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Level 2 self study


I'm looking for a bit of advice.

I really want to start studying AAT however I don't have the money at the moment to pay for a training provider.

Is it possible to self study, if so where can i find the syllabus and which books to buy. Also does anyone know who I should contact to take exams through.

Any help appreciated.


  • Clintm15Clintm15 Well-Known FarehamRegistered Posts: 247
    I self studied AAT and still do so now that I'm ACCA. I absolutely cherish the freedom it brings.

    For AAT,
    I purchased books from...


    and booked exams with...


    I had an exam centre a short train journey away, so it was all very convenient. I booked the project I had to do with Kaplan, but the syllabus has changed since so I don't know what projects exist now.

    Hope this helps.
    Level 2 - 2011
    Level 3 - 2012
    Level 4 - 2013

    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)
  • BenABenA Registered Posts: 56
    Self-studying is certainly possible. Looking back, I wish I knew this was an option.

    Regarding study material, BPP, Kaplan and Osborne can be used. Personally I would recommend BPP. By searching other threads on this forum you can find people selling books cheap (in most cases they have never been opened). Just make sure they are for the period you are studying for. I'd suggest buying the text book and the question books.

    https://www.aat.org.uk/training-providers/search This link will take you to a training provider search. Try searching for training providers in your area and call them to see if they allow exams to be taken by external students. I used the Babbington group for a few level 4 exams.

    All the best.
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