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Accounting beginners looking to learn the basics

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AAT Introductory Award in Accounting (AAT Access)

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Tutoring available: 6 months
Typical completion: 4 months

Asset 1Location : Online Learning
Asset 2Start date : Ongoing


Get your first accounting qualification with 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.

Book your AAT Accounting Qualification by 28th February 2018 and spread the cost over 12, 18 or 24 monthly payments, interest free. Representative example for AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting: Loan £725.50 over 12 months with 12 monthly payments of £60.46. The total amount repayable will be £795 which includes a deposit of £69.50. Click here for more representative examples and for full terms and conditions.


Get AAT qualified with learning that works from AVADO

At AVADO, we create inspiring learning experiences that are all about your success. With our 26 years’ experience and exceptional AAT pass rates, an AAT course with us gives you the best chance to pass first time:

Great teachers and inspiring content 
Your own dedicated tutor, hand-picked for their expertise, is available by phone or email. Access a range of engaging content including videos, quizzes and live classes.

Support every step of the way as you learn with others
Your tutor and community team are here for you whenever you need them. And, because you learn online with other students, you’ll never be short of inspiration and motivation!  

An online platform built around you
Designed to work on your mobile and featuring bite-sized content so that you can learn as you go. Learn at your own pace but with structured milestones to keep you on track.

Affordable price plans
Payment packages to suit your budget with a flexible range of monthly instalment options.

An award-winning provider you can trust
Winner of two AAT 2016 Awards including Best Use of E-learning and PQ Magazine Editor’s Choice Award 2017.

With 6,000 AAT students qualifying with us each year and pass rates of up to 97%,* we know this is learning that works. Enquire now to find out how it can work for you.


*96.8% pass rate based on all Level 1 CBAs taken by AVADO students from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

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:

  1. Mathematics for accounting
  2. Essential accounting procedures
  3. Creating business documents
  4. 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)

Your course includes everything you need to succeed:

  • 24-hour access to your online campus, accessible on mobile and tablet
  • Four online units and one course textbook
  • Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course
  • Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates
  • Revision classes, assignment marking and feedback to help you improve
  • Free access to AVADO’s premium Career Development Hub
  • Free NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts

We believe you shouldn’t have to pay extra essentials like revision and assignment marking. That’s why we include everything above in the price. The only additional costs are your AAT membership and exam fees, which you are required to pay directly to the AAT.

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 prerequisites 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 will be required to sit exams in an AAT approved test centre. If you are an international student, please contact us for advice, additional postage fees for textbooks will apply outside the UK

If you are funding your own studies, you can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

You can also apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60-month payment plans offered by our finance provider Omni Capital*, with representative APR 16.9%. Take a look at a representative APR Example or enquire now and speak to one of our Course Advisors.

We can also work with you to build a business case to apply for employer funding and can even speak to your company directly if you’d like. For more information, give one of our Course Advisors a call. 

* Exact package varies by course; all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with AVADO. Any offer of credit will be subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions AVADO is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only. 

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).

Our AAT Access course will also prepare you to take on junior or trainee Accounting roles. Roles you’ll be eligible for after gaining this qualification include:

Junior AdministratorJunior Accounts Assistant

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017

All our AAT courses are delivered through our award winning Virtual Learning Campus (VLC). The VLC is an online learning platform that houses all your learning materials in one easy-to-access place. The VLC is designed for use on all internet-enabled devices, so you can study on your mobile or tablet any time, wherever you are.  

Your VLC features:

  • Inspiring bite-size learning content, including videos and quizzes
  • Frequent live online classes with your tutor, tailored to your group’s needs and recorded so you can catch up whenever you like
  • Learn as a group, with structured milestones to keep you on track
  • Regular learning checks and practice tests so you know how you are progressing
  • Proactive tutor support – monitoring your progress and reaching out if you need support

Want to see for yourself? Check out the video below for a guided tour of the AAT campus:


The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) are the UK’s leading professional body for Accounting and Finance employees and a globally recognised accrediting body for accounting qualifications with over 125,000 members worldwide.

AAT Accounting qualifications are highly valued by employers, as they demonstrate that you have practical skills that you’ll need to manage cash flow, budgets, and finances effectively, as well as the commitment and dedication to succeed in an accountancy role.

Once you complete the Level 4 AAT qualification you can become a full AAT Member and put the letters MAAT after your name, giving you professional recognition of your qualifications.

The AAT qualification pathway can also be the stepping stone to chartered accountant status with one of the main British Chartered Accountancy bodies, including the ACCA.  You won’t need a degree and will even qualify for some exemptions from the ACCA qualification first papers.

All our AAT courses have rich assets including videos, animations and recorded lessons. See below for an example of a recorded lesson on Financial Statements which you can watch here for free.

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