Accounting is an essential part of business life, making accountants invaluable employees and associates for every business. They know how to navigate the fast-paced world of tax and finance, and ensure that their clients know how to operate their business profitably, with honesty and integrity. Accounting is a sought after and rewarding profession, but how do you become an accountant and what skills do you need to acquire? This guide looks at the route to accountancy through AAT courses.


What does an accountant do?

The main role of an accountant is to prepare accounts for businesses or individuals, which may then be used to give an overview of their financial position. When a company’s transactions are tracked and recorded in a coherent way, any irregularities, liabilities or risks can be spotted and dealt with appropriately. Whilst accounting and finance roles tend to vary depending on the sector, general accountant duties include:

  1. Examining and keeping track of business expenditure
  2. Advising on budget
  3. Giving advice on how to increase profit
  4. Identifying and investigating any irregularities, risks or suspected fraud
  5. Calculating tax owed and filing tax forms
  6. Conducting audits
  7. Running payroll

Whilst you may not be required to have any previous experience when beginning your accounting career, you will be expected to have knowledge of the above accounting practices, and certain skills will be a prerequisite for an accounting role.

How can I begin a career in accounting?

Completing an AAT Certificate or Diploma in accounting is an excellent way to start your accounting career. AAT is the most prominent body for awarding skills-based finance and accounting qualifications. AAT qualifications are recognised and respected both in the UK and internationally, and having these qualifications makes you a great asset to any employer.

Which AAT course is right for me?

There are two options if you want to kick-start your accounting career, either by studying the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting course or taking the combined AAT Level 2 & Level 3 Accounting course.

AAT Level 2 Certificate

The AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting is essential if you wish to pursue a successful career in finance. This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the foundations of practical accounting and also provide you with the fundamental skills required to take on a Trainee Financial Accounts Assistant position.

AAT Level 2 & Level 3 in Accounting course

This course combines both Level 2 and Level 3 taking you to the penultimate level of the AAT qualification. You will gain an understanding of both the fundamental and more complex principles of accounting, and by the end of the course you will be one step closer to being a fully qualified Accountant.

If you are ready to take the next step towards the career you have always wanted, complete our enquiry form or call us today. We are here to help and can provide you with all the information you need about the course, AAT and payment plans. Contact ICS Learn today on 0800 015 4350.