Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place. Some of the regular ‘On Campus’ lessons can be replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.
Who is this course aimed at?
This qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance. The purpose of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study in accountancy and finance.
This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) advanced level course is a mid-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is looking to advance their existing knowledge of accounting.
This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.
Learn more about the York College and Mindful Education partnership.
Please note: classroom attendance is fortnightly.
You must have a sound knowledge of bookkeeping principles to undertake the AAT Level 3 programme. Achievement of an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is advantageous but not essential. You must have 5 GCSEs with Maths and English at Grade C (4) / Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths.
You should be over 19. If you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT might not accept you as a member making you unable to sit your exams. Please contact AAT directly for more advice.
Dates and Times
11th September 2020 - 17th December 2021, Friday daytime.
15th September 2020 - 29th June 2021, Tuesday evening.
13th January 2021 - 1st April 2022, Wednesday daytime.
37 weeks, 35 weeks and 33 weeks.
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. It comprises six mandatory units (390 guided learning hours):
- Advanced Bookkeeping
- Final Accounts Preparation
- Management Accounting: Costing
- Indirect Tax
- Ethics for Accountants
- Spreadsheets for Accounting.
The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. Students will learn and master financial processes including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and final accounts. They will also understand business issues regarding value added tax (VAT), which may be known by another name in other countries) issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. This qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.
All of the units within this qualification are mandatory. Four units are assessed individually in end- of-unit assessments. This qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that students sit towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.
Study Method – Online and On Campus
We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our Online and On Campus model.
Online video lectures are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer, meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.
On campus, you benefit from regular college classes – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. An experienced college tutor will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt during your online study and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you face in the workplace.
This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.
This qualification can also open up a choice of great careers, as well as providing progress onto the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting and a route to higher education. Students completing the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping may wish to go on and complete the full AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. If students wish to continue studying and choose to complete one of the full AAT Accounting Qualifications, their Short Qualification achievement/s may be transferred to the larger qualifications. Completion of this qualification provides students with an opportunity to be registered as a qualified bookkeeper, or progress on to Professional level and become a full member of AAT upon achieving the associated membership criteria.
Skills developed through this qualification can lead to employment as:
- an accounts assistant
- an accounts payable and expenses supervisor
- an accounts payable clerk
- an assistant accountant
- an audit trainee
- a credit controller
- a finance assistant
- a finance officer
- a payroll supervisor
- a professional bookkeeper
If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.
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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.
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