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Good morning All,

I do book keeping for a small company, have previously been in a position doing book keeping for another small company for the past 5 years; however I do not have any professional book keeping/accounting qualifications, my degree was in Business Management.

So I have joined this forum in the hope of receiving some feedback - I would like to do the AAT qualifications, distance learning as and when funds allow, can anyone recommend a provider?

I am also looking for friendly advice along the way should I be stuck with a problem.

Currently use Sage software.

Thanks All!

Catherine L

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Hi Catherine,

thats an interesting one. How are you finding the reality of bookkeeping (and taking the sh*t from people possibly less business savy than yourself) coming from having studied Business at degree level?

As a bookkeeper who I assume does not go beyond trial balance and with a degree behind you have you contemplated escaping this by skipping AAT and going straight to ACCA with the intent of becoming an accountant rather than a bookkeeper? (AAT is great and will also get you there but also look at ACCA. It may not open more doors but it opens them higher up the building!).

Hope that you enjoy chatting here and good luck with those impending studies.

All the best,




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Welcome Catherine

What sage? (Type, version, year)



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Hi Catherine

Welcome to the forum



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Hi Catherine,

The Kaplan study books are available on Amazon and are more than sufficient for someone with decent bookkeeping experience - I'd recommend starting at level 3. You probably want to use BPP or Kaplan online classroom for the synoptic module as the exam has come under fire for having technical issues and I think it's generally easier to combat these when you have a proper course provider. Realistically the most expensive part are the exams - around 90 a pop. The good thing about AAT is that their exams are quite straightforward and unlike CIMA (from my experience) put a lot less effort into tripping you up with wording.

You may want to look up double entry bookkeeping resources on Open Learn as a starting point. With the experience you have, you no doubt know all of this but doing it is different to explaining it in exam context.

The main thing is you're doing it! If you get to the end of AAT Level 4 (very, very do-able) then you can become a full member which could help you bring in more clients. :)



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