AAT Accounting and Business Skills for ESOL Learners - Level 1 Access Award


Accounting (AAT Access) - AAT Level 1 Award

About the course

The AAT Access Award in Business Skills offers students the opportunity to develop key practical skills used in every business as a route into employment. On completion of this qualification students will also be equipped with a strong foundation from which to progress to further study with AAT in either accountancy or bookkeeping.

This qualification will suit students with minimal work experience and those who require additional support to progress. This may include younger learners, those on traineeships seeking basic employability skills, and adults seeking to validate their existing skills to enter into the workplace.

For the best chance of success, we recommend students begin their studies with basic English. Basic numeracy will be developed within this qualification so is not required before starting this course.

Units include:

  • Preparing for Work
  • Using Numbers in Business
  • Sales and Purchases in Business

  • You are currently seeking employment and looking for strong new skills to take to the workplace
  • English is your second language and you want to build on your business communication skills
  • You are looking to complete a short qualification before committing to a larger study programme

A student completing this qualification will develop an understanding of how different organisations operate across both the public and private sectors. They will learn how to contribute effectively in the workplace by working with others, managing their time, behaving professionally and maintaining security of data. Students will develop the skills to identify jobs that match their skills and abilities and to apply for a job using an application form or CV. Other skills developed will be basic numerical skills needed in the workplace, and in life outside work. These numerical skills range from simple calculations that are used in business, to working with decimals, percentages and fractions, and applying proportions and ratios.

Mathematics for accounting:

  • Understanding and developing skills in a range of basic mathematical functions using financial data
  • Understanding basic mathematical concepts and applying a range of numerical skills required by financial professionals

Essential accounting procedures:

  • Applying basic accounting terminology to business documents and procedures
  • Understanding the principles of single-entry accounting systems, including preparing to record business transactions in the books of prime entry
  • Identify types of coding and batch control
  • Preparing documents to process receipts and payments
  • Preparing a basic profit statement

Creating business documents:

  • Understanding which documents should be used within the accountancy function and other areas of business
  • Understanding the importance of good quality communications, including knowledge of formal and informal written communications
  • Identifying different types of business documents and understanding why it is important to choose the right style for internal and external communications

Accounting in a professional environment:

  • Understanding how efficient working practices and personal development will help both individuals and business to succeed
  • Appreciating how the legal framework and ethical behaviour affect the way a business is run

There is one assessment for all four units and it is computer-based.

After successfully completing entry level AAT Access you can study:

  • Introductory - Award in Bookkeeping
  • Introductory - Award in Computerised Accounting

“Being at Plan UK has exposed me to a variety of departments which has allowed me to gain a wider understanding of what my future career could entail."

Reece Rochester

Reece Rochester

Studied: BTEC Diploma in Business Administration

While working as a HR Apprentice at Plan UK, Reece plans to use the skills he has learnt through his apprenticeship to work his way up in his next position.

“Being at Plan UK has exposed me to a variety of departments which has allowed me to gain a wider understanding of what my future career could entail. I am involved in everything from recruitment to payroll.

“The best part about getting an apprenticeship scheme is getting paid while working towards a qualification and, for me, knowing that there’s a job at the end of it. My short term goal is to get a permanent role for job security after my apprenticeship ends while utilising my skills learnt at Plan to progress in the longer term.

"My tutor at the College, Ravinder Sokhal, has been instrumental in offering support with getting a job after my contract expires.”

Course information

Start date
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07 February 2020

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Course level
Level 1
Course code
Start date
End date
18 Weeks
This course runs on Fridays from 10am to 3pm
Lifelong Learning
Class Type
Part Time
Student Type
Adults (19+)

Most of our Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 courses are FREE to those aged 19+. Please enquire for further information.

Fully Funded
£15.00 per year
£15.00 per year
£225.00 per year
£15.00 per year
£450.00 per year
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