Unfortunately we no longer offer the AAT Access course. Feel free to browse our range of other AAT courses, or call our Course Advisors if you’re looking for advice on where to start.
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.
Who is it for? Accounting beginners looking to learn the basics
Qualification AAT Introductory Award in Accounting (AAT Access)
Location Online Learning
Duration Tutoring: 6 months Typical duration: 4 months
What is the AAT Access course?
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.
All our AAT courses now come with a free Xero Advisor Certification short course. Learn the basics of this industry-leading online accounting software and improve your employability even further. With a 61% increase in the past year of accountancy job listings on reed.co.uk requiring knowledge of Xero in the specification, you can get ahead of the competition with this bonus qualification!
Get AAT qualified with the biggest and the best
At AVADO, we create inspiring learning experiences that are all about your success. With our 26 years’ experience and award-winning learning design, we have grown into the UK’s most chosen online AAT course provider.
Chosen by students, chosen by AAT
Not only do more students pass online AAT qualifications with us than any other training provider, but we were also awarded Distance Learning Provider of the Year at the AAT Training Provider Awards 2018.
Learning that works, guaranteed
We know our AAT courses are the best on the market. That’s why we offer a pass guarantee: follow the milestones on the campus and if you don’t pass your synoptic exam first-time we’ll give you free tutor support for a resit.
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.
Going the extra mile for employability
With AVADO you don’t just get a highly-respected AAT qualification; we also give you a free Xero Advisor Certification to build your practical skills with online accounting software.
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!
Affordable price plans
Payment packages to suit your budget with a flexible range of interest-free monthly instalment options.
What is included in the AAT Access qualification?
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 TOTUM 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.
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Prerequisites for the AAT Access qualification
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. Additional postage fees for textbooks will apply outside the UK
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).
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 Administrator||Junior Accounts Assistant|
*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017
How it works
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
What is the AAT?
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 Professional Diploma (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 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)
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.
We can now offer you 0% finance on payment plans of up to 12 months, letting you spread the cost of your course without incurring any additional charges.*
You can also apply for our 24, 36, or 48-month payment plans offered by our finance provider Omni Capital*, with representative APR 12.9%. 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.
*Click here for more representative examples and for full terms and conditions.
“AVADO take the “distant” out of distance learning. They provide high levels of support and receive strong student engagement as a result, while they encourage progression through the entire AAT qualification.”
Nicky Fisher, AAT Past President
“This course has that structure and pace that is manageable and most importantly keeps me constantly engaged. I like that you can easily contact the tutor by phone or email and talk to classmates on the student forum giving each other tips and encouraging each other to push through.”
Sarah Eve Tucker, AAT Graduate