AAT Syllabus 2016

AAT Syllabus 2016

AAT Syllabus

AAT Syllabus changes effective from September 2016

AQ2016 is a new updated version of AAT Accounting Qualifications. This qualification will be available from 1 September 2016, and it will replace the current AQ2013 Accounting Qualifications. However, the deadline for taking assessments on current AQ2013 is 31 December 2017.

AAT claims, “A redevelopment of the AAT Accounting Qualifications 2013 (AQ2013) is required to ensure sector relevance, and continued compliance with the latest educational policy”.

AAT Study Options

There are two options for completing AAT qualification:

  1. Continue with AQ2013 and complete the qualifications
  2. Transfer on to new AQ2016 qualifications from 1 September 2016

The major changes between the current AQ2013 and the new AQ2016 are as follows

AAT Results – Grading System

AAT introducing grading for the new qualifications. In AQ2016 Qualifications students will be awarded a final grade for the overall qualification.

Distinction 90-100%
Merit 80-89%
Pass 70-79%
Unclassified 0-69% (or failure to pass one or more assessment/s)

All unit and synoptic assessments within the qualification will count towards your final grade.

Synoptic assessments

Each level of qualification there is one synoptic assessment. It tests student understanding and knowledge about the topic covered under that level.

Re-sit restriction

UK students aged between 16-19 years old (excluding Scotland) studying any of qualifications mentioned below will be limited in the number of re-sits. Students will be only able to attempt each assessment twice within 12 months.


  • AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting
  • AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business
  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.


Note: The re-sit restriction does not apply to the Professional Diploma in Accounting, any AAT short courses or any existing qualifications ahead of 1 September 2016.

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