Have a Full-time Accountancy Job? AAT Qualifications Can Work Around Your Schedule.

AAT qualifications are not just for full-time students. Each AAT qualification can be studied through flexible learning hours, making it possible for you to study whilst in full-time work.

AAT qualifications are held in high regard in the world of professional accountancy. Employers see the benefits of having AAT qualified staff and may include AAT staff training programmes in their accountants’ contracts.

Each AAT qualification lays the foundation for understanding and implementing the accountancy skills that you’ll use day-in day-out. As well as providing students with a thorough understanding of accounting principles, AAT’s levels are very reasonably priced; businesses quickly see the benefits of investing in their accounting staff through AAT qualifications. Today we look at the various AAT courses that can be studied as part of a company programme.

1. Day Training

AAT Essentials are short-term training programmes created specifically to help a business react quickly to its changing needs. The courses cover a variety of accounting topics, aiming to teach real-world, instantly applicable skills that help a business meet a certain requirement.

Unlike AAT’s long courses, the Essentials courses can be delivered remotely. Topics covered in the AAT Essentials courses include:

  • Budgeting
  • Effective budgeting and cost control
  • Finance for non-financial managers
  • Financial reporting update
  • Making sense of financial documents
  • Management reporting for modern-day finance
  • Managing cash flow – keeping your business healthy
  • Strategic management accounting
  • Tax update

Each course offers a great way for an accountant to brush up on a skill their company requires, or for a non-accounting professional in the company to advise on best practice.  

2. Long-term Training

Companies that require more robust accountancy training for their staff may opt for long-term courses. Typically, a course is usually studied twice a week for around a year, although each AAT course can be completed in less than a year. AAT’s longer courses focus on various business needs and allow a company to choose based on their requirements.

Each of the following courses can be studied at a range of course centres around the UK. Check AAT’s course provider page to search for a convenient provider for your company.  

3. AAT Qualifications

Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

This is the entry level certificate for most accountants. This course provides the foundation for the accounting principles you’ll use throughout your career. You’ll learn how to complete a variety of administrative tasks and why each task is essential for the financial health of the company you work for.

Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

The complexity of the accounting tasks increase in the Level 3 qualification. Topics covered include advanced bookkeeping and ethics in accounting. This is an ideal course for junior accountants and will help them develop the skills they need to benefit the company they work for.

Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4)

The professional diploma in accounting is AAT’s highest level of qualification. You’ll build on the skills learnt through Levels 2 and 3 and increase your potential for taking on more professional accounting responsibility. Upon completion of this course, you’ll become an important asset for your employer. Topics covered include auditing and business tax.

4. Bookkeeping Qualifications

Businesses large and small require talented bookkeepers. AAT has several qualifications covering foundation to advanced level bookkeeping – these are ideal for supplementing an accountant’s knowledge if they have already achieved a non-bookkeeping related accounting qualification.

There are several Level 1 qualifications that are for entry level students. Most professional accountants will bypass these qualifications – for this reason, we’ve chosen to move straight to Level 2.

Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2)

The foundation certificate in Bookkeeping builds the skills necessary to manage simple books. Topics covered include double entry bookkeeping and preparing a trial balance for a company.

Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2)

The foundation award in accounting software expands students’ knowledge of effective use of various accounting software packages.

Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 3)

For those with experience in bookkeeping, this Level 3 qualification offers a refining of their knowledge. Accounting software is covered in detail, as is more advanced double entry bookkeeping.

Interested in finding out how your company can benefit from AAT’s training programmes? Contact Aspiring Accountants today for impartial advice.



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