Accounting AAT Diploma
The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is a part-time course designed for people who either want to enter this occupational area, change career or for those who are already working in the accounting field at an intermediate level. Or for those who wish to gain qualifications to demonstrate their skills or wishing to develop towards professional status. It is ideally a progression route for those having previously completed their AAT Level 2 qualification whether an adult or 16-19 years.
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.
What areas will I study?
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