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AAT

Association of Accounting Technicians

Specialists in Accountancy and Bookkeeping

AAT – Q2022 Is Here

The new and much anticipated AAT Q2022 syllabus has arrived. From the 1st July we will be delivering Q2022 as standard across all of our programmes. You can start studying Q2022 now to be ready to register with AAT and sit your first exams from September 2022.

Alternatively, if you prefer to study the AQ2016 syllabus so that you can start sitting your exams sooner, that is fine also. We will still be offering the choice of AQ2016 or Q2022 until the 20th August 2022. Be aware if you choose AQ2016, you will need to have registered with AAT by the 31st August 2022. You will then have until September 2023 to complete your last exam at your current level of study.

If you think you can complete your course within this timeframe, which is easily achievable, we would recommend you studying AQ2016 as it is overall more cost effective and there is no restriction as to when you sit your first exam.

If however you think you will require longer to study because you have less study time available, then we recommend that you enrol on to Q2022.

On average, based on 6-8 hours of study a week, each level will take circa 34 weeks to complete. Completion times will vary and are dependant on prior knowledge and your natural speed of learning. Every student is different.

Employers have no preference as to which syllabus you choose as both are equally relevant to todays industry and commerce.

Our Teaching Pedigree

The Gold Edge Training team have specialised in delivering the AAT qualifications for 22 years. Firstly for 13 years as classroom lecturers with an Ofsted Outstanding further education college and for the past 10 years, as the respected, multi award nominated, online teaching team.

Gold Edge Training are renowned nationwide for excellence in student achievement and a bespoke learning style approach to programme delivery. We recognise that all learners are different in the speed they learn and in the resources they require to learn.

When these differences are provided for in each programme, the students efforts are rewarded with ease of learning and excellent high pass rates in their exams. Our belief that drives the ‘learning style’ approach to the resources provided is:

All learners will learn something from all resources.

Give those same learners, the right resources and combine it with the right tailored support and each of those learners will achieve their maximum success.

The quotation above, is the mantra behind our ‘Optimum Learning Style’. We want our students to experience learning and passing exams the easy way by having the opportunity to learn, ‘how they learn best’.

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OUR EXAM PASS GUARANTEE

We believe the support we give our students to achieve success is second to none and we are happy to seal this belief with an exam pass assurance guarantee.

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Our ‘Learning Style’ programming & student ‘Exam Success’ has earned Gold Edge Training nationwide recognition as a leading, top 10 AAT training provider. The recognition and success has led to multiple industry award nomination for excellence.

AAT UK TOP 4 IN 2019 FOR
DISTANCE LEARNING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD

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You Are Not a Number

You are an individual, bespoke learner

Have you ever been in a learning situation where others seem to understand and you don’t?

Or have you tried to learn something new and it doesn’t matter how many times you try, it just doesn’t sink in?

Good news! … It’s not you, it’s how you were trying to study

Over the past 10 years we have researched, developed and successfully piloted a ‘learning style’ delivery approach to our adult learning programmes. For Q2022 we have simplified choosing the right resources for you to one simple step at the enrolment and
payment stage where you choose either Optimum 1 – Optimum 2 – Optimum 3.

Across 2022 we will be adding more visual aids to complement further your ability to learn how you learn best.

In the information and table below, you will see the various elements included in each Optimum package. The choices give you the opportunity to personalise your resources to suit your learning style preferences. Each of the 3 Optimums are available in PayPal 3-Easy Pay instalments. The instalment plans are not credit checked.

If affordability beyond 3-Easy Pay is essential to you, we also offer a Pay As You Study Subscription Plan – Kick Start Your Career option.

The flexibility of our Optimum programmes is not available in full for the Pay As You Study Option. However the programme we have devised, offers all of the learning essentials to ensure an element of learning style flexibility, which is shown in the following table.

Optimum 1

Are you a reflective learner where you learn & understand through placing new knowledge into imagined work scenarios – For this reason, do you prefer to learn from books with teacher support where you can take that necessary reflection time without the need for online lectures? In addition, we will also supply you with an extra practice question bank, timetables and study tips to structure your learning – For teacher-supported manual learning choose Optimum 1 at enrolment – 30% of the population suit this learning style.

Optimum 2

Are you a visual learner – Do you prefer to watch online lectures that replicate the classroom, but watch them at your own pace more than once and in your own time. Do you like to have e-books, revision & check your understanding tests all in one online location for instant feedback, take anywhere and study on the go. Plus teacher support when required. In addition, we will supply you with an extra practice question bank, timetables and study tips to structure your learning – For full online learning including a full set of published e-books choose Optimum 2 at enrolment – 65% of the population suit this learning style.

Optimum 3

Not sure, do you relate to both Optimum 1 & 2? Then you are a combination learner – Do you feel both Optimum 1 and Optimum 2 fits how you learn at different times and particularly depending on the level of difficulty – Do you like the visual learning online and teacher support, but also benefit from the alternative approach of learning manually with books? In addition, we will supply you with an extra practice question bank, timetables and study tips to structure your learning – For full online learning including a full set of hardcopy Kaplan published books choose Optimum 3 at enrolment – 80% of the population learning needs are covered within this learning style. Pay As You Study information can be seen after the table.

WHATS INCLUDED AT A GLANCE OPTIMUM 1 OPTIMUM 2 OPTIMUM 3 PAY AS YOU STUDY
Full syllabus online recorded lectures – see lecture extracts below
Real time marked ‘assess your understanding’ questions concluding every lesson
Online study textbook, exam kit books, workbooks and pocket notes
Hardcopy study textbook, exam kit books and pocket notes
Timetables for structured study if required – Complete in 1 year
Flexible completion at your own pace – Complete in 18 months
Open access teacher support by phone or email
Extensive additional manual study question & revision exam question bank.
Extensive online real-time marked revision programme with questions and practice exams
PayPal pay in 3 – Interest free
Pay Monthly Enrolment subscription to complete all AAT levels.

Online Lecture Extracts

Foundation Level

Advanced Level

Professional Level

What is Pay As You Study?

Pay As You Study – Kick Start Your Career

For some students gaining a bright career is hampered by either affordability or the lack of being able to commit to continuous study. It becomes a vicious circle of wanting and deserving a better future, but life preventing that future happening.

Not anymore, Pay As You Study makes learning both affordable and puts you fully in control. You can become one of the Gold Edge Training highest AAT achievers and gain the peace of mind that we’ll recognise your individuality and your personal learning requirements.

How Does the Programme Work?

You pay a £59 monthly subscription to study level 2 followed by level 3 and then level 4. Exams and AAT registration are additional and paid directly to AAT or the assessment centre. If you decide you would like a break between levels that’s fine, we can stop your subscription on written request. When you are ready to start again let us know and we’ll restart the subscription. We don’t recommend stopping between levels because you lose the continuity and the familiarity of your study programme.

If you are part way through a level and your plans change, that’s fine send us a written request and we’ll stop the subscription.

Note: We do not allow students to stop their subscriptions part way through a module and then re-start at the next module. You are expected to complete the module with full subscriptions paid if you want to progress to the next module. If you leave the course part way through a module you can re-start where you left off on the same module or leave the course completely. We reserve the right to slightly adjust subscription costs in the future if, in the unlikely event, it is deemed necessary.

CHOOSING YOUR COURSE ENTRY LEVEL

Choosing the right entry level ensures stress free successful study, efficient completion times and cost effective study.

If you have studied a finance module within another non-related qualification or degree, it is a useful guide to knowing you will enjoy studying AAT, but the content covered is insufficient to give you exemption.

It is tempting to think, ‘you know yourself best’ and that you’ll be fine starting at level 3 without any experience or other accounting qualifications. Please don’t, if you start at too high a level, you will fail and waste your money.

AAT is a skill based qualification. Key knowledge is learnt from each level. Houses are built on strong foundations and so is the AAT. Without achieving the right building blocks of foundation knowledge, advanced and then professional knowledge your career or business will never achieve the levels you deserve.

Starting at the Foundation Level

  • Most students will start at the Foundation level. The level 1 is below the normal entry level. The level 1 content is repeated in full and in a lot more depth at
    level 2.
  • We recommend you begin at the Foundation level 2. This level assumes you have no prior accounting knowledge and will start at the very beginning building
    your knowledge from that point forward.
  • If you have under 2 years experience using an accounting software package, we recommend you begin with Foundation. Accounting software knowledge
    whilst extremely useful, does not teach you accountancy or double entry bookkeeping.
  • Do you have extensive experience using accounting computerised packages, but lack double entry knowledge? You can complete the Bookkeeping at level 2 to gain the double entry knowledge and then progress on to the Accounting pathway for level 3 and level 4.

Starting at the Advanced Level

To start at the Advanced level you will need to already have achieved one of the following:

  • A pass at the AAT Foundation level.
  • A pass in an equivalent level 2 manual accounting qualification for example Institute of Certified Bookkeepers or similar.
  • A level in accounts.
  • Have accounting experience in excess of 2 years with a good understanding of manual double entry bookkeeping.

Starting at the Professional Level

To start at the Professional Level you will need to already have achieved one of the following:

  • A pass at the Advanced Diploma in Accounting level 3 or equivalent.
  • A full accountancy or finance degree.
  • If your degree is in banking or financial services, please speak to Christine on 02394 00 3559. It is unlikely that the accountancy covered will be sufficient to start at level 4. It may be possible to start at level 3. All finance degrees are discussed and assessed on an individual basis.
  • You have 10 or more years accountancy experience at a middle to senior level. Experience must be diverse and varied

WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER PLANS?

THE AAT ACCOUNTING OR BOOKKEEPING PATHWAY?

Avoid the myths when making your decision. Bookkeeping isn’t easier than accounting. The units studied in bookkeeping are also studied as part of the accounting. The learning content of these units is identical as is the exams.

Bookkeeping study covers financial accounting only to level 3, which is the scope and depth of knowledge required by a bookkeeper.

Accounting study covers both financial and cost accounting to level 4. Someone studying accounting can decide to become a bookkeeper or go further to a senior management role.

Accounting – What Can an AAT Accountant do?

Many financial directors and managers of accountancy departments are AAT Accountants. Becoming an AAT Accountant will open every accountancy career opportunity. Other well paid accountancy roles open to AAT studiers and AAT Accountant are senior accounts assistant, assistant accountant, credit controller, banking or specialist in accountancy software development.

If you are planning to work for an employer, the full accounting route will allow you to go further and create more long term opportunities.

If you are already accounts experienced and studying for promotion, choose the full Accounting route.

If you are beginning your accounting career, employers will offer equal entry level employability to both the bookkeeping and accounting qualifications.

Are you studying for stability in your current role or in a similar role? What is your current role? If it is a middle to senior role then study the accounting route.

If cost is driving your decision, only focus on the Foundation level be it bookkeeping or accounting. The first exam in each of these Foundation qualifications will give you the entry requirements to apply for an accounting role. It is then probable that your future employer will finance the remainder of your AAT studies.

Bookkeeping – What can a Professional Bookkeeper do?

Many Professional Bookkeepers run their own highly successful bookkeeping practices. The practices can be own client driven or a mix of own clients and freelance work for larger accountancy practices. As a self employed bookkeeper, you are in control. If you want to be employed? Professional Bookkeepers are required by employers for accounting roles such as sales ledger or purchase ledger plus many more associated roles.

Are you looking for stability to maintain your current or a similar role? What is your current role? If it is Bookkeeping then choose Bookkeeping for stability. If you want promotions or more long term opportunities, choose the Full Accounting route.

If your career choice is self employment, choose the Bookkeeping route. There will be no gain to you studying the Full Accounting route.

Are you choosing Bookkeeping for affordability? Look at Pick & Mix Self Study, all routes are affordable with Pick & Mix.

If you are beginning your accounting career in employment, employers will give equal employability for both the Bookkeeping and Full Accounting qualifications.

If cost is driving your decision, only focus on the Foundation level. It is probable that your future employer will finance the remainder of your AAT studies.

NOT SURE? LET’S TALK!