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Professional Qualifications

AAT Accountancy Qualifications

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Supercharge your career today with AAT training 

AAT (or, the Association of Accounting Technicians) is one of the most popular routes for those looking to gain accountancy qualifications. The programmes are internationally recognised and developed by industry experts to help you gain the skills you need to get ahead.

Widely recognised as the ‘gold-standard’ worldwide, AAT courses develop finance professionals that are equipped to thrive in modern business – building skills and competence in all aspects of modern finance. Choose your qualification level and start studying online today!

AAT Levels and courses

AAT qualifications span three levels: Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 – each of which takes around a year to complete. There’s also Bookkeeping, which is a short course that takes certain subjects from Level 2 to create a Bookkeeping qualification, and can be completed in 6 months.

You don’t need any previous qualifications or accountancy experience to begin studying AAT – though with certain experience you will be able to begin studying at the higher levels.

AAT Certificate in Accounting Level 2

Start your accountancy journey

AAT Certificate in Accounting - Level 2

If you’re new to accountancy and finance, looking to change your career into accountancy or have previously worked in an accounts department this level is ideal for you.

You’ll learn a wide range of key accounting skills, including double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing as well as accountancy related business skills and personal skills. You will gain practical, real-world accounting and finance skills, with the freedom to study flexibly, from anywhere. Roles that individuals would be eligible for after this course include: Accounts Administrator, Tax Assistant, and Trainee Accounts Technician.

Duration: 12 months
Cost: £599 (excl. exam costs and AAT membership)

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AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping level 2

Specialise in bookkeeping

AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 2

This entry-level qualification gives you the skills needed to embark on a career as a bookkeeper, as well as an industry-recognised qualification and foundations for exploring further in accountancy. You don’t need any previous accounting experience or qualifications to begin studying, so this is an ideal way to dip your toe into the world of accounting.

By completing this qualification, individuals gain knowledge and confidence in areas such as: completing double-entry bookkeeping, preparing and processing invoices and credit notes, balancing a 3-column analysed cash book, processing ledger transactions and extracting trial balances. Roles that individuals would be eligible for after this course include: Bookkeeper, Payroll Administrator, and Accounts Payable Clerk. Upon completion, you’ll also have the option to move onto other AAT qualifications with exemptions.

Duration: 6 months
Cost: £375 (excl. exam costs and AAT membership)

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Build your accounting knowledge

AAT Diploma in Accounting - Level 3

This qualification covers a range of essential and higher-level accounting techniques and disciplines. Level 3 builds on the knowledge gained at Level 2. If you work in accounts or have studied accountancy before, you may be able to start at this level.

You’ll learn how to prepare final accounts for Sole Traders and Partnership as well as dealing with VAT returns for businesses. You will also learn various accounting techniques a management accountant requires, an understanding of business awareness and ethical practices for accountants. After completing this level, job options include Finance Officer, Assistant Accountant and Advanced Bookkeeper. Alternatively you may continue your study onto AAT Level 4.

Duration: 12 months
Cost: £699 (excl. exam costs and AAT membership)

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AAT Diploma in Accounting level 3

Take excellence to a new level

AAT Diploma in Professional Accounting - Level 4

This is the top AAT level and will teach you more complex accounting theory, and also lets you choose two specialist subjects. You’ll learn about budgeting, management accounting, preparing financial statements, recommending accounting systems strategies, tax and presenting complex management accounting reports.

If you successfully complete this qualification you can apply for AAT full membership (MAAT), and if you’re thinking of starting your own practice you’ll be able to apply to become an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper. Other job options will include Forensic Accountant, Tax Manager, Accountancy Consultant and Finance Analyst – these are just a few among many options.

Duration: 12-18 months
Cost: £849 (excl. exam costs and AAT membership)

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Why study with Babington?

Helping you excel

Our AAT qualifications are designed with the learner in mind, and give you on-demand access to learning materials, tutor support, and more as you progress your career.

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Learn flexibly, in your own time, with online learning delivery via our digital portal

Personal tutor support at all stages of the programme

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Flexible payment options available to suit you

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Increase your earning potential and boost your career

Join thousands of learners we've already helped get AAT qualified!

Don't just take our word for it

The training provided was excellent and I fully understood what was being taught and with my commitment I passed all units first time and therefore was pleasantly surprised that I was able to achieve AAT Level 3 though online training which I was very scared of doing but now would not hesitate to sign up for any future online courses



Level 3 Accountancy

My learning coach was excellent and always supportive, providing guidance about my learning programme and personal circumstances effecting studies. The online blog style of the job tracker and portfolio was easy to follow and keep track of any admin required.



Level 4 Accountancy

I have a passion for helping and supporting anyone looking to learn new accounting skills. It is a privilege and pleasure to see a learner successfully achieve their qualification and progress in their career. In my 20 plus years in the education and training sector, I have had the privilege to help build individual learner’s confidence and self-belief, enabling them to aspire to make significant, positive life-style career changes and improve their quality of life. I love my job!

Teresa Haley

Teresa Haley

Accountancy Tutor

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Frequently Asked Questions about AAT

Here's some info to get you started...

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Individual learners

Yes, our AAT courses are delivered online through the Babington Learning Portal. This means that all your learning resources can easily be accessed in one place, and are available on-demand to suit you. As well as the online delivery, you also have access to tutor support to help you in your study.

Yes, we offer a number of payment methods and options. You can explore these at checkout.

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Yes! Our AAT programmes are suitable both for individual (self-funding) learners, or for those in employment where a business or employer is funding the qualification.

Yes, we offer credit bundles for all our professional qualifications and short courses – which means you can buy as many ‘seats’ as you need, whilst benefitting from multi-purchase discounts. For more information, please see our full pricing page (coming soon) or get in touch.

Did you know, we offer Accountancy apprenticeships too? Explore our full offering here

Browse all our accountancy programmes

Looking for a different type of course or study route? You can use the cards below to explore other accountancy programmes – from government-funded 12-week skills bootcamps, all the way up to Masters degree-equivalent Level 7 apprenticeship programmes.