Who should attend
Training is flexible and open to everyone.
AAT enables you to choose how, when and where you study.
You may be heading for your first job in accounting and finance, seeking a change of career, or already work in the industry.
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the learner with the skills, competence, knowledge and understanding to become an accounting technician.
The AAT suite of qualifications comprises 3 levels i.e. Level 3, 4 and 5. The course provider undertakes an initial assessment to determine at which stage of the qualification the learner should start. This involves examining their previous learning and current skills in accounting.
Those with some accounting experience may start at the level 4 qualification. Rarely, someone very experienced in accounting might start at the final level: 5. The AAT provides an online tool to help providers assess the right starting point for each learner.
The final level, higher level covers accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in areas from tax to auditing and credit control.
A perfect progression if you’ve already completed Levels 3 and 4, or you’re at a more advanced stage in your career and want a qualification to give you the confidence and proof that you have the skills to do the job.
Once you’ve achieved this level, you’ll be the proud owner of the AAT(SA) Accounting Qualification. With evidence of one year’s past relevant work experience – attained while you were training maybe – you’ll be able to apply to become a Platinum member of AAT(SA) and use the letters MAAT(SA) after your name.
- Manage people within the accounting environment.
- Prepare forecasts and budgets
- Collect, analyse and disseminate information about costs
- Monitor performance and make recommendations to enhance value
- Understand the principles of internal control and evaluate accounting systems
- Apply general principles and behaviours of ethical working in accountancy
- Review the competence of individuals undertaking work activities and arrange the necessary training.
- Prepare, in collaboration with management, contingency plans to meet possible emergencies. Update the system in accordance with changes that affect the way the system should operate and check that your update is producing the required results.
- Draft and interpret limited company financial statements
- Draft and interpret departmental revenue and expenditure reports
- Draft and interpret local government financial statements
AAT(SA) Qualifications in Accounting NQF level 5 –the structure of the qualification
Level 5 Certificate: Accounting NQF level 5 (Mandatory units and 2 optional pairs)
(locally assessed by centre)
1 All AAT assessments will be delivered using current and/or emerging computer-based technologies. Please also note that it is the AAT’s aim to develop alternative assessments so the form of assessment delivered in year 1 may not be the same form of assessments we use in year 2, 3, 4 or 5. We are aware that the infrastructure outside the UK varies and not all countries will immediately be able to adopt computer-based assessments (CBA). So outside the UK, the assessment strategy in the short-term will be different to the UK with regard the use of formal CBAs.