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What opportunities will this course give me?

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting provides progression opportunities to further AAT qualifications and a choice of great careers, including progress onto the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting and a route to HE. Benefits associated with this Level 3 qualification include UCAS points. The Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification also provides the foundation skills required to support the establishment of a healthy business.

Skills developed through this qualification can lead to employment as:
• accounts assistant
• accounts payable and expenses supervisor
• accounts payable clerk
• assistant accountant
• audit trainee
• corporate recovery analyst
• credit controller
• finance assistant
• finance officer
• indirect tax manager
• insolvency executive
• payroll supervisor
• professional bookkeeper
• senior bookkeeper
• tax assistant
This qualification is suitable for those who have completed the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting, or are at a more intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting. The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is also suited to those who have already started working in finance and who have a need and desire to attain formal recognition of their skills.

What will I be learning?

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Students will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues in business, management accounting costing techniques, ethical practices for accountants and spreadsheet software skills.
This qualification comprises six mandatory units:
• Advanced Bookkeeping
• Final Accounts Preparation
• Management Accounting: Costing
• Indirect Tax
• Ethics for Accountants
• Spreadsheets for Accounting
The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a business, finance or professional accountancy career or into further education.
All students under the age of 19 at the start of the course without an A*-C grade in English and Maths will be required as a condition of the programme to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

Why is this course for me?

The course is delivered in college on a part-time basis either one full day per week or two evenings per week during term-time. Delivery is through a blend of tutor led sessions and independent study supported by tutorials and course materials through the colleges virtual learning environment.
Significant commitment to independent study is required to supplement and consolidate learning.

Units are assessed individually in end-of-unit computer-based assessments, as well as a synoptic assessment, sat towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

What do I need to sign up?

Applicants must have achieved a Merit or Distinction in their AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in accounting or if they have another book-keeping qualification or previous experience of bookkeeping, they will need to demonstrate a competent knowledge and understanding of double-entry book-keeping and basic accounting functions by obtaining over 85% or more in a short assessment.

New candidates will be required to attend an interview with the course tutor prior to commencing on the course and all candidates will need to demonstrate an appropriate standard of Literacy and Numeracy by way of a short assessment. All elements of the course include a significant amount of writing and literacy skills are as critical as numeracy skills.

Basic IT skills will also be required.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a professional body and membership is required in order to undertake this qualification. Registration with the AAT must be made upon commencement of the course and will incur an additional cost.

Course text books will also be required and full details will be given upon commencement.

All students under the age of 19 at the start of the course without an A*-C grade in English and Maths will be required as a condition of the programme to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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31/8/2021 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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09:00 – 17:00



30/8/2021 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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AD3A Eastleigh College 31/8/2021 Tue 09:00 – 17:00 36 Apply now
AD3B Eastleigh College 30/8/2021 Mon & Thu 18:00 – 21:30 36 Apply now

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