AAT Award in Business Skills – Level 1

Course aims

This course aims to introduce you to the business environment, skills needed for the workplace, the importance of team-working, communications, effective time management and the need for professional behaviour.

Course length

75 guided learning hours, 5 hour sessions per week.

Who is this course for?

This course offers you the opportunity to:

  • develop key practical skills used in every business as a route into employment.
  • have minimal work experience or need additional support to progress.

This may include younger learners, those on traineeships seeking basic employability skills, adults seeking to validate their existing skills to enter into the workplace, or those who want to study higher level AAT qualifications but would like to test their abilities before progressing further with AAT.

Will I gain any qualification?

Yes. You must successfully achieve one mandatory unit assessment to achieve the AAT Award in Business Skills – Level 1 qualification.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

No prior knowledge, skills or qualifications are required. A basic level of English and Maths is required at Level 1 as this will help you to read and understand the materials provided.


The course outcomes are:

Working in business environment

  • develop skills for the workplace
  • understand how organisations operate
  • understand how sales and purchase support businesses
  • apply business procedures to sales and purchases

Using numbers in business

  • perform simple business calculations
  • calculate decimals, fractions, percentages, proportions and ratios
  • use tools and techniques to present numerical data

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team.  Your teacher will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

What could this course lead to?

This course could lead to AAT Award in Bookkeeping- Level 1 or employment as junior or supporting administrative roles across a wide range of sectors.

What types of jobs could you get?

This course could lead to the following employment opportunities:

  • Clerical Assistant
  • Trainee Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Finance Assistant
  • Accounts Administrator

How will I learn?

Learning for this course is ‘Blended’, using both online and onsite environments. Your teacher will explain how the course will be delivered. You will be shown how to access Birmingham Adult Education Services (BAES) Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool which provides you with resources and support for your studies.

You will be able to access resources like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Padlet, to engage in activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • laptop, computer or a tablet which is connected to the internet
  • Microsoft Office 365 which we will provide for free when you enrol on one of our courses
  • notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises
  • calculator

What we require of you as a learner?

  • regular attendance and punctuality is essential for you to succeed
  • work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • you will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set
  • you will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.
  • register with AAT

Useful website(s)

For more information about Birmingham Adult Education Service (BAES): www.learnbaes.ac.uk. · For more information about Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT): www.aat.org.uk

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