Regardless of your age or employment history it’s never too late to start a career in finance. In fact, over half of the people who get in touch about our courses have never worked in the financial sector before.
Why change to a finance career?
The financial world is an exciting one with lots of career opportunities available. It’s not just banks and accountancy firms who need people with financial skills - most companies, across every industry, will need someone who’s good with numbers.
There are also jobs available at every level, from administrator all the way up to senior manager. There’s sure to be something to suit your skills level.
The challenges of returning to work
If you’ve had a period away from the workplace, going back can be daunting, especially if you’re trying something new. The AAT Accounting Qualification aims to make starting your career in finance as easy as possible by offering:
- Flexible qualifications that fit into your life
All our courses are designed to be flexible and work around people’s other commitments. You can study part-time or full-time, in a classroom or from a distance.
- Lots of help and support
We’ve worked with plenty of adult learners looking to change career in the past, so we know how scary it can seem. We offer lots of help and support to help make the journey as smooth as possible for you.
What help and support can we offer you?
- Distance learning
Study wherever and whenever suits you thanks to our distance learning option. You have the flexibility to fit your studies into your busy schedule thanks to a range of online resources. You’ll also have a tutor and/or course advisor you can turn to for support.
- AAT helpline
If you need some extra support and guidance, we’re just at the other end of the phone. Call our advisors on +44 (0)20 3735 2434.
- CV builder
Once you’ve finished your course, we’ll help you find the perfect role for you. As a student member, you'll have access to an online CV builder can help you showcase the skills you’ve learnt while studying.
Financing your career change
Depending on your personal circumstances you may be entitled to funding to help you finance your studies.
If you’re over 24 you may be able to apply for the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan which covers course fees for Level 3 and 4 Qualifications.
The 24+ Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund offers financial support to help cover childcare and living costs. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, check out the GOV.UK 24+ Advanced Learning Loan section.
There may be other support available depending on which region of the UK you live in. Check out our funding pages for more information.
Spread the cost of your course
Training providers may offer payment options including monthly payment plans for AAT courses to help you manage the cost.
From cakes to accounting
Ashleigh Moorcroft changed her career and her life by going back to college to study with AAT. She now runs her own part-time cake business and has a full-time accounting role.
“It was really strange going back to college as I hadn’t studied for quite some time. Luckily all the support from people at college and AAT made it much easier.
AAT has taught me a lot about myself; that I can meet my targets - it’s boosted my confidence.
There are so many tools online to help you, whether that’s writing your CV, finding a job, or study support.
The skills I’ve learnt so far are valuable skills that can be applied to any business - and they’ve definitely helped me to run my own cake business.”
Any questions? Call us on +44(0)20 3735 2434
If you have any questions about studying an AAT course, speak to one of our friendly AAT student advisors. Our lines are open Monday to Thursday 09.00-20.00 and Friday 09.00-17.00. You can also request a call back.