Access Award in Bookkeeping

How long it takes

This qualification will take between six and 12 weeks to complete, depending on study method and course timetable.

Entry requirements

With this qualification there’s no need for any prior accounting knowledge. This qualification will give you a solid background in single entry bookkeeping. 

This is a basic entry-level qualification (most students will start at Foundation level). 

Syllabus and what you'll learn

Access to bookkeeping: introduces the role of a bookkeeper and simple bookkeeping techniques.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the role of the bookkeeper
  • Understand financial transactions
  • Process customer and supplier transactions
  • Process receipts and payments

For a closer look at the syllabus read the AAT course prospectus.

What jobs can you do with this qualification?

AAT qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles. Find out more about where AAT can take you in your career.

The Access Award in Bookkeeping can lead to employment as:

  • Cashier
  • Clerical Assistant


Training provider fees £150–£800

Paid to training provider. These fees vary widely depending on:

  • Classroom-based or distance learning
  • Amount of study materials and support provided
Assessment fees £70–£80 for the assessment

Paid to your training provider or AAT Approved assessment venue. These fees will vary depending on the training provider or assessment venue. Check whether these are included in your overall training provider fees.

AAT fees


Paid to AAT. This payment will give you access to the qualification and the ability to sit the assessments for a maximum of 12 months or until you complete the qualification, whichever comes first. In addition, you’ll have access to study support resources for the duration of your relationship with AAT.


Check the funding options available.


Level Level 1
GCSE (grades D–G)
Guided learning hours (GLH) 45
Total qualification time (TQT) 84 hours

What next?

The bookkeeping skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to the next level of learning.


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