In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units including business tax, personal tax, external auditing and credit management, and cash and treasury management.
Achieve professional AAT full membership
If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and achieve professional MAAT status.
AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of this qualification. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths. Professional accountants work at the very heart of a business and are expected to be able to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience. Ideally, students should also have completed the AAT Foundation and Advanced Level qualifications.
This qualification comprises four mandatory units and two specialist units selected from a choice of five options.
The mandatory units are:
All assessments in this qualification:
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 registration/subscription fees and exams (which can be discussed at interview).
AAT Membership = £147
Books = £128 (This cost is the total cost for 7 x tutorials and workbooks for each unit)
Assessments = £420 (Total cost for 6 x assessments)
AAT Membership and cost for first exams is included.
Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for full AAT membership, which will allow them to use the designatory letters MAAT after their name.
The AAT Professional Diploma in Accountancy can give qualified students exemptions towards all or parts of the UK’s chartered and certified accountancy qualifications. The following chartered bodies offer exemptions to AAT students:
HNC business student Kacper Bidniuk hasn’t got an ultimate career destination in sight but he’s enjoying his further education journey.
He enrolled on the level 3 course after going along to a Derby College open evening and says his studies are giving him plenty of options to explore.
Kacper, who came to the UK from Poland when he was 14, was partly influenced in his choice of course by his parents who studied management and accounting.
And, although he enjoys learning about business, he’s interested in lots of other fields, including art and design and languages.
He said: “One of the best parts of taking level 3 business is the opportunity to gain good work experience. In the first year we had a placement with First Response Finance in Nottingham. We were put into two groups and our group went to work with Head of IT and the team leader. As part of our work experience, we got to present our ideas to all the staff. It was fun – helpful and really well done.”
Kacper, who was highly commended in the college’s Peak Awards in his second year, plans to go on to take the HND in business at the Roundhouse.
Impressed with the teaching staff and college facilities, he added: “I like the way we can be open with our tutors. You feel they respect you. The availability and standard of the learning resources – the monitors, handouts, presentations etc – is good too.”
To earn money and gain further work experience, Kacper is currently balancing his studies with working for a logistics company in Derby. His job entails some physical work, forklift driving and assisting in the office.
And he’s found that his parents’ study choices have come in useful.
He added: “Members of my family went to university in Poland but I’m the first one of us to go into higher education in the UK. My dad studied some of the same topics we’re doing at college on his course in Poland though so he’s been able to help me with my work.”
One of the best parts of taking level 3 business is the opportunity to gain good work experience. In the first year we had a placement with First Response Finance in Nottingham. We were put into two groups and our group went to work with Head of IT and the team leader. As part of our work experience, we got to present our ideas to all the staff. It was fun – helpful and really well done.