AAT has been changing lives for over 40 years, with our practical accounting qualifications that are in demand from employers around the world. Now we’re offering a unique opportunity to change your life too, with all your costs covered.
Have you ever dreamed of studying for an AAT qualification, but not been able to because of your financial situation?
The AAT Bursary could change all that. We’re delighted to be able to offer a bursary to financially disadvantaged people, giving them the opportunity to change their lives.
What the bursary pays for (up to £5,000 per student)
Annual student membership fee, including registration, reinstatement and/or renewal fees (AQ2016 qualifications)
One-off registration fee (AQ2016 qualifications)
All assessment fees, including one set of re-sits
All training provider fees
Qualifications included in the AAT Bursary offer
The following qualifications are available for registration until 31 August 2022 at 17.00 (UK time). Lapsed students who started but didn’t complete the qualification can reinstate or rebuy access until 30 September 2023, but should discuss this with their training provider before applying.
- Foundation Certificate in Accounting – Level 2 (SCQF Level 5 in Scotland)
- Advanced Diploma in Accounting – Level 3 (SCQF Level 6 in Scotland)
- Professional Diploma in Accounting – Level 4 (SCQF Level 8 on Scotland)
- Access Award in Accounting Software (Level 1)
- Access Award in Bookkeeping (Level 1)
- Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2)
- Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2)
- Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 3)
Business skills qualifications
The following qualifications are available for registration from 1 September 2022.
- Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (SCQF Level 6)
- Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (SCQF Level 7)
- Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting (SCQF Level 8)
- Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping
- Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
- Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping
Business skills qualifications
- Level 1 Award in Business Skills
How it works
The process is simple: follow the three steps below, which include completing and submitting an online application form. Your form will then be reviewed by our judging panel.
Applicants shortlisted will be informed by email in the week of 6 June 2022. (Applications may be asked for more information at this stage.)
The final decision will be announced on 1 July 2022. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed by email. The decision of the AAT judges is final.
"The AAT Bursary gave me a second chance"
"Being chosen for the AAT Bursary gave me my confidence back and new hope for the future. I don’t know how to thank AAT for this opportunity to have a rewarding career."
The application process
The application consists of five sections.
This section will cover all your contact information so we have the right details to contact you during the application process.
- Your name
- Your email
- AAT Approved training provider you’re planning on studying with
- Contact name at training provider (tutor if known)
- Email address of tutor (if known)
- Contact number of tutor (if known)
We want to know exactly what AAT qualification you want to study.
Before you complete this, be sure to speak with an AAT Approved training provider. They'll be able to advise you on the course that’s right for you and the total cost, which you should include in this section. Your fees should include:
- course fees
- learning materials
- assessment fees.
The maximum amount offered per student is £5,000.
This section will cover your financial information. Think about including the following in your response, up to 300 words).
- Tell us why you're in financial need, including your current financial status.
- Show proof of income and expenditure, and any debts and other financial responsibilities you have. You can upload documents.
- What other avenues have you explored to fund your studies?
For this section, we want to understand what's brought you here in the first place. Tell us your story. Paint a picture for the judges so they can truly understand your current situation and what the bursary would mean to you. Include information on the following in your response, up to 300 words.
- Why do you want to study AAT?
- Where do you want to be in five years?
- Is there anything that might stop you completing the studies?
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us? In this section, please include any additional information you'd like the judges to know about you and or your situation, in up to 200 words.