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AAT: Bookkeeping & Accounting Levels 1, 2 and 3

These courses are offered as introductory courses to students interested in working in accounting or as a progression route to further levels of study in bookkeeping. They are 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.

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  • AAT Award in Bookkeeping - Level 1
    • Day / time to be confirmed.  3 hours per week for 22 weeks. This course will be delivered online by our tutor.

      This qualification offers an introduction to the core areas of bookkeeping. It consists of one unit and associated assessment, covering the role of a bookkeeper and the basic techniques needed to complete simple bookkeeping activities.

      The qualification offers a progression opportunity onto the AAT Level 2 bookkeeping or accounting qualifications.

      Learning outcomes :

      Understand the role of the bookkeeper

      Understand financial transactions

      Process customer and supplier transactions

      Process receipts and payments

      Understand the benefits and risks of using accounting software to complete bookkeeping tasks


      Assessment is by one computer based assessment at the end of the course.



  • AAT Business Skills - Level 1
    • Day / time to be confirmed:  6 to 9 pm – 22 weeks

      This qualification covers a range of skills and relevant supporting knowledge to help prepare students for applying numbers in business an working in a business environment.

      It gives students an understanding of:

      • how different organisations operate
      • how to contribute effectively in the workplace
      • how businesses process sales and purchases, and the documents and procedures associated with this.

      You will study:

      Level 1 Working in the business environment
      Level 1 Using numbers in business

  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
    • Tuesday evening in college and Thursday evening remotely:  6.00 to 9.00 pm – 23 weeks

      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 computer based assessments.

  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
    • Tuesday evening in college and Thursday evening remotely 6.00 to 9.00 pm – 32 weeks

      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
      • Synoptic test (if taken)

      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.

  • AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping
    • Monday evening in college and Wednesday evening remotely:  6.00 to 9.00 pm – 32 weeks

      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 computer based assessments.

  • AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting
    • Monday evening in college and Wednesday evening remotely – attendance for 35 weeks (3 terms both evenings)

      This level is suitable for those who have completed the Level 2 Foundation Certificate or the Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business.  It would suit unqualified people who are at an intermediate level and want to develop accounting skills, those wanting to up-skill; those looking to change their career or those looking for an A level alternative.

      The course covers a range of complex accounting tasks as shown below:

      • Advanced Bookkeeping
      • Final accounts preparation
      • Management accounting – Costing
      • Indirect Tax
      • Ethics for accountants
      • Spreadsheets for accounting

      You are assessed by a number of computer based assessments.

  • 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.

  • Achievement
    • 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.