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AAT Access Course

Our AAT Level 1 Access course will give you a complete introduction to the world of accounting and start you on the path to further AAT qualifications with our AAT courses at levels 2-4.

Who is it for? Accounting beginners looking to learn the basics
Qualification: AAT Level 1 Award in Accounting
Location: Online Learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 75 recommended study hours – six months' tutorial support

Get your first accounting qualification with the AAT Level 1 Access course

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is an internationally recognised provider of accounting qualifications and is one of the leading awarding bodies in the sector. AAT accounting courses offer an accredited route into accountancy for those returning to work or without any finance experience.

If you are looking to start on the accounting career path, or considering accounting as a career choice, our online Level 1 AAT Access course will give you a solid introduction to the relevant business and finance skills used in workplaces up and down the country.

Online training courses in accounting allow you to study at home to become competent in essential accounting practice and prepare you for work as an accounting professional. This AAT Level 1 Access course supports the initial stages of your career development in accounting, introducing you to basic general accounting procedures.

We are thrilled to have recently won two awards at the 2016 AAT Training Provider Awards and reap the rewards of all the hard work our team puts into creating such high quality courses. We won Best Use of E-learning, which recognises the exceptional digital learning experience we provide for our students and also AAT Distance Learner of the Year which was awarded to one of our extremely dedicated students Thomas Brinsley. 

Take the first step towards your accounting career today

Accounting professionals need to be qualified in order to work within the finance sector; to create business templates and work effectively with accounting assets and accounting liabilities. With our online accounting courses specially designed for learning at home, you can work your way through the AAT pathway flexibly – beginning with the Level 1 AAT training course – and apply for trainee-level positions at the same time.

On completion of the online AAT Access course you will have a firm grasp of the typical business practices used within accounting and, having gained your AAT Level 1 Certificate, you will be ready to progress onto further study with the AAT and take up a basic accounting role.

How to gain the AAT Access qualification

Students will work through the AAT Access course online on our award winning VLC (Virtual Learning Campus)  our fantastic online learning platform which ensures Students succeed, with the ability to study online, on any device, wherever and whenever suits them. Online learning allows you to gain a professional qualification around work, family and other important commitments and offers a flexibility that is simply not available from traditional colleges.

The VLC is filled with a huge range of resources and engaging content and we make sure our course materials cater to all learning styles to give all our students the best chance of success.  The campus holds videos, interactive quizzes, live online classes- with Tutor and peer interaction, case studies, E-books, practice tests, online chat box for Tutor contact, student forums, plus our Career Management Hub offers students recent industry news, CV advice, interview simulators, expert video tips and recruitment help. 

Build up a solid understanding of the accounting profession and get a full insight into all areas of accounting practice with the AAT Access course.

Topics covered in this course include: how to work efficiently within an Accounting role, how to work with financial data, the legal framework and ethics that affect day-to-day business, advice on creating business documents, essential accounting terminology, and more.

Course Snapshot

  • Level 1 qualification - comparable to a pre-GCSE qualification
  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • One book containing four assignments and one practical test
  • One computer-based exam taken at an external test centre*
  • Approximately 75 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) - as this is a distance learning course you are in complete control over how much time you commit to your studies each week
  • Flexible payment options available
  • Offers progression to the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting.

*Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt the AAT may not accept you to sit these exams.

What is Included

We have put together a comprehensive package to ensure you have everything you need to successfully complete your course. This includes:

  • Study framework for your tutor group to ensure you complete the course within 12 months
  • Dedicated tutor to provide additional assistance along the course
  • Timely interactive live classes as you progress through the course to instil the knowledge
  • Course books for each unit
  • Additional downloadable resources
  • Online student forums
  • 24 hour access to the Virtual Learning Campus
  • Assignment marking and thorough feedback
  • Free access to the Career Management Service
  • Optional NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

There are no formal entry requirements for our AAT Access course. However, you are recommended to have basic skills in numeracy, information technology and literacy and an interest in accounting, before enrolling.

Before you enrol on this Home Learning College course, please ensure that you have read and understood the prerequisites below:

  • You have a valid UK address (students outside the UK will receive an additional postage charge)
  • You are over the age of 18 or have a third party payee for any financial agreement
  • You have a solid grasp of the English language. ITLTS 5.5 or equivalent is required if English is not your first language
  • You have access to a computer and the Internet throughout your study period
  • You have basic computer skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus and regular access to the Internet
  • You are fully committed to your studies.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost? That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months payment plans*. Representative APR 16.9%. These plans are offered by our finance provider Omni Capital, take a look at a representative APR Example. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

* Exact package varies by course, all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with Home Learning College. Any offer of credit will be is subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.

Online AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. One in twelve Chartered Accountants started by studying toward an AAT Qualification*. AAT is the UK’s leading professional body for Accounting and Finance employees with 125,000 members worldwide.

Our AAT courses online allow you to study at home and learn the important technical theory you need to work as an Accountant and how to apply this in a real-world setting. Home Learning College is the UK’s leading online learning provider for distance learning AAT courses, with pass rates better than the AAT themselves for all levels.

Once you have completed the AAT Level 4 Diploma course you can apply to join one of the main British Chartered Accountancy bodies, without the need for a degree.

With AAT on your CV, you will demonstrate a level of excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers. Our practical, industry-focussed courses enable you to manage finances, budgets and cash flow effectively and play a key role in business growth.

Read more about the AAT courses

*Source: AAT website, 2016

Pathway Option

Designed to help you fast track your career, our pathway packages combine the courses you need to gain the wider job opportunities and higher earning capacity you want.

With our AAT Intermediate Pathway you can take advantage of AAT Level 2 Certificate and AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting in one course, allowing you to save money on your studies.

The AAT Access course will give you the building blocks for progression onto the full AAT study pathway, starting with the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Business & Accounting.

Our AAT Access course will also prepare you to take on junior or trainee Accounting roles, such as Junior Administrator, Clerical Assistant and Cashier. By progressing and completing the full AAT pathway is approximately equivalent to the first year of an honours university degree and will enable you to study with one of the main Chartered bodies in order to achieve Chartered Accountant status.

View AAT for Accounting Technicians career progression pathway.

Assistant Accounts Clerk


*Source: - Salary Checker, January 2016

Junior Administrator


*Source: - Salary Checker, January 2016

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