Three of the best subjects to study in 2020 (if you’re not going to uni)

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Whether you chose not to go to university or you didn’t secure the grades you needed to get in – there are still a number of other study routes into work – many of which take less time (and money) to qualify for and can be taken completely online and at your own pace.  

Here are three of the best areas to study in if you’re not going to uni this year: 



As the industry standard for accounting professionals, an AAT qualification represents globally recognised proficiency in the field. And with courses to suit all experience levels, as well as the option to study part-time and online, AAT has something for everyone. 

This online AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is ideal for people with no experience in accounting. Provided by eCareers, who support 325,000 students worldwide, it delivers a solid foundation in accounting; including everything from double entry bookkeeping and basic costing, to the fundamentals of using accounting software, it gives you the skills and experience you need to start a career in accounting. 

Kaplan are the UK’s largest accounting training provider, delivering high quality course materials that teach the basic principles of accounting. This online AAT Foundation Qualification is the perfect choice for school or college leavers. You can study when and where you want, with a range of practice questions, tutor videos, study materials and an integrated workbook to keep you motivated. 


On completion of a Level 2 AAT qualification, you’ll be qualified to work in a number of roles in an accounting department – with a potential to earn up to £24,000 a year.


Looking for something more holistic? Try this online AAT Level 2 & 3 Accounting course from eCareers. Including both Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications as well as AAT membership, it provides a whole host of essential knowledge – teaching both basic and advanced skills in bookkeeping, accounts, costing, spreadsheets, accounting software, and more. 

Or for those looking to make the step up from a foundation course, or simply start studying from a higher level, this online AAT Advanced Qualification from Kaplan is ideal. Teaching everything you need to know at Level 3, it also allows on-demand learning making it easy for you to study around other commitments. 


On completion of a Level 3 AAT qualification, you’ll be qualified for more senior accounting roles – with a potential to earn up to £37,000 a year. 


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CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the main HR professional body in the UK, boasting 150,000 members, and providing students with extensive knowledge in the field of HR.

It’s recognised by employers, is a valuable asset for your CV, will help you stand out from the crowd, and is essential if you’re looking to progress your career in HR. 

Not sure where to start? This online CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in HR Practice from ICS Learn is perfect for people who are new to HR. You don’t need any experience to start studying, and getting qualified will give you the knowledge you need to quickly move up from junior level roles. 

Teaching the fundamentals of HR practice and the role of HR in business, this course covers everything from recording & analysing HR information and resourcing talent, right through to supporting change, employee relations, and reward management. 


Once completed, you’ll boost your career prospects, benefit from the potential to earn £25,000 a year, and have the skills you need to continue onto Intermediate and Advanced Level CIPD courses.


This CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in HR Management from ICS Learn is an ideal next step.

The course is split into two four module parts, teaching core HR management principles such as; how to develop professional practice, manage and coordinate the HR function, and use information in HR. It also covers the topics taught in the Level 3 Diploma at an intermediate level. 


On completion, you’ll be able to progress to senior positions in HR management, with the potential to earn up to £50,000 a year. You can also apply for CIPD Associate status. 


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Look around you – engaging copy is everywhere (even here).

Whether it’s through webpages, blogs, emails, press releases, social media, or digital, TV, & outdoor advertising; there are multiple opportunities for budding copywriters to hone their skills and help companies boost their brand. 

Want to become a successful commercial writer? Look no further. 

With leading corporations such as Arsenal FC, The BBC, Disney, and John Lewis using this Level 4 Copywriting Diploma from the College of Media and Publishing to train their staff – you can be sure you’re getting a practical qualification with great job prospects. 

Not only will you learn how to write effective copy in a professional manner, you’ll also discover how to conduct effective research and comply with all the relevant codes of practice that govern advertising.

The course consists of 19 lessons covering writing for both online and offline mediums (from leaflets right through to pay-per-click ads), how to write effective headlines, the industry codes of practice, and a final lesson on how to improve your web presence and boost your employability.  

What’s more, you can study completely online and at your own pace – with access to unlimited support from experienced tutors. 


Once qualified, you could be eligible for a number of copywriting opportunities, whether it’s utilising your skills in your current role, securing a job somewhere new, or working as a freelancer with an earning potential of up to £40 per hour. 


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