The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Students will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. This qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.

This qualification is a high-quality training programme designed to help you to become as effective as possible in your career and gain an internationally recognised qualification relating to your work. This level introduces more complex accounting tasks for Financial and Management Accounting following on from the Level 2 Certificate.

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our Online and On Campus model.

Our Online and On Campus approach enables students to benefit from both face-to-face teaching at the college and online lessons available on demand. This format offers a truly flexible study experience.

In addition to attending face-to-face classes, students will be expected to undertake 6 hours of additional study every week out of college.

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

On successful completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress onto the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma.

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

A sound knowledge of book keeping principles will be expected at Level 3, or the achievement of AAT Level 2 or equivalent. Those students not possessing AAT  Level 2 must discuss entry requirements with the course tutor.

Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
FQL3EZ0011 13/09/2021 N/A £2300.00 £2300.00

* Please note fees are subject to change.

Associated Costs 

AAT student membership is a requirement of this course and registration must be completed at the beginning of the course.

AAT membership fees are charged and regulated by AAT directly. Please check their website www.aat.org.uk for up to date fee values.

Resit exam fees are applicable, please contact the AAT administrator on aat@bpc.ac.uk for further information.

Course content

Course Content 

To achieve this qualification students will need to undertake the following units:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping

  • Indirect Tax

  • Final Accounts Preparation

  • Management Accounting: Costing

  • Ethics for Accountants and Spreadsheets for Accounting (Synoptic Assessment)

Advanced Bookkeeping: on this unit you will learn about non-current assets; extending the trial balance; accruals and pre-payments; irrecoverable and doubtful debts; and inventory valuation.

Final Accounts Preparation: on this unit you will learn about incomplete records; partnership accounting; changing partnerships; and different types of organisations.

Management Accounting: Costing: on this unit you will learn about overheads; costing methods; inventory valuation and losses; budgeting; break even and limiting factors; and discounted cash flows.

Indirect Tax: on this unit you will learn about value added tax (VAT); submitting returns; sanctions and penalties; and using the accounting system to extract relevant data for VAT returns.

Ethics for Accountants: on this unit you will learn about the ethical code for accountants as exemplified in the AAT Code of Professional Ethics and its contents. This unit is assessed within the synoptic assessment only.

Spreadsheets for Accounting: on this unit you will learn skills to analyse data; using formulas, functions, data analysis tools, sorting and filtering; checking data; and presenting data using a range of methods. This unit is assessed within the synoptic assessment only.

All of the units within the Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification are mandatory. Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments (computer-based exams), but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment, sat towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

More info

Start Day/Time 

Wednesday 6-9pm

Duration 

33 Weeks

Attendance 

Part-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Certificate

Awarding Body 

AAT

Curriculum Area 

Business, Digital, Leadership & ESOL - Business & Finance

Duration 

33 Weeks

Attendance 

Part-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Certificate

Awarding Body 

AAT