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AAT Accountancy: Advanced Bookkeeping

CMS Vocational Training Hadyn Luke posted this on Wednesday 28th of March 2018 Hadyn Luke 28/03/2018


AAT Accountancy: Advanced Bookkeeping

In our latest accountancy blog, you can read about Advanced Bookkeeping.

A wide range of jobs will be available to you with qualifications in accountancy and advanced training in this field can enhance your career prospects and earning potential.

This blog has been written to support those learners enrolled on classroom and distance learning based AAT courses, as well as those interested in learning more about accountancy technician practises or wanting to become qualified as a AAT Accountancy Technician in the Huddersfield, Wakefield and Leeds region.

AAT accountancy courses available include:

Who is Advanced Bookkeeping for?

This particular qualification is aimed at those who already have bookkeeping experience, ideally along with a good level of English and maths.

How long does it take to complete?

It takes around six months, with a total of approximately 210 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – although this can vary from student to student.

Those who already have some experience in this field can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which can allow exemptions from some of the assessments.

What’s covered in the qualification?

A range of advanced bookkeeping activities, including:

  • Double-entry bookkeeping
  • Intermediate spreadsheets
  • Accountancy software
  • Financial statements
  • Final accounts
  • Indirect tax (VAT)

Students will advance their knowledge of bookkeeping with technical skills, learning about areas such as accruals and prepayments, in order to take them to the stage where they can create a trial balance and identify profit and loss.

They will also learn about elements of advanced bookkeeping, including but not limited to:

  • non-current asset accounting, including recording acquisition and disposal
  • ethical principles
  • the importance of the accounting equation
  • classification of assets, liabilities and equity
  • books and ledgers used in accountancy
  • authorisation for capital expenditure
  • calculating and recording depreciation
  • accruals and pre-payments
  • recording irrecoverable and doubtful debts
  • trial balances

What study methods are used?

Study aids will be provided, for example sample assessment materials and tests. The study process will also include e-learning, webinars and sessions with tutors.

Work experience and work placements are strongly recommended, along with attending industry lectures. Contact with employers during study is essential and can take various forms, including but not limited to:

  • Work experience and placements
  • Work on projects such as case studies
  • Attending talks, lectures, masterclasses, networking events

Three externally assessed units must be passed to gain the qualification; these are computer based and time restricted, and may require a mix of written answers and multiple choice.

Careers open to people with this qualification

Several roles will be open to you once you pass Advanced Bookkeeping, including as a professional bookkeeper, an accounts manager or a ledger manager.

Alternatively, it can lead to further study, for example for the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

The qualification will also open the door for you to apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership, which can help you achieve professional AAT Bookkeeper status (AATQB).


If you’re looking to progress your career in accountancy, an AAT Advanced Bookkeeping qualification is widely recognised by employers and will give you the practical knowledge and skills required for a senior role.

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