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The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is well recognised and respected as a professional membership body throughout a wide range of businesses and requires its members to have a professional and ethical approach throughout their accountancy and finance careers.The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal if you are wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance. It is a progression route for students who have achieved an accountancy or bookkeeping qualification at Level 2 and may also be suitable for you if you have experience of working in finance and wish to gain formal recognition of your skills.
What will I learn?
The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting comprises six mandatory units. Advanced Book-keeping and Final Accounts Preparation develop your skills and knowledge gained in the Level 2 bookkeeping units.
The Management Accounting: Costing builds and develops your knowledge of costs and cost behaviour. Indirect Tax introduces you to the law and management of VAT, including rules for registration, VAT special schemes and the preparation of a simple VAT return.
In Ethics for Accountants you will develop understanding of the fundamental ethical principles that govern the behaviour of all accountants, and how those principles can be safeguarded in the workplace. Spreadsheets for Accounting will allow you to develop your skills in the use of Excel.
- You will need to demonstrate your competence in basic bookkeeping, either through prior completion of a bookkeeping or accounting qualification at Level 2, or via the AAT Skillcheck.
- GCSE at grade C in both English and Maths, or equivalent, is recommended. If you do not have formal qualifications in English and Maths, please discuss your situation with the course tutor before enrolment.
Any student who has been involved in bankruptcy proceedings, IVA or other arrangements with creditors should contact AAT before enrolling on the course. Such arrangements will not normally prevent you from studying AAT, however it may not be possible for you to sit assessments until the arrangements have expired.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
During weekly classes your tutor will introduce you to the skills and knowledge needed for each unit, using a variety of resources including lectures, handouts and e-learning via the college virtual learning environment.
Time in class will always include the completion of practice questions to consolidate knowledge, and this will be reinforced by home study.
Homework will be set most weeks, and you will also need to allow time for reading and working through questions in your textbooks. Regular attendance in class is essential to maximise your chance of success.
The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is assessed by online examinations which will be taken at stages through the course. Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, Management Accounting: Costing and Indirect Tax are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments. In addition, at the end of the course you will sit a synoptic assessment which will assess the unit Ethics for Accountants and Spreadsheets for Accounting, as well as knowledge and understanding from the other units of the course.
Individual unit assessments are not graded, however, you will receive an overall grade for the qualification of Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Additional Costs and Information
The course fee includes all tuition and the cost of your first attempt at each assessment.
You will need to buy textbooks costing approximately £130 and your tutor will tell you what textbooks to buy at the start of the course.
You will need to be registered with AAT before you can sit any assessments. For students who have previously been registered the cost for annual student membership will be around £100. For students who are joining AAT for the first time for the Advanced Diploma, the cost will be approximately £150.
Should you need to re-sit any assessments, you will need to pay a re-sit fee of approximately £55 per assessment.
You will need to bring paper, pens and pencils and a calculator to each class. You will also need a large folder, such as a lever-arch file, to keep your handouts and notes in good order.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
Business, Finance and Management
- Business Partner
- HR Advisor
- Data Analyst
- Budgeting Analyst
- Accounting Clerk
- Business Development Manager
- HR Consultant
- HR Manager
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