The AAT Accounting Qualification gives you practical, internationally recognised finance and accountancy skills that can open doors for you in any industry across the world.
AAT is open to everyone – you don’t need previous qualifications or experience, and you can work at a pace that fits in with your lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for your first job in accountancy, or simply want to enhance your existing accounting skills, CMS will give you the training you need.
AAT offers a route into chartered accountancy. If you choose to further your studies with one of the leading chartered professional bodies, such as ACCA, CIPFA or CIMA, your AAT qualification will give you generous exemptions.
What are the benefits of AAT membership?
Once you’ve registered as an AAT student member you’ll be able to access a range of AAT support resources to help you succeed in your studies.
- Including practice assessments, interactive e-learning modules, reading lists, assessment briefings, revision courses and much more.
- Dedicated call centre
- AAT’s Membership Support team have a helpline especially for student queries.
- Boosting your career prospects
- From an online CV builder, interviews tips to the latest accountancy vacancies courtesy of our dedicated jobs site aat-jobs.co.uk
- Exclusive discounts
- Enjoy great offers and discounts with AAT Additions from IT training, CDs, holidays, medical insurance and much more.
- What’s covered and is it right for me?
Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (Level 5 in Scotland)
A range of basic accounting practices and techniques, from costing and double-entry bookkeeping to computerised accounting.
This level is perfect for those who are new to finance or if you’re simply looking to brush up on your foundation knowledge and skills.
Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Level 6 in Scotland)
Level 3 introduces more complex accounting tasks, like maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns.
This level is perfect if you’ve completed Level 2, or you’re already at a more intermediate level and you’re looking to develop your accounting skills.
Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (Level 8 in Scotland)
The final level covers higher level accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in areas from tax to auditing and credit control.
This level is perfect if you’ve progressed through Levels 2 and 3, or you’re at a more advanced stage in your career and you want a qualification to give you the confidence and proof that you have the skills to do the job.
Once you’ve achieved this level, you’ll be the proud owner of the AAT Accounting Qualification. With proof of relevant work experience, perhaps gathered while you were training, you’ll be able to apply to become a full member of AAT and use the letters MAAT after your name.
What Level shall I start at?
Not sure what level to start at? Use AAT Skillcheck to see which of Levels 2 or 3 of the AAT Accounting Qualification best suits your skills.
Learn more about each level of the AAT Accounting Qualification.
Next steps after qualifying
Once you’ve achieved the AAT Accounting Qualification, you’ll be able to:
Apply for AAT professional membership and use the letters MAAT after your name
- Progress to chartered accountancy (gaining generous exemptions)
- Become your own boss with our members in practice (MIP) scheme
- Progess to university with AAT giving you 160 UCAS points
- Work overseas with our internationally recognised qualification.