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Part-time AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016)

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Part-time AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016) Available for Enquiries
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Course Details
Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 1 year
Mode of Study Part time
Awarding Body AAT
Offering Code DPL3ACC1D000 DPL3ACC1D001
Programme Design and Overview

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a well-respected and recognised qualification within the accounting profession and employers.  Students who gain this Advanced Diploma as well as the Professional Diploma and who have relevant accounting work experience can apply for membership of the AAT and will normally get exam exemptions from the Chartered Accounting Bodies.

The Advanced Diploma covers more complex financial processes including the preparation of accounts for sole traders and partnerships, VAT, management accounting and costings and professional ethics.

Indicative Content

Four mandatory units plus a synoptic exam which includes Ethics and Spreadsheets:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax

Ethics for Accountants and Spreadsheets for Accounting (these will be assessed as part of the synoptic exam at the end of the course)

Delivery Methods

Learning activities will be carried out in virtual classes via MS Teams. Online resources will be available, and various teaching aids will be used. The teaching sessions consist of lectures and student activities to test the student's understanding of the topics taught.

In addition to the Students are expected to do 6 hours per week self-directed study in order to reinforce and develop their learning.

Nature of Assessments on the Programme

There are 5 computerised assessments in total which are set by the AAT and taken on line at the College. The four units will be marked electronically, and results will be given within a few hours of the exam.

One of the assessments is a synoptic assessment which tests students' knowledge of all the units taught on the course. As this assessment should be taken after all other units have been taught and may take up to 6 weeks for the results to be known, it might not be possible for a student requiring a re-sit on this synoptic assessment to take the re-sit in the same academic year.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have successfully completed the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting. Consideration will be given to students who have a suitable alternative qualification in accounting.
Have a job role in Finance or Accounting.

Students will also need GCSE maths and English grades A*-C or 9-4.

Attendance Expectations

Virtual taught sessions will be delivered using MS Teams. There are two options for attendance:

Day time – Thursdays 9:00am – 4:30pm
Evening – Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Computer-based examinations will only take place during the day.

Attendance - Please note No work placements within the programme as the majority of students are working in an accountancy role.
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2021/2022

Course costs for students aged 19 or over: £2573.00

All students are required to register with AAT upon enrolment. The fee for this is payable directly to AAT and includes admission and annual membership. Please see the AAT website for up-to-date fee information. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they are registered and entered for the exam on time.

Students are required to pay fees for all re-sit exams. Where applicable, the fees are payable directly to Wakefield College and will be due in advance of the exam date.

Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits etc which are payable by all students. The AAT team will recommend that students buy textbooks to support the course and these will be additional costs payable by all students.
If you are aged between 19 to 23 and you have not already achieved a full level 3 (or above) qualification, funding may be able available towards the cost of the course.

Funding may also be available to employers wishing to upskill their workforce through this qualification. Contact Business Development for more information on or 01924 789719.

If you are aged over 19 and have achieved a full level 3 qualification or are aged over 24 you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government to cover your tuition fees.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

You can also get more details by going to:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students.

Further Study Students may progress through the AAT levels then to further Accounting qualifications with one of the Chartered bodies. The AAT has close links with various accountancy bodies and exam exemptions may be available if you choose to progress to Chartered level.
Career Opportunities Various job roles are available for people holding the Level 3 Diploma: Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Assistant Financial Accountant, Commercial Analyst, Cost Accountant, Fixed Asset Accountant, Indirect Tax Manager, Payments and Billing Manager, Payroll Manager, Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Finance Officer, Senior Fund Accountant, Senior Insolvency Administrator, Tax Supervisor, VAT Accountant.
How to Apply

Please complete a part-time Business School application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

Admissions Process Students complete a Business School application form which is sent into Wakefield Campus Office. The student will then be contacted by a member of the AAT team.
Pre-enrolment Preparation No pre-enrolment process, as long as you have passed level 2 Certificate in Accounting or entry is agreed in advance by the AAT team
Group Size Class based course. Likely size is 25 Minimum 15
External Regulation None applicable
Terms and Conditions Students ideally working in an accountancy field of work.
For Further Details

Please contact Anjum Sattar on or 01924 789833.

Alternatively, contact Business Development for more information on or 01924 789719, or the Course Information Team on 01924 789111 or email: 

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Information last amended: 21 September 2021 11:17

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