Access accounting skills

The Access Award in Business Skills qualification is designed to give employees the wider skills needed in every business. This is a basic-level qualification for people taking their first step into work, giving a solid foundation for future studies.

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Course description

Access Award in Business Skills (Level 1)

Details This qualification is perfect for young people and those taking their first step on the career ladder. As well as covering the basic accounting techniques and principles this qualification provides a broader understanding of the business environment and how to prepare for the world of work.


Length 12 weeks

Level 1
GCSE (grades D-G)


Training provider fees: £250
AAT fees: £40 (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. You’ll also have access to study support resources for the duration of your relationship with AAT.

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Fees information

Training provider fees vary widely depending on the training provider and the amount of study materials and support provided.

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5 reasons to choose AAT training for your business

A sound investment

AAT training is superb value for money - our qualifications are designed to the highest industry standards and deliver practical accounting and finance skills to meet today's challenges. When budgets are tight, businesses should always invest in their accounting staff. An efficient, lean and motivated finance team will make a real difference to the bottom line.

Flexible learning

AAT courses are designed to fit around your needs and minimise disruption to your team. With full-time or part-time courses, day release and evening study, and online distance learning, our flexible study options mean that staff can study when it's most convenient.

Practical finance skills

You can trust AAT qualifications. We consult with major employers throughout the qualifications development process. This ensures that our qualifications deliver practical, relevant accounting skills specifically designed to meet the needs of business. AAT students gain industry-ready skills from day one, so they'll add value to your finance team straight away, even before they are qualified.

Excellent progression opportunities

Our AAT Accounting Qualifications offer progression from entry level accounting basics up to specialist financial knowledge for managerial roles. Our qualifications are accessible to everyone - each qualification builds on knowledge and skills gained in the previous one, giving thorough coverage of the subject area. When students complete the Professional Diploma in Accounting they can progress to chartered accountancy.

Pass rates and AAT study support

Our AAT Approved training providers work hard to deliver excellent pass rates for AAT students - they offer a range of tutor support, materials and online resources. AAT also provides students with extensive e-learning and study support, including sample assessments to test their knowledge and skills. All online AAT resources can be accessed via a student's MyAAT account.