Small business finance

Ensure you're well equipped to run a healthy and financially secure business with our range of courses for owners of micro, small and medium-sized businesses. These courses will enable you to understand, interpret and communicate key financial information to successfully develop and grow your business.

  • Foundation Award in Accounting Skills to Run Your Business
  • Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • AAT Essentials (one-day finance training programmes)

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Course descriptions 

Foundation Award in Accounting Skills to Run Your Business


As a business owner you’ll need to understand, interpret and communicate key financial information so you can effectively review your business’s performance. This short qualification will equip you with all the knowledge you need, covering areas such as budgets, how to manage a healthy cash flow, understand financial documents and communicate financial information to accountants.

Registrations for this qualification will close 31 December 2017, and all assessments will need to be taken by 30 September 2018.

Length 12 weeks

Level 2
GCSE (grades A*-C)


Training provider fees: £200-£300
AAT fees: approx £43

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Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping


If you are a small business owner and want to do your own books, this course will give you the skills and essential knowledge you need to manage books effectively. This hands-on course offers a solid introduction to manual double entry bookkeeping, including associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard. 

Length 12 weeks

Level 2
GCSE (grades A*-C)


Training provider fees: £150-£800
AAT fees: approx £43

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AAT Essentials (one-day finance training programmes)


We also offer a range of one-day finance training programmes covering key aspects of finance for non-financial managers. They're ideal for finance and accounting professionals, as well as non-finance staff looking for a better understanding of key financial processes.

  • Budgeting
  • Effective budgeting and cost control
  • Finance for non-financial managers
  • Financial reporting update
  • Making sense of financial documents
  • Management reporting for modern day finance
  • Managing cash flow - keeping your business healthy
  • Strategic management accounting
  • Tax update
Length One day 
Level GCSE (grades A*-C)

Approx £150-£400

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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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Why choose AAT?

Set up your own business

If you have an idea for a business and the drive to make it a reality, starting and running your own business is one of the most exciting choices you can make. It involves considerable risks and challenges, but you can increase the chances of success by having strong financial knowledge. 

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, delivering practical real-world finance skills that will help you to build and grow your business.

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.

Small business guidance

Are you an entrepreneur, startup, SME or sole trader looking for extra guidance and support? The Informi website has a huge range of resources to help your business flourish. Resources include information and guides, online tools and videos such as 'Creating your cash flow forecast'.

Visit the Informi website