AAT Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping

Course DurationLearning Hours: 35-40

DurationDuration: Up to 4 Months

Number of ExamsExams: 1

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Gain the bookkeeping and accountancy skills that will underpin your future studies. You will gain a sound basis for a career in bookkeeping, financial or management accounting.

Free AAT registration worth £45

The skills developed by studying this qualification will give you a solid base from which to seek employment with greater confidence or enable you to progress to the next level.

You will develop an understanding of the role of the bookkeeper, including the need to produce timely and accurate work and to follow ethical principles. You will learn underpinning theory including how to identify assets, liabilities, income, expenses, capital profit or loss, and the differences between trading for cash and trading on credit. You will also develop the skills to process customer and supplier transactions, to enter receipts and payments into the cash book and check amounts against the bank statement in preparation for bank reconciliation. You will be introduced to the dual effect of transactions.

This is a fundamental underpinning concept for double-entry bookkeeping and will support students who go on to study bookkeeping at Level 2. You will also learn the role that software can have in bookkeeping and the benefits and risks that different types of software may bring. You will explore the differences between cloud accounting software and traditional accounting software and learn about the importance of software security and the steps that can be taken to keep data secure.


Training Link focuses on only three subjects: Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll.

This keeps us focused on delivering the best student experience. And that’s why over the last 27 years we’ve won over 20 awards – from AAT’S Best New Training Provider in 2018 to ICB’s Large Training Provider of the Year for ten years in a row.

Training Link has written and created all of the study material in our standard and premium course packages.

And because we control this material, we can improve it based on student feedback and results. This is what helps Training Link students achieve outstanding pass rates.

  • Training Link’s bespoke printed AND online materials containing lessons, examples, activities and assessments
  • On-demand tutorials and explainer videos available 24/7
  • Online resources to significantly reduce the amount of time taken to complete the course
  • Award-winning Personal Tutor available via e-mail and telephone
  • Extensive Exam Preparation including in-house mock exams
  • Student Services Department operational 7 days a week
  • Course Administration Department
  • Training Link’s Student Street community is yours to engage in 24/7
  • Entitlement to apply for a TOTUM card

AAT was established in 1980 and is the world’s leading professional body for accounting technicians with over 130,000 members.

AAT’s qualifications are internationally-recognised, OfQual regulated, and the syllabus has been developed after feedback from businesses so students develop real-world skills which improve their employability. They award 80% of all vocational qualifications in accounting.

Organisations such as Sainsbury’s, P&G, Morgan Stanley, the Ministry of Defence and many more continue to hire AAT qualified members for their knowledge, skills, and diligence.

Studying for an AAT qualification is a much more cost-effective option for school-leavers. It offers the promise of a career in a well-respected profession and doesn’t lead to the eye-watering levels of debt associated with a typical university education.

80% of AAT members that have completed an AAT accounting qualification agree that it has increased their earning potential.*

* – source – AAT’s salary survey 2021

You can complete this course within 4 months or less.

This course consists of one unit.

You will learn the role and responsibility of a bookkeeper, including being able to complete bookkeeping documents for transactions, and how to record these transactions into the accounting system. You will also gain an understanding of the benefits and risks of using accounting software to maintain an accounting system.

Unit 1 Bookkeeping Fundamentals (BKFN)

  • 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

AAT does not set any entry requirements for this qualification.

However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths. Accountants work at the very heart of a business and are expected to be able to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience.

If you have any questions please contact us.

The skills developed in this qualification can lead to employment in junior or supporting administrative roles in companies across a wide range of sectors, for example, as a:

  • trainee bookkeeper
  • accounts administrator
  • billing/payments administrator/coordinator
  • accounts junior
  • accounts receivable/payable assistant
  • procurement and finance assistant
  • assistant cashier

Q: Is registration included?

Not by default, but you can add it to your order by selecting unless you add it on by ticking the box to include it. It costs an extra £44.

Q: Are assessment fees (exams) included?

No. You will need to book your own exams at an approved AAT assessment centre of your choice. You would pay the test centre directly at the time of booking.

Q: What is the average completion time for these courses?

Our students take anything from 2 months to 6 months to complete this Level 2 course.

As this is distance learning you are free to create your own schedule- if you want to do it in 2 months you can, if you need to take longer that’s OK too.

The unit in Level 1 is assessed by a Computer Based Assessment (CBA). You will complete these at an approved AAT assessment centre of your choice. Assessment fees are payable to the centre/venue and may incur an administration fee.

On completion of the unit, you will get a Certificate from the AAT.

Arranging an assessment:

There are over 200 external assessment venues available in the UK. To find your nearest venue go to AAT’s Assessment Venue Search.

When the time comes to take an assessment, you can choose from the list and contact them to arrange a suitable time and date.

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