AAT Access Award in Accounting Software
What it covers
This Level 1 qualification introduces the main features of computerised bookkeeping and accounting software along with the benefits and risks of its use.
It's a basic entry-level qualification providing perfect starting point for students with no previous bookkeeping knowledge or experience, before moving on to the Foundation-level qualifications.
This unit introduces students to using accounting software and its main features. On completion, students will be able to set up general ledger accounts and to record bank and cash transactions from a variety of documents, including bank statements. They will be able to recognise potential risks to accounting software security and know how to protect accounting software against threats.
Students will be able to use accounting software to produce a variety of reports for a business, such as a trial balance and an audit trail. Students will also explore the differences between cloud accounting software and traditional accounting software.
- Understand the benefits and risks of using accounting software.
- Set up accounts.
- Record bank and cash transactions.
- Produce reports using accounting software.
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How long it takes
This qualification takes around six weeks to complete.
The jobs it can lead to
How and where to study
You can study through distance learning online, blended learning, or in the classroom. Do it in the evening, part-time or full-time, whatever suits you. You'll need to find a training provider, even if you're choosing distance learning.
Training provider fees
This fee covers your tuition (if attending a course of study) and is paid directly to your training provider.
Standard qualification fee
The standard qualification fee comprises:
- a registration fee of £42, and
- an assessment fee of £34.
This gives a total of £76.
Your registration fee is paid directly to AAT and will give you access to study support resources and the assessment for 12 months or until you complete the qualification, whichever comes first.
You will be required to pay the assessment fee to your training provider or assessment venue.
Note: training providers and assessment venues may charge an additional administrative fee for the assessment. The administrative fee, if charged, can vary from one organisation to another.
- Level 1
- GCSE (grades D–G)
- Duration: 2–12 weeks
- Number of assessments: 1 (learn how AAT assessments work)
- Total credits (applies in Scotland): 6
- Guided learning hours: 45
- Total qualification time (hours): 60
Students can start with any qualification depending on existing skills and experience. For the best chance of success we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths.
Already got some accounting experience? Test your knowledge with AAT Skillcheck to find out the best qualification to start with.
This is an entry-level qualification: exemptions don't apply.