AAT - Costs and Revenues


Studying for the AAT Costs and Revenues exam

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The AAT Costs and Revenues 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 one on Costing. .

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

The syllabus for Costs and Revenues is split into 5 main learning outcomes (LOs):

LO1 Understand the nature and role of costing systems within an organisation

The best page to start with here is the one on Costing. Make sure you then also explore the related pages shown on the menus at the top and / or RHS of the page, in particular the one relating to Marginal and Absorption Costing.

LO2 Record and analyse cost information

The best place to start is again with the Costing page, followed by the ones relating to Materials costsLabour costs, Cost Behaviour, Job CostingBatch Costing and Process Costing.

LO3 Apportion costs according to organisational requirements

The most useful page for this syllabus area is the one relating to Overheads.

LO4 Analyse deviations from budget and report these to management

Start with the page on Standard Costing before switching to the one on Variances. There are a number of pages linked to the one on variances - be aware that most of these go beyond what you need for this paper. 

LO5 Be able to use information gathered from costing systems to assist decision-making

The knowledgebank has considerable content on different aspects of decision making. The ones of most use for Costs and Revenues are Relevant Costing, CVP AnalysisBasic Investment Appraisal and Discounted Cash Flow Techniques.

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