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  • Is this course for you?

    Accounting software is now widely used in most organisations. This unit introduces students to using accounting software and the main features of accounting software. This qualification can offer a route into employment or an apprenticeship, support students in their existing work, or help students to pursue further study with AAT.

    This qualification will particularly suit those students who have had minimal work experience or those who need some additional support in order to progress. This may include younger learners seeking tangible and finance specific skills, adults seeking to validate their existing skills in order to enter into or progress in their career, or students who would like to test their abilities before progressing further with AAT. This qualification may also interest those who are self-employed or working in small businesses with a requirement to do their own bookkeeping.

    Students who have already studied manual bookkeeping (or with existing manual bookkeeping skills) will benefit from studying this qualification to gain further skills in accounting software, in order to develop their career as a bookkeeper.

    Students completing this qualification may wish to pursue careers in finance or business in either the private or public sectors. This qualification complements the other qualifications in the suite of AAT Access qualifications and may be combined with the AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping to lay a strong foundation for further study with AAT in either accountancy or bookkeeping.

    AAT qualifications are valued by employers as vocational and technical qualifications that effectively prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles.

  • Required qualifications

    There are no entry requirements for the AAT Access Award in Accounting Software. However, we recommend that students begin their AAT studies with a reasonable standard of English and maths.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Students will attend college one morning a week for 3 hours over 6 weeks and will develop an understanding of the following:

    • the benefits and risks of using accounting software
    • how to set up accounts
    • how to record bank and cash transactions using accounting software
    • the skills needed to produce a range of reports to meet business needs

    One online exam must be passed at the end of the course.

    Teaching is carried out both in the classroom and electronically via the college’s learning platform. In addition, with AAT registration comes a valuable range of online resources to support students’ education.

  • Careers

    The skills developed by studying this qualification will give students a solid base from which to seek employment or an apprenticeship with greater confidence and/or enable them to progress to the next level of learning.

    This qualification can lead to employment in junior or supporting administrative roles in companies across a wide range of sectors, for example as a:

    • trainee bookkeeper
    • data entry clerk
    • accounts administrator
    • invoice entry administrator
    • payments administrator

    Students may wish to complement their studies further with a qualification in Bookkeeping:

    • AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping – Level 1

    The skills developed in this qualification may also enable learners to progress onto a level 2 AAT course:

    • AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting
  • English and maths

    As part of the course students will develop their literacy skills and learn accounts specific terminology as well as be able to produce financial documents such as purchase orders, invoices, credit notes, remittance advice and statements. The ability to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience is a valuable skill in any role and in any type of business, particularly in finance roles. Students are therefore encouraged to practise writing emails to customers, suppliers and other business stakeholders, to prepare them for the workplace.

    Within the learning environment students will take part in discussions as well as to respond to questioning, which will build confidence and promote effective communication skills. Students are expected to follow both verbal and written instructions both in the classroom and as part of their formal assessments.

    As part of the course students will perform basic mathematical calculations such as multiplication, subtraction, addition, division and percentages. These skills will enable students to confidently produce financial documents and to keep precise accounting records. The importance of accuracy within the accounting function is paramount and learners are therefore encouraged to be meticulous in their record keeping and to proofread and check their work in order to minimise mistakes.

  • Other important information

    As well as tuition fees you are required to pay for AAT registration which is approximately £40.00.

    You are also required to purchase the relevant textbook at a discounted rate – this will be explained at induction.

    Expectations: It is essential that a minimum of 95% attendance is achieved for this course and that regular home study is completed, in order to achieve exam success.

    What you need to bring to college: You will be expected to provide your own stationery and always attend college fully equipped for lessons with a textbook, course notes, note paper and writing implements.

    IT: It is essential that you have access to a computer or laptop and the internet at home, in order to complete homework and revision activities.

    NB: There may be financial assistance available to you depending on your personal circumstances, please ask the Student Services team.

  • Is this course for you?

    Accounting software is now widely used in most organisations. This unit introduces students to using accounting software and the main features of accounting software. This qualification can offer a route into employment or an apprenticeship, support students in their existing work, or help students to pursue further study with AAT.

    This qualification will particularly suit those students who have had minimal work experience or those who need some additional support in order to progress. This may include younger learners seeking tangible and finance specific skills, adults seeking to validate their existing skills in order to enter into or progress in their career, or students who would like to test their abilities before progressing further with AAT. This qualification may also interest those who are self-employed or working in small businesses with a requirement to do their own bookkeeping.

    Students who have already studied manual bookkeeping (or with existing manual bookkeeping skills) will benefit from studying this qualification to gain further skills in accounting software, in order to develop their career as a bookkeeper.

    Students completing this qualification may wish to pursue careers in finance or business in either the private or public sectors. This qualification complements the other qualifications in the suite of AAT Access qualifications and may be combined with the AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping to lay a strong foundation for further study with AAT in either accountancy or bookkeeping.

    AAT qualifications are valued by employers as vocational and technical qualifications that effectively prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles.

  • Required qualifications

    There are no entry requirements for the AAT Access Award in Accounting Software. However, we recommend that students begin their AAT studies with a reasonable standard of English and maths.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Students will attend college one morning a week for 3 hours over 6 weeks and will develop an understanding of the following:

    • the benefits and risks of using accounting software
    • how to set up accounts
    • how to record bank and cash transactions using accounting software
    • the skills needed to produce a range of reports to meet business needs

    One online exam must be passed at the end of the course.

    Teaching is carried out both in the classroom and electronically via the college’s learning platform. In addition, with AAT registration comes a valuable range of online resources to support students’ education.

  • Careers

    The skills developed by studying this qualification will give students a solid base from which to seek employment or an apprenticeship with greater confidence and/or enable them to progress to the next level of learning.

    This qualification can lead to employment in junior or supporting administrative roles in companies across a wide range of sectors, for example as a:

    • trainee bookkeeper
    • data entry clerk
    • accounts administrator
    • invoice entry administrator
    • payments administrator

    Students may wish to complement their studies further with a qualification in Bookkeeping:

    • AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping – Level 1

    The skills developed in this qualification may also enable learners to progress onto a level 2 AAT course:

    • AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting
  • English and maths

    As part of the course students will develop their literacy skills and learn accounts specific terminology as well as be able to produce financial documents such as purchase orders, invoices, credit notes, remittance advice and statements. The ability to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience is a valuable skill in any role and in any type of business, particularly in finance roles. Students are therefore encouraged to practise writing emails to customers, suppliers and other business stakeholders, to prepare them for the workplace.

    Within the learning environment students will take part in discussions as well as to respond to questioning, which will build confidence and promote effective communication skills. Students are expected to follow both verbal and written instructions both in the classroom and as part of their formal assessments.

    As part of the course students will perform basic mathematical calculations such as multiplication, subtraction, addition, division and percentages. These skills will enable students to confidently produce financial documents and to keep precise accounting records. The importance of accuracy within the accounting function is paramount and learners are therefore encouraged to be meticulous in their record keeping and to proofread and check their work in order to minimise mistakes.

  • Other important information

    As well as tuition fees you are required to pay for AAT registration which is approximately £40.00.

    You are also required to purchase the relevant textbook at a discounted rate – this will be explained at induction.

    Expectations: It is essential that a minimum of 95% attendance is achieved for this course and that regular home study is completed, in order to achieve exam success.

    What you need to bring to college: You will be expected to provide your own stationery and always attend college fully equipped for lessons with a textbook, course notes, note paper and writing implements.

    IT: It is essential that you have access to a computer or laptop and the internet at home, in order to complete homework and revision activities.

    NB: There may be financial assistance available to you depending on your personal circumstances, please ask the Student Services team.

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