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AAT Introductory Award in Accounting (AAT Access)



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What is the AAT Access course?

AAT accounting courses offer you an accredited route into accountancy if you have little or no experience. Choosing an online training course in accounting allows you to gain a professional qualification from home and around your current commitments.

If you are interested in starting on the accounting career path, our AAT Access course will teach you the essential skills and key terminology you’ll need to get started. On completion of your AAT Level 1 training, you’ll have taken your first step into the world of accountancy, and you’ll be ready to progress onto further study with the AAT or take up a junior or assistant level accounting role.

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Syllabus for the AAT Access course

The AAT Introductory Award in Accounting Qualification (AAT Access) is designed to give you an introduction to the accounting profession and an understanding of the essential skills required to work as an accountant.

The AAT Access qualification consists of four units:

  • Mathematics for accounting
  • Essential accounting procedures
  • Creating business documents
  • Accounting in a professional environment

At the end of the course, you will take one exam, which will be a Computer Based Assessment (CBA), held at an approved exam centre.

Key course information:

  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Level 1 qualification - comparable to a pre-GCSE qualification
  • One computer-based exam taken at an external test centre
  • Complete within six months (typically takes 4 months)

Career path for the AAT Access qualification

The AAT Access qualification is your introduction to the world of accounting. With this qualification on your CV, employers will know that you are familiar with basic accounting concepts and that you are serious about pursuing a career in accounting.

This course is the first step in the full AAT pathway. The next course is the Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2), which progresses on to Levels 3 and 4. Once you complete the full pathway, you will have in-depth knowledge of advanced accounting processes and will also be eligible to become a full AAT Member (MAAT).

What do I need to know?

As this is a beginner level course there are no formal academic or work experience requirements. If you are unsure which level is right for you, the AAT offer a Skillcheck test. The following entry requirements apply: You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language) You must have access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable Internet connection, plus basic computer skills You must be able to attend all exams at an AAT Approved centre. If you are an international student please contact us for advice.

Awarding Body

Association of Accounting Technicians

Course info


Professional or Industry specific qualification

Study Hours

Variable - to suit the learner

Study mode




Total time for completion

6 months

Who runs this course?




AVADO  is the largest training provider for professional qualifications in the UK with an active community of over 20,000 students studying to secure their next promotion, a higher salary or to take their career in a new direction. AVADO offers a range of flexible professional courses in Accounting , Bookkeeping & Payroll , Marketing ,  Human Resources  and Learning & Development .  All courses are accredited by the leading industry awarding bodies, including; the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Here are just some of the reasons why our students choose AVADO:

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