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Have you thought of becoming an accountant but don’t know where to start? AAT is the beginning of your accountancy career.

This is the AAT 2016 syllabus. We now also offer the new AAT 2022 syllabus.

"Kaplan made it easy for me to study AAT and I was able to learn at the pace that suited me."

Hannah Clarke, Kaplan AAT Live Online student, 20.

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About AAT

AAT is one of the most popular accounting qualifications. The AQ2016 syllabus is made up of three levels: Foundation, Advanced, and Professional, each of which take around a year to complete. There’s also Bookkeeping, which is a special ‘short’ qualification which takes certain subjects from Foundation and Advanced to create a Bookkeeping qualification.

You don’t need any previous qualifications or accountancy experience to begin studying AAT. And anyone, from school leavers to career changers, can start the qualification. We provide training for all levels, and we offer four study methods to suit your lifestyle: OnDemand, Classroom, Live Online, and Distance Learning.

We offer courses for both the AAT AQ2016 and the AAT Q2022 syllabus. If you’re unsure which to choose, please refer to our Syllabus Guidance.

There are three bookkeeping qualifications, Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2, CIB), Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2, AIAS), and Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 3, CIB). If you take and pass all three qualifications, you can gain AAT Professional Bookkeeper status.

You don't need any previous accounting experience or qualifications to start studying an AAT Bookkeeping qualification, just a willingness to learn. It's ideal if you're a school or university leaver, or thinking of changing career, and want to try AAT without making a commitment to the full qualification. After you pass this level you'll gain the skills to become a bookkeeper, of which you can earn up to £25,000. If you want to progress further, you'll be exempt from certain subjects in the Foundation or Advanced Level of AAT.

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Foundation covers the basic principles of accountancy, and is your starting point if you've never studied accountancy before. You'll learn the basic principles of accountancy, such as double-entry bookkeeping, costing and preparing financial statements, as well as how to use accountancy software. You can complete this level within six to 12 months.

Once you've passed this level, you can work in roles such as an accounts payable clerk, accounts officer, payroll administrator and a finance assistant, with salaries of up to £25,000. If you want to progress further, we recommend studying Level 3 AAT Advanced.

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Advanced builds on the knowledge gained in the Foundation level. If you work in accounts or have studied accountancy before, you may be able to start at this level. You'll learn complex accounting techniques, and master a number of accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants. You can complete this level within six to 12 months.

After completing this level, you can become a finance officer, assistant accountant and an advanced bookkeeper, earning salaries of up to £25,000. If you want to continue studying, you can move onto Level 4 AAT Professional.

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Professional is the final level, teaching you more complex accounting theory, and lets you choose two specialist subjects. You'll learn about budgeting, management accounting, preparing financial statements, accounting systems, and tax. You can complete this level in 12 to 18 months.

You can work in exciting jobs such as a forensic accountant, tax manager, accountancy consultant and finance analyst, earning salaries of up to £42,500 as you advance and gain experience.

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Why study AAT with Kaplan?

When studying with us, you get complete support throughout your entire AAT learning experience. Our expert tutors provide support, seven days a week. We offer four study options that suit a range of different learning styles and lifestyles, and our pass rates exceed the national average.

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  • Above average pass rates
    We always have exceptional pass rates that consistently exceed the national average, so you can be confident of success when you choose us.
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    Kaplan is consistently recognised for its commitment and innovation to develop courses that achieve results and prepare accountants of the future.

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AAT AQ2016 courses

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AAT Bookkeeping Qualifications

Full level (all subjects):

£249 - £1,537 (Inc. VAT)

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AAT Foundation Certificate

Full level (all subjects):

£916 - £2,076 (Inc. VAT)

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AAT Advanced Diploma

Full level (all subjects):

£1,076.00 - £2,739.20 (Inc. VAT)

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AAT Professional Diploma

Full level (all subjects):

£1,371.20 - £3,651.20 (Inc. VAT)

*The prize is non-transferable or refundable. AAT exam fees and AAT membership fees are not included in the prize. The winner will receive access to their remaining levels of AAT via MyKaplan website. OnDemand study method only. Other study methods are not included. They will have access to OnDemand for 1 year per level up to a maximum of 4 years. A refund will not be given for the previous AAT products purchased, including the product used to enter the prize draw.

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