AAT Essentials: Finance for Non-Financial Managers


Across all businesses, many senior job roles, including non-financial roles, now require an understanding of finance. Despite this, it is not uncommon for individuals in these roles to have had no official financial training or accounting experience before taking on these responsibilities.

Whether you are already in a role that requires knowledge of finance, or are looking to progress into a role of this nature, this course will provide you with an introduction to finance and the essential knowledge that is required to succeed in a non-financial managerial role. The course will equip learners with an understanding of financial statements, how to analyse company performance, the differences between profit and cash, and how to use budgeting to manage business activities.

Who is suitable?

This qualification is aimed at anyone working in, or looking to work in, a non-financial managerial role that requires an understanding of finance. The course is ideal for anyone who has no previous financial training or accounting experience but requires this for their role or career, and for anyone who wants to increase their accountancy knowledge for personal reasons.

Section 1: Financial statements

This section covers the following:

  • What is included in the statement of profit or loss
  • What is included in the statement of financial position (balance sheet)
  • Differences between the two statements.

Section 2: Analysing company performance

This section covers the following:

  • How to interpret information from the financial statements of a limited company
  • How to calculate and analyse key performance indicators or ratios
  • The limitations of ratio analysis.

Section 3: Differences between profit and cash

This section covers the following:

  • Why cash is different from profit
  • How to ensure there is sufficient cash within the business

Section 4: Using budgeting to manage business activities

This section covers the following:

  • How budgeting can help your business
  • How to interpret the information provided in a budget.

The benefits of this course include:

  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Auto-marked assessments
  • Access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • 1:1 Tutor support available via phone or email
  • Your own designated Learner Support Advisor to help you throughout the course
  • Great addition to your CV
  • Study will enhance both your personal skills and professional development
  • Award-winning online AAT courses
  • Potential to progress on to one of our other accounting courses.

Key Information

Course Price £96.00
Course Length 4 hours
Awarding Body AAT
Learning Method(s)

Online learning
materials with
online assessment

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