AAT Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping – Evening September Start 18 weeks


This Level 1 qualification introduces the role of a bookkeeper and the underpinning knowledge to identify and carry out simple different bookkeeping activities, such as income and expenditure, profit and loss, and assets and liabilities. It also offers an introduction into the role, and the benefits and risks associated with bookkeeping software.

There is no need for any prior accounting or bookkeeping knowledge. It provides a solid grounding for students before moving on to the Level 2 qualifications.

If you have no prior accounting knowledge, this entry-level bookkeeping qualification will give you an understanding of manual, single-entry bookkeeping basics.

Course Content - What will I learn?

This unit introduces students to the role of a bookkeeper and simple bookkeeping techniques, while providing an understanding on why it’s important to keep accurate and up to date financial information in business. Students will learn how to identify a range of bookkeeping transactions including income, expenses, and profit and loss, as well as gaining an understanding of the benefits and risks associated with bookkeeping software and the importance of ethical behaviour.

Learning outcomes:
Understand the role of the bookkeeper.
Understand financial transactions.
Process customer and supplier transactions.
Process receipts and payments.
Understand the benefits and risks of using accounting software to complete bookkeeping tasks.

Am I right for the course?

This qualification has been designed to provide learners with a flexible, modern and coherent introduction to key principles and practices in bookkeeping in a computerised environment. It is aimed at learners who are new to the skills and knowledge requirement of bookkeepers. It is suitable for those who are studying in preparation for employment in bookkeeping job roles and those who are already employed in bookkeeping/data processing roles and who wish to develop introductory knowledge of the underlying principles and practices.

3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification although it is desirable that you have minimum numeracy and ICT skills at Level 1. You do not need prior knowledge of Accounting Software packages.

When you’re studying an AAT qualification your knowledge and skills will be tested via computer based assessments (CBAs). These are administered by AAT Approved training providers or assessment centres, and run entirely on PCs or laptops.

Wholly computer marked, and so results will be available automatically.

Oaklands College is an approved training provider.

Face-to-face lessons will occur once a week.

Oaklands College has a team of staff who are dedicated to help you reach your potential and have relevant professional experience in accounting and the use of computerised accounting packages.

What Next?

You may be able to progress to the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting depending on your overall relevant skills and accounting work experience.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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