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 join live online classrooms and get unlimited support from your expert AAT tutor to make sure you've got everything you need to succeed. That's why our AAT pass rate is 95%.
*Based on 1,280 exam sittings and 1,215 passes by ICS Learn AAT students between July 2015 and June 2016.
The AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (AQ2016 Syllabus) 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:
Final Accounts Preparation
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.
If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before
After completing the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping, you'll be qualified for roles such as:
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.
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:
We'll also give you:
You can access your ebooks through the MyKaplan website.
In addition to working through your course materials, you'll be able to join optional live tutor-led online classrooms where you can talk to the tutor, interact with other students, and get help with anything you're stuck with. The majority are scheduled during lunchtimes, evenings and weekends so they're as easy as possible to fit around work.
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. You can find an AAT centre near you using the assessment venue search tool here.
The exams are all computer-based and are designed to assess the skills, knowledge and understanding you've developed through the course.
There are three exams 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.
Your exam fees aren't included in the course price, as these will 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:
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.