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Advanced Diploma difficulty level

Sara01Sara01 Registered, AAT Student Posts: 4
Morning all. I've just completed the Foundation Certificate (pending calculated result for synoptic). I've done well with this and managed to do it "comfortably" (given that for years I have never understood the debit/credit thing!) I am now thinking of enrolling for the Advanced Diploma but feel a little anxious as to how hard this is going to be. Can anyone tell me if it is considerably more difficult? Does it require a lot more study time? I'm just a little worried that it's going to be a struggle. Thanks in advance.

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  • Pian32Pian32 Registered Posts: 243
    Difficulty is very relative to what you are good at naturally. A good estimate is it is a similar step as GCSE to A Level.

    The content leads on from what you've already covered and goes into more depth so the things you do are harder but shouldn't feel like a huge leap in what you have to do as it just builds off what you've already learned. The style of the exams is basically the same as level 2 as well.
    AAT Level 4, MAAT
    ACCA in progress
    F4- Passed Aug 2020
    F5- Planned for Dec 2020
    F6- Passed Sep 2020
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    Sara01
  • Sara01Sara01 Registered, AAT Student Posts: 4
    That helps, thank you. School was 25 years ago so it's hard to remember! I get what you're saying though. Sounds like it should be achievable. I should probably go for it, get the qualification under my belt because who knows what the future holds in the current climate. Thanks again.
  • amurrayamurray Feels At Home Registered, MAAT, AATQB Posts: 302
    Hi Sara,

    I agree with the post above from @Pian32 - I would compare it to a step up from say GCSE Level to A Level.
    You will find alot of the topics covered at the Foundation certificate naturally progress onto the Advanced Diploma course (Bookkeeping/Costing etc).

    Ofcourse it is only natural to be anxious about wanting to progress and doubting yourself if you are capable. I took ages to decide if I should continue from Advanced Diploma (what was Level 3) to the Professional Diploma (what was Level 4). It was a struggle for me as I tend to learn slower, however we all have different learning styles/requirements and I am so glad that I enrolled and continued. It took me quite a bit longer than I had originally hoped, however I can say that I passed and understood the syllabus which is what matters.

    Did you study at a college, a distance learning provider or self-study?

    I would honestly say, if you have the time to study and the dedication to put towards it (maybe a few extra hours will be needed, this dependant on your learning style and how quickly you pick things up), go for it as you CAN DO IT! :).... I always tell people if I can do it, then everyone has a very good chance! (Maths and all things numbers was my worst subject back in school!).

    Really wish you well, let us know what you decide to do! :) Best of luck!

    MAAT, AATQB, FIAB, MICB PM.Dip.
    Completed AAT in March 2020
    Currently Studying: CIMA 'Operational Level'
    Sara01
  • Sara01Sara01 Registered, AAT Student Posts: 4
    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and for your advice/thoughts. I'm going to go for it! If I don't do it now (straight after foundation certificate) then I think it will be harder with a long gap between courses should I do it at a later date. It'll be fine...(so I keep telling myself) 😬
  • Sara01Sara01 Registered, AAT Student Posts: 4
    Oh and I was home learning with Kaplan books and sitting exams at college.
  • amurrayamurray Feels At Home Registered, MAAT, AATQB Posts: 302
    Sara01 said:

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and for your advice/thoughts. I'm going to go for it! If I don't do it now (straight after foundation certificate) then I think it will be harder with a long gap between courses should I do it at a later date. It'll be fine...(so I keep telling myself) 😬

    You're very right there the longer you leave it the longer you'll keep putting it off. I did that with my Level 4 studies. I kept thinking I'll enroll soon and months went by.....then I thought if I don't do it now I never will.

    Great positive thoughts, you go for it and it will be fine! :)

    Best of luck! :):+1:
    MAAT, AATQB, FIAB, MICB PM.Dip.
    Completed AAT in March 2020
    Currently Studying: CIMA 'Operational Level'
    Sara01
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