkeeping knowledge and that you’re committed to keeping your skills up to date.

Becoming a qualified accountant

A qualified accountant provides businesses with the practical and technical skills they need to support their accounting activities. You’ll be able to draft financial statements, manage budgets and evaluate financial performance. You’ll also be able to sign off the accounts for companies up to the audit threshold, where a company has a turnover below £10.1 million, assets worth no more than £5.1 million and 50 or fewer employees on average. Most British businesses do not exceed this threshold, so you’ll have a broad range of career opportunities. Typical job roles include:

  • assistant financial accountant
  • payroll manager
  • senior finance officer
  • payments and billing manager.

After you complete the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting, you can apply for professional status by becoming an AAT full member, when you’ll gain the letters MAAT after your name. This professional status demonstrates to employers and clients that you have the up to date skills and experience they need and could increase your earning potential. After five years of being a MAAT, you can progress to become an AAT fellow member (FMAAT). Typical job roles for fellow members include: 

  • finance manager
  • director
  • financial controller.

Going self-employed and starting your own practice

Once you’ve become an AAT bookkeeping or full member, you can apply for a licence to run your own practice as an AAT licensed member. It’s an exciting opportunity to increase your earning potential, improve your work/life balance and utilise your broad skills and knowledge to support a range of clients.

Becoming a chartered accountant or tax specialist

You may decide to continue your studies with another chartered accountancy body. You’ll receive exemptions from the UK's chartered accountancy bodies and a fast-track route to chartered status, so you could achieve it more quickly than by following the university path. You can also receive a discount on your AAT full or fellow membership fee while you study. 

Find out more about becoming chartered after your AAT studies.

After you’ve completed the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting, you’ll also receive exemptions should you wish to further your studies with the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)

Going on to university

After studying an AAT qualification, you may decide to go on to study a full university degree. You can look up your UCAS Tariff points by finding your AAT qualifications in the UCAS Tariff tables or use their Tariff point calculator.

Contact us

If you would like advice on studying an AAT qualification speak to one of our helpful advisors on +44(0)20 3735 2434. Our lines are open Monday to Thursday 09.00-20.00 and Friday 09.00-17.00 UK time. You can also request a call back.

You can email us at customersupport@aat.org.uk