Guidance for parents and teachers
For young people who want to build practical skills and make their mark, studying an AAT qualification could be a great alternative to university. They'll gain the practical skills employers need and kickstart their career as an accountant, a business owner, or any role needing strong finance skills. They can study as part of an apprenticeship, like Narpreet, or as part of their job, like Jess.
"I can't believe what I've done in this time."
Narpreet was Microsoft’s first accounting apprentice studying AAT. Find out how her career rocketed since she joined aged 16.
Why choose AAT?
AAT is a world-leading professional body. We provide internationally-recognised accounting and bookkeeping qualifications, which are highly practical and in demand with employers. We help 80,000 people take charge of their careers each year, and we support over 120,000 members around the world.
A wide range of qualifications and courses, open to all.
Accounting qualifications designed with input from employers.
Become an accounting apprentice or study alongside your work.
Study online, at a local college or through a blend of the two.
How can young people benefit from studying AAT?
AAT apprenticeships give students the chance to gain experience and earn while they learn.
Work in a wide range of finance roles in any industry, from fashion to sport or media.
By studying AAT, young people can qualify quicker, and start earning sooner, than taking the university route.
Studying with AAT can provide a fast-track route to becoming a chartered accountant.
We support AAT qualified professionals to run their own practice as an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper.
Our network of over 120,000 members support one another to achieve their career goals.
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