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.
AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping - Level 1
Monday evening: 6 to 9 pm – 10-12 weeks
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 Business Skills - Level 1
Monday or Tuesday evening: 6 to 9 pm – 10-12 weeks
Students completing this qualification will develop an understanding of how different organisations operate, across both the public and private sectors.
You will study:
Level 1 Working in the business environment
Level 1 Using numbers in business
AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping
AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting
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 Certificate in Bookkeeping
AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting
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.
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.