Accounting & Bookkeeping
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

Access (Level 1) qualifications are an entry point for students who need additional support to develop their finance or business skills. These qualifications are designed to give students the introductory knowledge and confidence to take on higher level AAT qualifications and to progress in their lives and careers.

The AAT Access Award in Accounting Software offers students at Level 1 the opportunity to develop their skills in using accounting software. This qualification can offer a route into employment, support students in their existing work, or help students to pursue further study with AAT.

AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Access Award in Business Skills. However, the ability to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience is a valuable skill in any role and in any type of business. For the best chance of success, we recommend students begin their studies with a good standard of English & maths.

This course will introduce students to using accounting software and the main features of accounting software. The qualification covers a range of skills and the relevant supporting knowledge and will cover the following learning outcomes: - Understand the benefits and risks of using accounting software,

  • Set up accounts,
  • Record bank and cash transactions,
  • Produce reports using accounting software.

A student completing this qualification will develop an understanding of the benefits and risks of using accounting software. Students will learn how to set up accounts and how to record bank and cash transactions using accounting software. They will also develop the skills needed to produce a range of reports to meet business needs.

Entry Requirements

To start this programme, you MUST demonstrate ability to benefit from the course and have literacy and numeracy skills at level 1. Exemptions from this requirement will be granted in exceptional cases where applicants can demonstrate prior knowledge or relevant experience. Any exemptions are granted at our total discretion. In addition you may be required to pass an Entry Test to ensure your skills are at the necessary level to cope with the course.

Direct Registrations with Professional Awarding Bodies If students are required to register directly with professional awarding bodies, the registration is not paid at enrolment but is paid directly to the professional awarding body by the student. The courses that are subject to these conditions are mainly professional courses, such as AAT, IPD and CIM. There is no remittance of this registration fee.

Assessment Method

Students must successfully complete one end-of-qualification computer-based assessment to achieve this qualification. The proportion of this qualification assessed by external assessment is 100%

Progression Opportunities

Learners who completed this course went on to apply for the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting. You could continue your studies and gain a partial or full AAT Qualification. You could work in a junior capacity in a clerical or similar role.

Study Methods

You will learn in dedicated classrooms and computer rooms, and be taught by an experienced tutor. Mode of attendance will vary depending on the college location either half a day at Hammersmith & Fulham and Southall or an evening session of 3 hours per week at Ealing Green college. This course is offered at Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing Green and Southall Community colleges.


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