Qualification specifications

AAT qualifications are recognised and valued by employers as vocational and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles.

Qualification specifications are available for the AQ2016 qualifications for first teaching on 1 September 2016.

The qualifications are outlined below.

 

AAT Accounting Qualifications

  • 601/6552/2 - AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting - Level 2
  • 601/6553/4 - AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business - Level 2
  • 601/6554/6 - AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting - Level 3
  • 601/6551/0 - AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting - Level 4

AAT short qualifications

  • 601/8220/9 - AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software - Level 2
  • 601/8221/0 - AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 2
  • 601/8219/2 - AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 3

 

We want to make your experience of delivering our qualifications as engaging and easy as possible. The specification document contains everything you need to know about the qualification, and should be used by everyone involved in the planning, delivery and assessment.

Qualification specifications, purpose statements and letters of support

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting - Level 2

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2 will be available for first teaching 1 September 2016.

The purpose of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is to offer grounding in the core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress either to employment or to further study. This qualification is suitable for young people who have just left school as well as for adults returning to work after a break or for anyone wishing to change career.

This qualification comprises five mandatory units that cover a range of foundation accounting and finance skills, giving a total of 240 guided learning hours.

Letters of support

Professional bodies

Employers

AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business - Level 2

The AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business Level 2 will be available for first teaching 1 September 2016. This qualification offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance.

The purpose of the Diploma in Accounting and Business is to offer the foundation accounting knowledge needed to progress to employment or further study in accountancy and finance, alongside business and personal skills that are transferable to any sector, and additional business knowledge relevant to accountancy. The broader focus of the Diploma enhances employability and is particularly suitable for young people studying full time.

This qualification comprises nine mandatory units that cover a broad range of core accounting skills, as well as accountancy-related business skills including communication and personal skills. This qualification has a total of 330 guided learning hours.

Letters of support

Professional bodies

Employers

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting - Level 3

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3 will be available for first teaching 1 September 2016.

The purpose of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further education. This qualification offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance. By studying for this qualification students will acquire lifelong professional accountancy and finance skills

This qualification comprises six mandatory units, giving a total of 390 guided learning hours. 

Letters of support

Professional bodies

Employers

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting - Level 4

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4 will be available for first teaching 1 September 2016.

The purpose of the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting is to enhance the skills developed from the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification, enabling students to maximise opportunities in their current or new employment. By studying for this qualification students will acquire lifelong professional accountancy and finance skills.

This qualification comprises four mandatory, and two specialist units, from a choice of five options, giving a total of 420 guided learning hours.

Letters of support from employers​

AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software - Level 2

The AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software will be available for first teaching and student registration from 1 September 2016.

The purpose of the Award in Accounting Software is to offer students the necessary data processing and accounting software skills needed for most finance roles. The qualification will equip students with the knowledge and understanding to carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks using accounting software.

This qualification comprises one mandatory unit, and has a total of 45 guided learning hours. 

AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 2

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping will be available for first teaching and student registration from 1 September 2016.

The purpose of the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure students have the solid bookkeeping skills necessary for most finance roles. Students will develop practical accountancy skills in the double-entry bookkeeping system and in using associated documents and processes, as well as dealing with VAT ad trail balances while developing their understanding of the relationship between various accounting records.

This qualification comprises two mandatory units, and has a total of 105 guided learning hours. 

 

 

 

AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 3

The AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping will be available for first teaching and student registration from 1 September 2016.

The purpose of the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the advanced skills necessary to work in a bookkeeping role or to progress to higher level accountancy. Students will develop skills and knowledge required to complete complex bookkeeping transactions while gaining an understanding of the advanced bookkeeping principles and concepts, issues around indirect tax (VAT) and how to prepare financial statement. This will all be learnt within the context of the ethical issues that a bookkeeper may encounter in their professional life.

This qualification comprises three mandatory units, and has a total of 210 guided learning hours.