AAT Level 1 Access Award in Bookkeeping

Course codes: AAT013 / AAT029

Gain a recognised Bookkeeping qualification with this AAT Level 1 Access Award. AAT is a leading membership organisation for over 140,000 accounting professionals that provide highly-sought after qualifications in over 90 countries to advanced your career.

  • Develop a basic understanding of manual bookkeeping
  • Learn how to identify monetary assets and terminology
  • Know how to process transactions
  • Exams can be included, add these onto your package!
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Course overview

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 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, or self-employed students who wish to aid their own business.

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.

As well as your AAT course materials and tutor support, this course can includes the examination fees required to successfully complete your course and gain your AAT qualification.

Course Duration

Up to 6 months.

Study Hours

Approximately 84 hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive your AAT Access Award In Bookkeeping Inc Assessments (on completion of exams).

Entry Requirements

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


2 tutor marked assessments and 1 unit exam.

Course content

Qualification Number: 603/1308/0

Total Qualification Time: 84 hours

  • The duties and responsibilities of a bookkeeper 
  • Confidentiality and privacy
  • Accuracy
  • Buying and selling 
  • Bookkeeping terminology
  • Transactions
  • Invoices and credit notes 
  • Recording information 
  • Outstanding amounts
  • Recording receipts and payments
  • Understanding and using the cash book
  • Checking the cash book
Extra info


The qualification is assessed through 2 tutor marked assessments and then an external end-of-qualification exam. 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.

If you add on your exams, the assessments for this course will be taken at a centre in Irthlingborough, near Northampton. We will book these assessments for you when you feel you are ready. Please note – when booking this as a package, it is important to note that we are only able to book assessments at the specified centre in Irthlingborough, and you must therefore be prepared to travel to the centre to complete your assessment.

If you don’t add on your exams, you will need to book and pay for these yourself.

Course Duration

This course takes approximately 84 hours to complete, 45 of which are proposed guided learning hours. However, you will have up to 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).


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

  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support by email
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Exclusive Open Study College study pack
  • Document wallet
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card

To sit your exams, you must join AAT as a student member, which will then give you access to their resources. If you add on your exams, these are included within the cost, however if you choose to book these separately, you must book and pay for these yourself.

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.

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 Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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