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Bookkeeping & Accounts - AAT Level 1


Student at City and Islington College

About the course

The aim of this qualification is to introduce you to key single-entry manual bookkeeping skills.

As a standalone qualification, or as a first step towards the intermediate and advanced levels, it will allow you to move up to further study in bookkeeping, accountancy or computerised accounts.

Benefits of studying this qualification:

  • Specialised, transferable and recognisable career-boosting skills
  • Clear progression to your choice of great careers
  • Spreadsheet software to enhance your job prospects
  • Industry-recognised qualification
  • Flexible computer-based assessments
  • Stepping-stone to AAT Accounting Qualification or AAT Computerised Accounting qualifications

This qualification will suit you if:

  • You'd like a solid introduction to bookkeeping - or just a refresher
  • You need bookkeeping skills for your business
  • You're interested in running bookkeeping services for local businesses
  • You are not currently in employment or training and you need workplace skills
  • You would like to acquire new skills to help with a change in your career

Introduction to bookkeeping:

  • Understanding the job role and career path for a bookkeeper
  • Understanding different types of business organisations
  • Knowing the terminology used in bookkeeping

Working within bookkeeping:

  • Understanding single-entry bookkeeping
  • Knowing the general principles of VAT
  • Understanding what is meant by both cash and credit transactions
  • Understanding the principles of coding and batch control
  • Understanding how to process information in the books of prime entry (excluding the journal)
  • Understanding responsibilities when working in a bookkeeping environment

Bookkeeping and accounts:

  • Knowing how to complete financial documents
  • Recording cash and credit transactions in books of original entry
  • Preparing bank reconciliation
  • Understanding the petty cash imprest system
  • Extracting a trial balance from ledger accounts

Spreadsheet software:

  • Using a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data
  • Using appropriate formulas and tools to summarise and display spreadsheet information
  • Selecting and using appropriate tools and techniques to present spreadsheet information effectively

There are two assessments, both computer-based.

After successfully completing Level 1 AAT Award in Bookkeeping you can study:

  • Level 2 AAT Award in Bookkeeping
  • Level 1 AAT Computerised Accounts

On the course I learnt about social enterprise, not-for-profit business and how to become an entrepreneur

Matthias Gilles

Matthias Gilles

Studied: Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business.

Now: Progressed to a business degree at City University and is now running his own business

“On the course I learnt about social enterprise, not-for-profit business and how to become an entrepreneur. I decided that I wanted to start a business not just to make money, but to help people. I had not heard of access courses before, but they are an amazing and intensive route to university for people like me who want a career change.”

Matthias has now launched his own business selling brightly patterned shirts to raise money to help train local teachers in Burma.

Course information

Start date
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01 January 1970

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