Where AAT can take you in your career

After you’ve finished studying with AAT, we’ll still be here to support you. We will help you build on all the skills and knowledge you’ve gained, and develop your career as an accounting and finance professional. So where can AAT qualifications take you?

A great job in accounting or finance

Finance is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills will never go away. Jobs in accounting and finance are extremely diverse and deliver exciting career opportunities. With AAT on your CV, you demonstrate a level of industry excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers across all industries.


Achieve professional MAAT status

Once you become an AAT full member, you can use the letters MAAT after your name. These letters will tell employers and clients that you've proven your expertise - and made a commitment to maintaining it.

You’ll enjoy elevated professional credibility and status, increasing your opportunities for career progression and fulfilling your salary expectations.

Other MAAT benefits include AAT events, online services and continuing professional development (CPD). Read about all the benefits of full AAT membership.


Become a chartered accountant

You may decide to continue your studies with another chartered accountancy body. All of the UK's chartered accountancy bodies offer AAT full members (MAAT) and fellow members (FMAAT) generous exemptions and a fast track route to chartered status. This fast track allows non-graduates to achieve chartered status more quickly than by following the university path.

Find out more about chartered exemptions via the links below:

ACCA Association of Chartered Certified Accountants


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
CIPFA Chartered Institute of Public and Finance Accountancy


Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
ICAS Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Alternatively you could choose to become a tax specialist with the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).


Go on to university

If you are studying AAT Accounting Qualifications you may decide that you want to go on to study a full university degree.

UCAS entry points
If you are considering going on to study at university, the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) will also attract UCAS points. Based on size, grade and equivalence to the Level 3 AAT Diploma in Accounting (QCF), we expect that this qualification will attract 56 UCAS points. An updated tariff should be published in Summer 2017.

More information on the current tariff for applications to HE from September 2017 can be found on the UCAS website.

Discounted membership fees
While you’re studying, we’ll reduce your full membership fees by over 50%. You keep the status, support and benefits that come with professional membership while you train. Read about the discounted subscription rate.


Become self-employed and start your own business

You may choose to start a freelance career within accounting and finance or run your own business. As an AAT licensed member you can offer accountancy, taxation or related consultancy services to the public in the UK or Channel Islands.

Read about what an AAT licensed member can do, and how to apply for an AAT licence.


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