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AAT Accounting Qualifications

AQ2016 syllabus

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The AAT AQ2016 qualification

From the Foundation Certificate in Accounting, which covers the very basics of bookkeeping and accounting software, right through to advanced courses designed for those looking to progress into senior finance roles.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone that’s working in an entry-level role, looking to progress up the ladder, or simply considering a career change.
  • Ambitious, open-minded learners that want the freedom and flexibility that comes with studying online.
  • Those wanting to study the AAT AQ2016 syllabus

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The information below is for the AQ2016 syllabus. You can find information on the AAT Q2022 syllabus here. For more information, see our guidance page.


    What do the AAT qualifications cover?

    Please note that the information below is for the AQ2016 syllabus.

    Covering all the basics of accounting, this course ensures you have a solid understanding of bookkeeping software and transactions, and sharpens your business and communication skills.

    • Bookkeeping Transactions
    • Bookkeeping Controls
    • Elements of Costing
    • Using Accountancy Software
    • Working Effectively in Finance

    In this unit, you’ll master more complex accounting techniques, cover ethical practices, and learn more about financial reporting and data.

    • Advanced Bookkeeping
    • Final Accounts Preparation
    • Management Accounting: Costing
    • Indirect Tax
    • Ethics for Accountants
    • Spreadsheets for Accounting

    Designed to prepare you for more senior finance positions, the Professional Diploma in Accounting covers financial statements, budgets, and cash and treasury management. 

    • Management Accounting: Budgeting
    • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
    • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
    • Accounting Systems and Controls
    • Business Tax (optional unit)
    • Personal Tax (optional unit)
    • External Auditing (optional unit)
    • Cash and Treasury Management (optional unit)
    • Credit Management (optional unit)

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    Frequently asked questions

    • When you study accounting online, you have the flexibility to learn in your own time. Our monthly subscription means you can stop your payments if you need to take a break and restart whenever you’re ready.

    • AAT’s Foundation Certificate in Accounting is the ideal introductory course for those who don’t have experience in finance. It features everything you need to kickstart your career in accountancy.

    • The Foundation Certificate in Accounting covers basic costing principles and bookkeeping. For more advanced bookkeeping, you can progress to the Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

    • AAT’s Professional Diploma in Accounting is a managerial accounting course. It features budgeting, financial performance reporting, external auditing, and cash and treasury management. 

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