Accounting & Bookkeeping is field that incorporates many types of financial and account management positions. From major corporations to independent businesses, every operation needs skilled accountants and bookkeeping in order to succeed. These qualifications are necessary for positions such as bookkeeping, ledger and account clerks, cashiers and finance assistants.

AAT Accountancy

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy, bookkeeping and finance. These qualifications provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study in accountancy and finance. It is also suitable for those who are at an intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting, or for those who have already started working in finance and who have a need and desire to attain formal recognition of their skills.

Practical finance and accounting courses whatever your experience

These qualifications provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study in accountancy and finance. It is also suitable for those who are at an intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting, or for those who have already started working in finance and who have a need and desire to attain formal recognition of their skills. An AAT qualification is a potential steppingstone for students to take into employment, further education or training. These qualifications will also suit those looking to gain the skills required to move into a career in finance as it provides a clear pathway towards a successful career in accounting and finance.

 

Level 1

AAT Level 1 Award in Accounting (AAT Access) offers a basic introduction to help students develop essential business and finance skills. This qualification consists of four units and one assessment.

Covering the basic core areas in accounting and finance, students learn how to apply their newly developed skills to the workplace – ensuring they’re well placed to meet demands of working life from local businesses to multinationals.

Qualification Number Unit Level Credit Value
       501/1675/7 Mathematics for Accounting      1          9
Essential Accounting Procedures
Creating Business Documents
Accounting in a professional environment

The Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting consists of two units and two assessments, providing an introduction on how to utilise a computerised accounting software package. The qualification enables students to become confident in carrying out routine accounting tasks on any computerised accounting package.

Qualification No Unit Level Credits
601/2657/7 Computerised Accounts 1 6
Spreadsheet Software

The Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping offers an introductory qualification in manual bookkeeping skills, in particular providing essential skills in single entry bookkeeping. The qualification consists of four units, with two assessments and offers progression opportunities to further levels of study in bookkeeping, accountancy or computerised accounts.

Qualification No Unit Level Credits
601/2630/9 Introduction to bookkeeping 1 9
Working within bookkeeping
Bookkeeping and Accounts
Spreadsheet software

The Level 1 Certificate Accounting consists of 11 units and five assessments.

The qualification has been designed to help target the issues of the lack of literacy, numeracy and employability skills currently in the UK. In addition, this qualification aims to increase the availability of employment-ready candidates amongst long-term unemployed young people. This new level 1 builds on the Access qualification, introducing units covering bookkeeping, payroll and computerised accounts to provide an all-round introduction for students.

Qualification No Unit Level Credits
601/2368/0 Creating Business Documents 1 27
Mathematics for Accounting
Essential Accounting Procedures
Accounting in a professional environment
Introduction to bookkeeping
Working within bookkeepingOnline
Bookkeeping and Accounts
Computerised Payroll Administration
Payroll Processing
Computerised Accounts
Spreadsheet Software
Level 2

The Level 2 Award in Accounting Skills to Run Your Business is a short qualification which provides an introduction for those who are new to finance. The qualification consists of four units with one assessment. It is designed for those wishing to start their own business and require a basic level of accounting and finance knowledge. This qualification will ensure students have a level of understanding to effectively prepare them to start and run a financially healthy business.

The qualification covers how to manage a healthy budget and cash flow, as well as gaining an in-depth knowledge of financial documents and working more effectively with the business’ accountants.

Qualification No Unit Level Credits
601/0551/3 Budgeting for the small business 2 6
Managing cash flow, keeping your business healthy
Understanding financial documents
Sole Traders, Partnerships and Limited Companies – notification and essential principles

The purpose of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is to offer grounding in the core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress either to employment or to further study. This qualification is suitable for young people who have just left school as well as for adults returning to work after a break or for anyone wishing to change career.

This qualification comprises five mandatory units that cover a range of foundation accounting and finance skills, giving a total of 240 guided learning hours.

Qualification No Unit Level Credits
601/6552/2 Bookkeeping Transactions 2 34
Bookkeeping Controls
Elements of Costing
Work Effectively in Finance
Using Accounting Software

The purpose of the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure students have the solid bookkeeping skills necessary for most finance roles. Students will develop practical accountancy skills in the double-entry bookkeeping system and in using associated documents and processes, as well as dealing with VAT ad trail balances while developing their understanding of the relationship between various accounting records.

This qualification comprises two mandatory units, and has a total of 105 guided learning hours.

Qualification No Unit Level Credits
601/6552/2 Bookkeeping Transactions 2 34

This qualification offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance.

The purpose of the Diploma in Accounting and Business is to offer the foundation accounting knowledge needed to progress to employment or further study in accountancy and finance, alongside business and personal skills that are transferable to any sector, and additional business knowledge relevant to accountancy. The broader focus of the Diploma enhances employability and is particularly suitable for young people studying full time.

This qualification comprises nine mandatory units that cover a broad range of core accounting skills, as well as accountancy-related business skills including communication and personal skills. This qualification has a total of 330 guided learning hours.

Qualification No Unit Level Credits
601/6553/4 Bookkeeping Transactions 2 46
Bookkeeping Controls
Elements of Costing
Work Effectively in Finance
Using Accounting Software
Business Communication and Personal Skills
Spreadsheet Software
Developing Lifelong Learning Skills
Introduction to Payroll
Introduction to Business and Company Law
Introduction to Payroll
Level 3

The purpose of the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the advanced skills necessary to work in a bookkeeping role or to progress to higher level accountancy. Students will develop skills and knowledge required to complete complex bookkeeping transactions while gaining an understanding of the advanced bookkeeping principles and concepts, issues around indirect tax (VAT) and how to prepare financial statement. This will all be learnt within the context of the ethical issues that a bookkeeper may encounter in their professional life.

Qualification No Unit Level Credits
601/8219/2 Advanced Bookkeeping 3 28
Final Accounts Preparation
Indirect Tax

Want to take your knowledge of computerised accounting to the next level? Our Advanced Certificate in Computerised Accounting and Ethics will equip you with the skills you need to produce advanced reports, as well as boosting your spreadsheet skills and giving you an insight into professional ethics.

Mandatory Units

Unit Assessment Level Credit Value
Computerised Accounting Online 3 8
Spreadsheet Software Online 3 6
Professional Ethics Online 3 4

Further enhance your skills and prepare for the next step in your career with our Intermediate Diploma in Accounting. On this course you’ll master more complex financial processes, including final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, costs and revenues and professional ethics, making it perfect for anyone interested in a career in bookkeeping, or who wants to go on to become a fully-qualified accountant.

Mandatory Units

Unit Assessment Level Credit Value
Accounts Preparation Online/Portfolio 3 9
Prepare Final Accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships Online/Portfolio 3 6
Costs and Revenues Online/Portfolio 3 8
Indirect Tax Online/Portfolio 3 4
Spreadsheet Software Online/Portfolio 3 6
Professional Ethics Online/Portfolio 3 4

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