Financial accounting (AAT Essentials training)

This course reviews double-entry principles before focusing on common in-period bookkeeping transactions that are entered into the accounting systems via journals. It looks at errors that can occur and how to correct them to produce initial financial statements.

It's suitable for those who work in the finance department who need a grounding on routine in-period transactions.

Skills gained

After completing the course, delegates will have learned:

  • to understand financial accounting and the roles of bookkeepers and accountants
  • to understand the principles of double-entry bookkeeping and how to apply them
  • how to record and calculate VAT
  • to understand what journals are and their purpose
  • to explain the purpose of the suspense account and how to clear it
  • to understand the importance of finance skills to enable your business to operate more efficiently
  • to make better business decisions based on finances
  • confidence and effectiveness when discussing finances to increase efficiency and profit
  • to have more informed conversations with finance colleagues to remove the risk of miscommunication or misunderstanding
  • to provide more insightful reports based on financials.


The course runs for one day.

Delivery options

AAT Essentials courses are delivered by our approved expert trainers. These sessions are perfect for groups of staff that require the same training and can be organised:

  • at your offices
  • at an external location of your choosing
  • as an online session.

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Open courses for individuals

If you want to book onto a course as an individual, we run open AAT Essentials courses on a regular basis. Use this link to register your interest in this course and we’ll let you know when we have upcoming dates.

Tuesday 23 January 2024Live online courseSteve Ainsworth1 day£360
Steve Ainsworth

Steve Ainsworth

Steve has been developing and running AAT training courses since 2010, with skills and experience from working in management accounting, education, distance learning and e-learning. He has been an integral and innovative member of two award-winning AAT providers, and delivered masterclass sessions at AAT regional events and the annual training provider conference.