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Which provider to choose for AAT?

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I am currently studying ACCA (I have my second exam in February) and I want to do AAT as well simply because it's a technical qualification. However, I am struggling to choose a provider. I am down to Kaplan, BPP, Premier Training, E-Careers, and Open Study College. Which one would you recommend and why? Also, some of them are offering Sage One and some Sage 50. Which Sage version would you recommend? I have some basic knowledge of both of them.

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By JoF
04th Nov 2019 16:17

I would suggest the sage version you choose will be dependent on which exam centre you take your exam at (bonkers though that may seem). Try chatting to the one you plan to take the exam at.

Use of sage suggests you are starting at level 2. do you really need to start at this level? Its really basic learning at this level, although it does cover double entry in one of their modules. Why not just do that module, via a self study book (eg Kaplan as they tend to have lots of examples to try), then do the AAT test which might show you can move straight on to level 3.

Another trainer to throw into the mix - First Intuition.

But the choice will depend entirely on your learning style. Which is what?

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By brumacosmin
04th Nov 2019 16:33

Thank you for your reply. To answer your question, I like to study independently at my own pace. That's how I'm studying acca using Kaplan and bpp only from their book

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By JoF
05th Nov 2019 17:54

brumacosmin wrote:

Thank you for your reply. To answer your question, I like to study independently at my own pace. That's how I'm studying acca using Kaplan and bpp only from their book

In truth that doesnt really answer my question about your studying style.

If you are happy with the method you are using via Kaplan and BPP its probably worth just sticking with them.

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By JoF
04th Nov 2019 16:21

Out of interest, your previous posts state you are PQ and doing work for one (or more) companies. Are you employed by them or are you looking after them on a s/e basis?

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By JoF
05th Nov 2019 16:18

No answer to my second post? I was trying to be helpful, so I will just assume that you know that you cannot go beyond TB under ACCA Regulation 8, or if you do, suffer the consequences.

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By Matrix
05th Nov 2019 16:28

No one seems to come back and reply to questions or say thank you so my new approach is to delete any ignored responses within a certain to be determined timeframe.

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By JoF
05th Nov 2019 16:33

I was tempted, but Im too nice!! (even though some may argue that Im not!)

Ive noticed the trait of lots of folk never responding to questions. Often they are crucial to providing proper advice, in this case my 2nd questions wasnt, but Reg 8 seems to be missed by many as it crops up a lot!

The lack of a 'thank you' is a personal bug bear of mine. Angers me more than it should. Its two small words, dont get why folk cannot be arsed using them, its just rude.

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By brumacosmin
05th Nov 2019 17:40

I'm so sorry. I've just seen your post. Long story short my girlfriend posted this question (we are using the same computer and she forgot to log out). Regarding acca, yes I am aware of acca reg 8. However, i know that acca students falling under reg 8 can engage in public practice as long as they do not describe themselves as acca students. Please correct me if I'm wrong

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By JoF
05th Nov 2019 17:49

brumacosmin wrote:

However, i know that acca students falling under reg 8 can engage in public practice as long as they do not describe themselves as acca students. Please correct me if I'm wrong

Correcting you - its so so so wrong.Sometimes much worse than leaving your PC for someone to use and pose as you! As a student member you still have to abide by their rules. You cannot even pass AAT and get a licence from the AAT and practice UNTIL you have a practice cert from ACCA. rules are very clear.

If you are employed thats different.

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By brumacosmin
05th Nov 2019 17:54

First of all what does aat have to do with acca ? And what do you mean by employed ? How is that different? I am employed in a small practice now and I submit personal tax returns and sometimes even full accounts to CH and ct600 for small Ltd. Companies. Does that mean I am engaging in public practice ?

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By JoF
06th Nov 2019 08:01

brumacosmin wrote:

First of all what does aat have to do with acca ?

For real? So your comment on another post about rules are made to be followed is now defunct. You signed up to the rules when you signed up as a student. But why do you think this rule is in place? Because they don't want every untrained, no nothing, but think they know it all numpty to be in practise to the unsuspecting paying public. You are working towards a top drawer qualification, there are professional standards to abide by and you are meant to be above reproach.

And what do you mean by employed ? I've changed my mind, I think level 2 AAt is a good place to start as this will be covered.

How is that different? I am employed in a small practice now and I submit personal tax returns and sometimes even full accounts to CH and ct600 for small Ltd. Companies. Does that mean I am engaging in public practice ?

I do hope that you are working in an officially listed ACCA training practice, otherwise all your training will count for nothing towards getting your ACCA practice certificate.

Take a look at the ACCA rules about whether or not you are engaged in public practice. You really should have read the T&Cs when you became a member. I would add a link but I'm sure you can find it.

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By brumacosmin
06th Nov 2019 10:28

Unfortunately, the practice is not certified by acca or aca which is why I'm planning to leave in January. So you think I'm engaging in public practice?

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By Matrix
06th Nov 2019 13:37

I am not ACCA but I don’t think you are engaged in public practice if you are employed.

Jo, please would you advise why you think this is an issue?

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By JoF
06th Nov 2019 16:59

No you are not working in public practice.

I was just trying to make you aware of the dangers - the questions you posed gave the impression you might be.

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By JoF
06th Nov 2019 17:01

brumacosmin wrote:

First of all what does aat have to do with acca ?

Profuse apologise for my 'for real' comment - this was because this numpty read the above line as 'first of all what does it have to do with the acca'.

I could blame it on needing new glasses. But ....just apologies!

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By brumacosmin
06th Nov 2019 17:17

Thank you so much for the information.

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By brumacosmin
06th Nov 2019 19:38

Thanks for the information. I got scared for a second. (I posted a reply before, but for some reason it doesn't appear here)

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