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AAT Accounting Level 3 Diploma at Stanley Park High School

Course description

The Association of Accounting Technicians AAT Level 3 Diploma offers technical training in accounting and its main purpose is to provide students with specialist knowledge and skills to gain employment in an accounting role and / or the opportunity to progress to further qualification in accountancy or a related field. If you are interested working in an Accounting environment then an Apprenticeship may be available.

Course content

The first four units are assessed by means of an end of unit computer based exam. There is also an overall synoptic exam at the end of the course. This will test your knowledge of Professional Ethics, Spreadsheets and other areas from the four units previously studied. These will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The Programme consists of six learning areas to complete: Accounts Preparation - This unit is about learners having the required skills and knowledge to prepare ledger accounts to trial balance stage according to current financial standards, including making any necessary adjustments. Learners will know how to account for the purchase and disposal of non-current assets

Prepare Final Accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships - This unit is about learners having the required skills and knowledge to prepare ledger accounts to trial balance stage according to current financial standards, including making any necessary adjustments. Learners will know how to account for the purchase and disposal of non-current assets

Costs & Revenues - This unit is about understanding the nature of costs and revenues. Learners will be able to identify why cost accounting is important to an organisation; be able to recognise and use different approaches; and make reasoned judgements to inform management on the most effective costing techniques to aid decision making. They will be able to gather, analyse and report information about income and expenditure to support decision-making, planning and control.

Indirect Tax - This unit is about having the knowledge and skills to calculate VAT and submit the VAT return. It involves extracting the relevant information from the organisations accounting records; calculating the amount of tax payable or reclaimable and resolving errors or omissions. Learners will be able to submit completed documentation in a timely manner whilst maintaining an effective working relationship with the relevant tax authority.
1. Professional Ethics - Case Study
2. Spreadsheet software - Case Study

Entry requirements

5 A*-C Grades and A*-B grade in GCSE Maths is essential as a large amount of the course is spent analysing and working with numerical data. You must have at least 5 GCSE’s at grade A-C and completed Level 2 in Accounting – this will be done with in the school.

Future opportunities

University Opportunities
Completion of AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting gives a student 160 UCAS points. In addition more than 30 UK universities and higher education institutes offer exemptions to AAT qualified students enrolling on accounting and financerelated degrees.

Progression and Career Opportunities
A student who has been successful at Level 3 can become a very useful member of the accounting team. Example of job roles that holders of Level 3 Diploma in Accounting are equipped to undertake include: Accounts Assistant; Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Accounts Payable Clerk; Assistant Accountant; Audit Trainee; Bookkeeper; Corporate Recovery Analyst; Credit Controller; Finance Assistant; Insolvency Executive; Payroll Administrator; Payroll Supervisor; Tax Assistant. Students can also progress on to the AAT Level 4 qualification and achieve MAAT status. This also gives exemptions for some of the professional accountancy exams such as ACCA / CIMA / ICAEW

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanley Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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