In order to join an AAT course you are required to become a member of AAT. This is an annual membership and you need to organise it directly with AAT; you will be advised at your interview how to go about this (as at April 2016, the cost of AAT membership is in the region of £88). The first time you become a member you also have to pay a one-off registration fee direct to AAT (at April 2016 this fee was £45). You can find out more about AAT and its membership by visiting www.aat.org.uk.
This AAT qualification includes the preparation of final accounts, preparation and completion of indirect tax returns, costs and revenues, professional ethics and spreadsheets. You can enter directly at level 3 if you have a GCSE or A Level in Accounts, a level 3 qualification or higher, or have worked in an accounts environment.
Basic book-keeping skills and knowledge are expected and you should also have basic IT skills, especially Microsoft Excel. Assessment is via computer-based exams, case study and structured questions.
Advanced Learner Loan
For this course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan up to the value of the course fees - see below 'Financial support and loans'.