You can start an AAT qualification with no experience or you may have a job working within finance and wish to gain a formal qualification. We offer a range of classes in Kettering and Northampton with starting points throughout the year.
AAT has quickly become the preferred qualification within the industry with businesses and accountancy firms large and small.
Starting Off provides two locations for training, Northampton and Kettering. These training centres are both within easy access to public transport.
Most students will start their career in accounts at foundation level. At Level 2 you can complete the Foundation Certificate in Accounting which covers the following units:
Each unit is assessed by a computer based exam. The qualification delivers the skills and essential knowledge to introduce you into accountancy and bookkeeping. You will attend once a week for 3 hours and the qualification will take approximately 12 months. It can be completed as part of the Level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship.
The two Bookkeeping units can also be taken as a stand-alone qualification – the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 2 which takes approximately 5 months. This can be used as a fast-track route to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting/Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship and may be a more suitable route for mature/experienced candidates.
1. Advanced Bookkeeping 2. Final Accounts Preparation 3. Management Accounting: Costing 4. Indirect Tax 5. Ethics for Accountants 6. Spreadsheets for Accounting
In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, Advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.
Units 1-3 are assessed by individual unit exams plus a synoptic assessment which also incorporates Ethics for Accountants and Spreadsheets for Accounting. Unit 4 is assessed by an individual stand-alone exam only.
You will attend once a week for 3 hours and the qualification will take approximately 18 months to complete. It can be taken after the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping as part of the Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship.
In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units including business tax, personal tax and credit management and cash and treasury management.
1. Financial Statements of Limited Companies 2. Management Accounting: Budgeting 3. Management Accounting: Decision and Control 4. Accounting Systems and Controls (Synoptic Assessment)
Accounting Systems and Controls is a Synoptic Assessment that will draw on knowledge and skills gained whilst studying the other three mandatory units. All units are assessed by computer-based exams.
Plus two optional units from the following routes
Personal Tax Business Tax
Cash and Treasury Management Credit Management
The AAT Level 4 qualification can be taken as part of the Professional Accountant/Tax Technician Apprenticeship. You will attend once a week for 4 hours and the qualification will take 20 - 24 months to complete.
This qualification consists of 5 units each assessed by a computer based exam:
Once the Apprentice has completed their On-Programme Learning and the employer and training provider feel that they have achieved the required experience in the workplace, the Apprentice is signed off as ready for End Point Assessment. This consists of an in-tray test conducted under exam conditions and a structured interview with an AAT Independent Assessor supported by the portfolio of workplace evidence.
All Apprenticeships require learners to demonstrate a minimum level of Maths & English, however learners may be exempt from these with relevant GCSE grades. Don’t worry if you need to work with us on this as we’ll get you through them as part of your training.
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