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Northern Regional College approved to offer AAT professionally accredited qualifications

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) has announced that Northern Regional College has been approved to offer its professionally accredited qualifications – marking the first time a Further Education (FE) College in Northern Ireland has been given approval to offer these courses.

From September 2022, Northern Regional College will be offering AAT Accounting Software Level 2 Foundation Award.

The College has also been approved to deliver Level 2 and Level 3 Bookkeeping and Accounting qualifications at its Ballymena, Magherafelt and Newtownabbey campuses.

The AAT courses will be offered in addition to the Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) Level 4 and 5 qualifications already on offer at the College, enabling students who undertake AAT qualifications to progress directly to ATI courses.

Northern Regional College also has access to a range of funding streams including Skill Up, Skills Focus and Innovate Us which can support individuals and businesses through providing opportunities to reskill or upskill with accountancy qualifications.

Rob Alder, Head of Business Development, AAT, said:

“We’re delighted to announced that Northern Regional College is the first FE College in Northern Ireland approved to offer AAT short qualifications. This will make a real difference to people of all ages who are looking to improve their skills or develop a new career path by enabling them to access high quality and well recognised courses, as well as helping employers to build their finance team’s skills.

“AAT research shows that accountancy is regarded as one of the most stable professions, and in the current rapidly changing economy gaining skills in this area could be key to establishing a successful, thriving future career and supporting the growth of businesses across the region.

“We would encourage anyone in Northern Ireland who is interested in studying with AAT to contact their nearest Northern Regional College centre to discuss how this can benefit them further, including access to available funding streams.”

Welcoming AAT’s approval for Northern Regional College to offer its courses, Christine Brown, Vice Principal ,Teaching & Learning said:

“We are always looking for ways to help close identified skills gaps. These new training opportunities with AAT are aligned to the needs of the economy and will support upskilling and reskilling. This in turn will create a pathway to higher level study with potential for further career progression.”

AAT offers a wide range of qualifications which are open to everyone, regardless of age, background or previous experience. To find out more about which qualifications could be right for you, please visit the AAT website.


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