Access accounting skills

We offer two access level qualifications that give you the first step in developing key workplace and accounting skills. These are basic level qualifications for people taking their first step into work. 

  • Introductory Award in Accounting - AAT Access
  • Introductory Certificate in Accounting

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Course descriptions 

Introductory Award in Accounting - AAT Access

Details This qualification is perfect for young people and those taking their first step on the career ladder. As well as getting a taster of what it’s like to work in a professional environment, you will pick up accounting terms and get support with literacy and numeracy.


Length 12 weeks

Level 1
GCSE (grades D-G)


Training provider fees: £250
AAT fees: approx £43

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Introductory Certificate in Accounting


This qualification is an all-round introductory accounting course. It combines the Introductory Award in Accounting, Introductory Award in Bookkeeping and Introductory Award in Computerised Accounting, with Computerised Payroll Administration and Processing, giving you a broad introduction to accountancy in the workplace.

Length 12 months

Level 1
GCSE (grades D-G)


Training provider fees: £200
AAT fees: approx £43

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Fees information

Training provider fees vary widely depending on the training provider and the amount of study materials and support provided.

Contact us

If you would like advice on studying an AAT qualification speak to one of our helpful advisors on +44(0)20 3735 2434. Our lines are open Monday to Thursday 09.00-20.00 and Friday 09.00-17.00 UK time. You can also request a call back.

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What next?

Go on to further studies

These qualifications will enable you to go on to study further AAT qualifications. You can either go on to study our bookkeeping qualifications or our foundation level Accounting Qualification


Why choose AAT?

Exciting career

People think of accountancy as dry, but it is anything but. Accounting roles are exceptionally diverse and deliver quality career opportunities. Read about 10 amazing jobs you can get with an accounting qualification. Financial management is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills is consistently high across all sectors.

Great employment prospects

AAT is a name that employers trust. Employers love AAT qualifications as they demonstrate you have the practical real world skills they need. Our qualifications are developed in consultation with employers and will equip you with the key finance skills modern businesses are looking for.

Real value for money

Studying for any qualification is a commitment in terms of time and funding, so you want to be sure that your course offers you value for money. AAT qualifications are a quality investment for your career - they are highly respected and valued by employers, globally recognised, and provide the right type of skills for immediate employment.

Combine study with full-time work or a family

With AAT you don't have to put your life on hold while you study. Our flexible qualifications mean it’s easy to fit learning around your work, family, friends and leisure time. You can study full-time or part-time, from home, work or on the move. We work with the best training providers who will guide you through your training and forward into a successful career.

Achieve study success

Successful study requires discipline, focus and motivation, so we’re here to help you every step of the way. When you register as a student with AAT we provide you with exclusive access to award-winning revision materials, study resources and support. This includes webinars, Green Light tests, sample assessments, e-learning modules, Real Life scenarios, key calculations and much, much more. We also have a thriving student community providing support and advice on Twitter @youraat, our Facebook page and our discussion forums, to help you get the most out of your studies.