The AAT qualification is designed to teach you practical skills that you can transfer directly into your workplace or that can aid your accountancy career progression.
An AAT Certificate offers you a professional status which is recognised by employers and reflects your knowledge, understanding and skills.
When you complete the AAT training, you will be able to use the letters MAAT after your name to reflect your professional competence as an accountant. This accreditation will present you to employers and clients as a credible, up-to-date professional.
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the professional organisation you will join. Through this organisation, you will be able to draw on the support and expertise of AAT members across the globe.
On the Level 2 course, you will learn how to use manual and computerised accounting systems for the purchase ledger, sales ledger, general ledger and double entry bookkeeping.
This part-time programme also offers places for Level 2 AAT Apprenticeships.
You will need GCSE grades A-C in Maths or you may have experience of working in an accounts office. You will be required to complete an interview prior to the course and you need to be self-motivated.
It would benefit you to have completed the Level 1 in Computerised Bookkeeping.
Basic accounting module 1
This incorporates principles and procedures related to:
Basic accounting module 2
You will develop the skills of maintenance and reconciliation of a cash book through:
You will gain your AAT qualification through online assessment exams set by the professional body for accounting technicians, and through a project.
As part of your AAT course, you will need to purchase resource books to aid your revision.
After the course, you could progress to a further part-time course such as the AAT Level 3 in Accounting. Alternatively, you may wish to go into further employment in an accounts or business environment. We can help you if you are considering an apprenticeship programme or a full-time Business course.
Financial services are a recognised area for skills development. The sector includes employment opportunities providing bookkeeping for small companies or, with further study, other careers in professional and financial services including corporate recovery, insolvency services and forensic accounting.
Teenager Aaron Curd left school knowing that he wanted a career in business, possibly in property, where there was an opportunity to earn good money.
But he did not know the best way to go about it until he contacted Derby College and lined up his two year BTEC Level 3 in Business.
Aaron, 19, from Darley Abbey, said the course, which he completed with a distinction and double distinction star, "narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job."
As part of Derby College's Employer Academy he did work experience at Hannells Estate Agents. That directly led him to get a foot on the property career ladder. When a position came up, Aaron was taken on and he is now a sales negotiator and a valued member of the team.
Victoria Downing, area manager with Hannells Estate Agents, said the business identifies potential future employees via its Academy link with the College.
She added: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. We offer support and work experience during their course and we also help them with work/life skills."
Derby College's Employer Academy programme aims to boost students' employability skills and job prospects as well as giving employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum.
It also reduces employers' costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their College course.
The course opened up lots of different routes I could have taken, and lots of different topics, like human resources, marketing, law and setting up your own business. I did work experience at Hannells and they offered me a job at the end of August. My studies help with my work, particularly in marketing and customer services. I'm enjoying every day – it's a career. The course narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job.