Access Award in Bookkeeping - Level 1
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Professional and Adult Learning
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 1 Exeter See below See below See below See below £195 £25

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?


  • 01/03/19 to 29/03/19 (Mon) 9:30-15:30

The AAT Award in Book-keeping offers learners the opportunity to develop practical bookkeeping skills. This qualification may interest those who are self-employed or working in small businesses who wish to start doing their own bookkeeping. This qualification will also help students to move on to further study in either accountancy or bookkeeping with the AAT.This qualification will particularly suit those learners who have had minimal work experience or those who need some additional support in order to progress. This may include younger learners seeking tangible and finance-specific skills, adults seeking to validate their existing skills to enter into or progress in their career, or students who would like to test their abilities before progressing further with AAT.

Learners should choose to study the AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping if they wish to develop an understanding of the basics of manual bookkeeping. Students completing this qualification may wish to pursue careers in finance or business in either the private or public sectors.

The course is assessed by a Computer Based Test, 1.5 hours maximum time allowed.

​Enrolment forms need to be completed and handed in to the Aplus reception at least one week before the course start date.

What topics will I study?

A student completing this qualification will develop an understanding of the role of the bookkeeper, including the need for confidentiality and accuracy in their work. Students will learn underpinning theory including how to identify assets, liabilities, income and expenses; how to identify profit and loss; and the differences between trading for cash and trading on credit. Students will also develop the skills to process customer and supplier transactions, to enter receipts and payments into the cash book and check amounts against the bank statement in preparation for bank reconciliation. Students will be introduced to the dual effect of transactions. This is a fundamental underpinning concept for double-entry bookkeeping and will support students who go on to study bookkeeping at Foundation level.

Topic covered are:

1. Understanding the role of the bookkeeper

2. Understanding financial transactions

3. Processing customer and supplier transactions

4. Processing receipts and payments

What are the entry requirements?

AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of this qualification.

However, the ability to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience is a valuable skill in any role and in any type of business, and it will support students in studying this qualification. For the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their AAT studies with a good standard of English and maths.

What facilities are there?

You will study at Bradninch House and have access to the college's Learning Resource Centres. 

What can the course lead on to?

The skills developed by studying this qualification will give students a solid base from which to seek employment with greater confidence or enable them to progress to our AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping or our Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting.

The skills developed in this qualification can lead to employment in junior or supporting administrative roles in companies across a wide range of sectors, for example, as a:

  • trainee bookkeeper
  • accounts administrator
  • billing/payments administrator/coordinator
  • accounts junior
  • accounts receivable/payable assistant
  • procurement and finance assistant
  • assistant cashier.

Are there any additional costs?

AAT membership of £43 (also covers those progressing to do the AAT Level 2 in Bookkeeping)

What do our students think?

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It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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