University or Apprenticeship? 10 reasons why you should consider an AAT Apprenticeship!

The AAT Accounting Qualification is made up of three qualifications (Level 2 Foundation Certificate, Level 3 Advanced Diploma and Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting). Being internationally recognised and highly valued by employers, the AAT qualification is the ideal route to an exciting professional career in finance.

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Use AAT Skillcheck to see which levels of the AAT Accounting Qualification best suits your skills. Alternatively please contact us and speak to one of our lecturers.

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University or Apprenticeship? 10 reasons why you should consider an AAT Apprenticeship!

Our range of bookkeeping and accounting programmes, awarded by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) will develop your practical skills and confidence in finance and bookkeeping.

Why choose to study AAT at CAW Business School?

  • Experienced and supportive tutors

We pride ourselves that, not only are our tutors qualified teachers, but they have academic qualifications and extensive experience in the subjects we deliver. Their significant industry skills as well as proven teaching abilities bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our courses.

  • Professional tuition with professional people

We have a history of providing quality, professional tuition; striving to ensure that our students receive the best possible support to enable them to achieve their qualification in a timely manner. You will study alongside other like-minded people with similar goals and aspirations in a professional and modern setting.

  • AAT Approved Examination centre

If you choose to study accountancy with us, you will be able to take your exams at college without the need to travel to an external exam centre. No more worrying about finding your way to a different venue on the day of your exams!

Why the AAT Qualification?

The AAT is one of the UK’s leading professional accountancy bodies, with more than 120,000 students and members in 90 countries worldwide.

The AAT Accounting Qualification is made up of three different qualifications across three different levels:

  1. AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting
  2. AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  3. AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

On completion of all three qualifications you will be a fully qualified accounting technician and be able to apply to become an AAT full member and use the letters MAAT after your name. As an internationally recognised qualification that is highly valued by employers across the world, this is the beginning of an exciting professional career in finance. You will also enjoy elevated professional credibility and status, increasing your opportunities for career progression and fulfilling your salary expectations.

Becoming self-employed or a professional accountant

Once you have completed the AAT Qualification and are an AAT full member, you may wish to apply to be a Member in Practice (MIP) and become self-employed offering accountancy, taxation or related consultancy service to the public in the UK or Channel Islands.

You may also wish to continue your studies towards professional accountancy qualifications. you will gain generous study exemptions from UK chartered, certified and management accountancy bodies.

Julie Shodiya“I really like the time that we are given by the tutors, especially regarding sitting exams. I previously studied with another provider and everything seemed muddled and rushed. At The College of Animal Welfare, Emma has taken time to analyse my capabilities and strengths and weaknesses. She sits with each student and gives them individual, one-to-one time. If she felt that I wasn’t ready to take an exam she would tell me. She is 100% supportive. If I ever email Emma she always responds straight away. The environment is very quiet to study and is a beautiful venue. As English is not my first language I find a lot of support and help on the VLE and from other resources, to help me with the English”. Julie Shodiya, AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting
“The staff at CAW Business School are very professional, flexible in their approach and show a lot of care and attention to the needs of the students and their employers. I am particularly keen on the regular progress reports I receive from them as they help me to monitor my trainees study performance alongside their work performance and provide them with support if necessary. The premises are excellent and fees are in line with expectations. I will certainly be sending future AAT students to CAW.” 
Toni Hunter FCCA ACA DChA
George Hay, Chartered Accountants
Joe Kokotka"The tutors at CAW are very approachable and happy to help with any assistance you require. They also had a very good understanding of the course content, along with a good way of delivering that to me, so I could fully understand the AAT syllabus. The AAT course that CAW provides is flexible and was fitted around my work which made my life easier. The classrooms were well laid out in a way where you felt included with every member of my class, and IT facilities were always available to use".
Joe Kokotka
AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting
Joe Kokotka“I like the way that the lecturer enthusiastically links up the theories of accounting with the practical realities / situations that are encountered in the financial working environment. The students on our course are of all ages, from late teens to late fifties, they bring with them a wide range of work and life experiences. Our lecturer is enthusiastic and the lecture room facilities and amenities are good. The lectures are backed up by a comprehensive on-line Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)”.
John Coslett
AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting


University or Apprenticeship? 10 reasons why you should consider an AAT Apprenticeship!

An accounting qualification can open up an exciting and rewarding career in finance, some examples can be found below: