AAT: Bookkeeping & Accounting Levels 1, 2 and 3

Applications for AAT Level 2 Bookkeeping will be taken from Monday 13th November for January 2018 start.

Applications for all other AAT courses starting in September 2018 will be taken from Monday 21st May 2018.

These courses offered as a finance ‘taster’ to students interested in working in accounting or as a progression route to further levels of study in bookkeeping.  It is suitable for small business owners wanting to produce their own accounts, people returning to work/career changes or those not currently in employment looking to acquire skills to get into the workplace.

There is more information to download at the bottom of this page.
You will need to complete an application form.

AAT Access Award in Business Skills – Level 1

This new qualification replaces the AAT Access Level 1 and is available from September 2018.

This Award is designed to help less experienced students gain the skills and confidence to build a career in business or accountancy.  On achieving this qualification students can progress onto further levels of study with AAT.

There are 4 units with one computer based assessment.

Mathematics for Accounting

Essential Accounting Procedures

Creating Business Documents

Accounting in a Professional Environment



AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate:

Next available January 2018 (apply from 13th November 2017):

Monday evening:  6.00 to 9.00 pm

Areas of study:

  1. Processing bookkeeping transactions
  2. Control accounts, journals and the banking system

At the end of the course your skills and knowledge will be tested by taking two assessments.

AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate:

Next available September 2018:

Tuesday evening:  6.00 to 9.00 pm

Areas of study:

Advanced bookkeeping

Final Accounts Preparation

Indirect Tax

At the end of the course your skills and knowledge will be tested by taking three assessments.


AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

September 2018 start (apply from 21st May 2018):

Monday OR Tuesday 5.30 to 9.00 pm (TBC)

This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles.  It teaches finance administration, double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software (SAGE).

The units cover:

Bookkeeping transactions

Bookkeeping controls

Elements of costing

Using Accounting software

Work Effectively in finance

This course can lead to employment as an Accounts administrator; accounts assistant; accounts payable clerk; purchase/sales ledger clerk/ trainee accounting technician; trainee finance assistant.

Job Roles:

Following completion, you would be able to look for work as an Accounting Technician, and Accounts/Finance clerk or a Private practice accountant.


You will develop skills in book-keeping and accounts as you progress through the various levels of these qualifications, and you could look for work as an Accounts/Finance clerk, an Accounting Technician.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for these qualification and they are available to anyone who is capable of reaching the required standards.  You would however need a good level of numeracy and written English.  For all of the courses you will need to have reasonable ICT/keyboard skills.  You will be asked to come for an interview for each course and you will be assessed for these skills.

AAT Bookkeeping/Computerised Accounts Information Booklet 2017-18