The course is divided into two parts. The autumn term provides an introduction to accounting by completion of the Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting. You will learn the basics of book-keeping and costing, as well as computerised accounting and working effectively in accounting and finance.
In December, you will progress to the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, where you will be introduced to the basics of financial and management accounting, spreadsheet software, VAT, and professional ethics.
The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting includes five mandatory units:
- Bookkeeping Transactions
- Bookkeeping Controls
- Elements of Costing
- Using Accounting Software
- Work Effectively in Finance
The first two units introduce you to double-entry bookkeeping, which is fundamental to the preparation of financial accounting records and statements. Elements of Costing provides an introduction to another key subject for accountants, management accounting.
In Using Accounting Software, you will learn how Sage accounting software can be used to maintain financial records, and Work Effectively in Finance will explain the role of the accountant in the workplace, including an introduction to the important topics of professional ethics and sustainability.
The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting comprises six mandatory units:
- Advanced Bookkeeping
- Final Accounts Preparation
- Management Accounting: Costing
- Indirect Tax
- Ethics for Accountants
- Spreadsheets for Accounting
The first two units develop the skills and knowledge gained in the Level 2 bookkeeping units.