AAT Access Award: Bookkeeping and Accounting Software (Level 1)

When and Where

16 Apr 2018 - 25 Jun 2018 (40 hours, 8 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Concession Fee discount not applicable
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Shameika Byfield
Course code

What you will learn

This AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping and Accounting Software consists of two parts. The Bookkeeping qualification will develop your understanding of the role of the bookkeeper; while the Accounting Software qualification will introduce you to the use of accounting software.

This qualification is suitable for students with no prefious accounting experience but who wish to develop basic accounting skills to improve their employability or to progress in their current occupation.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand the role of the bookkeeper
  • Understand financial transactions
  • Process customer and supplier transactions
  • Process receipts and payments
  • Understand the benefits and risks of using accounting software
  • Set up accounts
  • Record bank and cash transactions
  • Produce reports using accounting software

Class format and activities

The qualification consists of two parts.

Part 1: Bookkeeping
* Understand the role of the bookkeeper
*** Duties and responsibilities of a bookkeeper
*** Ways to keep information confidential
*** Importance of working with accuracy

* Understand financial transactions
*** The buying and selling process
*** Basic bookkeeping terminology
*** The dual effect of transactions

* Process customer and supplier transactions
*** Prepare sales invoices and credit notes
*** Check purchse invoices and credit notes
*** Record sales and purchase invoices and credit notes in the books of prime entry
*** Identify outstanding amounts for individual customers and suppliers

* Process receipts and payments
*** Enter receipts and payments into a cash book
*** Use the cash book to calculate closing amounts of cash in hand and cash in the bank
*** Check the closing amount of cash in the bank against the closing balance on the bank statement

Part 2: Accounting software
* Understand the benefits and risks of using accounting software
*** Features of accounting software compared to manual bookeeping
*** Advantages and disadvantages to users of different types of accounting software
*** Accounting software security

* Set up accounts
*** Create new accounts in the general ledger
*** Amend existing account names in the general ledger

* Record bank and cash transactions
*** Accounting terminology
*** Record transactions from a bank statement
*** Record cash transactions

* Produce reports using accounting software
*** Reports that may be produced using accounting software
*** Produce reports using accounting software

There will be two computer-based assessments.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

You need to be aged 19 or above.

You do not need to have previous background in accounting or finance.

What you need to know before you enrol

The course fee includes the exam fee and registration with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

The fees for this course may be waivered if you are in receipt of certain state benefits and need skills to get back to work. Please see Fees and Concessions page for further information and contact our Enrolment Team on 020 7450 1889 to apply. You will need to present proof of benefit to enrol.

What you will need for your class

Learning materials will be provided but please bring a notepad, black and red pens, a pencil and an eraser.

What you can do next

This introductory accounting qualification can help increase your employability and improve your career prospects.

On completion of this course, you can enrol onto a Foundation Certificate in Accounting.