An introductory qualification for those who will learn basic techniques and Level 1 Award in Business Skills allows students to develop key practical skills used in each business as a career path. and gaining a broader understanding of the business environment.
The AAT qualification is globally respected and internationally recognised. Organisations recruit AAT members for their knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm because AAT represents the highest standards of professionalism. In short, the AAT qualification is one of the most sought-after and provides our students and members with a professional status to be proud of.
AAT offers a set of bookkeeping skills, training students for many bookkeeping roles. Bookkeeping qualifications can promote associate bookkeeping membership where students will have professional recognition with designated letters AATQB.
Who should choose to study this qualification?
The Level 1 in Business Skills Award allows students to develop key practical skills used in each business as a career path. Upon completing this qualification, students will also be equipped with a strong foundation from which to pursue further studies in accountancy or bookkeeping with AAT if they wish to do so.
This qualification will be especially suitable for students with minimal work experience or who need additional support for development. This may include younger students, trainees looking for basic job skills, adults who want to validate their current skills to enter the workplace, or those who are AAT. Want to study advanced qualifications but want to test your skills before moving on with AAT.
Why chooses this qualification?
AAT offers Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping and Level 1 Award in Business Skills. These short qualifications are flexible, tailored to the different needs and requirements of the student and are valued by employers in various industries.
Students should choose to study for a Level 1 Award in Business Skills to develop their job skills and prepare for the workplace. Students will develop their basic numbers of skills to assist in day-to-day business activities, which will also be useful in their off-the-shelf activities. Students will also gain hands-on understanding of how money is transferred to a business and the processes and procedures that govern the sale and purchase process.
This qualification will be suitable for students who want to pursue a career in either the private or public sectors. Students who wish to focus only on financial roles will benefit from studying this qualification with a more technically focused but complementary Level 1 award in bookkeeping. This qualification will usually take 12 weeks to complete but will depend on the study method and course timetable.
What does the qualification cover?
This qualification covers multiple skills and related knowledge in two basic units:
Working in a business environment.
Use numbers in business.
The course is assessed in a final assessment.
Students who complete this qualification will understand how organisations work in the public and private sectors. They will learn how to cooperate effectively in the workplace by working with others, managing their time, behaving professionally and maintaining data security. Students will also gain insight into how businesses handle sales and purchases and the documents and procedures used to transfer goods and services between companies.
Studying this qualification will also equip students with the basic numerical skills required in and outside work. These numerical skills are often used in business, from simple calculations to working with decimals, percentages and fractions and applying ratios and proportions. Students will also learn tools and techniques to enhance the presentation of numerical data.
What will this qualification lead to?
The skills that have been developed by studying this qualification will provide students with a solid foundation from which they can get a job with more confidence or enable them to advance to the next level of learning.
This qualification can lead to assistant management roles in companies in various fields, for example:
A data entry clerk
An accounts administrator
An administrative assistant
A retail assistant
A customer service advisor
A dispatch clerk/warehouse operative
It is not part of an apprenticeship.
Entry Requirements for this qualification?
The AAT does not set any entry requirements for this qualification. However, to be successfull, we recommend that students start their education with good quality English and Maths. Accountants work in the very centre of the business and are expected to be able to convey information clearly and accurately to a given audience.
Exemptions and Recognition
As there is only a final review in this qualification, AAT will not accept any waiver or RPL requests.
Availability of assessments
Unit reviews are available to be scheduled on-demand throughout the year, except as determined by the AAT and during the negotiation period.
Sitting the assessment
The assessments in this qualification are computer-based, with a time restriction. Students will be presented with various types and formats in the assessment. These may include multiple-choice questions or question tools that replicate workplace activities, such as making entries in a journal.
Normally tasks do not have to be completed in a specific order, and students are encouraged to proceed through them in the order in which they are presented. Students should familiarise themselves with the CBA environment, assessment platform software and some of the question styles that they might encounter in the exam by using the practice assessment materials provided by AAT.
The assessment is fully computer-based. Marking is done within the assessment software under an objective marking scheme.
Computer Marked Assessment results are made available through MyAAT within 24 hours of the submission. Students will be advised on the marks they have obtained in their assessments.
Feedback service provides a simple summary of student performance in each assessment. The feedback statement confirms the performance regarding their overall result and work.
Students should only be admitted for assessment when they are well prepared and expected to pass the assessment. This eligibility is not subject to re-sit restrictions. When a student fails an assessment attempt, they should discuss their results with their tutor and review them appropriately before re-evaluating.
Enquiries and appeals
If the student feels that the result of their assessment does not reflect their performance, they may submit an inquiry. Further information regarding this process can be found on the AAT's Dedicated Queries and Appeals webpage.
The AAT Result Enquiry Service involves testing all the procedures, checking that all parts of the assessment were marked, that the markings were fully corrected and that the marks were recorded correctly. Students can also request a review of the original marking to check that the Unified Marking Scheme has been applied correctly.
There is an administrative fee for inquiries and appeals. All payments will be refunded if the outcome of the investigation or request is in the student's favour.
This unit introduces students to the business environment. Students will understand the skills required in the workplace, including the need for teamwork, communication, effective time management and professionalism. They will explore workplace communication and the use of software for various business tasks while understanding the need for data security and learning how to keep data secure.
This unit will help prepare students for employment in various fields and develop the skills needed to collaborate effectively in the workplace. Students will explore the different types of organisations and the key features of the areas in which they operate.
Students will learn the importance of sales, purchases and costs for the success of these businesses and the methods that help them. Students will understand that for a company to be profitable, it needs to have more sales (revenue) than purchases (expenses).
- Develop skills for the workplace
- Understand how organisations operate
- Understand how sales and purchases support businesses
- Apply business procedures to sales and purchases
The responsibilities of the employee and employer
The responsibilities of the employee:
- Follow workplace policies and procedures
- Report any health and safety risks
The responsibilities of the employer::
- Provide an induction to new staff that includes organisation policies and procedures
- Provide a safe working environment
Statistics is an essential business skill and helps an employee to work more efficiently in any workplace. Completing this unit will help students build their confidence and ability to use numbers in a wide range of conditions. Students will also face many situations outside work where basic numbers are required.
On completing, students will be able to apply a range of common numerical approaches to practically everyday business situations, regardless of their role and the type of organisation in which they operate. Students will be able to record and sort numbers, identify differences between figures, and complete simple calculations.
Students will also be able to perform average tasks, use time and currency in calculations that support day-to-day business activities and work with more complex calculations, including common decimals, fractions, percentages and ratios. Basic formulas will also be taught to enhance the presentation of numerical data.
- Perform simple business calculations
- Calculate decimals, fractions, percentages, proportions and ratios
- Use tools and techniques to present numerical data
Test specification for Business Skills unit assessment
There will not be a separate Qualification Technical Information (QTI) document for this assessment.
|Assessment method||Marking type||Duration of assessment|
|Computer based assessment||Computer marked||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Working in the business environment|
|1. Develop skills for the workplace||20%|
|2. Understand how organisations operate||15%|
|3. Understand how sales and purchases support businesses||15%|
|4. Apply business procedures to sales and purchases||15%|
|Using numbers in business|
|1. Perform simple business calculations||15%|
|2. Calculate decimals, fractions, percentages, proportions and ratios||10%|
|3. Use tools and techniques to present numerical data||10%|
Training provider fee
This fee covers your tuition and is paid directly to your training provider.
Standard Qualification fee
The standard eligibility fee includes:
£42 registration fee
An assessment fee of £34
It gives a total of £76.
The registration fee is paid directly to the AAT and will give you access to study support resources and assessment for up to 12 months or until you qualify, whichever comes first. Students must pay an assessment fee to your training provider or location.
If you have a relevant job or already working in a relevant field and want to improve your education, your employer can fund your tuition fees. You need to talk to them to see if you are eligible and if they are willing to support the cost.
Bookkeeping includes AAT Level 2 certification with our interest-free payment plan. This allows you to expand the cost of your tuition for up to 12 months at no extra cost. You must spend a minimum of £500 to qualify for a payment plan.
Q.1. What is the AAT Award?
Students study this qualification for basic accounting techniques and principles, understanding the business environment and how to prepare for the work world.
Q.2. What is included in AAT Level 1?
Business transactions in prime entry books. Understand the types of coding and batch control. Preparation of documents for processing receipts and payments. Prepare a basic profit statement.
Q.3. Is AAT eligibility worth it?
AAT courses offer a very high return on a very modest investment, which gives you a lot of job security (ultimately, it always requires accounting services) and possibly your annual salary. Add thousands of pounds.