The AAT qualification is designed to teach you practical skills that you can transfer directly into your workplace or that can aid your accountancy career progression.
An AAT Certificate offers you a professional status which is recognised by employers and reflects your knowledge, understanding and skills.
When you complete the AAT training, you will be able to use the letters MAAT after your name to reflect your professional competence as an accountant. This accreditation will present you to employers and clients as a credible, up-to-date professional.
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the professional organisation you will join. Through this organisation, you will be able to draw on the support and expertise of AAT members across the globe.
On the Level 2 course, you will learn how to use manual and computerised accounting systems for the purchase ledger, sales ledger, general ledger and double entry bookkeeping.
This part-time programme may also offers places for Level 2 AAT apprenticeships (this is subject to change - please discuss at your interview).
You will need GCSE grades A-C (9-4) in Maths or you may have experience of working in an accounts office. You will be required to complete an interview prior to the course and you need to be self-motivated.
It would benefit you to have completed the Level 1 in Computerised Bookkeeping.
Basic accounting module 1
This incorporates principles and procedures related to:
Basic accounting module 2
You will develop the skills of maintenance and reconciliation of a cash book through:
You will gain your AAT qualification through online assessment exams set by the professional body for accounting technicians (AAT), and through a project.
As part of your AAT course, you will need to purchase resource/text books to aid your revision. There may also be the additional cost of exam fees and exams (which can be discussed at interview).
AAT Membership = £147
Books = £104 (This is the total cost for 5 x Tutorial and 5 x Workbooks for each unit)
Assessments = £350 (Total cost for 5 x Assessments)
AAT Membership and cost for first exams is included.
After the course, you could progress to a further part-time course such as the AAT Level 3 in Accounting. Alternatively, you may wish to go into further employment in an accounts or business environment. We can help you if you are considering an apprenticeship programme or a full-time Business course.
Financial services are a recognised area for skills development. The sector includes employment opportunities providing bookkeeping for small companies or, with further study, other careers in professional and financial services including corporate recovery, insolvency services and forensic accounting.
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