Course Information

Who is the course for?

Those considering a career in accountancy, wishing to work in finance or currently working in an accountancy firm and wanting to gain an accounting qualification recognised within the accountancy and finance industries.

What does the course involve?

  • Final accounts preparation
  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Management accounting: costing
  • Indirect Tax (VAT)

In addition to individual modular exams there will be a synoptic assessment to cover all the topics as well as ethics for accountants and spreadsheets for accountants.

What makes this course special?

  • This course is recognised by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the professional body for Accounting Technicians, founded in 1980
  • The course is sponsored by the four main accounting bodies in the United Kingdom
  • All teaching staff are either AAT qualified or technically qualified within their appropriate area of expertise.
  • Skills learned studying the AAT will allow students to gain exemptions at the next professional level of their studies

Entry Requirements

  • Students are advised this is an intensive course requiring considerable commitment on their behalf
  • Students should hold the AAT Level 2 Certificate or an equivalent qualification
  • Direct entry students should be working in the profession and be competent with double-entry bookkeeping
  • Direct entry students will be expected to attend and successfully complete a formative assessment to determine whether the course is appropriate for them
  • Students should be computer literate and able to use both Microsoft Word and Excel to at least a reasonable standard.
  • Students joining at this level will be expected to undergo a formal interview

What are the assessment methods?

  • Assessment against the standards of competence takes place through either a computer-based test, marked online by the computer, or computer based assessment, marked externally
  • All computer based exams will take place on a Friday following the delivery of each module of study

How long is the course?

The course runs for 36 weeks

What are the College attendance requirements?

One afternoon or evening per week.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • All course materials and assessment fees are included in the cost
  • Students will need to register individually with AAT on an annual basis. Please note that AAT have clear, transparent guidelines for potential members who have faced bankruptcy or have a criminal conviction. If you believe this may apply to you, please contact the College before submitting an application

What are the progression options?

  • Subject to passing all the exams or successful reference as applicable, students will be expected to move to the AAT Level 4 Diploma course to continue their studies
  • Completion of the Level 3 Diploma gives students the opportunity to apply to the workplace with a relevant professional qualification


The majority of students work in accounting practices, although some have moved into banking and others have succeeded in gaining employment in finance departments of local industries.

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