Starting your finance career

From multinationals to local high street companies, accounting and finance skills are at the heart of every business.

University isn't for everybody

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AAT qualifications are highly valued by employers and open doors to exciting careers: every company needs people who are good with numbers. Studying for an AAT qualification can also help you progress more quickly in your career while avoiding university debt.

Where will your finance career take you?

Where will your finance career take you?

Every successful business, from start-ups to global brands, need great accountants, so the opportunities in finance are endless. Whichever path you choose, you’ll have the chance to use new technology and develop a broad range of skills to inform decisions and make businesses stronger and more resilient. Plus, an increased focus on communication and ethics mean that the role of finance professionals has never been more rewarding – or more important.

Find out more about careers in finance and what you could earn.


Why choose an AAT qualification over university?

Why choose an AAT qualification over university?

Student debt now averages over £50,000 per graduate, but studying AAT costs far less. There's financial support available, including full funding for 16–19-year-olds. Plus there's the chance to do an apprenticeship and earn while you learn.

With AAT young people can qualify quicker, and start earning sooner, than university students while gaining the practical skills employers want.

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Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship

Doing an apprenticeship is your chance to start earning, build your skills, and get real-world experience while gaining a formal qualification that employers want.

Accounting or bookkeeping?

Which one's right for you?

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AAT accounting and bookkeeping qualifications give people opportunities around the world. Find out the difference and learn which qualification will help you reach your career goals.

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