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Advanced Diploma in Accounting – Level 3 (Fast Track)

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  • Is this course for you?

    If you are hardworking and ambitious and want to achieve an AAT level 2 and 3 Accounts qualification in one academic year rather than two, then this is the course for you.

    This course is ideal for those who want a career in accountancy as professional qualifications accredited by AAT can set you on track to a range of future job opportunities, whether in bookkeeping, accountancy, auditing, tax or self-employment.

    The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is an internationally recognised qualification. Employers frequently ask for potential employees to have achieved at least one level of the AAT qualification. AAT qualifications are valued by employers as vocational and technical qualifications that effectively prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles.

    For the level 2 course you will sit mandatory exams in:

    • Bookkeeping Transactions
    • Bookkeeping Controls
    • Elements of Costing
    • Using Accounting Software
    • Work Effectively in Finance

    The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in the level 2 qualification provides the underpinning knowledge needed for the higher level accountancy and financial skills developed in the AAT Advanced Diploma – level 3.

    For the level 3 course you will sit mandatory exams in:

    • Accounts preparation
    • Preparing final accounts for sole traders and partnerships
    • Management costing
    • Indirect tax
    • Synoptic exam (including professional ethics and spreadsheet software)

    Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and an understanding of the business environment, all of which are covered by this qualification.

    This qualification is suitable for young people who have GCSE’s, A-levels or a degree, as well as for adults returning to work after a break or for those wishing to change their career.

  • Required qualifications

    Due to the intense nature of the delivery for this course, we are looking for applicants with the minimum of a grade C or a level 5 in English and maths.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Students will attend college two days a week for 36 weeks and will develop an understanding of the following:-

    LEVEL 2

    • accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping
    • basic costing
    • journals, control accounts and the trial balance
    • purchase, sales and general ledgers
    • processing financial information in accordance with company procedures
    • how to provide information to colleagues, suppliers and customers as required
    • use of accounting software
    • professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace

    LEVEL 3

    • creating a set of final accounts for sole traders and partnerships
    • relevant knowledge of accounting standards and ethics
    • indirect tax
    • management accounts
    • use of spreadsheet software for accounting purposes

    Your exams will be spread throughout the year and are all computer based and set by the AAT. All exams must be passed to gain the full certificates.

    Teaching is carried out both in the classroom and electronically via the college’s learning platform. In addition, the AAT provide an online support platform once you join as a member.

  • Careers

    On successful completion of the fast track course, levels 2 and 3, students may progress onto Level 4 AAT Professional Diploma in Accountancy. Learners may also consider an apprenticeship or seek employment in the industry.

    The AAT is an excellent foundation to a career in an accounting practice or management accountant industry related role. It is also possible to undertake further study and gain chartered accountancy status through ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW following level 3 or 4 AAT.

    If you successfully complete the AAT qualification and meet work experience requirements you can apply for AAT full membership (MAAT status).

    The AAT qualification is recognised by employers and the Advanced Diploma in Accounting level 3, can lead to the following types of employment:

    • Assistant Financial Accountant
    • Assistant Cost Accountant
    • Finance Officer
    • Tax Assistant
    • Credit Controller
  • English and maths

    English and maths are integral to gaining employment and are included on every study programme to support your development and progression in these important skills. Although you may assume you need good maths skills to be an accountant, it is also important that your English is of a good standard. Communication whether verbal or written is essential in today’s accountancy roles, so this is assessed in your exams as well as your maths skills.

    The levels required of English and Mathematics is what you would expect from someone working in a professional role.

    As part of the course students will develop their literacy skills and learn Accounts specific terminology as well as be able to produce financial documents such as invoices, credit notes, bank reconciliations, journals, a trial balance, VAT returns, financial statements, cashflow forecasts etc. The ability to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience is a valuable skill in any role and in any type of business, particularly in finance roles. Students are therefore encouraged to practise writing emails to customers, suppliers and other business stakeholders, to prepare them for the workplace.

    Within the learning environment students will complete team tasks, take part in discussions as well as respond to questioning, which will build confidence and promote effective communication skills. Students are expected to follow both verbal and written instructions both in the classroom and as part of their formal assessments. As part of the course students will perform mathematical calculations such as multiplication, subtraction, addition, division, percentages and ratio analysis. These skills will enable students to confidently perform accounting tasks as well as produce financial documents and to keep precise records of business transactions. The importance of accuracy within the accounting function is paramount and students are therefore encouraged to be meticulous in their record keeping and to proofread and check their work in order to minimise mistakes.

  • Other important information

    As well as tuition fees you are required to pay for AAT registration which is approximately £101.00 and a one off £49.00 administration fee.

    You are also required to purchase the relevant textbooks at a discounted rate – this will be explained at induction.

    Expectations: It is essential that a minimum of 95% attendance is achieved for this course and that regular home study is completed, in order to achieve exam success.

    What you need to bring to college: You will be expected to provide your own stationery and always attend college fully equipped for lessons with a textbook, course notes, note paper and writing implements.

    IT: It is essential that you have access to a computer or laptop at home in order to complete homework and practice and revision activities.

    NB: There may be financial assistance available to you depending on your personal circumstances, please ask the Learner Services team for guidance.

  • Is this course for you?

    If you are hardworking and ambitious and want to achieve an AAT level 2 and 3 Accounts qualification in one academic year rather than two, then this is the course for you.

    This course is ideal for those who want a career in accountancy as professional qualifications accredited by AAT can set you on track to a range of future job opportunities, whether in bookkeeping, accountancy, auditing, tax or self-employment.

    The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is an internationally recognised qualification. Employers frequently ask for potential employees to have achieved at least one level of the AAT qualification. AAT qualifications are valued by employers as vocational and technical qualifications that effectively prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles.

    For the level 2 course you will sit mandatory exams in:

    • Bookkeeping Transactions
    • Bookkeeping Controls
    • Elements of Costing
    • Using Accounting Software
    • Work Effectively in Finance

    The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in the level 2 qualification provides the underpinning knowledge needed for the higher level accountancy and financial skills developed in the AAT Advanced Diploma – level 3.

    For the level 3 course you will sit mandatory exams in:

    • Accounts preparation
    • Preparing final accounts for sole traders and partnerships
    • Management costing
    • Indirect tax
    • Synoptic exam (including professional ethics and spreadsheet software)

    Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and an understanding of the business environment, all of which are covered by this qualification.

    This qualification is suitable for young people who have GCSE’s, A-levels or a degree, as well as for adults returning to work after a break or for those wishing to change their career.

  • Required qualifications

    Due to the intense nature of the delivery for this course, we are looking for applicants with the minimum of a grade C or a level 5 in English and maths.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Students will attend college two days a week for 36 weeks and will develop an understanding of the following:-

    LEVEL 2

    • accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping
    • basic costing
    • journals, control accounts and the trial balance
    • purchase, sales and general ledgers
    • processing financial information in accordance with company procedures
    • how to provide information to colleagues, suppliers and customers as required
    • use of accounting software
    • professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace

    LEVEL 3

    • creating a set of final accounts for sole traders and partnerships
    • relevant knowledge of accounting standards and ethics
    • indirect tax
    • management accounts
    • use of spreadsheet software for accounting purposes

    Your exams will be spread throughout the year and are all computer based and set by the AAT. All exams must be passed to gain the full certificates.

    Teaching is carried out both in the classroom and electronically via the college’s learning platform. In addition, the AAT provide an online support platform once you join as a member.

  • Careers

    On successful completion of the fast track course, levels 2 and 3, students may progress onto Level 4 AAT Professional Diploma in Accountancy. Learners may also consider an apprenticeship or seek employment in the industry.

    The AAT is an excellent foundation to a career in an accounting practice or management accountant industry related role. It is also possible to undertake further study and gain chartered accountancy status through ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW following level 3 or 4 AAT.

    If you successfully complete the AAT qualification and meet work experience requirements you can apply for AAT full membership (MAAT status).

    The AAT qualification is recognised by employers and the Advanced Diploma in Accounting level 3, can lead to the following types of employment:

    • Assistant Financial Accountant
    • Assistant Cost Accountant
    • Finance Officer
    • Tax Assistant
    • Credit Controller
  • English and maths

    English and maths are integral to gaining employment and are included on every study programme to support your development and progression in these important skills. Although you may assume you need good maths skills to be an accountant, it is also important that your English is of a good standard. Communication whether verbal or written is essential in today’s accountancy roles, so this is assessed in your exams as well as your maths skills.

    The levels required of English and Mathematics is what you would expect from someone working in a professional role.

    As part of the course students will develop their literacy skills and learn Accounts specific terminology as well as be able to produce financial documents such as invoices, credit notes, bank reconciliations, journals, a trial balance, VAT returns, financial statements, cashflow forecasts etc. The ability to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience is a valuable skill in any role and in any type of business, particularly in finance roles. Students are therefore encouraged to practise writing emails to customers, suppliers and other business stakeholders, to prepare them for the workplace.

    Within the learning environment students will complete team tasks, take part in discussions as well as respond to questioning, which will build confidence and promote effective communication skills. Students are expected to follow both verbal and written instructions both in the classroom and as part of their formal assessments. As part of the course students will perform mathematical calculations such as multiplication, subtraction, addition, division, percentages and ratio analysis. These skills will enable students to confidently perform accounting tasks as well as produce financial documents and to keep precise records of business transactions. The importance of accuracy within the accounting function is paramount and students are therefore encouraged to be meticulous in their record keeping and to proofread and check their work in order to minimise mistakes.

  • Other important information

    As well as tuition fees you are required to pay for AAT registration which is approximately £101.00 and a one off £49.00 administration fee.

    You are also required to purchase the relevant textbooks at a discounted rate – this will be explained at induction.

    Expectations: It is essential that a minimum of 95% attendance is achieved for this course and that regular home study is completed, in order to achieve exam success.

    What you need to bring to college: You will be expected to provide your own stationery and always attend college fully equipped for lessons with a textbook, course notes, note paper and writing implements.

    IT: It is essential that you have access to a computer or laptop at home in order to complete homework and practice and revision activities.

    NB: There may be financial assistance available to you depending on your personal circumstances, please ask the Learner Services team for guidance.

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  • Advanced Diploma in Accounting L3 (Fast Track)

    Code: QTF3ACFTD

    Start Date: 5th January 2023

    Full Time: 23 Week(s)