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Bookkeeping and Accounting

Whether you’re new to accounting, already working in a finance role, or looking to set up your own accountancy or bookkeeping business, we’ll help you build the career you want.

accounting and bookkeeping

  • I want to be a bookkeeper

    See why AAT bookkeeping qualifications are perfect for you

    Bookkeeping it a key function at the heard of every business and the first step in the accounting process. Our qualifications will provide you with the principles that underpin modern bookkeeping, allowing you to develop the skills needed for a career as a professional bookkeeper.

    Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping

    Develop key single-entry manual bookkeeping skills and gain an understanding about the role of a bookkeeper

    Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

    This certificate is the ideal starting point if you have limited knowledge and experience. You’ll learn bookkeeping processes including how to execute the principles of double-entry bookkeeping and understand journals, control accounts and trial balances.

    Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping

    The Level 3 certificate builds on the skills/topics covered in the Level 2 qualification and enhancing them to the preparation of financial statements for small to medium businesses. You’ll also be introduced to VAT legislation requirements and learn how to apply them and report on VAT.

    On completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional bookkeeper status (AATQB).

    You can even take you career one step further by becoming an AAT Licensed Bookkeeper.

  • I want to be an accountant

    See what you can achieve with an AAT accounting qualification.

    AAT’s highly established, industry recognised accounting qualifications consist of three levels – Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. Through each qualification you’ll learn practical skills to prepare for the workplace, from basic finance administration skills through to preparing final accounts and complex management accounting tasks. In addition, you’ll build skills across business areas including communication, technology, ethics and sustainability, gaining an understanding of the role and importance of these in the modern world.

    Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

    The Level 2 qualification covers basic accounting principles and techniques from costing and double-entry bookkeeping to an understanding of purchase, sales, and general ledgers.

    Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

    The Level 3 qualification introduces more detailed financial tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. You’ll also master a range of accounting disciplines from ethical practices for accountants to advanced bookkeeping.

    Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting

    The Level 4 qualification enhances your skills further, covering complex accounting and finance topics and techniques. Once you’ve completed it, you’ll have mastered the art of drafting financial statements, managing budgets, and evaluating financial performance, while also having the opportunity to specialist in specific areas such as tax, auditing and credit and debt management.

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