AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

Our internationally recognised "flagship" qualification is based on practical, real-world accounting knowledge you can put to use from day one, taught by professional tutors with experience of the industry

  • A career in Accountancy offers such diversity - it isn't just about number crunching.  So if you want to work in accounting in some form, then gaining an AAT qualification could be the way forward and better still do it as an apprenticeship.  

125,000 global members can tell you why AAT is more than the UK’s leading qualification and professional body for accounting and finance staff and an AAT qualification opens doors to Chartered Accountancy, University, being self employed and much much more.  

Not all accountants wear suits and work in a traditional office environment - the opportunities open to you are endless, not just here in the South West but globally.  You can work in a practice or in industry, in whatever area you like, the music business, gaming world, outdoor pursuits, food industry, fashion, in fact more or less anything and Accountancy is also a well paid profession!  

To set you on your way, taking this qualification and doing an Apprenticeship at the same time, would be the route we would suggest, so you earn money, your course is funded and you gain invaluable experience.  We work with some great practices and businesses in the South West, so let us help you on your way.

Aplus training provide the essential skills to enable learners to gain recognised qualifications, to open the door to employment and future career progression through the AAT qualification. 

Aplus training specialise in delivering Accounting qualifications, by professional tutors with experience of the industry.  We have a successful history of delivering apprenticeships in Accounting and the AAT qualification since 1992, delivering across the South West, with training centres in Plymouth and Exeter. 

We offer short AAT courses, along with a route to a recognised Bookkeeper qualification and the full AAT qualification.


The AAT full Qualification comprises of three levels 

Level 2

Certificate in Accounting

Level 3

Diploma in Accounting 

Level 4

Advanced Diploma in Accounting 

This is an introduction to basic Accounting & Finance. As a standalone qualification or as a first step towards the advanced level it will allow you to move on to further study in accounting and finance. The aim of this qualification is to enhance skills learnt at introductory level. The level 3 diploma will allow you to move on to further study in accounting and finance.

This course is aimed only at applicants with a strong background in Accounting and builds on knowledge and skills developed at level 3. 

You study:

  • Processing Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Control Accounts, journals and the banking system
  • Basic costing
  • Computerised Accounting
  • Working effectively in Accounting and Finance

Apprentices will be working towards achieving the following:

  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths (where applicable

You study:

  • Accounts preparation
  • Prepare Final Accounts for Sole traders and Partnerships
  • Costs and Revenues
  • Indirect Tax
  • Professional ethics in Accounting & Finance
  • Spreadsheets Software

Apprentices will be wokring towards achieving the following:

  • AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths (where applicable)

You study 4 mandatory units:

  • Financial Statements
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Performance
  • Internal Control and Accounting Systems

And 2 optional units:

  • Personal tax
  • Business Tax
  • External Auditing
  • Cash Management
  • Credit Control

Please note:  If you wish to study Level 4 as an Apprenticeship you would be required to study a Level 4 AAT Diploma in Business as well. Optional units for the Level 4 are also decided with the majority of the group.

How long does it take?

Usually 3 years to become fully AAT qualified.  Each of the three levels takes approximately one year to achieve.

A discussion with a tutor can determine the best entry level for each learner based on prior knowledge and experience.

To achieve full membership status and use the initials MAAT the learner will need to have completed 1 years full time work experience as well.

Support and advice at every stage

We offer courses and qualifications that are always relevant and up-to-date, designed to support learners at every stage of their careers.

Aplus training offer a choice of evening and day courses in Plymouth and Exeter for all levels.

The course is assessed by means of a mix of computer based tests and projects.

Learners are taught through a variety of presentations, activities and group work leading to exam preparation held one week before each exam, at the end of each module.

Progression: what you could do after the course

On completion of each level you can apply for the next.  After achieving the level 4 Advanced Diploma in Accounting you could look to continue your studies with Chartered Accounting Bodies, CIMA, ACCA or ACA.

***FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING APPRENTICESHIPS PLEASE CONTACT MORVEN MACLEAN 01752 256610***


*This is still to be determined

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