Entry - Award in Accounting (AAT Access)

Accounting Skills
Level Entry
Qualification AAT Level 1 Award in Accounting (AAT Access)

The aim of this qualification is to cover basic core areas of working within a business environment. Focusing on fundamental finance and accounting skills and developing your professional business skills.

The practical approach will increase your employability, confidence and career prospects. It also gives you the perfect platform for you to take the next step and go on to further studies.

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Who it's for

The entry level will suit you if:

  • You’re aged 16-18 and you’re not currently in employment or training
  • You’re currently seeking employment and looking for strong new skills to take to the workplace
  • English is your second language and you’re wanting to build on your business communication skills
  • You’re looking to complete a short qualification before committing to a larger study programme

How long you'll study

AAT Access will take approximately 12 weeks to complete. You can study AAT Access full-time or part-time through an AAT Approved training provider.

How much it'll cost

Depending on how and where you study, costs break down into training provider fees and AAT fees. Financial support may be available to help cover some of these costs.

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What you'll learn 

The entry level consists of four units:

1. Mathematics for accounting

  • Understanding and developing skills in a range of basic mathematical functions using financial data
  • Understanding basic mathematical concepts and applying a range of numerical skills required by financial professionals

2. Essential accounting procedures

  • Applying basic accounting terminology to business documents and procedures
  • Understanding the principles of single-entry accounting systems, including preparing to record business transactions in the books of prime entry
  • Identify types of coding and batch control
  • Preparing documents to process receipts and payments
  • Preparing a basic profit statement

3. Creating business documents

  • Understanding which documents should be used within the accountancy function and other areas of business
  • Understanding the importance of good quality communications, including knowledge of formal and informal written communications
  • Identifying different types of business documents and understanding why it is important to choose the right style for internal and external communications

4. Accounting in a professional environment

  • Understanding how efficient working practices and personal development will help both individuals and business to succeed
  • Appreciating how the legal framework and ethical behaviour affect the way a business is run

Benefits of studying this qualification

  • Short and robust qualification, which helps you quickly gain new skills to help you enter the workforce
  • An introduction to a wide range of business and financial practices and terms
  • Excellent career progression with opportunities to study other AAT qualifications

Get started

Follow these simple steps to get started:

1. Choose a training provider

Read how to choose the right training provider for you.

Use our search tool to find an AAT approved training provider.

Contact the training provider to discuss your chosen qualification and confirm your level of entry.

2. Enrol

Enrol with the training provider and pay the fees. Each training provider will provide you with details of their registration process and fees. Read more about qualifications fees here. 

3. Register with us

Once you have enrolled you need to register with us as a student. This is essential so that you can sit AAT assessments and access study resources.

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What next?

After successfully completing entry level AAT Access you can study: