The AAT Accounting Qualification is highly respected and gives students all the technical skills they need to embark on a career in finance. Most students will start at Level 2, but if you have relevant academic or work experience you may be able to start at Level 3. Complete the online AAT Skillcheck to determine your entry level, or call us for advice.

The qualification

There are three levels each comprising a number of units. You must pass all of the units in order to obtain your award.

  • Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • Level 3 Diploma in Accounting
  • Level 4 Diploma in Accounting

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Assessment AQ2016

Each qualification will now be graded, this will be determined by the percentage you have achieved in each unit assessment and the synoptic assessment. Your final grade will either be Pass, Merit or Distinction.

There will be a synoptic assessment at the end of each level. A synoptic assessment is an exam that will cover the whole syllabus of a level.  Foundation synoptic assessments will be available most weeks, Advanced and Professional synoptic assessments will be available at fixed times throughout the year, as communicated by AAT. You can view the Synoptic schedule here 

The new syllabus will restrict some students to one re-sit per unit and synoptic assessment within their 24 month study programme for assessments on the Foundation and Advanced Accounting Qualifications.

If you are currently studying AAT you will need to think about how this syllabus change will affect you.  You may need to make a decision about when you will begin studying the new AQ2016 syllabus.

Current students can stay on AQ2013 (the old syllabus) to complete your level and start your next level on either syllabus.  To complete under the old syllabus you will need to maintain an active AAT Student Membership and will then have until 31 December 2017 to complete it.

Please contact your tutor with any queries you have regarding the new syllabus.

Assessment AQ2013

Each unit is tested as either a computer based exam or assessment. The exams last between 90 minutes and 2.5 hours depending on the subject, and the pass mark is 70%.

You can sit your exams at any First Intuition or AAT Assessment centre. Simply call your nearest exam centre to book your exam.

Not sure if AAT is the right qualification for you? Use our qualification guide or contact us for advice.