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Accounting Level 3 AAT Advanced Diploma at Harrogate College

Course description

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance.

The purpose of the course is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study in accountancy and finance.  This qualification is suitable for both school leavers and adults returning to work or wishing to change career.

The qualification is suitable for those who have completed the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting or the AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business, or who have already started working in finance and who have a wish to attain formal recognition of their skills.


Course content

There are 6 compulsory units which are assessed by a mix of Computer Based Exams (CBA) and a Synoptic assessment which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification:-

Advanced Bookkeeping – CBA & Synoptic
Final Accounts Preparation - CBA & Synoptic
Management Accounting - CBA & Synoptic
Indirect Tax – CBA & Synoptic
Ethics for Accountants – Synoptic Assessment only
Spread sheets for Accounting – Synoptic Assessment only

All exams are set and marked by the AAT at times set by the college for the CBA and the AAT for the Synoptic Assessment. An overall grade will be awarded to the student on completion of the course (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

One re-take is allowed per exam.

The accountancy skills attained through the successful completion of this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to the next level of learning. A student completing this qualification will develop skills including mastery of complex financial processes, including final accounts for a sole trader and partnerships, reports and returns, spread sheet use for accountants, VAT returns and professional ethics.

Entry requirements

All learners must have a sound knowledge of the double-entry bookkeeping system.

In addition there are the following requirements:-

16-18 - GCSE grade ‘C’ or above in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent

Financial information

£229 Exam fees

Future opportunities

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting provides progression opportunities to further AAT qualifications and a choice of great careers, including progression onto:-
- AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting
- A route to HE

This qualification has 160 UCAS points for progression to a degree course. More than 30 UK universities and higher education institutes currently offer exemptions to AAT professional members enrolling on accounting and finance-related degrees.

Skills developed and honed through this qualification can lead to employment as:
- an accounts assistant
- an accounts payable and expenses supervisor
- an assistant accountant
- a corporate recovery analyst
- a credit controller
- a finance assistant/officer
- an indirect tax manager
- a payroll supervisor
- a senior bookkeeper
- a tax assistant

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 April 2016
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      Working with local businesses and organisations provides students with the opportunity to work on live projects to demonstrate ‘real’ work experience and develop your Curriculum Vitae as well as gain a nationally recognised qualification.

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