The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. Students will learn and master financial processes including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and final accounts. Students will also understand business issues regarding value added tax (VAT), which may be known by another name in other countries) issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. This qualification also delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting. Students will need to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that are well defined but also complex. They will be expected to take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures, as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within limited parameters, such as awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work. The course is examination based and you will sit the exams at regular intervals throughout the year. You will need to pass all examinations to succeed and pass the course. Additionally at the end of the academic year you will be required to take a synoptic assessment.
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. It comprises six mandatory units and 5 Exams:
• Advanced bookkeeping
• Final accounts preparation
• Management accounting: costing
• Indirect tax Advanced synoptic exam based on:
• Ethics for accountants
• Spreadsheets for accounts
Successful achievement at Level 2 AAT (ideally at first time exam sittings) and a minimum of Grade 4 at GCSE English & Maths
This qualification can also open up a choice of great careers, as well as providing progress onto the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting at Level 4 and a route to higher education. More than 30 UK universities and higher education institutes currently offer exemptions to AAT professional members enrolling on accounting and finance-related degrees. This qualification is part of a suite of AAT qualifications available to students that offer both horizontal and vertical progression channels. Completion of this qualification provides students with an opportunity to be registered as a qualified bookkeeper. The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting also provides the foundation skills required to support the establishment of a healthy business.
This course is part of the government funded Lifelong Learning Guarantee and is available free of charge to adult learners aged 19+ without a first full level 3 qualification.
See the West Midlands Combined Authority website for full eligibility criteria here.
Please contact our admissions team for the cost if you do not meet the criteria and we will confirm the fee.