ACCA or ATT ?

Lucy_M
Lucy_M Feels At HomeRegistered Posts: 136
Evening!

Am starting to think about where to go next and just wondered what other people are thinking... I intend to go into practise for myself and had always though I would work my way through ACCA while building up experience and a client base but am wondering if ATT might be a worthwhile option?

Have any of the lovely MIP's and MAAT's who help us with answers and advice any input?

The one thing I am certain of is that I do not want to go into Management Accounting, I much prefer the Annual accounts and tax side of things...

Look forward to hearing your views and opinions!

Comments

  • Clintm15
    Clintm15 Well-Known FarehamRegistered Posts: 247
    Hi Lucy,

    I felt the same way as you and I opted for ACCA. I love it. I can't comment on ATT as I do not know too much about it.
    AAT
    Level 2 - 2011
    Level 3 - 2012
    Level 4 - 2013

    ACCA
    F4 - Corporate Law - Dec 2015 (passed)
    F5 - Performance Management - Dec 2014 (passed)
    F6 - Taxation - Dec 2013 (passed)
    F7 - Financial Reporting - Jun 2014 (passed)
    F8 - Audit & Assurance - Dec 2015 (passed)
    F9 - Financial Management - Jun 2015 (passed)
  • PGM
    PGM Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,954
    I did ACCA, but ATT could be the way to go if building your own practice.
  • Lucy_M
    Lucy_M Feels At Home Registered Posts: 136
    Thanks for the input, am tempted to go with ATT initially as will be more pertinent to start with, then on to ACCA afterwards... makes me laugh when I think how desperate I was to leave school and now, nearly 30 years later, I can't get enough ;)
  • aaron0121
    aaron0121 Trusted Regular BirminghamRegistered Posts: 422
    Hi Lucy,

    I work in practise and I did opt for the ACCA option as it does cover a variety of topics such as tax, financial accounts,law, auditing. I also felt that it would help to keep my options open throughout my career as it covers such a large scope, I'm not too sure sure what ATT covers but i think it's pure tax. On a side note there is also management accounts covered in the ACCA syllabus which you might enjoy studying, it's similar to budgeting and financial performance in level 4 but a lot more advanced I'm guessing lol

    As you prefer the financial side maybe go straight into ACCA? But as you're looking to build a practise rather than working for a firm, your plan does sound good of studying ATT first, then ACCA after.

    Hope this helps

    Aaron
    AAT

    Level 2 - 2010
    Level 3 - 2011
    Level 4 - 2013

    ACCA

    F4 - 2015
    F5 - 2015
  • Clintm15
    Clintm15 Well-Known FarehamRegistered Posts: 247
    Hi Aaaron,

    What's Corporate Law like? I'm dreading that unit, please make me feel better about it.
    AAT
    Level 2 - 2011
    Level 3 - 2012
    Level 4 - 2013

    ACCA
    F4 - Corporate Law - Dec 2015 (passed)
    F5 - Performance Management - Dec 2014 (passed)
    F6 - Taxation - Dec 2013 (passed)
    F7 - Financial Reporting - Jun 2014 (passed)
    F8 - Audit & Assurance - Dec 2015 (passed)
    F9 - Financial Management - Jun 2015 (passed)
  • aaron0121
    aaron0121 Trusted Regular BirminghamRegistered Posts: 422
    Hi Clint,

    You're dreading law, I'm dreading tax!

    There is a lot of information to take in for law and you do need to know the different cases. However for me it's actually really interesting studying and I'm enjoying so far, which is always a bonus. I did opt for the self study option, which I'm not regretting at the moment lol

    Honestly I don't think you will have anything to worry about, if you're good at absorbing information and can apply that knowledge to the questions you should be fine. I have heard that the syllabus is changing for law from december 2014 sittings and onwards, so that could work in your favour also.

    Good luck with F7 in June

    How's F7 looking?

    Aaron
    AAT

    Level 2 - 2010
    Level 3 - 2011
    Level 4 - 2013

    ACCA

    F4 - 2015
    F5 - 2015
  • Makkusu
    Makkusu Feels At Home BournemouthRegistered Posts: 94
    I'm intrigued why people are advising ATT to be the better option to setting up in practice? ACCA/ACA is a far more prestigious pathway if this is your end goal, I've encountered experienced ATT qualified individuals who are constantly lectured in practice by PQ ACCA's, likewise, when it comes to tax we all know who to look to, but a good practice isn't all about tax.

    ACCA will cover a more than adequate level of taxation if you take both F6 & P6, it'll also leave you with well-rounded and essential knowledge which is far more attractive in my opinion. If you're looking to pursue a career solely in taxation, or aim to start a tax orientated advisory firm then look no further than ATT/CTA. But generally speaking for a standard accountancy practice I wouldn't deviate outside the norm of ACCA/ACA.

    Those are my thoughts anyway.

    :)
  • Rozzi Rainbow
    Rozzi Rainbow Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 465
    ACCA have very strict rules about the type of work you can carry out whilst studying with them, if you are self employed (i.e. already have your own practice). I think if people want to set up their own practice first, then continue studying (or a mixture of the two) then ATT is the more practical option.

    I agree with the above post - ACCA is the option I've taken as I'm employed in practice.
  • BeccaLouJ9
    BeccaLouJ9 Experienced Mentor DevonFMAAT Posts: 1,022
    I went from AAT to ATT. I enjoyed tax at AAT and thought it would be more relevant in the work I do right now. I work in practice, where there are FCCA's, ACCA's and some MAAT/AAT's.... we all do the same work! Makkusu, I think my ATT studies have been very applicable to the work I do, and we don't specialise in tax. I see where you're coming from, but I don't agree that ACCA would be more 'prestigious'. I don't think either is more or less a better option for setting up a practice.

    I think go with whichever you feel is going to be more relevant to the work you will carry out, but also the one which you will enjoy the most. There is no point doing one over the other if you aren't going to enjoy it.

    Personally, once I finish ATT I will either go on to CTA or ACCA, and then the other. So really it was a case of which one I'd prefer to do first rather than at all!

    Good luck with what you decide!

    B xxx
  • Clintm15
    Clintm15 Well-Known FarehamRegistered Posts: 247
    aaron0121 wrote: »
    Hi Clint,

    You're dreading law, I'm dreading tax!

    There is a lot of information to take in for law and you do need to know the different cases. However for me it's actually really interesting studying and I'm enjoying so far, which is always a bonus. I did opt for the self study option, which I'm not regretting at the moment lol

    Honestly I don't think you will have anything to worry about, if you're good at absorbing information and can apply that knowledge to the questions you should be fine. I have heard that the syllabus is changing for law from december 2014 sittings and onwards, so that could work in your favour also.

    Good luck with F7 in June

    How's F7 looking?

    Aaron

    Thanks Aaron,

    Good luck to you too.
    AAT
    Level 2 - 2011
    Level 3 - 2012
    Level 4 - 2013

    ACCA
    F4 - Corporate Law - Dec 2015 (passed)
    F5 - Performance Management - Dec 2014 (passed)
    F6 - Taxation - Dec 2013 (passed)
    F7 - Financial Reporting - Jun 2014 (passed)
    F8 - Audit & Assurance - Dec 2015 (passed)
    F9 - Financial Management - Jun 2015 (passed)
  • Lucy_M
    Lucy_M Feels At Home Registered Posts: 136
    Hi all,

    Thanks everyone for the advice, very much appreciated, read them a while ago but have had problems logging in for weeks so couldn't reply!!

    TBH still can't decide as it swings both ways.... Rozzi Rainbow your point about ACCA's restrictions is interesting, will need to find out more about that as obviously it's extremely pertinent! Otherwise it will probably come down to the cost of the courses, simply put I can spread the cost of ACCA which I don't think I can with ACCA, quite like the idea of a more rounded knowledge base too.

    Happy weekend:001_smile:
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