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AAT, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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AAT is broken down into three levels. If you're currently working in accounts or have studied accountancy before, you may be exempt from some units.

The Foundation Certificate covers the basic principles of accountancy, such as double-entry bookkeeping, costing and preparing financial statements, as well as how to use accounting software.

The Advanced Diploma builds on your knowledge gained at Foundation, teaching advanced bookkeeping, accounts preparation and ethics in accountancy.

The Professional Diploma is the final level will teach you more complex accounting tasks such as budgeting, drafting financial statements and evaluating financial performance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

AAT combines practical skills with accountancy knowledge. Roles are varied, but here are some of the things you could be doing:

  • Preparing financial accounts
  • Business restructuring
  • Company financial control
  • Corporate finance
  • Double-entry keeping
  • Financial journalism
  • Financial legislation and compliance
  • Fund management
  • Insolvency
  • Investment banking
  • Management consultancy
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Offshore trusts
  • Tax consultancy

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

With no entry requirements, you don't need any relevant work experience which means AAT's ideal if you're leaving school or college or thinking about a change of career.

Tuition Fee

Living costs

  • Cambridge, United Kingdom

    846 - 1470 GBP/month
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  • London, United Kingdom

    1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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  • Norwich, United Kingdom

    609 - 1050 GBP/month
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  • Glasgow, United Kingdom

    620 - 1020 GBP/month
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  • Leicester, United Kingdom

    751 - 1430 GBP/month
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  • Bristol, United Kingdom

    750 - 1260 GBP/month
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  • Cardiff, United Kingdom

    628 - 1070 GBP/month
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  • Leeds, United Kingdom

    637 - 1110 GBP/month
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  • Liverpool, United Kingdom

    556 - 1040 GBP/month
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  • Reading, United Kingdom

    903 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


AAT Apprenticeships

  • Full funding for 16-18 year olds
  • Partial funding for 19+ year olds (Your employer will be required to contribute towards training costs; you may also be required to cover other costs)
  • Free, work-based training
  • Fees are paid for by the Government so you won't need to repay anything.

How do I apply?

  • Check your eligibility
  • Call our Apprenticeship team on 0845 873 6315 if you meet the criteria
  • We'll then help you find an AAT Apprenticeship in your area.
Advanced Learning Loans
  • Cover part or all of your course costs
  • Available for Level 3 or Level 4 AAT Courses
  • You won't need to repay anything until you start earning over £21,000
  • 9% repayments made at earnings above £21,000. If you're earning £25,000, for example, you'll repay just £30 a month
  • Loans are provided by the Student Loans Company.

How do I apply?

  • Choose your course - the amount you can borrow depends on the cost of your course (course fees vary by unit and study options)
  • Check your eligibility using the wizard above and fill in the form to request a call back from one of our team.
  • We'll email you a letter containing details of your course, how much it will cost and how much you can borrow - you'll need this to apply for your loan from the Student Loans website.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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