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Business Skills (Online)

Course Code: AAT1ONL

Level: 1
Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: AAT
Qualification: Award
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 12 weeks
When you'll study: Mondays 9.30am - 12.30pm or Fridays 9.30 am - 12.30pm

About the course

You will explore the key features of different types of organisations, the sectors in which they operate, how they are structured, and how they operate.  You will also develop the skills to practically apply a range of common numerical methods to everyday business situations, including carrying out business calculations and presenting numerical data.

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

This course is suitable for those who are interested in progressing in business or accountancy related professions. It will enable you to develop the skills that you need to contribute effectively in the workplace in a wide range of sectors.

You may be a school leaver who does not yet have any work experience, or may be returning to learning after a period away from study or employment.

What you'll learn

There are two mandatory units:


Working in the business environment

  • Developing skills for the workplace.
  • Understanding how organisations operate.
  • Understanding how sales and purchases support businesses.
  • Applying business procedures to sales and purchases.


Using numbers in business

  • Performing simple business calculations.
  • Calculating decimals, fractions, percentages, proportions, and ratios.
  • Using tools and techniques to present numerical data.
Entry requirements

Applicants must have a grade 4 or above in GCSE maths and English, and will be required to attend an interview.


You will be assessed through a single, 1.5 hour computer-based, computer-marked assessment at the end of the course.  The assessment will involve a mix of multiple-choice and numeric gap-fill questions as well as simulated workplace activities.

What's next?

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:

  • accounts administrator
  • administrative assistant
  • customer service advisor.

It can also serve as a pathway to other qualifications such as the Level 2 AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: AAT1ONL

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 AFREE
19 - 23AFREE

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.