How to study

AAT qualifications are delivered by AAT Approved training providers around the world.

There are many different ways to study, and courses can be designed to fit around students' work or family commitments. Whether they want to study full-time or part-time, in the classroom, online or through a combination of these, learners can choose the study style that’s right for them.

Employers can find out more about supporting their staff to study an AAT qualification and the different options available.

Learn in a classroom

Classroom study is ideal for students who prefer structured learning.

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They’ll get plenty of support from the tutor and other students, so it’s a great option for those who haven’t studied for some time. As well as full-time courses, training providers offer part-time courses that can be studied during evenings or weekends.

Online or distance learning

Online (or "distance learning") is the most flexible way to study.

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It requires commitment and discipline, but it can be a great option for learners who need to fit studies around other commitments or don’t live near a college or study centre.

Blended learning: in class and online

Blended learning combines classroom sessions with online support.

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This is an increasingly popular way to study. Students get access to structured, tutor-led, face-to-face and/or virtual classroom sessions supported by a local training provider, with the flexibility to progress their studies at work or home. Choose "Classroom" on the Find a training provider service to find providers offering blended learning.



Most students need support from a tutor, and we encourage all students to register with an approved training provider for the best chance of success. However, if you feel you're confident in studying without tutor support, you may wish to consider self-studying.

You’ll need to buy AAT textbooks or choose a self-study package with a training provider to work through our units. You’ll still need to register with AAT, which will give you access to study support on our AAT Lifelong Learning Portal and eligibility to sit assessments. You’ll also need to find an approved assessment venue to sit our assessments, depending on the qualification you study.

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Choose a training provider

Made your decision? The next step is to find a training provider that meets your needs.

Find a training provider

While course costs are an important consideration, take time to think about the flexibility and support you’ll need to make sure you choose the provider that’s right for you.

If there are no training providers based in your country, you can still study with distance-learning providers.

About AAT Approved training providers

AAT Approved training providers deliver AAT courses around the world. In the UK alone there are more than 500, ranging from further education colleges and specialist short course centres to online (or "distance learning") providers.

AAT training is always delivered professionally, and all AAT Approved training providers must meet our high standards before they're approved to offer AAT qualifications. We conduct regular checks to ensure that they meet our regulatory requirements and rigorous standards.

You'll need to find somewhere to take your AAT assessments.

Study support

Study support

Our industry renowned e-learning, study support and career services for student members will put you on the path to success.

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