By choosing to learn with Quay Accounting Courses, you will have full access to our expert lecturers and support teams, including student development, careers, employability, and learning support.

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Ella Cash, a former learner who studied an AAT accounting course.

Your Lecturer

If you are studying with a lecturer – remotely or in person – they will be your first port of call for any questions about your course content. Not only are they AAT experts, having already worked in the accounting industry, but also your learning champion; they will motivate and keep you on track with your studies.

Our lecturers have been selected for their extensive experience and qualifications in finance, and they will make you feel welcome and supported throughout your learning journey.

They will mark your assignments, guide you in improvements through regular check-ins, and they can help you decide your next steps too.

Student Services

Whether you have a question about financial support available or need advice and guidance on your next steps, Student Services at Gloucestershire College can help. Call them on 0345 155 2020, email or drop into your nearest campus Monday to Friday.

Student Mentors

Each one of our on-campus learners is assigned a Student Mentor to support, develop and connect them to further help at Gloucestershire College. Alongside your lecturer, they will help you stay on track with your studies and ensure you have everything you need to learn.


If you’re looking to get your career off the ground, or progress in your current one, our specialist Careers Team can support you by providing local labour market and employment information, and signpost you to the most appropriate courses and information to help with your next steps. We are proud to hold the Quality in Careers Standard and Matrix accreditations for our outstanding careers support.


If you’re studying to qualify for a new role, or climb the finance ladder, our dedicated Employability Team can help you develop confidence and a stand-out CV, to really demonstrate your potential to employers.

Learning Support

All our learners can access extra help during their studies, and our friendly Learning Support team can work with your Lecturer to assess your needs and implement effective support packages, to reduce barriers to learning. They can provide support for a range of specialist areas, including assistive technology; autism, social and communication; exam access arrangements; sensory impairments; independent study support and much more.


We understand that taking the step to study as an adult isn’t always easy, and that financial support may be needed to achieve your goal.

Funding support is available for all AAT qualifications, from Levels 1 to 4, depending on your age, location, and financial situation.

Many of our learners are eligible to study for free. If you are required to pay for your course, there are loans available and we offer flexible plans to spread the cost of your payments.

At Quay Accounting Courses, we can help you find out if you are eligible to study for free or choose the best payment option to suit your circumstances.

Can I study for free?

If you’re aged 19+ and in receipt of certain benefits, or working and earning less than £20,319 annual gross salary, you could be eligible for funding to cover the full cost of your course.

Click the ‘I am eligible for funding’ payment option at the checkout and we will contact you for more information and proof of your eligibility.

Can I pay via a payment plan?

You can book your course with just a 20% deposit, followed by 8 x monthly, interest-free payments. Our friendly finance team can set this upon once you are enrolled.

Can I pay via a loan?

If you are aged 24+, you may be able to apply for the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan, which covers course fees for the Level 3 and 4 qualifications.

The 24+ Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund offers financial support to help cover childcare and living costs too. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the GOV.UK 24+ Advanced Learning Loan section.

If you’re not sure about what financial help you may be able to get, please call our friendly Student Services Team on 0345 155 2020 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I study with Quay Accounting Courses over other online providers?

Quay Accounting Courses is powered by Gloucestershire College, an experienced education provider that has been delivering AAT accounting training for over 30 years. Our online learners have access to award-winning digital resources, thanks to our partnership with Mindful Education. What really sets us apart from other online providers, however, is the support we offer – online and on campus – including weekly live sessions with your lecturer, plus access to all college support, resources, and facilities.

What payment options are available?

If you can pay for your course in full, this is the simplest and most straightforward option. You may be eligible to study for free – just check the criteria on the booking page, tick the box if you think you are eligible, and we will request proof if required. If you are not eligible for funding, we offer payment plans with a 20% deposit upon booking. Contact us using the form below to find out more.

Are there any entry requirements for my course?

You do not need any formal qualifications to study the Level 1 course. You will need GCSE grade C or above in maths and English to study Level 2, then relevant experience or qualifications to study Level 3 and 4. If you are unsure which level you should start with, contact us using the form below.

Which qualifications can I study online?

You can self-study Level 2 and Level 3 online, with regular support from your lecturer and award-winning online resources. Or if you’d prefer, you can study these two qualifications through a blend of online and on campus classes (available in GLoucester and Cheltenham) and benefit from additional face-to-face support.

Do I have to complete an exam?

All AAT qualification require you to complete an exam to gain your qualification. Level one has one computer-based exam; Level 2 has four computer-based exams, including an end-of-year synoptic assessment; and Levels 3 and 4 have five computer-based exams. Exams must be completed on campus or at your nearest AAT approved centre.

Will I have one-to-one sessions with my lecturer?

All learners will have one weekly or fortnightly live class or support session with their lecturer, but you can contact them outside of these times too, if you need to ask a question.

How can I contact my lecturer?

You can contact your lecturer during college opening hours via email or Microsoft Teams. Campuses are open from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays.

How can I get support outside of the classroom?

We have specialist teams who can help you with everything from finance and careers to learning support. Speak to your lecturer or mentor in the first instance and they can signpost you to the right person to speak to.