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. 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.

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You will need to complete an application form.

Applications for all levels of our AAT courses starting in September 2021 will be taken from 10th MAY 2021.  The starting dates, fees and evenings may be subject to change.  

AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping – Level 1

January 2022 start – Applications taken from 25th OCTOBER 2021 onwards

Monday evening:  6 to 9 pm – 10-12 weeks

This qualification is available from January 2022 to March 2022.

The Award offers an introduction to the core areas of bookkeeping and consists of one unit and associated assessment covering the role of the bookkeeper and the basic techniques needed to complete simple bookkeeping activities.  On achieving this qualification students can progress onto further levels of study with AAT.

You will study:

  • Bookkeeping terminology
  • Bookkeeping documents
  • Sales invoices and credit notes
  • The daybooks
  • The cash book and the bank statement

Followed by one computer based assessment at the end of the course.

Some basic computer skills would be required.

An information sheet which includes fee and how to apply at the bottom of this page.

AAT Access Award in Accounting Software – Level 1

Monday evening:  6 to 9 pm – 6 weeks

This course follows successful completion of the AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping Level 1.

The Award offers an introduction in computerised accounting.  The course enables you to become confident in carrying out routine accounting tasks on any computerised accounting package.  Following completion of the Access Award in Bookkeeping Level 1, it would enable you to progress onto further levels of study with AAT.

You will study:

  • The benefits and risks of accounting software
  • Effectively using accounting software

One computer based assessment taken at the end of the course. Some basic computer skills would be required.

Information sheet which includes fee and how to apply at the bottom of this page.

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping:

Next available September 2021.    Applications taken from 10th MAY 2021.

Monday evening:  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 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping:

Next available September 2021   (Applications taken from 10th MAY 2021):

Monday evening:  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 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

September 2021 start   (Applications taken from 10th MAY 2021):

Monday AND Tuesday 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 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Next available September 2021   (Applications taken from 10th MAY 2021):

Monday AND Tuesday 6.00 to 9.00 pm – 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.

  • 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.

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