AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping

The AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping offers learners the opportunity to develop practical bookkeeping skills.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Accountancy
  • Qualification AAT Award
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 1
  • Location Future Skills Centre
  • Course Length 6 weeks
  • Start Date See below
  • End Date See below
  • Day Friday
  • Times 09:30-16:30
  • Fee FREE

The AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping offers an introduction to the core areas of bookkeeping. It consists of four units and one associated assessment, covering the role of a bookkeeper and the basic techniques needed to complete simple bookkeeping activities.

This qualification will particularly suit those learners who run their business and want to understand their accounts better or learners who want to explore the basics of accounting to see if it is an area they might enjoy pursuing further.

It can be useful for those with 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. This is a 6 week course.

Fri 17-May-24 28-Jun-24 10:00-15:00 Future Skills Centre
Fri 13-Sep-24 18-Oct-24 09:30-16:30 Future Skills Centre
Fri 01-Nov-24 06-Dec-24 09:30-16:30 Future Skills Centre
Fri 03-Jan-25 07-Feb-25 09:30-16:30 Future Skills Centre

What topics will I study?

The AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping consists of five mandatory units:

  • Understand the role of the bookkeeper.
  • Understand financial transactions.
  • Process customer and supplier transactions.
  • Process receipts and payments.
  • Understand the benefits and risks of using accounting software to complete bookkeeping tasks

You will be assessed through one time-constrained competence-based external online examination.

Next steps:

Finance is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills will never go away. Jobs in accounting and finance are extremely diverse and deliver exciting career opportunities.

With AAT on your CV, you demonstrate a level of industry excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers across all industries.

The qualification can lead to such roles as:

  • Trainee bookkeeper
  • Accounts administrator
  • Billing/payments administrator/coordinator
  • Accounts junior, accounts receivable/payable assistant
  • Procurement and finance assistant
  • Assistant cashier
Entry Requirements

No specific entry requirements are required apart from being able to attend classes on day per week and having a genuine interest in bookkeeping.

A 90%+ Level 1 internal progression test score and a good level of Maths and English will be required to progress onto AAT Level 2.


You will study at our Future Skills Centre, which opened in 2021 near Exeter Airport. The centre includes provision for school leavers and adult learners and focuses on courses for high-tech jobs in aeronautical, engineering, digital, construction and clean growth.

Additional Costs

There is no resource fee. You will also need to register with the AAT professional body which costs £44.

A basic calculator is essential, and you will also need to bring the following to the first session: pen, paper and a folder to store class handouts.

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