Accounting qualifications

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Jobs in accounting are extremely diverse and deliver exciting career opportunities, and studying an AAT accounting qualification will ensure you have the skills and experience that employers need. Some of our accounting qualifications offer a route into becoming an AAT professional member, and are a stepping stone toward university, chartered accountancy or being your own boss.

We offer five accounting qualifications, each of which takes six to 18 months to complete.

Students can start with any qualification depending on their existing skills and experience. If they already have some accounting experience, they should use AAT Skillcheck to find out which qualification is right for them.

Accounting qualifications explained

Get a complete introduction to our popular accounting qualifications.

Our highly established, industry recognised accounting qualifications cover three different levels of skills and knowledge: foundation, advanced and professional. Typical job roles and salary expectations vary according to the level of qualification – take a look at the qualification that interests you to find out more.

Foundation Certificate in Accounting

Foundation Certificate in Accounting

How long it takes on average: 6–12 months, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland)

Typical job opportunities: accounts administrator, accounts assistant, trainee accounting technician

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Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Advanced Diploma in Accounting

How long it takes on average: 6–12 months, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 3 (Level 6 in Scotland)

Typical job opportunities: accounts payable clerk, assistant accountant, audit trainee, bookkeeper, credit controller, finance assistant, payroll administrator, tax assistant

This qualification can be used as a route to AAT bookkeeping membership (AATQB).

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Professional Diploma in Accounting

Professional Diploma in Accounting

How long it takes on average: 9–18 months, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 4 (Level 8 in Scotland)

Typical job opportunities: accounts payable and expenses supervisor, assistant financial accountant, commercial analyst, cost accountant, payroll manager, senior bookkeeper, senior finance officer, tax supervisor

This qualification can be used as a route to AAT full membership (MAAT).

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Student membership

Student membership

Becoming an AAT student member enables you to study the Foundation Certificate in Accounting, Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Professional Diploma in Accounting.

You'll also gain access to resources and support to help you succeed in your studies and progress your career.

You don't need to become a student member to study other qualifications.

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Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business

Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business

For 16–19-year-olds only.

How long it takes on average: 6–12 months, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland)

Typical job opportunities: accounts assistant, tax assistant/trainee, trainee accounts technician

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Advanced Award in GCC Value Added Tax

Advanced Award in GCC Value Added Tax

Available only in UAE and Bahrain.

How long it takes on average: around 6 to 12 weeks, depending on study method and course timetable

Level 3

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What job will you discover?

What job will you discover?

Finance is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills will never go away. With an AAT accounting qualification on your CV, you can build an exciting career in virtually any industry.

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Become a MAAT
Become a MAAT

Once you complete the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting, you can apply to become an AAT full member and use the designatory letters MAAT after your name, telling employers and clients you've proven your expertise.

Progress to become chartered
Progress to become chartered

By studying with AAT, you’ll gain exemptions from all of the UK's chartered accountancy bodies, so you can achieve chartered status more quickly than by following the university path.

Become an AAT licensed member

Become an AAT licensed member

By studying AAT, you can progress to become an AAT licensed member and run your own accounting or bookkeeping practice.

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