Who to study with (if any)

Darron24 Registered Posts: 40 ? ? ?

I am looking to commence study of the AAT qualification asap and am undecided as to who to learn with. I have ruled out HLC after reading every post on 'sebastians thread' but if i give you a bit of info hopefully you can assist me..
I am 24 in a job with a bit of accounts involved but only very basic watered down stuff which i am certain is not good enough to allow me to do the NVQ so i will have to do the Diploma. Now money is tight (i have a 2 year old (named Sebastian funnily enough) and another one on the way) so i guess cost will come into it. I live in Dorset and my decision will also be based on whether there is a centre near me to take the CBEs (as an example i tried to book one online with BPP and only had the option of Nottingham which is no good) so does anyone know if i can take the tests near Dorset/Hampshire and if this is with any provider?
I appreciate that i could just buy the textbooks but tbh i wouldnt know where to start with that and i think if i did it that way perhaps the motivation won't be as strong?
I probably have more questions but i've asked enough for one post so thanks for reading and thankyou in advance for any advice given.




  • SandyHood
    SandyHood Registered, Moderator Posts: 2,034
    I recommend colleges
    in Dorset there are:
    # Bournemouth and Poole CollegeThe Lansdowne
    BH1 3JJ
    # Weymouth College Cranford Avenue
    DT4 7LQ
    in Hampshire
    # Highbury College Dovercourt Road
    PO6 2SA
    # BPP SouthamptonGrenville House
    Nelson Gate
    SO15 1GX
    # Totton CollegeWater Lane
    SO40 3ZX
    # Alton CollegeOld Odiham Road
    GU34 2LX
    # Andover CollegeCharlon Building
    Charlton Road
    SP10 1EJ
    # Basingstoke CollegeWorting Road

    # Fareham CollegeBishopsfield Road
    PO14 1NH
    # Southampton City BuinessCity Business
    St Mary Street
    SO14 1AR
    # Southampton City Training 28 - 29 St Mary Street
    SO14 1AT
    # The South Downs College College Road
    PO7 8AA
    # Eastleigh CollegeChestnut Avenue
    SO50 5HT
    # Farnborough College of TechnologyBoundary Road
    GU14 6SB
    # Kaplan Financial - Southampton Broadcasting House
    Havelock Road
    SO14 7FY

    At Totton College the lady in charge is Nicola Antoni. We worked together at Chichester a few years ago. I recommend her.
    Others will also be good, but I haven't had the same level of contact.
    Farnborough have been at the vangard of computer based assessment and Joyce Marchant would be your contact. I have a lot of respect for Joyce.
    Most colleges from this part of the country send lecturers to the regional meetings, and by all accounts we (in the South) have one of the biggest turn outs. There is a lot of expertise in this area.
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  • Darron24
    Darron24 Registered Posts: 40 ? ? ?
    thankyou for taking the trouble to reply but are these distance learning courses? Should have stated i want to study from home
  • Rinske
    Rinske Registered Posts: 2,453
    Darron24 wrote: »
    thankyou for taking the trouble to reply but are these distance learning courses? Should have stated i want to study from home
    I know Eastleigh college offers the study online, otherwise Kaplan and Premier Training are also offering it online, but I don't know about the others, but that's usually listed on their websites. Last time I checked Bournemouth college didn't offer it in home study, but I don't know if that has changed since I checked.

    The other alternative is to buy the books directly and do it yourself, you can then buy the exams via the AAT and you will have to buy the skilltests from a provider, I think.
    Usually you can find some support and ask questions in these forums, so if you feel secure enough that you can do it yourself, that might be an option too.

    Which might be the cheapest option, although you dont have the backing of a tutor you can ask questions to, so you might have to use the forums or search the internet. Does that make sense?

    I would recommend checking the websites of the nearest colleges Sandy provided and check some other companies that offer it online, compare prices, but also consider what they offer in the price before deciding.

    It's not all in the price, it's also where you feel happy to study and how you get along with the college/ tutor etc.
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