1Course Overview

AAT Level 1 Access Award in Bookkeeping

Course code: AAT013

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Achieve a recognised qualification with our Level 1 Access Award in Bookkeeping, from the comfort of your own home!

An Access Award is an entry level qualification (Level 1) that provides students with introductory knowledge of business, finance and bookkeeping in order to develop their skills before advancing onto higher level AAT qualifications. 

This course will allow you to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of manual bookkeeping
  • Learn how to identify monetary assets and terminology
  • Know how to process transactions

This course is ideal for: 

  • Those with minimal previous work experience 
  • Students wishing to advance their knowledge and career in bookkeeping and progress onto further AAT courses
  • Self-employed students who wish to aid their own business 

AAT qualifications are recognised by all UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies and are widely sought after by employers. 

All course materials will be delivered to you by post, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can work at your own pace. 

Achieve your dream career and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

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2Course Content

Qualification Number: 603/1308/0

Guided Learning Hours: 45 

Total Qualification Time: 84 hours

Understand the role of the bookkeeper (10%) 
  • The duties and responsibilities of a bookkeeper 
  • Confidentiality and privacy
  • Accuracy
Understand financial transactions (15%) 
  • Buying and selling 
  • Bookkeeping terminology
  • Transactions
Process customer and supplier transactions (35%) 
  • Invoices and credit notes 
  • Recording information 
  • Outstanding amounts
Process receipts and payments (40%) 
  • Recording receipts and payments
  • Understanding and using the cash book
  • Checking the cash book
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The qualification is assessed through an external end-of-qualification assessment. This computer-based assessment is to be sat under controlled conditions at an external examination centre. Your tutor will help you to decide when you are ready to take the assessments.

Course Duration

This course takes approximately 84 hours to complete, 45 of which are proposed guided learning hours. However, you will have a six months to complete your course so you are able to study at a pace that suits you. 

Study Method

Once you enrol, you will receive all course materials by post and receive full tutor support for six months. Once you have registered with AAT you will also have online access to online resources and additional support materials, including sample assessments.


On successful completion of your AAT exams you will receive a Level 1 Access Award in Bookkeeping awarded by The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has been established for over 30 years and is a leading membership organisation for over 140,000 accounting professionals.


Your Questions Answered

What do I need to enrol onto this course?

You must be 16 years old in order to enrol onto this course. Good communication, English and Mathematics skills are also recommended. 

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE NUS Extra Card
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

*Not included with online study option

Are there any additional costs?

To sit any exams, you must join AAT as a student member, which will then give you access to their resources.  It is your own responsibility to pay for your student membership and exam fees, which are both payable to AAT. You will also need to pay your assessment centre fees, which will be paid directly to them.

Benefits and fees can be found on the AAT website.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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The total course fee includes a loan arrangement fee. Your initial deposit payment will be used towards this fee, any remaining fee balance will be added the loan amount.

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with AffordItNow.
For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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