The AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for accounting and finance staff. It is internationally recognised and the AAT’s current membership is over 120,000 worldwide. The course is broken down into two distinct qualifications. In year 1 your will complete the Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (AS Level equivalent) and in year two top this up to the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting. It introduces you to more complex Financial Accounting tasks such as incomplete records, accounting for different types of organisation, the preparation final accounts and accounting for indirect taxation. It also introduces the basic building blocks of Management Accounting, Marginal Costing and Absorption Costing. In addition to these accounting units you will also study spread sheets and ethics within the accounting profession which will combine with all units studied and be assessed via a synoptic exam.
5 GCSE’s grades A- C with maths and English at a minimum of grade C, but it is recommended that a B grade in English is preferred.
Delivery and Assessment
The AAT is assessed by computer based exams and computer based projects. Upon completion of the Computer based exams you will receive immediate notification of your result and an analysis of your performance on each task.
The AAT level 3 qualification will allow you to progress to the AAT level 4 and then subsequently apply for full Technician status once you have provided a portfolio of practical experience from the work place, or should you chose to go onto higher education can often allow direct entry to many Accounting degrees. Level 3 provides the equivalent to an A* at A’ level.