Introductory Award in Accounting (AAT Access) - Level 1

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Summary

This is a short qualification to help you develop essential business and finance skills.

Increase your employability, confidence and career prospects with AAT Access – the short qualification that leads to long-lasting business and finance skills.

AAT Access gives you a comprehensive understanding to work within the finance and accountancy profession. Gaining the AAT Access qualification provides the gateway to work in small local firms to large, multinational companies.

After achieving AAT Access, you’ll have the option to progress to Level 2 of the AAT Accounting Qualification.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements although students should have a reasonable level of literacy and numeracy.

What subjects will I study?

AAT Access shows employers that you possess the professional expertise they're looking for. Covering core accounting and finance areas, successful completion of the qualification will help you to develop your skills across the following four units.

Essential accounting procedures

• Apply basic accounting terminology to business documents and procedures.
• Understand the principles of single entry accounting systems, including preparing to record business transactions in the books of prime entry.
• Identify various types of coding and batch control.
• Prepare documents to process receipts and payments.
• Draw up a basic profit statement.

Accounting in a professional environment

• Understand how efficient working practices and personal development help both you and the businesses that you work for to succeed.
• Appreciate how the legal framework and ethical behaviour affect the way a business is run.

Mathematics for accounting

• Build and develop skills across a range of basic mathematical functions using financial data.
• Recognise basic mathematical concepts and apply them to a range of numerical skills required by financial professionals.

Creating business documents

• Recognise documents used within the accountancy function and other areas of business.
• Comprehend the importance of good quality communications, including knowledge of formal and informal written communications.
• Identify different types of business documents and understand why it is important to choose the right style for internal and external communications.

How will I learn?

Through a mixture of tutor delivery, practical exercises, active participation and group discussions.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a one and a half hour exam containing a number of practical tasks.

You will take this online assessment to make sure that you’ve grasped the appropriate skills and knowledge. Practice assessments are available in advance to make sure you’re ready for the real thing.

What opportunities will this lead to?

This should serve as an introduction/gateway to the AAT suite of professional qualifications on to a level 2 and up to and including level 4.

How long is the course?

One evening over 11 weeks.

Are there any additional costs?

No additional costs.

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