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AAT to update seven of their qualifications

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AAT is the UK’s leading professional body offering skills-based accountancy and finance qualifications. With over 130,000 members in more than 90 countries AATs qualifications teach practical skills for the workplace. Students don’t need previous experience and can learn at their own pace.
Recognised by leading employers in the UK and internationally, AAT qualifications are perfect whether you are just starting out, already working in finance or looking to gain the skills to change careers.

AAT regularly review and update their qualifications to make sure they are aligned with the needs of employers and the ever changing working environment. Following the latest review, AAT have updated seven of their qualifications. These updated versions will launch on 1 September 2016, replacing the existing qualifications for new students*.

As part of the updates there are some key changes being implemented to the four accounting qualifications, these include:

• Introduction of qualification grading
• Synoptic assessments and fixed assessment periods
• Re-sit restrictions (to some students)

AATs updated qualifications

Accounting Qualifications updated Foundation qualifications

The foundation qualifications teach students a range of basic accounting principles and techniques, from costing and double-entry bookkeeping to using accounting software. For students who chose to study the Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business, in addition to the accountancy knowledge and skills developed under the Foundation Certificate, they will gain complementary business communication and personal skills, enhancing their employability.
The Foundation Certificate in Accounting is suited for:
•people who are new to accounting and finance
•unqualified accounting staff who want to enhance their foundation knowledge and skills
•employers looking to upskill their staff
•people looking to change their careers.
The Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business is suited for:
•people aged 16 to 19 studying full time who wish to pursue a career in accountancy, finance or business
•those aged 16 to 19 not in employment, education or training (NEET)
•Adults who want to develop broader business and personal skills and enhance their employability.

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Students will learn and master a number of accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.
The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is suited for:
•people who have completed the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting or the Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business
•unqualified accounting staff who are at an intermediate level and want to develop their accounting skills
•employers looking to upskill their staff
•people looking to change their careers
•those looking for an A-Level alternative

The Professional Diploma in Accounting

The Professional Diploma in Accounting covers higher accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluation financial performance. On completion, students will be able to specialise in areas such as tax, auditing and credit control.

The Professional Diploma in Accounting is suited for:
•people who have completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
•those at a more advanced stage of their career who want to back up their skills with a recognised qualification
•employers looking to upskill their staff
•those looking for an alternative to university.

Bookkeeping qualifications
Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

The Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping provides an entry point for anyone wishing to start a career in bookkeeping focusing on developing bookkeeping and basic accounting skills, including double-entry bookkeeping.
The Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is suited for:
•people who have a completed Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping
•those already working in finance and looking to back this up with a qualification
•those who want to work in bookkeeping in a larger company’s finance department or as an independent professional
•people who are already self-employed and need to do their own bookkeeping.

Foundation Award in Accounting Software

The Foundation Award in Accounting Software is perfect for those who need to get to grips with computerised accounting software. It will enhance their current knowledge, allowing them to use such software independently in the work environment.
The Foundation Award in Bookkeeping is suited for:
•people who have already completed an AAT Level 1 bookkeeping qualification
•unqualified accounting staff
•those who want to work in bookkeeping in a larger company’s finance department
•employers looking to upskill their staff

Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

The Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is designed for those who want to further develop their understanding and knowledge of bookkeeping. It covers double-entry bookkeeping, financial statements, intermediate spreadsheets and indirect tax.
The Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is suited for:
•people who have completed the Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping and/or the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping
•experienced bookkeepers looking to acquire further skills
•those employed in small to medium sized organisations who require an advanced level of knowledge on this subject
•would like to progress through to becoming an AAT qualified bookkeeper (AATQB).

Download the individual qualification specifications to find out more about the undated qualifications. AAT short course qualification withdrawal
As part of the review process that has resulted in the introduction of the above seven qualification AAT has taken the decision to withdraw two of its short courses with effect from 1 September 2016 due to low demand:
•Level 3 Certificate in Computerised Accounting and Ethics*
•Level 4 Certificate in Taxation and Ethics*

AAT supports it students

With over 300 pieces of study support material, AAT continues to develop and update its library of study support material for its students. With over 300 pieces across the qualification portfolio, students studying an AAT qualification are provided with all the necessary support and guidance to hell the to succeed.

AAT are continuing to deliver all other existing qualifications within their portfolio, you can find out more about these via the AAT website at http://aat.org.uk
* Students studying the current versions of these qualifications will have until 31 December 2017 to complete their studies.

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