AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

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The AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is perfect if you've got some bookkeeping experience or have completed a Foundation/Level 2 Accountancy or Bookkeeping course.

The course will expand on your existing knowledge and enhance your financial skills, preparing you for more senior bookkeeping roles.

It covers accounting principles and concepts, preparing financial statements for sole traders and partnerships, indirect tax (known as VAT in the UK) issues in business, and advanced-level spreadsheet software. Throughout, you'll be given a firm grounding in professional bookkeeping ethics.

The course is accredited by AAT, the leading professional body for accounting technicians, so you'll get the same education online with us as you would in a traditional classroom - just without the hassle. Our flexible style of online learning means you can shape your study timetable around your job, family and other commitments.

Plus, you'll be given unlimited support by your expert AAT tutor to make sure you've got everything you need to succeed. That's why our AAT pass rate is 96%.


The AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (AQ2016 Syllabus) is worth 28 UCAS credits. It sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 3, or Level 6 in the Scottish system.

This course has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 280 hours. The TQT is a measure of how long it will take to complete a qualification and includes the Guided Learning Hours as well as any unsupervised learning and time spent on independent research. 

The course consists of three units:

Advanced Bookkeeping

  1. Apply the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping 
  2. Implement procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
  3. Prepare and record depreciation calculations
  4. Record period end adjustments
  5. Produce and extend the trial balance

Final Accounts Preparation

  1. Distinguish between the financial recording and reporting requirements of different types of organisation
  2. Explain the need for final accounts and the accounting and ethical principles underlying their preparation
  3. Prepare accounting records from incomplete information
  4. Produce accounts for sole traders
  5. Produce accounts for partnerships
  6. Recognise the key differences between preparing accounts for a limited company and a sole trader

Indirect Tax

  1. Understand and apply VAT legislation requirements
  2. Accurately complete VAT returns and submit them in a timely manner
  3. Understand the implications for the business of errors, omissions and late filing and payment
  4. Report VAT-related information within the organisation in accordance with regulatory and organisational requirement

You don't need any prior experience or qualifications to enrol on this course. However, it's best suited to those who have some bookkeeping experience or have completed the Foundation Certificate (or the Level 2 Certificate, as it was known previously) in Bookkeeping or Accounting.

You should be confident with numbers and have good attention to detail, as well as an interest in business and finance.

You must be over 19, and if English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.

Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT may not accept you as a member. This means you won't be able to sit your exams. If you're unsure, please contact AAT directly for advice.

Not sure which course is right for you? Complete the AAT Skillcheck. It's a short online test with a series of multiple-choice questions that takes 30 minutes to complete, and it'll suggest the level that would suit you best.

After completing the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping, you'll be qualified for roles such as:

  1. Professional Bookkeeper
  2. Senior Bookkeeper
  3. Accounts Manager
  4. Ledger Manager

After completing the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping, you could continue your AAT study with:

  1. AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  2. AAT Advanced and Professional Diplomas in Accounting Combined Course

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Please note that the AAT Student admission fee, annual AAT student membership fee, AAT exam fees and AAT exam centre administration fees aren't included in the course price listed. Please contact us for the latest AAT fee information.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor and student support team, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. 

The Student Community will give you access to a huge range of helpful resources:

  1. Interactive Quizzes
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Online Activities
  4. Peer Discussions
  5. E-books
  6. Personal Journal
  7. AAT Resources

We'll also give you:

  1. Kaplan textbooks in both print and ebook form

You can access your ebooks through the MyKaplan website.

Unlimited Support

Whenever you need help, there'll be a real person on hand.

You'll be assigned an expert academic tutor who will be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer questions about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with. All your work will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Plus, our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

Your AAT tutor and support team will give you all the help you need, any time you ask. Because our courses allow you to work at your own pace, we won't chase you about deadlines or keeping up with your coursework. However, if you feel like you're falling behind at any time, just contact us and let us know - we'll do everything we can to help you get back on track.

Your assessments are set by AAT, and you'll sit them at an AAT-approved exam centre. They're all computer-based and are designed to assess the skills, knowledge and understanding you've developed through the course.

There are three assessments for this course, one for each unit you'll study. You'll complete a mock assessment at the end of each unit, so you're well-prepared to sit the real thing. 

Once you've passed your mock assessments, you'll arrange to sit your exams as a private candidate. To make your life easier, there'll be a list of exam centres which accept external candidates on the Student Community. If you have any problems booking your exams, we'll be more than happy to help.

Your exam fees aren't included with the course price, as these'll be paid to AAT and the exam centre. For more info, see 'Additional Fees'.

In order to sit your exams and receive your qualification, you'll need to pay:

  1. AAT Registration Fees
  2. AAT Annual Student Membership Fees
  3. AAT Exam Fees
  4. Exam Centre Administration Fees

Our course advisors can fill you in on the latest AAT fee information, and advise you on how to pay them. Exam centre fees will vary depending on the centre you choose.

A year's AAT student membership can be included on your payment plan. Please note that AAT requires you to activate your membership within four weeks of enrolment.




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