What is the AAT?

As the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for vocational accountants, and with over 140,000 members operating in more than 90 countries, the AAT provide qualifications which meet the needs of both employees and the accountancy profession.

Their qualifications are developed with employers, so they offer the practical, real-world skills that people actually need in the workplace.

All AAT qualifications are part of the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF), so you can be assured they are based on the most up to date standards and are well-respected within the industry.

Successful completion of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting means you can receive generous exemptions with all the UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies, or even set up your own accountancy practice.

If you are currently in a finance role and are looking for a new challenge, AAT can help you improve your career opportunities. Develop your knowledge and learn new skills or gain recognition for the skills you already have with the qualification.

If you are on maternity leave, have been made redundant or are just assessing your options, our AAT courses offer excellent short-term opportunities. Our courses can fill current skills gaps and boost your confidence when returning to work or applying for a new job.

If you are looking for a new challenge or a more rewarding career, AAT qualifications can provide you with the opportunity you need, whatever your age. Our courses can help you transition to more satisfying and meaningful work that will stretch you and provide you with excellent prospects.

Which level do I start at?

AAT Skillcheck will give you guidance on the best AAT Accounting Qualification for you to start at, based on your skills and knowledge.

It is a short online test which consists of multiple-choice questions and should only take about 30 minutes to complete. You will be able to see your results and your recommended starting level immediately.

AAT Skillcheck

Exam centres

You will be tested via computer based assessments (CBAs). These are administered by AAT assessment centres and are run on PC.

You can sit your exams at any assessment centre, to find the ones in your area click here


There are 2 types of CBA

  • Computer based tests (CBTs) which relate to specific units, are computer marked, and are available throughout the year.
  • Synoptic assessments -these will test your understanding of connections between the different topics covered across the qualification. Synoptic assessments are partly human marked, and are sat towards the end of a qualification and are taken at specific times of the year.

We will agree a personalised study plan with you upon enrolment, so you know your target dates well in advance.

Assessment fees range between £70 - £80 per assessment, depending upon the qualification that you are studying.

Bookkeeping has 2 assessments

Level 2 has 5 assessments

Level 3 has 6 assessments

Level 4 has 6 assessments