Should I start Level 4 without Level 3?

Hi All,

I have recently completed level 2 of AAT and found this pretty easy to get through and a helpful foundation.
I am wanting to end up studying ACCA and wonder if I should skip level 3 of AAT, just do level 4 to get some more understanding and be exempt from F1-F3 of ACCA?

Thanks :)

Sasha
AAT Level 2 :)
PBKT Nov 14
CJBS Dec 14
WKAF Jan 15
CJBS Feb 15
CPAG - Studying!

Comments

  • NeilHNeilH Trusted Regular Posts: 547Registered
    Hi

    Level 3 will build on what you know from level 2. The costing unit in level 3 is a more detailed version of what you cover at level 2, but the other level 3 modules will introduce much newer topics and will prepare you for level 4.

    Level 4 assume you have the knowledge from level 3 and it will be quite a big leap without having done level 4.

    Neil
  • sashalousmithsashalousmith Posts: 23Registered
    Thanks Neil :) I will probably end up doing Level 3 before hand then but try and fast track these. I ideally want to do ACCA now but think it's wise to have AAT as a foundation and qualification
    AAT Level 2 :)
    PBKT Nov 14
    CJBS Dec 14
    WKAF Jan 15
    CJBS Feb 15
    CPAG - Studying!
  • wabisabiwabisabi Feels At Home Posts: 130Registered
    Hi Sasha
    I would say it depends on your previous experience in accounts and how motivated and confident you are as a learner.

    I suppose you could just get the L3 books and work through them then have a go at L4.

    I really enjoyed self-studying my way through L3 and am equally enjoying L4 as a distance learner (though to be honest I think I could have self-studied). But I'm not from an accounting background and I'm in no great rush to complete so enjoying doing things slowly and steadily.

    Good luck
  • Kelly7Kelly7 Well-Known Posts: 218Registered
    I would definitely recommend doing level 3 first, think it will be hard to go straight to level 4. Level 2 is fairly basic but I think the biggest jump is from level 2 to 3. X
  • sashalousmithsashalousmith Posts: 23Registered
    Thanks everyone for your help and comments :) I am going to carry on with Level 3 first now to make sure I fully complete all the AAT levels. Plus, I spoke to ACCA and they said completion of Level 4 means I am exempt from 3 of the ACCA exams x
    AAT Level 2 :)
    PBKT Nov 14
    CJBS Dec 14
    WKAF Jan 15
    CJBS Feb 15
    CPAG - Studying!
    StuartW
  • Clintm15Clintm15 Well-Known FarehamPosts: 247Registered
    Yes, you will be exempt from F1-F3. Each exemption will cost you around £100 though, so be ready for that haha.
    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)
  • sashalousmithsashalousmith Posts: 23Registered
    @Clintm15 hahaa they failed to mention that when I called. Thanks for giving me the heads up!
    AAT Level 2 :)
    PBKT Nov 14
    CJBS Dec 14
    WKAF Jan 15
    CJBS Feb 15
    CPAG - Studying!
  • Clintm15Clintm15 Well-Known FarehamPosts: 247Registered

    @Clintm15 hahaa they failed to mention that when I called. Thanks for giving me the heads up!

    That doesn't surprise me. It's an 'admin' fee apparently.

    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)
  • NeilHNeilH Trusted Regular Posts: 547Registered
    edited February 2015
    Hi

    Have a look at forums.aat.org.uk/discussion/35817/dont-pay-acca-exemptions-fees

    Exemption fees aren't as clear as they once were, something to do with AAT and ACCA F1 - F3 forming nationally recognised qualifications.
  • sashalousmithsashalousmith Posts: 23Registered
    Oh I see, thanks @NeilH. What I would do without this forum!
    AAT Level 2 :)
    PBKT Nov 14
    CJBS Dec 14
    WKAF Jan 15
    CJBS Feb 15
    CPAG - Studying!
  • Clintm15Clintm15 Well-Known FarehamPosts: 247Registered
    I remember reading that thread. The person on the phone when I registered denied to me that any such situation exists. I had to pay.
    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)
  • hasanhasan West YorkshirePosts: 65Registered
    edited April 2015
    just a quick question about ACCA, Can you sit more than one paper during the exam period ? : such as 2 papers in December.
  • NpsNps Experienced Mentor Posts: 782Registered
    Yes, you can. There are now 4 sittings a year but the max number of exams sat per year has not changed so you can spread them out a little more.
  • hasanhasan West YorkshirePosts: 65Registered
    That's all good
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