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Accounting with Business AAT Diploma Level 1 and 2 at Eastleigh College

Course description

This programme is a good introduction to the principle of accountancy, combined with the essential skills required for anyone wanting to understand the challenges and risks of starting a new business. You will need good attention to detail, prioritisation and organisation skills.

The AAT is the Association of Accounting Technicians, an internationally recognised professional body.  

This programme includes the AAT Level 1 Award in Accounting (Access) which introduces students to the basic concepts of finance. It is designed to help younger and less experienced students gain the skills and confidence to build a career in business or accountancy. It will also give the grounding in theory required to be better prepared to progress to Level 3.

Work experience placements will require students to plan and organise their own placement and travel arrangements. This is part of the necessary development and preparation for employment.

Course content

You will learn and develop your skills through a mixture of lessons, talks/demonstrations, assignments, work related projects and investigations.

You will be required to undertake a significant amount of private study as the programme encourages students to research the tasks given to them and produce written assignments.

You should expect to be at College for around 13 hours per week and to spend at least 5 hours a week studying outside of class.

Among the elements covered in Level 1 are:

  • Maths for use in a business environment
  • Essential accounting techniques
  • Creating business documents, what they mean and the legislation surrounding them
  • Accounting in a professional environment, the behaviour and professionalism required of an AAT member

At Level 2, students will be introduced to a broad range of skills and will gain an accounting qualification that is recognised internationally. The units covered will include:

  • Basic accounting concepts and the double entry ledger system
  • Costing, which covers how costs are apportioned and used to inform business decisions
  • A computerised element will involve experience of managing accounts on a computerised software package called Sage, experience of which is often required by prospective employers
  • Introduction to payroll
  • Spreadsheets
  • Business communication and office working skills
  • Working effectively in Finance & Accounting
  • Computerised payroll


Entry requirements

You will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including Maths, English.

Students should also have good attendance and attainment reports from their previous school or college, complete a successful interview and initial numeracy and literacy assessments and have a genuine interest in working in a business environment.


Students will need to take a number of computer-based exams; some of which will instantly be marked automatically and some that will require marking and then passing through internal and external verification.

Informal assessment will take place through a variety of methods including observations, projects/assignments, professional discussions and developing a portfolio of evidence.

Financial information

Text books, folders, stationery including calculators and computer storage devices and AAT membership fees will incur additional costs.

Future opportunities

Upon completion, suitable candidates may be able to

  • progress to the Level 3 Accounting with Business,
  • an Apprenticeship in the sector or
  • employment in the business sector such as accounts administrator/assistant, accounts payable clerk, junior bookkeeper, payroll administrator, purchase/sales ledger clerk, tax assistant/trainee, marketing, project management and customer service based roles.

There are often a large number of vacancies at this level and it is best to get a job as soon as possible after completion to improve your chances of increasing your salary.

Previous students have gone on to Level 3 Apprenticeships, related or unrelated employment.

Further information

It is helpful to have access to a computer outside of College; alternatively the College Learning Centre can be used.

Students need to be motivated, enthusiastic and keen to develop their skills. This is a programme of study designed to introduce students to the skills and expertise needed to be successful in business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastleigh College directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2016

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