A real alternative to university

Do you want to earn a well-respected, nationally-recognised qualification, without getting yourself into debt?

University isn’t the only option for ambitious people wanting to build a career for themselves. Our skills-based AAT Accounting Qualification is the perfect starting point for an accounting career - without paying expensive university fees.

AAT vs university

The advantages of the AAT Accounting Qualification are clear:

  • It’s cheaper
    Student debt now averages £44,000 per graduate. Our courses are significantly cheaper than typical university fees, plus there’s financial support to help you along the way. 16-19 year olds are fully funded, 19-24 year olds may qualify for financial support and if you’re 24+ you can apply for an advanced learning loan.
  • You can start earning straight away
    Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll be able to start earning straight away. Or, if you're working while you're studying, you can earn while you complete your qualifications.
  • It’s faster
    With the AAT Accounting Qualification, you’ll qualify faster than students at university.
  • You’ll get the skills employers want
    Our courses don’t just cover accounting theory; you’ll learn practical processes and communication skills, which can be applied directly in the workplace - making you a more effective employee.
  • It’ll boost your employability
    A degree no longer guarantees you a good job. Our research shows that people with high level vocational qualifications are much more likely to be in employment. Only 4.5% of people with Level 4 and above qualifications are unemployed, compared to 12.1% of recent graduates. In fact, many graduates choose to make themselves more employable by studying for an AAT qualification once they’ve finished their degree.
  • It’s well-respected
    All our qualifications are developed following extensive consultation with businesses, industry experts and trainers.
  • You can continue your development
    Our Accounting Qualification is available at 3 levels - Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced.

From AAT to company director in just 10 years

David Hailey MAAT started studying for his AAT Accounting Qualification at the age of 18 and 10 years later he’s a company director at UHY Hacker Young.

"Studying AAT over university is the way forward. I qualified as a chartered accountant aged 22 which is a lot quicker than had I gone to university - and without the debt.

“It gave me everything I needed as a beginner to go into an accounting practice. I learnt all the fundamental principles of accounting and within two years I was in a great position to progress.” 


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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.