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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 Syllabus

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.
AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

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

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

This qualification delivers the skills and essential knowledge to manage books effectively. It includes manual double entry bookkeeping and associated documents and progresses up to trial balance standard.

AAT Level 3 Advance Diploma in Accounting

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.

AAT Level 3 Advance Certificate in Bookkeeping

The advanced qualification in bookkeeping enables students wanting to pursue a career in bookkeeping to develop advanced skills and knowledge. 

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting covers higher-level skills, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. On completion, students will be able to specialise in areas such as tax, auditing and credit control.

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AAT Level 2 & 3

  • Up to 12 months

AAT Level 4

  • Up to 15 months

  • 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.

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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