The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has announced that it is relevelling its qualifications in Scotland later this year to match the HNC and HND qualification pathway.

The relevelling of the qualifications means that from 1 September 2022, AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting will be a SCQF Level 6 in Scotland (Highers equivalent) and AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting will be a SCQF Level 7 in Scotland (HNC equivalent).

This brings them into alignment with AAT’s academic position in England and places them on the same level as Scottish qualifications (SQA). The AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting remains a SCQF Level 8 (HND equivalent).

AAT business development manager Charlotte Douglas said: “AAT qualifications are in-demand and well-respected by employers, offering a fast track to employment with huge career potential. The news that our Level 2 and 3 qualifications will be relevelled in Scotland from September, mirroring the traditional HNC/HND route, and the new funding opportunities will make it even easier for students at school and school leavers to choose the right course for their future careers – including chartered accountancy or applying to university. We hope that this announcement will inspire more young people in Scotland to pursue AAT qualifications and would encourage them to contact their local training providers to find out more.”