AAT Qualification

Slide AAT Accounting Qualification

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is one of the most prestigious practical accountancy bodies in the world and the only accounting qualification which is accepted as a member of IFAC. It is a globally recognised, and is generally considered prerequisites for several accountancy positions.


2 Years

3 AAT Levels

Foundation | Advance | Professional

3 Learning Options

Classroom | Online | Live Online

Do you want to START, GROW or ADVANCE your Accounting Career?

If you are planning to start a career in accounting or take the next step up in a current accounting role, or you are just interested in becoming an Accountant and don’t have any previous experience or training, the AAT Qualification is the perfect way to achieve all your career goals as it does not require any experience or qualifications to get started.

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Whatever study method or course you are interested in, we have a solution for you:

  • You can study anywhere – from your home, your office, or even your vocations.
  • You can study anytime – before work, during your lunch break, or after the kids are in bed.
  • You can study at your own pace – whether you fast-track your course or take it slow.
  • You can take breaks – your extended support period means you can take time away from your studies when you need to.


Other benefits include:

  • Exceptional pass rates across all courses
  • Interest free payment plans
  • Prices inclusive of exams and study materials
  • Industry leading support – whether online, or in class
  • Extensive support and coaching from dedicated specialist teams

Foundation Certificate

Foundation covers the basic principles of accountancy, and is your starting point if you’ve never studied accountancy before.

  • Bookkeeping Transactions (BTRN)
  • Bookkeeping Controls (BKCL)
  • Elements of Costing (ELCO)
  • Using Accounting Software (UACS)
  • Foundation Synoptic Assessment (FSYA)

Advanced Diploma

Advanced builds on the knowledge gained in the Foundation level.

  • Bookkeeping (BK) | Optional
  • Essential
  • Advanced Bookkeeping (AVBK)
  • Final Accounts Preparation (FAPR)
  • Indirect Tax (IDRX)
  • Management Accounting Costing (MMAC)
  • Advanced Diploma Synoptic Assessment (AVSY)

Professional Diploma

Professional is the final level, teaching you more complex accounting theory, and lets you choose two specialist subjects.


  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies (FSLC)
  • Management Accounting: Budgeting (MABU)
  • Management Accounting: Decisions and Control (MDCL)
  • Professional Synoptic Assessment (PDSY)


Optional (choose two)

  • Personal Tax (PLTX) | Variant
  • Business Tax (BSTX) | Variant
  • Credit Management (CDMT)
  • Cash and Treasury Management (CTRM)
  • External Audit (ETAU)

The duration of the full program varies depending on the knowledge background of the student. On average it takes 2 years.


Our classroom courses include free refreshments and expert tuition


Our online courses include all relevant study materials, tutors’ support, pre-recorded lectures, and marked mock exams for written subjects


Live online courses include live broadcasting, allowing you to attend the course from the comfort of your home

  • An internationally recognised qualification
  • A pathway for career development, training, and progression
  • Being in demand by employers in both the public and private sector, with many employers considering AAT qualifications as essential
  • Greater confidence in your own skills and abilities
  • Access to, and the support of, a professional body within the accountancy sector


All the Applied Knowledge Courses:

  • Accountant in Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting



ICAEW has teamed up with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) to provide a route that allows people to gain the AAT qualification and to progress onto the ACA via a faster route.

Qualified members of AAT are eligible to apply for ICAEW membership through the AAT-ACA Fast Track study route. If you are a current AAT member, you are eligible to apply for credit for prior learning (exam exemption) for certain ACA exam modules. Depending on the AAT papers you have passed, you may be eligible for up to five credits at the ACA exam modules. In addition, AAT students/members working in ICAEW authorised training offices may be entitled to count some of their AAT work experience towards their ACA work experience requirement.



Depending on how far into your studies with AAT Qualification you are, you could be exempt from four CIMA exams, meaning you’ll qualify sooner. More specifically, you can be exempted up to full CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.


UK Universities

When you complete the AAT Qualification you can get some exemptions from Universities partnered with AAT up to a whole semester. If you click here you can see the list of these Universities.

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