AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians - Aplus Training

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. Apprenticeships have never brought more value to businesses across the region. They have been without doubt one of the success stories of the last five years and record numbers of employers have switched on to the benefits that young, motivated people bring to their organisation. Apprenticeships are going through the most significant change in 20 years and we are committed to ensuring that these changes are as beneficial as they can be.

April saw the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, this means that employers with a wage roll of over £3 million will have to pay 0.5% of their payroll into the Levy. There are also plans for Public Sector Employers to take on 2.3% of their workforce as Apprentices. There is a phased introduction of the ways in which the Apprenticeship qualifications are being structured. Standards will replace frameworks and a new Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) will be introduced to handle funding allocation for Apprenticeship training. So, all of this means that now is the perfect time to be thinking about an Apprenticeship and starting your career in the best position possible!

The AAT full Qualification comprises of three levels

From September of this year, Aplus Training will be offering a brand new route to completing the AAT qualifications. To run alongside the changes being made through the Apprenticeship Levy we are offering a new Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Programme. This will combine both the Level 2 and 3 and will be completed over a programme of 18 months study. You will then move onto the Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting which will take a further 18 months.

Level 2

Certificate in Accounting

Level 3

Diploma in Accounting 

Level 4

Advanced Diploma in Accounting 

The aim of the Foundation Certificate will introduce you to basic accounting and finance skills. You will develop your skill sin finance administration: double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and the use of the general ledger. The certificate underpins the necessary skills and knowledge for higher levels of the AAT Qualification.  The aim of the Advanced Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either in employment or towards further study. This qualification offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anoyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance. By studying this qualification students will acquire lifelong professional accountancy and finance skills.

The purpose of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is to enhance the skills developed from the Levels 2 and 3, enabling students to maximise opportunities in their current or new employment. By studying for this qualification, students will acquire professional accountancy and finance skills that will be useful throughout their careers.  

You study:

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


In addition to the AAT unit exams and Synoptic Assessments, Apprenitces will be expected to complete a portfolio, Reflective and Professional discussion and complete an End Point Assessment (EPA), this will take place over months 15-18.

You study:

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


In addition to the AAT unit exams and Synoptic Assessments, Apprenitces will be expected to complete a portfolio, Reflective and Professional discussion and complete an End Point Assessment (EPA), this will take place over months 15-18.

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.


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