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AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

This course offers technical training in Accounting and it’s main purpose is to provide you with specialist knowledge and skills to gain employment in an Accounting role and / or the opportunity to progress to a further qualification in Accountancy or a related field. As part of this course, yoy will complete a work placement to enable you to put your accounting skills into practice.
All units are mandatory and they include bookkeeping transactions, preparing ledger accounts to trial balance stage, preparing final accounts, cost accounting, gathering, analysing and reporting information about income and expenditure to support decision making, planning and control. Students will also study professional ethics, calculating VAT and submitting VAT returns and spreadsheet software.
Options after this programme: award of an externally recognised professional qualification which entitles you to progress to further accounting qualifications.

Maths and English

Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

Entry requirements

Usually you’ll need four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study (including maths and/or English). Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels. A* - C in Maths is essential and a good standard of English needs to be shown. If you do not have these qualifications and are keen to join the course, we will be happy to consider and advise you individually.


You are assessed against the standards of competence laid down by the AAT, you will need to achieve a minimum of 70 per cent in the computer-based assessments (exams) and projects

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

Further information

For more information contact Sarah Champ, Curriculum Leader for Accounting, by emailing


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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