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I currently have a job in finance. I would like to study for some qualifications in my spare time to try and gain skills and attain a higher paid job.

How useful is the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in accounting for my career progression? I would like to work for an accountants. What sort of roles could I apply for if I had this AAT Level 4 qualification?

Any advice appreciated. Cheers.
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Hey.

I currently have a job in finance. I would like to study for some qualifications in my spare time to try and gain skills and attain a higher paid job.

How useful is the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in accounting for my career progression? I would like to work for an accountants. What sort of roles could I apply for if I had this AAT Level 4 qualification?

Any advice appreciated. Cheers.
What is your previous level of education and grades achieved?
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What is your previous level of education and grades achieved?
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I finished sixth form around 2 years ago, didn’t do very well at A Levels mainly because I hated the subjects and the lifestyle ( 2 x C). 5 A* and 6 A’s at GCSE. No interest in attending university.
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I finished sixth form around 2 years ago, didn’t do very well at A Levels mainly because I hated the subjects and the lifestyle ( 2 x C). 5 A* and 6 A’s at GCSE. No interest in attending university.
Cool - AAT sounds like a great choice then. AAT is a good, practical qualification. You can develop skills in an accountancy firm doing things like draft accounts, tax returns, payroll etc. In industry you could apply for jobs with titles like accounts assistant, ledger clerk etc and develop you skills should you wish to progress further.

The norm is to take level 2, then level 3 then level 4. Due to the time and cost I've heard people self study level 2 quickly and join level 3 from the offset. This takes more work but lets you progress more quickly.
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Cool - AAT sounds like a great choice then. AAT is a good, practical qualification. You can develop skills in an accountancy firm doing things like draft accounts, tax returns, payroll etc. In industry you could apply for jobs with titles like accounts assistant, ledger clerk etc and develop you skills should you wish to progress further.

The norm is to take level 2, then level 3 then level 4. Due to the time and cost I've heard people self study level 2 quickly and join level 3 from the offset. This takes more work but lets you progress more quickly.
Yeah sure I was thinking to start with Level 3 after just studying Level 2. I’m already a Finance Officer in quite a niche field, so my main aim of this thread was to see if doing the Level 4 would allow me to become a higher earner. I would want to do the Level 4 to get value from the whole scheme. Doing just level 2 or 3 may not help me land a job that is better paid than my current one.

What jobs can I achieve with the Level 4? Thanks.
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Yeah sure I was thinking to start with Level 3 after just studying Level 2. I’m already a Finance Officer in quite a niche field, so my main aim of this thread was to see if doing the Level 4 would allow me to become a higher earner. I would want to do the Level 4 to get value from the whole scheme. Doing just level 2 or 3 may not help me land a job that is better paid than my current one.

What jobs can I achieve with the Level 4? Thanks.
Its difficult for anyone to say what jobs you can achieve with the level 4 as practical experience is frequently far more valued that qualifications. You would be far more employable across a range of jobs which is great for flexibility and piece of mind.
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You're clever enough to start studying level 3 AAT straight off. Level 4 AAT will let you get into positions like accounts assistant or finance assistant.
Once you've done AAT you'll be exempt from the first 1/3 of the next level of some professional qualifications like ACCA or CIMA, so thats nice. But as an Accountant you'll want some sort of qualification thats higher than AAT Level 4. These takes 3 years of work experience alongside passing many tests inside 5 years.
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Personally I don't think doing AAT without progressing onto ACA/ACCA/CIMA will provide you with much benefit in the future in regards with progression/future aims. If you are to progress onto the advanced qualifications then yes, AAT is superb. I would also suggest starting at Level 3 as Level 2 is really basic and not worth the money, especially as it seems like you already have some accounting experience.

I've been through the AAT route and I'm now near the end of ACA, so I've been through it all! Also didn't like the idea of university so I decided to find a firm who'd fund me. It took me a while but I found one and it's worked out really well.

Is there a way you could discuss with your current employer about potentially funding your AAT?
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