AAT - Budgeting


Studying for the AAT Budgeting exam

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The AAT Budgeting syllabus

A good page to start on if you are unclear where to begin would be the overview Management Accounting page and, within this, the Performance Management and Budgeting pages.

Other useful starting points for exploration are linked to syllabus areas below.

The syllabus for Budgeting is split into 5 main learning outcomes (LOs):

LO1 Prepare forecasts of income and expenditure

While the knowledge bank does not currently contain content on forecasting, it would be useful to revise the basics of Materials costsLabour costs and Overheads.

LO2 Prepare Budgets

The best place to start is with the Budgeting page.

LO3 Assess the impact of internal and external factors on budgets

Assessing the impact of different factors in exam questions will involve responding to the particular circumstances of the specific question scenario. All of the pages mentioned above will help in this respect.

LO4 Use budgetary control to improve organisational performance

Start by looking at Standard Costing before looking in detail at Variances and the pages linked to it.

LO5 Report budgetary information to management in a clear and appropriate format

In the exam you will be expected to answer questions in a required format - in particular as a report. The content of such reports has already been covered by the pages highlighted above.

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