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.
You will need:
You will be required to complete an interview prior to the course and you need to be self-motivated.
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.
Additional costs may be towards any enrichment trips/visits.
After the course, you are able to discuss progression opportunities with teaching staff and the Derby College Group Apprenticeship Team. Securing an apprenticeship would allow progression to the part-time 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 another full-time Accounting 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.
Derby College Group accounting student Fadoua Idrissi already has a degree from her native Morocco but enrolled on the AAT course to gain UK recognised accounting qualifications.
Fadoua, who came to Britain in 2016, worked in accountancy and banking in Morocco and is now pursuing her ambition to become a charted accountant.
Juggling college work with looking after her three-year-old boy, she has completed the AAT levels 2 and 3 at the Roundhouse and will be progressing to level 4 next year.
She said: “Once I’ve done that I could go and work as an accounts assistant but that’s not my goal. I want to train as a chartered accountant. I like the idea of working in a firm of accountants so I can work with a number of businesses, not just one. I like the budgeting and costing side of accounting best, as without knowing what the budget is, a business can’t make decisions.”
Fadoua, who described what she’s learned at DCG as “not new but different”, studied for her Moroccan accounting qualifications in French, the country’s unofficial second language.
As a single mum, it’s a balancing act to fit in her studies with childcare.
She added: “I have to do my college work between 8pm and 4am while my son is asleep. It’s hard work sometimes but my tutor understands and makes sure I have everything I need to get on with my work.”
Fadoua has found everyone at DCG friendly and supportive and much prefers living in Derby to being in a big city.
And, when it comes to numbers, it seems her young son takes after her. Fadoua added: “I always liked maths at school and I think my son is going to be good at it too. He’s only three and he can already count up to 100!”
Once I’ve done that I could go and work as an accounts assistant but that’s not my goal. I want to train as a chartered accountant. I like the idea of working in a firm of accountants so I can work with a number of businesses, not just one. I like the budgeting and costing side of accounting best, as without knowing what the budget is, a business can’t make decisions.