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AAT SYLLABUS AND PAPERS

The AAT syllabus consists of 17 papers and examinations in total, spread across 3 AAT levels. Through each qualification you’ll learn practical skills to prepare you for the workplace, from basic finance administration skills to preparing final accounts and complex management accounting tasks.

AAT LEVEL 2

The foundation qualification covers basic accounting principles and techniques, from costing and double entry bookkeeping to using accounting software.

The AAT level 2 certificate in accounting consists of five papers which are examined in the following way.

  • Bookkeeping Transactions – unit assessment/synoptic assessment
  • Bookkeeping Controls – unit assessment/synoptic assessment
  • Elements of Costing – unit assessment/synoptic assessment
  • Working Effectively in Accounting and Finance – synoptic assessment
  • Using Accounting Software – unit assessment

The synoptic assessment includes questions that examine the whole syllabus. For level 2 Using Accounting Software is not included in the synoptic assessment. Working Effectively in Accounting and Finance is only examined within the synoptic assessment and does not have its own grade.

Order of study
There is no specific order of study for the AAT qualification. However, we recommend you study in the order that the units are listed in in the above paragraph.

Duration of course
Up to 12 months

AAT LEVEL 3

The advanced qualification introduces more detailed financial tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. You will also master a range of accounting disciplines from ethical practices for accountants to advanced bookkeeping.

The AAT level 3 advanced diploma in accounting consists of six papers which are examined in the following way:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping – unit assessment/synoptic assessment
  • Final Accounts Preparation – Unit assessment/synoptic assessment
  • Management Accounting Costing – Unit assessment/synoptic assessment
  • Ethics for Accountants – synoptic assessment
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting – synoptic assessment
  • Indirect Tax – unit assessment

For level 3, indirect tax is not included in the synoptic assessment. The Ethics for Accountants and Spreadsheets for Accounting are only examined within the synoptic and do not have individual grades.

Order of study
There is no specific order of study for the AAT qualification. However, we recommend you study in the order that the units are listed in in the above paragraph.

Duration of course
Up to 12 months

AAT LEVEL 4

The professional diploma enhances your skills further, covering complex accounting techniques and leadership skills. Upon completion, you will have mastered the art of drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, while also having the opportunity to specialise in areas such as tax, auditing and credit control.

The AAT level 4 professional diploma in accounting consists of six papers. Four of the papers are mandatory. There is then a choice of two options from five. They are examined as follows:

Mandatory AAT papers:

  • Management Accounting Budgeting – unit assessment/synoptic assessment
  • Management Accounting Decision and Control – unit assessment/synoptic assessment
  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies – unit assessment/synoptic assessment
  • Accounting Systems and Control – synoptic assessment

Optional units:

  • Business Tax – unit assessment
  • Personal Tax – unit assessment
  • External Auditing – unit assessment
  • Credit Management – unit assessment
  • Cash and Treasury Management – unit assessment

The synoptic assessment questions are taken from the mandatory units only. Accounting Systems and Control is examined only within the synoptic assessment and does not have its own grade.

Order of study
There is no specific order of study for the AAT qualification. However, we recommend you study in the order that the units are listed in in the above paragraph.

Duration of course
Up to 15 months


Exam regulations:

  • All assessments are computer based and sat at an AAT approved exam venue.
  • Each exam is allocated a percentage mark.
  • On completion of the whole level, an overall grade is awarded:
    • Pass - 70-79%
    • Merit - 80-89%
    • Distinction - 90-100%
  • Exam dates: Assessments at all levels are on demand and not at set times of the year for all unit assessments.
  • Synoptic assessments for level 2 can be taken almost weekly. You will need to check the AAT timetable for this on the website.
  • Synoptic assessments for level 3 and level 4 are timetabled at set times of the year. You will need to consult the AAT timetable for this on the website.
  • Percentage marks for level 2 and level 3 unit assessments are available immediately on completion of the assessment.
  • Percentage marks for all synoptic assessments and all level 4-unit assessments are normally 6 weeks.

Entry requirements

  • Most students start at level 2 and progress to level 3 and then level 4. It is possible to enter directly at level 3, depending on prior qualifications and experience.
  • In exceptional circumstances students can enter directly onto level 4.

Our programme advisors provide one-to-one advice on all weekdays from 9am until 6pm. Simply pay us a visit, call us on 0207 823 2303 or leave your details in the form on the right and we will contact you.

Benefits of studying with LSBF

  • Professionally produced HD video lectures which you can stream from your PC, phone or tablet, on-the-go. Get as much as help as you need from our award-winning tutors.
  • All your lecture notes are published in PDF e-books, so you can review the content at your own leisure
  • Access to LSBF TV which is a detailed video breakdown of a mock AAT assessment produced by our tutors
  • All your session content is summarised with high-quality graphics meaning you can always recap what you’ve learned
  • Full tutor support at the touch of a button with response times of no more than 48 hours
  • Tutor marked practice assessment will enable you to sit your exam with confidence
  • Career opportunities and advice
  • Job opportunities/CV writing
  • Xero Advisor Certification short course

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Frequently asked questions

Q: When can I start?
A: The programme is totally flexible; you can start at any time. Ring one of our sales advisors on 020 3005 6336 for a personal consultation.

Q: How much does it cost and are there flexible payment plans?
A: You can pay in a variety of ways. Either pay for the whole course upfront (which is the cheapest option), for individual units, or with a flexible payment plan (which will help you to spread the cost of the programme). Our sales advisors will have a list of the up-to-date offers. Contact: 020 3005 6336

Q: Are there any additional costs?
A: Yes, you will need to register as a student with the AAT and pay for the exam sittings. These will include an administration charge in addition to the exam fee.

Q: Who are the tutors?
A: All our tutors are qualified accountants with a mass of experience in the industry and education. We have award-winning tutors.

Q: What sort of job can I expect to obtain after the advanced level?
A: Accounts supervisor, taxation specialist, audit senior, self-employment.

Q: Where can I sit my exams?
A: The AAT offer a postcode service so you can find an exam venue near to your place of residence.

Q: What will l get on completion?
A: The level 4 is the final level of the AAT qualification. Students are then able to put the designated letters, MAAT, after their name (check conditions).

Q: What are the entry requirements?
A: You will need to be successful at level 3. There may be the possibility of direct entry with a relevant degree. Contact our course manager if you think this is the case.

Q: Can I sit my exams any time?
A: Yes, apart from the synoptic assessment. Please consult the AAT website for the most up-to-date timetable of the synoptic windows.

Q: When do I get my exam results?
A: Feedback for all exams on the professional diploma is six weeks as there are elements that are human marked.

Q: Can I progress on completion of the AAT qualification?
A: Yes. Many students go on to study, ACA, CIMA or ACCA. Check websites for exemptions that may apply to AAT students.

 

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